Adventures In Audio
Cubase 3.0 (part 3)

David Mellor

David Mellor is CEO and Course Director of Audio Masterclass. David has designed courses in audio education and training since 1986 and is the publisher and principal writer of Adventures In Audio.

Thursday January 1, 2004

Spot the Difference

Looking at the main screen of Cubase 3.0 you won’t see many differences
from Version 2. But the differences are in the important little details. Have
a look at Figure 1 and see if you can see what I mean. It’s almost tempting
to make a spot-the-difference competition out of this, but since I’m about
to give away the answers it might not be such a good idea. There are some slight
differences here which were caused by the defaults files on the disks and are
not of any importance.

Now is anyone thinking that there isn’t all that much difference between
the Version 2 and Version 3 screens? Well I would say that it’s a good
thing to keep the user interface as consistent as possible in keeping with the
famous saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. The most
obvious change is in the clever shading of the transport buttons. Not an important
point I’ll grant you but it’s nice to see that Steinberg are intent
on improving the look and feel of their product as well as its features. Hidden
among, and behind, the similarities are a multitude of detailed improvements
which make Cubase easier to use and more versatile. Let me examine just a few
of them:

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How to choose the best key for your song

What is comb filtering? What does it sound like?

NEW: Audio crossfades come to Final Cut Pro X 10.4.9!

What is the difference between EQ and filters? *With Audio*

What difference will a preamp make to your recording?

Watch our video on linear phase filters and frequency response with the FabFilter Pro Q 2

Read our post on linear phase filters and frequency response with the Fabfilter Pro Q 2

Harmonic distortion with the Soundtoys Decapitator

What's the best height for studio monitors? Answer - Not too low!

What is the Red Book standard? Do I need to use it? Why?

Will floating point change the way we record?

Mixing: What is the 'Pedalboard Exception'?

The difference between mic level and line level

The problem with parallel compression that you didn't know you had. What it sounds like and how to fix it.

Compressing a snare drum to even out the level

What does parallel compression on vocals sound like?

How to automate tracks that have parallel compression

Why mono is better than stereo for recording vocals and dialogue

Clipping and compressing a drum recording to achieve an exciting sound texture

What can we learn about room acoustics from this image?

Can you hear the subtle effect of the knee control of the compressor? (With audio and video demonstrations)

What is the best studio microphone?

What is the Neve sound? (Using the Slate Digital FG-73)

What is the difference between recording, mixing and mastering?