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5.2 Cubase

 

Setting Up a Session

    STEP 1: Create the Output Bus

    Figure 5 – 6 | Create the Output Bus in Cubase – Example of an Auro 9.1 bus (5.1.4 Format)

     

    Go to Studio Menu / Audio Connections… / Outputs Tab / Add Bus Button.
    The AURO-3D Export plugin supports the following formats:

    7.1.4: Support for Auro 11.1 (7.1+4H), Auro Encoded 7.1 and Auro Encoded 5.1 input formats.
    5.1.4: Support for Auro 9.1, and Auro Encoded 5.1 input formats.
    5.0.4: Support for Auro 9.0, and Auro Encoded 5.0 input formats.
    7.1.2: Support for 7.1.2, Auro Encoded 7.1 and Auro Encoded 5.1 input formats.
    7.1: Support for Surround 7.1, Auro Encoded 7.1 and Auro Encoded 5.1 input formats.
    7.0: Support for Surround 7.0, Auro Encoded 7.0 and Auro Encoded 5.0 input formats.
    5.1: Support for Surround 5.1 and Auro Encoded 5.1 input formats.
    5.0: Support for Surround 5.0 and Auro Encoded 5.0 input formats.

    Note that a 7.1.2 format is automatically upmixed to an Auro 11.1 (7.1+4H) Format when applying the Monitor Options Encoded, Binaural or Stereo Downmix.

    STEP 2: Configure the I/O

    Figure 5 – 7 | Configure the I/O in Cubase and set the bus as Main Mix

     

    Go to Studio Menu / Audio Connections… / Outputs Tab.
    Still in the Output Tab of the Audio Connection Menu, assign each channel to the right output of your audio interface.
    Right click the bus and set it as Main Mix.

    If you enabled the “Control Room” feature in Cubase Pro, make sure to create the corresponding channels in the Control Room Tab of the Audio Connections Menu and to select the resultant monitor option in the Control Room Inspector.

     

    Mixing in 3D

      STEP 1: Insert the AURO-3D Export Plugin on the resultant Output Track

      Figure 5 – 8 | Inserting the AURO-3D Export Plugin in the Master Track in Cubase

       

      The AURO-3D Export Plugin treats all audio channels at the very end of the audio chain.

      STEP 2: Start Panning Audio Sources

      Figure 5 – 9 | Panning Audio Sources in Cubase

       

      Simply use the panners natively provided by the DAW to pan the audio sources in 3D.
      Make sure that the track format and output module of the audio track are properly configured.
      Note that it is perfectly possible to pan a mono, stereo or surround source.

      STEP 3: Listen to the Different Versions of the Mix

      Figure 5 – 10 | Monitor Drop Down Menu of the AURO-3D Export plugin in Cubase

       

      While mixing, the AURO-3D Export plugin lets you:

      • Listen to a Binaural Version of your mix using Auro-Headphones technology. (Free)
      • Listen to a Stereo Downmix version of your mix. (Free)
      • Listen to an Auro-Codec encoded version of your mix using the Auro-Codec Encoder. (Auro-Codec Encoding License Required)
      • Decode Auro-Codec Encoded content using the Auro-Codec Decoder. In that case, the AURO-3D Export plugin should not be inserted on the master track but directly on the audio track containing the Auro-Codec encoded content instead. (Auro-Codec Encoding License Required)

      It is recommended to decode Auro-Codec Encoded contents in relevant track formats. Examples:

      • 7.1 interleaved file that carries Auro 11.1 (7.1+4H) Encoded content should ideally be decoded in a 7.1.4 track format.
      • 7.1 interleaved file that carries Auro 13.1 Encoded content should ideally be decoded in a 7.1.4 track format.
      • 5.1 interleaved file that carries Auro 9.1 Encoded content should ideally be decoded in a 5.1.4 track format.
      • 5.1 interleaved file that carries Auro 11.1 Encoded content should ideally be decoded in a 7.1.4 track format.

      STEP 4: Export Your Mix

      In order to export your mix, you can:

      • Use the bounce options natively provided by the DAW to export your Immersive Mix, Binaural Mix or Stereo Downmix. (Free)
      Configure the Auro-Codec Encoder and export your encoded mix using the Auro-Codec Encoder Export Button. (Auro-Codec Encoding License Required)

      Exporting the Auro-Codec encoded mix not in Realtime (natively provided by Cubase):
      If the Realtime Export checkbox is not checked before exporting the Auro-Codec Encoded Mix, It is recommended to execute the export process in combination with the Auro-Codec Encoder Export Button.
      The Buffer Size in Cubase preferences must be set to at least “1024”.
      Please rely on the files generated by the AURO-3D Export plugin and not the files generated by the DAW.