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Chapter 16. Automating a Mix > Writing Automation with the Mixer

Writing Automation with the Mixer

Cubase offers two primary methods for creating automation. One is using the mouse or a remote controller and the Cubase mixer; the other is writing automation directly to automation tracks in the Project window. Most jobs can be accomplished about as well using either method, although you might find you prefer one method to the other. Manually writing automation is a bit less intuitive for some people, though it has the advantage of providing visual access to the audio waveform. You can start learning about automation by using the mixer, which makes automation obvious and graphical.

In the following example, you will automate a fader or two in a project. You'll start writing automation in Cubase and then move channel faders in the mixer. Cubase will be able to make those moves automatically if Read is turned on. Automation can be tricky to understand at first, so you might want to start with an empty project or a backup copy of a recorded project. Of course, you can undo or erase automation after the fact, but it's a bad idea to start learning automation on an important track. Always begin work on a copy.


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