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Chapter 1. Installing & Configuring Cuba... > Monitoring Using an External Mixer

Monitoring Using an External Mixer

One of the more common ways to get around the latency problem is to use an external hardware mixer to route and monitor signals. In the scenario in the preceding section, outputs from Cubase and the computer or sound card would be plugged into the hardware mixer and would play back the drum loop. Your bass would be plugged into a preamp to boost the level and shape the tone, and it would also be plugged into the mixer. As you play along with the drum loop, the bass would be routed to one of the inputs of your sound card, which would convert the audio signal to digital data for Cubase to record. You would monitor the bass only with the hardware mixer while Cubase records it.

The advantage here is that there is no latency at all. The downside is that you can't hear any Cubase EQ or effects on the track you're recording, and it takes a little more effort to set things up. However, in general, I recommend that people use external monitoring if at all possible.


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