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Chapter 11. Mixing Audio > Using Output Busses

Using Output Busses

If you have a sound or audio card with multiple outputs, you can activate the additional outputs on the VST Connections panel to make them available for routing audio in Cubase. These are called output busses and are used to send audio directly to the sound card outputs configured as VST connections, instead of to the main mixer. You can use output busses in many ways. For instance, you can send tracks to output busses to create individual headphone mixes for each performer, or you can send tracks to external effects or processing devices connected to the sound card in the computer. You may want to run a kick drum sound through a special compressor, for example, or you may have an external effect that you want to use on a guitar track.

To view and activate output busses

If you need to create any VST connections, choose Devices > VST Connections (Figure 11.44) to make any configuration changes necessary.

Figure 11.44. All VST connections are available in the Output settings pop-up menu.

Set the Cubase mixer to show the Input/Output settings.

Find the mixer channel you want to route to an output bus. Click the Output setting, and a pop-up menu will show all available output busses and group channels (Figure 11.45). Select the output bus you want for that channel.

Figure 11.45. Busses can also be used as destinations for send effects.

Figure 11.45 shows an external effect being selected.



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