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Chapter 4. Recording Audio > Creating a VST Connection

Creating a VST Connection

One of the major changes in Cubase SX 2 is the way it works with the audio inputs and outputs on your sound card. Previous versions of Cubase, and most other audio applications, simply allow the program to activate and use the physical inputs and outputs. In the new version of SX, VST connections create virtual connections in addition to the physical ones and are another layer between the software and your audio hardware. This approach may seem a little unintuitive at first, but it allows you to employ many powerful routing and mixing options, particularly with surround mixing.

By default, Cubase SX 2 creates one pair of inputs and outputs, using the first two physical inputs and outputs on your sound card. You'll learn a lot more about VST Connections in the audio sections of this book, but as an introduction, you will create a new input bus to record a mono track.

To create an input bus using VST Connections

From the Devices menu, select VST Connections (Figure 4.8).

Figure 4.8. Opening the VST Connections panel.

On the VST Connections panel, select the Inputs tab if it is not selected (Figure 4.9). Most likely it will be the default when the panel opens.

Figure 4.9. There are two tabs for VST connections: one for configuring inputs and one for configuring outputs.

Click the Add Bus button (refer to Figure 4.9).

In the Add Bus dialog box, choose the kind of input bus that you want to create. For now, select Mono.

Figure 4.10 shows all of the options available in the menu.

Figure 4.10. The many options for creating new busses. Most musicians use only mono and stereo.

Click OK.

A new input bus is created on the VST Connections panel (Figure 4.11).

Figure 4.11. The newly created mono bus (next to the pointer).

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