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Chapter 3. Starting a Project > Creating a Project

Creating a Project

When you start a new project, Cubase automatically asks you where you want to store the files for that project. You can browse an existing folder or create a new one; often the easiest approach is to create a new folder for each song. As a project grows, Cubase creates new files and folders in this working directory, allowing you to easily manage files and, if necessary, move a project to a new machine. Be sure to create the working directory on a drive with enough free space to hold your audio files, and give the project and folder identical and logical names, so you can easily find and move the project if you ever need to do so.

In addition to a directory, you'll also be asked to select a template when you start a new project. Cubase offers a standard list to choose from, including 16-track and 24-track templates and MIDI and audio choices. If you don't want to start with a preexisting template, choose Empty. However, whether you're creating music for a soundtrack, a corporate video, a hip-hop tune, a live recording, or any number of other purposes, you'll likely find a template already set up and easily accessible for that particular job. See the sidebar “Templates Included with Cubase SX 2” later in this chapter for a description of the templates that ship with the Windows and Mac OS versions of Cubase. You can create your own custom templates as well.


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