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Chapter 7. Using VST Instruments > Freezing a VST Instrument

Freezing a VST Instrument

Freeze is a new feature in SX 2 that you can use to “print” the output of a VSTi to an audio file. After freezing a track, Cubase simply plays back that audio file instead of calculating the output of the VSTi in real time. It's almost always easier on the processor to play back an audio file than it is to generate sound with a VSTi synth of sampler. Previously you could manually export an audio file of the VSTi output and manually import it back to an audio track in SX. Freeze automates that entire process, making it no more difficult than clicking a single button.

There are two negatives when a VSTi track is frozen. First, because Cubase is playing back an audio file instead of calculating the VSTi in real time, you can't change the parameters on the VSTi to modify the output; however, you can still unfreeze, edit the VSTi, and then refreeze if you want. Second, when you freeze a VSTi, an audio file is created. MIDI files are tiny, usually only a few kilobytes. A frozen VSTi creates the highest-resolution audio file that Cubase can use, and these files can be huge. Large hard disks are dirt-cheap these days, but if you are running low on disk space, freezing lots of VST instruments may not be the best idea.


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