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Freezing VSTi

While we are on the subject of project optimization, new to Cubase is the Instrument Freeze function, which you might have noticed in the VST Instrument panel (F11). If you like trying different things while you are composing, chances are you might also load up your memory with VSTi instances, which play small parts here and there in your project. This is what makes using Cubase such a great experience. What’s not so great is when you run out of resources and your computer starts its, “I’ve had enough” routine, crackling the sound, jerking playback and other related computer behaviors.

The Instrument Freeze will create a temporary audio render of the VSTi for all MIDI events routed through the selected VSTi you chose to freeze. As a result, the MIDI track becomes locked from editing and muted, the VSTi unloads from memory, and Cubase creates a special audio rendering corresponding to the result of the MIDI events going through the VSTi. This offers the advantage of hearing what you heard before: MIDI events playing through a VSTi without the resource real estate required by VSTi. The frozen audio will not appear in the project as a separate audio channel, but will continue to be controlled in the Mixer panel through its VSTi channel. So, any volume, EQ, or routing will continue to have an effect on the sound. If you want to change something in the MIDI track, you can unfreeze the VSTi, change the MIDI, and refreeze again.


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