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The Transport Panel

The Transport panel is a multitask floating panel. There are 10 areas on the Transport panel, each of which allows you to control an aspect of your session in progress. By default, Cubase will display the Transport panel; however, you can use the F2 key on your keyboard to display or hide this panel. This section steps you through the different areas and their available options on the Transport panel. Now let’s look at each item found on the multifunctional Transport panel.

Performance

The performance item offers the same information as the VST Performance panel (F12 to quickly access this panel). Here, the information is nicely displayed in a smaller format and moves wherever you move the Transport panel (Figure 4.24), making it much easier to monitor your computer’s performance while working on a project. The performances monitored here are the CPU load (on the left) and hard disk load (on the right). When one of the two performance bars reaches the top and stays there, causing the red LED to light up in the display, you should think of reducing the load specific to that performance. For example, VST effects and instruments can use up a lot of CPU power. Try freezing a track played by a VST instrument to free up some processing power (see Chapter 5 for more on this). If you have extensive disk access, try disabling audio tracks that are not currently in use. Muting them doesn’t mean they are not read by Cubase, simply that they are muted (see Chapter 9 for more on this).


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