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Hey everyone!

Been a Cubase Pro user for a very long time, practically know the DAW inside out.... However, with being new to Studio One I'm just checking to see if the following is possible while I get used to the new workflow.

Is it possible to:

* Select multiple channels and save them as a preset. In Cubase this could be done via Track Archives and Track Presets. They allow to select multiple channels (with Inserts & expression maps loaded) and save them allowing you to recall them from the right zone browser. Really useful for modular template building, however let down by Cubase's terrible Media Bay and Right Zone browser.

* Freeze Tracks? - In Cubase if you "Freeze" a track it generates an audio file preview and unloads the instrument. You have the option to retain control over the inserts or have them frozen too. Just good for saving some recourses.

I'll probably be asking more questions while getting used to the DAW. So far, really impressed with the DAW and can't wait learn about it. Maybe provide some suggestions too, from a Cubase users perspective. :D

Thanks
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by bobm2020 on Sun Nov 22, 2020 1:53 pm
marcusdellicompagni wrote* Freeze Tracks? - In Cubase if you "Freeze" a track it generates an audio file preview and unloads the instrument. You have the option to retain control over the inserts or have them frozen too. Just good for saving some recourses.

This is one area where Studio One has a huge advantage over Cubase. You can freeze and unfreeze multiple tracks with one command. And when freezing you can choose whether to keep instruments loaded, and it has a feature to auto detect the needed tail length per track.

To do this, select the tracks you want to freeze (click and shift-click to select a range of tracks using the headers), then right-click and select Transform to Audio Track. Or instead of right-clicking you can do it through the menus with Track->Transform->Transform to Audio Track. A menu will pop up allowing you to select whether or not to keep the instrument loaded, whether inserts get rendered, and select tail length auto detect settings.

Now the track will appear as an audio waveform, and it also shows the original MIDI notes superimposed on top of the audio as well! To undue the freeze, do the same actions as above except select Transform to Instrument Track. The instruments will be restored and only the MIDI will be displayed.

You can assign both of these commands for Transform to Audio/Instrument to key commands. So you can very quickly freeze and unfreeze multiple tracks by simply selecting the track headers and using a key command respectively for transforming to Audio (freeze) or Instrument (unfreeze).

There are things I love about Cubase. But this is one area where it's no contest, given that Cubase only allows freezing one track at a time. Studio One handles freezing tracks in a much more elegant way.

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