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Knowing where to pick your audio driver for your interface will be essential. This will allow you to use correct outputs to listen to your work, as well as use correct inputs for later when you start recording. I want to note, that whether or not you have an active project is irrelivent for this step. Let's go up to Devices > Device Setup. You'll see several folders going down the list here on the left. Let's go to VST Audio System. Let's go over here to the right where it says ASIO Driver. When you click on this down arrow (SOUND) you'll notice several different options that will differ depending on your system, like AirPlay, Built-in Audio, et cetera.
This depends on what audio peripherals are connected to your system. Find and select your sound card by clicking on it if it isn't selected already. In our case, we're going to click on Audio Interface. Next, click on Switch to confirm the change. (SOUND). Let's go over to the left again, click on Audio Interface. (SOUND). Now click on Control Panel. (SOUND). This will allow us to change the preferred buffer size. Audio buffers are used when audio data is being transferred between Cubase and the audio card. Larger buffers will ensure playback without glitches or interruptions. But the latency, that is the time between the moment Cubase sends out the audio, and when it reaches the output, will also be higher. This can affect the timing when recording a musician. The lower the better, but this depends on how powerful your system is. (SOUND).
When you're finished, click OK. Next, lets learn how to access sample and bit rate. For this set you will have to have an open project. Sample rate and bit resolution basically reflect the quality of your audio. The higher the better, but the larger the file. 44.1 kilohertz, 16 bit, is CD quality. Generally, you want to work at higher resolutions than 44.1. I like to work at 48k, 24 bit. If you would like to change your sample rate or bit resolution, let's go to Project (SOUND) > Project Setup (SOUND). Over here, you're able to change sample and bit rate. (SOUND).
If you're working with video, you can change frame rate up here as well. Click OK. (SOUND) With the correct audio driver selected, and preferred buffer settings, as well as bit rate and sample rate, you are now ready to start making music.
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