Join Mark Struthers for an in-depth discussion in this video Starting with a project template, part of Learning Cubase Pro 8.
- In the last section, we looked at various functions available in Cubase 8. To be honest, I didn't really feel it necessary to save particular projects and subsequently, make them available to you, seeing as we were more focused on function rather than project. From now, though, I'll build up a Cubase project from scratch and along the way, create a project that you can follow along with should you want to do that. We'll start in this movie, though, by creating a new blank project, and then once that's in place, in the next movie, I'll talk about an important aspect of Cubase terminology that is used for the building blocks of a project.
First though, here, I'll create a new project. We could do this via the Steinberg Hub and choose a preset. Instead, we'll create an empty project because I want to create a preset and then have that on display in the hub here. So, I'll click on Create Empty. Once you create a Cubase project file, it takes on the extension .cpr. It contains references to any media data you import or specifically record into the project.
Once created, you'll need to save your project. I'll go up to File, and then down to Save. And that saves the empty project with the .cpr extension once I've named it. I'll name it here, I'll call it LyndaProject1 and hit Save. At present, this project is individual. What I mean by that is, any project settings that I've made, will only be part of this individual project. I've not made it to template yet.
For example, with this individual project, if I come up to Devices, and then down to VST Connections, well here, you'll see any Inputs or Outputs or effects or studio settings that I've made, or make here, that are specific to this project. If I want to use this as a starting point for other projects, I need to save it as a template. So I'll close this VST Connections view by clicking on the Close Down cross and then now, just out of habit, I'll do a quick save by coming up to File and then down to Save.
So that's the individual project saved. Another option is to save this project as a template. This will mean that however we set it up, we'll be able to use that as a starting point for subsequent projects. And we create a template by coming up to File, and then down to Save as Template. This dialog opens. So in the New Preset area, name the template. I'll call it Lynda Test 1. Then in the Attribute Inspector section, double-click on the Value field of the Content Summary Attribute, to enter a description for this new template.
I'm going to call it Empty Starter Project. Then click within the Value field of the Template Summary Attribute and select a template category from the pop-up menu, once you've clicked. If you don't do this, whatever your template is, it will list in the More category in the Steinberg Hub. Now I'll choose Production and I'll click on OK to save the template. Okay, all done, and if we want to see it, come up to Steinberg Hub here, down to Open Steinberg Hub, and then from the six categories that we've got, our template is made available from the category that we chose, Production.
So clicking on the Production button there, there it is at the top, Lynda Test Number 1, with the description we gave it below, Empty Starter Project. Now I don't need to create a new project based on this template because we've already got it running. So I'll hit Cancel. Okay, simple enough. From this point on, whenever we want to create a new blank project, based on what we've set within this template, all we need to do is choose it through the Steinberg Hub.
- Installing and connecting Cubase
- Organizing assets and tracks
- Recording audio and MIDI
- Inserting effects
- Quantizing and processing tracks
- Integrating virtual instruments
- Developing song ideas with chord pads
- Using the Mix Console