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Cubase Pro 10.5 [Gain Staging Tutorial]

Updated: Oct 1, 2020

Did you ever want to learn how to gain stage your mixes in Cubase Pro 10.5? Well, today, I am going to give you some tips and tricks on how to do just that. Traditionally ‘gain staging’ is the art of setting the levels between analog gear for best recording/playback quality without hitting unwanted distortion. In digital only the distortion part is almost the same thing. The goal is to set the faders of each track with the right level We are talking about gain staging for beginners, a critical process that will take your mix to the next level.

By the end of this video, you’ll have a better understanding of the gain staging process, and how to use it to maximize the quality of your mixdown.

To begin, a gain stage refers to any point in a production where you can control the volume level of a device or track. Gain staging is the process of managing all of these volume levels within a project for the purpose of achieving the cleanest mix possible.

Here’s a brief walk through of this process using a soft synth like Hallion Sonic SC as an example. On the plugin itself, you will want to set the output to an appropriate level before sending it to any effect devices.

From there, you would make sure the levels of those devices are sitting correctly before sending it all to the master channel, which is the final gain stage.

In doing so, you will develop a solid gain structure within your project that will make it easier to get a professional mix.

By using proper gain staging in your own productions, you can be sure that your final product will be free of excess noise and distortion.

Because it is so often ignored by inexperienced producers, introducing good gain staging practices into your projects is an easy way to get a leg up on the competition. Watch the video for more details...


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