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The Pool Window in Cubase—Part 5

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Organising Clips via Folder

When recording files, all the clips that you record will be stored in the Audio files folder of the parent folder. You can move the clips that you recorded to various folders so that it's easier for you to understand and locate the files easily. 

You can create folders according to the type of audio they are or for the category that they fall into. You can also customise the folders.

To create a new folder, click on the Create Folder option on the Media or the primary-click the context menu. Once the folder has been created, rename the folder to the type of audio file that you want to move into this folder to. 

Now, select the files that you want to move into this folder and drag it into the folder that you created. 

This practice will make managing and organising the files and folders easier and will help you to easily locate the files that you want to find.

Processing Audio

You can directly apply a certain type of processing to a group of clips in Cubase. This is really useful if you want to add a pitch shift to all the vocal tracks, all you have to do is select the clips that need it and apply the pitch shift effect from the Audio menu. 

All the clips that you selected will be processed under the settings that you specified. You can see a red and grey icon next to the clip.

In case you feel like you want to undo the processing that you did on the audio, you can use Offline Process History.

Offline Process History is a very useful tool that helps you to bring back a clip to its previous state. 

On some clips, you can even remove certain processing from the middle of the processing history and see how it affects the rest of the clip. To open, click on the clip and select Offline Process History from the Audio menu.

You'll see all the processing that you have done on this clip in this window. On the right side of the dialog box you can see all the options that you can control this with. The left side has a list of all the processing that you have done on this clip.

 The right side column has the following view options that you can control:

  • Number: This number shows the processing in the order that you performed. The latest processing that you did will be the last one in the list
  • Action: This shows the name of the process that you did to the audio clip
  • Start & Length: This shows the position where the audio was affected
  • Status: This column shows if the process can be changed or not

Click on the process that you want to change or edit, and click on Modify. The dialog box for the process that you did on the clip will be shown to you. You can make the necessary changes that you want for the process and click on Process. This will now be applied on the clip.

You also have the option to replace any process with another process or plugin and see the changes that it makes on your clip. 

Click on Replace option. You can also adjust the settings on the plugin and listen to the difference =. When you do this, the previous effect or plugin that was applied before will be removed and replaced by the current plugin.

If you want to remove a process, select it and click on Remove. You can also use the Deactivate option to temporarily disable the effect. The process will be available in the list, but will be activated only after you select the Activate option.

After you’ve done making the necessary changes, click on OK.

However, there are some cases where this option is not available. If the process that you selected has no configurable settings, you will not be able to modify it. 

If you’ve changed the length of the clip, unless it was the last process that you did on the clip, the modify option won’t be available. If a process is not editable, there will be an icon in the status column and the icons will be disabled.

Conclusion

In this tutorial, I showed you how to organise clips via folders and the processing of audio. I also showed you the Offline Process History dialog box. 

Next time you are working on a project, try using this option to remove or modify the various processes that you’ve done on the clip and create new and interesting samples.

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