Working with Volume Databases

Cubase saves all media file information that is used in the MediaBay, such as paths and attributes, in a local database file on your computer. However, in some cases, it might be necessary to browse and manage this kind of metadata on an external volume.

For example, a sound editor might have to work both at home and in a studio, on two different computers. Therefore, the sound effects are stored on an external storage medium. To be able to connect the external device and directly browse its contents in the MediaBay without having to scan the device, you have to create a volume database for the external device.

Volume databases can be created for your computer drives or for external storage media. They contain the same kind of information about the media files on these drives as the regular MediaBay database.


When you launch Cubase, all available volume databases are automatically mounted. Databases that are made available while the program is running have to be mounted manually.

Rescanning Volume Databases

If you have modified the data on your external volume on a different system, you must rescan the MediaBay.