This page contains settings for the VST audio engine.

Activate ‘Link Panners’ for New Tracks

Activates Link Panners by default for new tracks so that the channel sends section always mirrors the pan settings made in the channel fader section.

Warn if realtime mixdown is required in order to include external plug-in

Shows a warning if a realtime mixdown is required.

Default Stereo Panner Mode

Allows you to specify the default pan mode for inserted audio tracks.

Connect Sends Automatically for Each Newly Created Channel

Automatically connects the send routing for existing FX channels when you create a new audio or group channel.

Instruments use Automation Read All and Write All

If you activate this, the Read and Write automation status in control panels for VST instruments is affected by Activate/Deactivate Read for All Tracks and Activate/Deactivate Write for All Tracks.

Mute Pre-Send when Mute

Mutes pre-fader sends when you mute their channels.

Default Send Level

Allows you to specify a default level for your send effects.

Group Channels: Mute Sources as well

Mutes channels that are directly routed to a group channel when you mute the group channel. Channels that were muted prior to the group channel being muted will not remember their mute status and will be unmuted when the group channel is unmuted.


This does not affect how mute automation is written.

Delay Compensation Threshold (for Recording)

Minimizes the latency effects of the delay compensation while maintaining the sound of the mix as far as possible. Only plug-ins with a delay higher than this threshold setting are affected by the Constrain Delay Compensation function. By default, this is set to 0.0 ms, which means that all plug-ins will be affected. If you feel that a little latency is acceptable, you can raise this threshold value.


Cubase features full delay compensation–any delay inherent in the VST plug-ins you use will automatically be compensated for during playback. However, when you play a VST instrument in real time or record live audio (with monitoring through Cubase activated), this delay compensation may result in added latency.

Do Not Connect Input/Output Busses When Loading External Projects

Prevents connecting input and output busses to the ASIO ports of your system when loading external projects.

Auto Monitoring

Determines how Cubase handles monitoring. The following options are available:

  • Manual

    Turns input monitoring on or off when you click Monitor.

  • While Record-Enabled

    Connects the audio source to the channel input when you click Record Enable.

  • While Record Running

    Switches to input monitoring only during recording.

  • Tapemachine Style

    Activates input monitoring in stop mode and during recording, but not during playback.


The automatic monitoring options apply when you monitor through Cubase, or when you use ASIO Direct Monitoring. If you monitor externally (listen to the input signal from an external mixer, for example), select Manual mode and keep all audio Monitor buttons turned off in Cubase.

Warn on Processing Overloads

Shows a warning if the Processing Overload indicator on the Transport panel lights up during recording.