This page contains settings for the VST audio engine.

Default Stereo Panner Mode (Cubase Pro only)

This allows you to specify the default pan mode for inserted audio tracks (Stereo Balance Panner, Stereo Dual Panner or Stereo Combined Panner).

Connect Sends automatically for each newly created Channel

When this option is enabled, creating a new audio or group channel will automatically connect the send routing for existing FX channels. Note that this option is disabled by default to save memory resources.

Instruments use Automation Read All and Write All

If you deactivate this option, the Read and Write automation status in VST instrument panels are not affected by the “Activate/Deactivate Read for All Tracks” and “Activate/Deactivate Write for All Tracks” automation switches.

Mute Pre-Send when Mute

If this option is activated, sends set to “Pre-fader” mode will be muted if you mute their channels.

Default Send Level

This allows you to specify a default level for your send effects.

Group Channels: Mute Sources as well

By default, when you mute a group channel no audio will pass through the group. However, other channels that are routed directly to that group channel will remain unmuted. If any of those channels have cue sends routed to other group channels, FX channels or output busses, those will still be heard.

If Group Channels: Mute Sources as well is activated, muting a group channel will cause all other channels directly routed to it to be muted as well. Pressing mute again will unmute the group channel and all other channels directly routed to it. 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.


Group Channels: Mute Sources as well does not affect how mute automation is written. Writing mute automation on a group channel only affects the group channel and not channels routed to it. When writing the automation you will see the other channels being muted when this option is checked. However, upon playback, only the group channel will respond to the automation.

Delay Compensation Threshold (for Recording)

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 realtime or record live audio (with monitoring through Cubase activated), this delay compensation may result in added latency. To avoid this, you can click the Constrain Delay Compensation button on the toolbar or the Transport zone of the Project window. This function tries to minimize the latency effects of the delay compensation, while maintaining the sound of the mix as far as possible.

The Delay Compensation Threshold setting is a kind of “tolerance” setting for the Constrain Delay Compensation function - only plug-ins with a delay higher than this threshold setting will be 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 (e. g. turned off) when you activate Constrain Delay Compensation. If you feel that a little latency is acceptable, you can raise this threshold value.

Do not Connect Input/Output Busses When Loading External Projects

Activate this option to load external projects without automatically connecting their input and output busses to the ASIO ports of your system. If you often work with projects created on computers that have ASIO configurations different from the configurations of your own system, this option prevents unwanted audio connections.

Activate ‘Link Panners’ for New Tracks (Cubase Pro only)

Activate this to activate Link Panners by default for new tracks so that the channel sends section always mirrors the Pan settings made in the channel fader section.

Auto Monitoring

Determines how Cubase handles monitoring (listening to the input signal during recording). The following options are available:

  • Manual

    This option allows you to turn input monitoring on or off by clicking the monitor button in the track list, Inspector, or MixConsole.

  • While Record Enabled

    With this option you will hear the audio source connected to the channel input whenever the track is record-enabled.

  • While Record Running

    This option switches to input monitoring only during recording.

  • Tapemachine Style

    This option emulates standard tapemachine behavior: input monitoring in Stop mode and during recording, but not during playback.


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

Warn on Processing Overloads

When you activate this option, a warning message is displayed as soon as the CPU overload indicator (on the Transport panel) lights up during recording.