Problems in recording vocals in Cubase
A. I can't get it to record anything!
(there's no sound when I playback the recording)
There are a number of reasons why you may not be getting Cubase to record your vocal. Here's a list of things to help diagnose the problem:-
1. When you hit record on the transport menu, is the red record enable button active? (see green area circled below). If not, you'll need to click it!
2. When you've finished recording, there should be a rectangular box in the track. If you've successfully recorded some vocals, you should see a "wave form" in the box (not just blank or a straight line), similar to the orange box in this example (these screen shots are taken from Cubase 5):-
If you do, this is a good sign - you are recording the vocals, it's just for some reason you can't hear it. Check the channel is not muted, and check in the mixer (tools/mixer) that the volume is up on the vocal channel, and the master channel is also up. Make sure that it is not a general problem with Cubase by playing other tracks (midi or vst instrument tracks) and see if you can hear anything. If you don't, make sure you havn't overlooked obvious things - are the speakers on? If you're using a physical mixing desk, is it switched on and are the faders up? Check the cabling out of the sound card to the speakers/desk. Try switching it with a different cable if you have a spare.
If there is still no volume, then check that you have an audio driver associated with this track. You can do this by going to inspector and looking underneath the volume and pan controls. There should be an option something like "audio out" and the name of your sound card - make sure that this is selected. If it says "no buss", then you will need to activate a buss by opening the Vst Connections menu (F4 or Devices/Vst Connections):-
The VST Connections Menu
Click on the "Outputs" tab, and then click on "Add Bus". In the dialogue box, Select stereo, and 1 Count. Then OK and close this window, and select the stereo out options where you saw the "no buss" message in the inspector. Then try playing the sound back again.
3. I've tried the above options and Cubase is still not recording any vocals!
Check that the cables are correctly routed into the soundcard. (You'll need to refer to your soundcard manual for this).
Make sure that you are recording the vocals on an audio track (not midi or vst instrument track!)
Make sure that you have activated the recording drivers in your Cubase project. You can do this by going to devices/VST connections and clicking on the "Imputs" tab in this menu. You should see (under the "Bus Name") the words "Stereo In" and underneath this "left" and "right" (see image below). If you do not see this, then you'll need to add a bus, by clicking on the "Add Bus" tab. Once done, select "Stereo" configuration and count = 1. Now your VST connections menu should look similar to below, and when you close this and open the inspector on the vocal audio channel, you should be able to select "stereo in" where it says "no bus" underneath the volume/pan controls.
The VST Connections Menu (again)