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Cubase 5: Using Reason in Cubase via Rewire

Reason will be the ‘slave’ application and Cubase will be the ‘master’. Cubase is the source of synchronisation, and the device for audio output. Rewire is a system developed by Propellerheads to allow precise linking between two audio applications.

In order to use Reason via Rewire successfully in Cubase you will need to do the following:

  1. It is important that you always open Cubase before Reason and wait until it is fully loaded (if Reason is opened before Cubase, the two will not communicate with each other).

  2. It is always important to check that the ‘Release Driver when application is in background’ box is not ticked. If this is ticked, the ASIO driver fails to connect with Reason. You can find this by going into Devices> Device Setup> VST Audio System. Once this has been done once, you will not need to change it every time you open Cubase.

  3. After completing the above, open a new or existing project. You should then click on the Devices menu and click on Reason ReWire – this will then open a new window.

  4. You will need to click on the Mix L standby button which will activate the audio channels to receive input from Reason. These will highlight blue when they are active as seen above. This will also create a channel in the Cubase mixer which is named Mix L + Mix R.

You are now ready to open Cubase

  1. Upon loading you may encounter a few error messages on the Reason start up screen - these can be ignored and do not indicate to an actual error with setup; the most common one is Reason cannot setup control surfaces properly. You can safely dismiss these error messages.

  2. Once Reason has opened, insert a device into the rack or open up a previously saved project file. You should notice that under the Reason Hardware Device that the application tells you that it is running in ReWire Slave Mode. If you cannot see this device fully, click the triangle icon and it should drop down to full view.

  3. Once you have Reason setup, you should go back to Cubase. Within Cubase you will need to add a MIDI track. You will notice in the track inspector and on the track itself, that you can select the output routing of the MIDI.

  4. When you click on the output section, you should be able to see the availability of any device you have active in Reason. As an example, I have selected the default Reason Hardware Interface, but you can assign any device to the track and add another MIDI track for another device to give you greater control. Using the mixer output gives you playback of all devices.

  5. If you now press play in Cubase, you should hear Reason's audio output follow. You should also see activity in the MIDI track meter and the Main Output Mixer within Cubase.

  6. To insert Cubase’s audio effects plug-ins onto Reason devices, you will need to do this on the Mix L + Mix R channel just as you would do with any other audio track. This can be accessed form the project window by opening the folder icon named ReWire Channels.

Cubase and Reason should now be working in ReWire together. You should be able to press play/record in either application and find that the other follows. A good way to test if the programs are syncing with each other correctly, is to change the tempo in one of the applications. The other application’s tempo should automatically change to the same value.

Posted on 20 Mar 2009 09:00 to category : Tips and advice

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