Managing Templates in Cubase SX

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Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
Member Since: May 10, 2002

Sorry this comes late, and very possibly usless information at this point. But I remember someone asking how to delete user made templates in CSX. Could not find the post. Any-ba-whoba.. if your still out there:

There is another Cubase Templates folder buried in the log in user folder...e.g. files and docs/username/bla bla. Not the same as the folder in XX/Programs/Stienberg/bla bla bla/templets. They are kept as simple cubase project files. You simply delete the ones you do not want from the folder.

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Since: Jan 18, 2003

Oct 25, 2004 04:03 am

walt i have a cubase problem i have no idea how to fix. may i hijack for a moment? i dont actually think i can do anything about it. but just in case anyone knows...

i took an old song, erased the audio and kept the settings, and started using that blank project as a user template. i recorded like 15 new songs starting from this template--always saving them after the first recording session to thier own personal folder. THEN i realized that only the session file was being stored in that folder. all the audio tracks were being stored in the original folder of the song i made the template from.

so now i have one audio folder that has gigabytes of audio from multiple songs with no way to tell what's what. most of the space being taken up is unused stuff. when i record i mess up a lot, and i always just erase the messed up takes from the project window and then re-record. but the pool saves everything.

i always told myself "i will go and clean out the pool of each project as each song gets close to finished." with me that is rarely if ever, though, so i ended up with 15 incomplete songs, all of which stored bad takes into that one folder. along with the good ones!

now i can't use the pool cleanup feature because that would only save the visible files in whatever project i run the cleanup from. it would delete crucial files being used in other songs.

is there any way to clean that thing out? no way can i go through manually.

Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
Since: May 10, 2002

Oct 25, 2004 11:48 am

Oh my friend:

You not only horked my thread, (which is good per it's inherent value) but you baited me into indentured servitude! And that is good too as now I am testing features previously unused. .... hourglass .... Ok, that test worked out well.

First: ground rules; I am using Cubase SX 2.0 for reference, just in case you are using another release.

Second: I am confused about how cubase decided to revert to the old folder. My experience is that I will puttz with set up, delete all audio files and use [File] [Save as Template] to create the new template. When I start the next new project I use [File] [New Project], pick that newly made template and use the [create] pushbuttin to make a new folder for that project. Cubase has never faltered in using the newly created folder for file storage.

Third: Another housekeeping tip; I am one to make a mess on the other end of the project cycle. I do multiple mixes and masters. I will start by bringing up the last mix and playing around with it. To keep the two seperate, I always do a save as after making changes and assign an itteration number e.g. mix1...mix2... This way I can go back and hear how much of a difference I actualy made.

Now having babbled a lot and not addressed your problem directly, welcome to the world of azzburgers (just kidding, my wife loves to call me that, you get the drift) You might try opening a project then using [File] [Save project to new folder]. You will be prompted to create a new folder and given radio buttons to choose options that will limit the files actualy transfered. I my test I used the Remove Unused Files option. Cubase moved all of the currently used project files to the new folder.

Ok here is where I have to get humble and be gratefull. Thanks for inticing me to perform the test. Cubase did a nice job saving all edits, images, and only curently used audio files. This helps me a lot as well per my pepensity to do a lot of off line processing and cluttering my drive with undesired files.

Hope this helps.

Since: Jan 18, 2003

Oct 25, 2004 05:06 pm

wow man...

i wasnt actually asking for you to DO anything. i was just seeing if by chance anyone had an idea! i am grateful! i didnt know you could do that, and later on tonight i will try. looks like it'll work. i never saw that 'save to new folder' option before.

im not sure how i originally set things up in my template to mess things up this way. it was so long ago i don't remember what i did. but i wont do it in the future, i'll make sure of that.

walt i think you saved the day.

Since: Jan 18, 2003

Oct 29, 2004 11:01 pm

thanks walt! you did save the day.

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