How to Set Up Bus in Nuendo

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How to Set Up Bus in Nuendo
Nuendo buses allow you to route audio to and from hardware devices. (audio mixer equipment image by Alfonso d'Agostino from

Buses are the bread and butter of any software recording program. They receive inputs, send outputs and act as links between all kinds of channels. In Nuendo, you need to create buses in order to record audio and output sound. This sounds confusing, but don't worry--even if you're a Nuendo newbie, creating a bus is easy. You just need to know where to find the proper menus and commands. Once you know how to set up a bus in Nuendo, you'll be making music in no time.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Identify the type of bus you need to set up. For example, create a stereo input bus to route stereo instruments, and a mono input bus to route single mono instruments.

  2. 2

    Name your audio hardware connections. Click the "Devices" menu, choose "Device Setup" and select your audio card from the list shown. Click on a port name in the "Show as" column and enter a new name. Do this for each port shown.

  3. 3

    Click on the "Devices" menu and open the "VST Connections" window. Use this window whenever you need to add, remove or modify a bus.

  4. 4

    Select either the "Inputs" or "Outputs" tab. Pick the former to add an input bus and the latter to add an output bus.

  5. 5

    Click the "Add Bus" button. Select the "Mono" or "Stereo" option to create a bus of either type. Assign a port to your bus by clicking the "Device Port" column.

  6. 6

    Route any audio tracks you want to play back to your newly created output bus. If you've created an input bus, select the device port that will be feeding it sound.

  7. 7

    Toggle the appearance of your buses by using the Nuendo common panel. The "Hide Input Channels" command excludes input buses from the mixer window. The "Hide Output Channels" command excludes output buses from the mixer window.

Tips and warnings

  • Always give buses and ports commonsense names that you won't be likely to forget. For instance, if an input bus receives audio from a microphone, name it "Mic Input," not "InputX143Y."
  • Avoid using 5.1 buses if you only use a two-speaker set-up.

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