How to Add Time to a Pre-Roll in Cubase

Updated July 12, 2018

Several powerful software applications allow users to record and master their own audio productions. Cubase is a popular digital audio workstation, or DAW. Cubase incorporates audio recording with digital synthesis to create a flexible environment in which instrumental and vocal tracks can be combined with electronic sounds. Recording is made easy through the use of a click track and pre-roll. By following a few simple steps, you quickly can adjust the length of your pre-roll.

Launch the Cubase program. Create a new project in Cubase. The main display window appears on your monitor.

Select the "Use Pre-Roll" function in the transport panel. The transport panel contains all of the buttons associated with music playback. In a default project window, this panel typically is located at the top of the screen.

Select the number of bars you want to use for your pre-roll count off. This value typically is set at zero. Adjust the number of pre-roll bars by clicking and changing the values located to the immediate left of the pre-roll enable button. The bars stay in time with the selected tempo for your projects. After pressing "Record," the designated number of bars occur before audio recording is enabled.


Adjust the volume of the metronome beats in your headphones to create an ideal recording environment for your vocalist or instrumentalist. If the beats are too loud in the headphones, the actual music accompanying your recording artist may be inaudible. Many musicians use the accompanying music in their headphones to ensure that they are singing or playing in tune and in rhythm.


If you are using multiple audio tracks in your production, ensure that you have only armed the designated track for recording. If you have enabled recording on multiple tracks, previously stored material may be overwritten when you begin recording material for a new track.

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