How to Change Meters in Cubase

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How to Change Meters in Cubase
Move the sliders in the Cubase mixer to adjust the volumes of individual channels. (Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

The virtual mixer in Steinberg's Cubase audio software uses meters to display a visual representation of the volume level of each audio channel. These meters allow you to monitor the relative volume levels of different channels and to ensure that no channel's volume is peaking. Cubase's meters change colour as the volume level increases; by default, the meter moves from blue to green to yellow to red. If you want to customise the Cubase interface, you can change the meters' colours in the programs preferences section.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Double-click the Cubase desktop icon to start the program. Click "File," then click "Preferences."

  2. 2

    Click "Appearances" in the "Preference" window. Click "Meters."

  3. 3

    Drag the five colour handles up and down to set the volume scale for the meter. Each volume handle determines at which point the meter indicator changes colour.

  4. 4

    Click on the lowest handle. Click inside the colour wheel to set the colour of the handle. Drag the brightness slider to the right of the colour wheel up or down to make the handle brighter or darker.

  5. 5

    Click on the second-highest handle and adjust its colour and brightness. Repeat the process for all of the colour handles on the volume meter.

Tips and warnings

  • Hold "Shift" while moving the colour handles to increase precision.

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