How to Set up a Microphone in Cubase 5

Updated February 21, 2017

Steinberg Cubase 5 is a digital audio recording program for Windows and Mac OS X. Using Cubase 5, you can record original music, audiobooks, podcasts or narrations. In order to achieve a professional quality sound, you will need to connect external hardware, such as microphones, and configure them in Cubase. Once you have your microphone set up, you can begin transmitting crystal clear recordings, just as you would in a studio.

Connect your microphone to your computer. If you have a USB microphone, just connect it to an available USB port. If you have an XLR microphone or TRS microphone, you can connect it using a USB microphone adaptor (available in music supply stores). If using a condenser mic that requires Phantom power, you must connect it to a mixer or audio interface with a Phantom power switch, and then connect the mixer or interface to your USB port.

Open Cubase and click "Devices" on your menu bar. Select "Device Setup" from the drop-down menu and choose "VST Audiobay" in the left column of the pop-up window. You will then see your audio input and output options.

Click the black drop-down menu appearing directly beneath the words "VST Audiobay." A list of recognised inputs will then appear. Select your input from the list. This may include the name of your USB microphone, interface or mixer. Click "OK."

Click "Project" on the menu bar and select "Add Track." A new track will appear just below, resembling a long horizontal bar. This is the space on which you can record. To begin recording through your microphone, just click the black circle symbol on the tool bar at the top of your screen. Click the black square to stop recording.

Things You'll Need

  • Microphone
  • Microphone USB adaptor
  • Audio interface
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