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Preparing your computer for Cubase means that your operating system, sound card, and MIDI interface are installed properly and configured for optimal audio operations. Running an application such as Cubase requires a stable computer environment and lots of available computer resources, especially when using effects and software instruments. Making these resources available to Cubase will help you get the most out of your working session. Operation systems are designed to look good and do many things. In most cases, you will need to change your computer's configuration to emphasize performance rather than looks.
Here's a summary of what you will learn in this chapter:
How to choose the right driver for your sound card when working in Cubase.
The difference between dedicated, DirectX, and multimedia ASIO drivers.
How to set up your sound card driver and default MIDI ports in Cubase.
How and when to use Direct Monitoring.
What you should consider when running audio applications simultaneously with Cubase.
Different connection scenarios between Cubase and your studio equipment.
How to create a new project and configure it for your needs.
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