Cubase' hotkeys, macros and tips (with gif examples)

06-06-2020
We might take for granted the ability to modify hotkeys. But not every DAW has this feature*. Luckily Cubase is not one of them and you can set a hotkey for literally anything. If there is no something that you want, there is a big chance to create a macro, that consists of smaller tasks and is able to do what you need. It is better to overcome brain laziness and learn hotkeys from the very beginning, Cubase don't spam with UI elements and gets some hate from point-and-click lovers for that. I think using hotkeys pays back pretty quick and gives you feeling like you operate a star ship, that flies you to your imaginary song instead of distracting your brain with necessity to search the right button on the screen.

Cubase Logical Editor

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Default Hot Keys

s = solo selected track /2020/hotkey/s.gif
m = mute selected track /2020/hotkey/m.gif
r = rec enabled on selected track /2020/hotkey/r.gif
c = metronome /2020/hotkey/c.gif
num * = record 4 /2020/hotkey/rec.gif
j = snap to grid /2020/hotkey/j.gif
k = toggle group editing /2020/hotkey/k.gif
i, o = punch in / punch out /2020/hotkey/io.gif
u = bring to front
(uncover overlapped clip)
/2020/hotkey/u.gif
alt + z = undo
alt + shift + z = redo
/2020/hotkey/altz.png
ctrl + left / right
= move clip, step is quantize grid
/2020/hotkey/ctrllr.gif
alt (+ shift) + left / right
= nudge clip
/2020/hotkey/altlr.gif
. = toggle ruler between time and beats /2020/hotkey/dot.gif
, = return to start /2020/hotkey/coma.gif
shift + t = input tempo /2020/hotkey/shiftt.gif
shift + c = tempo window /2020/hotkey/shiftc.gif
shift + n / b = jump to next / previous marker /2020/hotkey/shiftb.gif
shift + num/ = preview cycle on / off /2020/hotkey/shiftslash.gif




p = locators to selection /2020/hotkey/p.gif alt + p = loop and play selection /2020/hotkey/alt-p.gif num / = loop on/off /2020/hotkey/loop.gif l, e = jump to selection start / end /2020/hotkey/l.gif x = crossfade. Remove fades: Audio > Remove Fades /2020/hotkey/x.gif ctrl + l = move to cursor /2020/hotkey/ctrll.gif f = follow cursor /2020/hotkey/f.gif g / h = zoom in / out (view centers to cursor). One of the most cool features of Cubase, believe it or not. /2020/hotkey/gh.gif shift + g / h = vertical zoom in / out /2020/hotkey/shiftgh.gif alt + up / down = vertical resize of tracks /2020/hotkey/altud.gif alt + x = split at cursor /2020/hotkey/altx.gif q = quantize shift + backspace = delete time (region) shift + backspace - if Range Selection tool = delete time on particular track /2020/hotkey/shiftbackspace2.gif ctrl + shift + e = insert time (empty, silence) ctrl + shift + x = cut time
ctrl + shift + v = paste time (region) ctrl + g, ctrl + u = group / un-group /2020/hotkey/ctrlg.gif shift + del = delete track /2020/hotkey/shiftdel.gif ctrl + f = find tracks F3 = mixer
alt + F3 = mixer in the lower zone /2020/hotkey/f3.gif alt + l = show / hide control line /2020/hotkey/altl.gif ctrl + shift + l / u = lock / unlock event /2020/hotkey/ctrlshiftl.gif shift + x = split range /2020/hotkey/shiftx.gif ctrl + 1-9 = set marker
insert = insert marker
shift + 1-9 = go to marker
/2020/hotkey/marker.gif t = add track
ctrl + t = add audio track
alt + shift + t = add instrument track /2020/hotkey/t.gif Right click menu also has hotkeys, D, R, B, N are my favorites. 1
/2020/hotkey/track-menu-hotkeys.jpg Send tracks hotkeys 2
/2020/hotkey/send-hot-keys.jpg Inserts hotkeys
/2020/hotkey/inster-rcm.png

Secondary

shift + s = project properties /2020/hotkey/shifts.gif alt + c = stationary cursor / page scroll /2020/hotkey/altc.gif ctrl + i = info line /2020/hotkey/ctrli.gif ctrl + v = paste
alt + v = paste at origin
shift + v = paste relative to cursor 2 = range selection tool
ctrl + x = cut /2020/hotkey/ctrlx.gif shift + enter = set event name from track name /2020/hotkey/shiftenter.gif num+ / num- = move play-head
ctrl + num+ / ctrl + num- = snap to grid
shift + num+ / shift + num- = fast
/2020/hotkey/nuppm.gif F2 = show transport bar /2020/hotkey/f2.gif F8 = video /2020/hotkey/F8.gif F4 = show input\output\bus selection, audio connections /2020/hotkey/F4.gif F5 = show Media Bay /2020/hotkey/F5.gif F11 = VST instruments /2020/hotkey/F11.gif F12 = audio performance /2020/hotkey/F12.gif shift + F2 = inline: view layout somehow it doesn't work in C10 /2020/hotkey/shiftf2.gif alt + k = show/hide virtual keyboard (if enabled some hot keys doesn't work) /2020/hotkey/altk.gif ctrl + p = open pool /2020/hotkey/ctrlp.gif e = left selection side to cursor /2020/hotkey/e.gif d = right selection side to cursor /2020/hotkey/d.gif ctrl + k = repeat /2020/hotkey/ctrlk.gif alt + o = show / hide overview /2020/hotkey/alto.gif alt + i = show / hide left zone /2020/hotkey/alti.gif shift + i = show / hide punch in / out separate window /2020/hotkey/shifti.gif alt + shift + c = events color window /2020/hotkey/altshiftc.gif ctrl + shift + space = shuttle play 1/2x /2020/hotkey/ctrlshiftspace.gif z = zoom track exclusive (I disable this because sometimes it conflicts with ctrl + z and wrecks horizontal zoom) /2020/hotkey/z.gif alt + r = toggle read /2020/hotkey/altr.gif alt + w = toggle write /2020/hotkey/altw.gif alt + e = expand / reduce mixer racks (it should be in focus) /2020/hotkey/alte.gif alt + a = activate / deactivate whatever can be activated/deactivated when it's focused
don't understand how this is quicker than mouse click /2020/hotkey/alta.gif shift + q = auto grid 3 /2020/hotkey/shiftq.gif ctrl + shift + up / down = raise the volume of the focused channel(s) in 1dB steps. Works in Mixconsole only. /2020/hotkey/ctrlshiftup.gif alt + g / h = audio wave zoom in / out /2020/hotkey/alth.gif alt + space = play selection or clip (it will stop at the end) /2020/hotkey/altspace.gif n / b = locate next\prev event /2020/hotkey/nb.gif (shift +) tab = move through fields /2020/hotkey/tab.gif ctrl + shift + i = open in-place editor /2020/hotkey/ctrlshifti.gif shift + num* = retrospective record
ctrl + w = close project, current window, plugin
ctrl + z = undo
ctrl + shift + z = redo
ctrl + a, ctrl + shift + a = select all / unselect
ctrl + e = open (same as double click)
ctrl + shift + n = new track version
ctrl + shift + d = duplicate track version
ctrl + shift + h = next track version
ctrl + shift + g = previous track version
ctrl + alt + s = save new version
shift + F5 = search mediabay




My custom hotkeys

ctrl + space = Transport - play from selection start
/2020/hotkey/ctrlspace.gif alt + f = invert selection
By default it's "Invert" however does nothing. So I reassigned it. /2020/hotkey/altf.gif shift + d = zoom to event (custom, shift + e - default)
shift + f = zoom to project, horizontal (default) alt + shift + e = export mixdown /2020/hotkey/altshifte.gif alt + shift + b = bounce selection /2020/hotkey/altshiftb.gif alt + shift + v = events to part (great for duplicating clip every N bars or make it have certain length). Cancel: Audio > Dissolve Part /2020/hotkey/altshiftv.gif alt + m = mute / unmute object (better than shift + m) /2020/hotkey/altm.gif alt + shift + r = render in place (current settings) ` = select next plugin window alt + ` = close plugin windows (useful if you use "always on top" option) ctrl + shift + f = find selected in pool (it is useful for quick change of file's tempo, stretch algorithm, finding its location, etc) /2020/hotkey/ctrlf.gif ctrl + ` = pre-count on / off /2020/hotkey/ctrlpre.gif alt + shift + x = split loop (cut selection at locators) /2020/hotkey/altshiftx.gif alt + shift + q = quantize length space = play / stop
shift + space = toggle return to start position ctrl + shift + c = global copy (overwrites Show Chord Pads) ctrl + r = reverse
alt + shift + n = normalize
alt + shift + g = gain
alt + shift + s = silence
alt + shift + i = statistics
alt + ctrl + p = preferences
shift + F12 = key commands




Macros

Duplicate time (region)
Ableton inspired

Edit - Global Copy
Transport - Go to Right Locator
Edit - Paste Time
Transport - Locators To Selection
Transport - Go to Right Locator

Play file in Media Bay with hotkey
to test a sound in mix

Media - Preview Stop
Media - Preview Start
num enter = play media
/2020/hotkey/numenter.gif

Quantized Nudge

/2020/hotkey/quantized-nudge.png/2020/hotkey/quant-nudge.gif



Doesn't have hotkey but cool

close gap (Audio > Advanced)

/2020/hotkey/close-gap.gif convert tracks: mono to multi-channel

/2020/hotkey/mono-to-multi.gif decrement event volume (can be done at Info Line)

/2020/hotkey/decrease-volume.gif delete overlaps (Audio > Advanced)

/2020/hotkey/del-over.gif detect silence (Audio > Advanced)

/2020/hotkey/detect-silence.jpg unstretch audio

/2020/hotkey/unstretch.gif crop range

/2020/hotkey/crop-range.gif edit VST instrument

show key commands window

/2020/hotkey/key-commands.png scrub tool (fun for sound design)

/2020/hotkey/scrub.gif jog left / jog right (yes, like DJ)

/2020/hotkey/jog.gif next / previous quantize setting

/2020/hotkey/quant-np.gif next / previous VST instrument preset 😍

/2020/hotkey/vst-preset.gif next / previous preset

/2020/hotkey/preset.gif



Other

Some info about shortcuts in Cubase.
Files that stores different hotkeys presets are stored in c:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Steinberg\Cubase 10_64\Presets\KeyCommands\
Cubase stores its current hotkeys in Key Commands.xml. But you'd better save them as separate preset from time to time. Sometimes Cubase' config files get corrupted and don't work. So it is also a good idea to back-up some settings too.
My hotkeys preset: download. Just in case. It is better to make your own personal keys preset.

Some tools.
Key Commands Overview as HTML Page
Original post at steinberg.net/forums
This is a really cool, well made thing to display your hotkeys as printable table that looks like image below. First you open raw file from github, then press ctrl + s to save it as web-page (plain HTML tool). Then you open that web page in a browser (Firefox, Opera, Chrome), there will be a form to pick a file. You select your key-commands.xml file from path mentioned above and it will display this table.

backup download




KeyCommand Utility
Original post at steinberg.net/forums
VB Script that creates two HTML files which show Cubase shortcut keys.
1. List of the commands which have keys and their associated key
2. Matrix of all the Keys vs Modifiers, and the commands for each combination
The HTML files will be opened in your default browser and are stored in the installation folder (see below). Place this script in the Cubase 'User Settings Data Folder', where the 'Key Commands.xml' file is stored. Run the script (double click) and it will create two HTML files (in the same folder as the script) and display them in your default browser. Original scripts written by JMCecil and someone else, adapted by MJV.

backup download


Here is an example of its output for defult Cubase 9.5 Key Commands.xml. Different colors mean different key mapping groups. Editors - mistyrose, Transport - yellow, etc.
Also I've modified it a little bit so there are free keystrokes that you can use as your own hotkeys. For example Y is totally free.

key - shift ctrl alt ctrl+shift alt + shift ctrl + alt ctrl+alt+shift
F1 . . . . . . . .
F2 panel inline: view layout . . . . . .
F3 mixer inline: settings . mixconsole lower zone . . . .
F4 vst connections inline: key commands . . . . . .
F5 open mediabay search mediabay . . . . . .
F6 open panel . . . . . . .
F7 direct offline processing . . . . . . .
F8 video . . . . . . .
F9 previous tool . . . . . . .
F10 next tool . . . . . . .
F11 vst instruments . . . . . . .
F12 vst performance . . . . . . .
` . . . . . . . .
1 select tool to marker 1 set marker 1 1 . . . .
2 range tool to marker 2 set marker 2 2 . . . .
3 split tool to marker 3 set marker 3 4 . . . .
4 glue tool to marker 4 set marker 4 8 . . . .
5 delete tool to marker 5 set marker 5 16 . . . .
6 zoom tool to marker 6 set marker 6 32 . . . .
7 mute tool to marker 7 set marker 7 64 . . . .
8 draw tool to marker 8 set marker 8 128 . . . .
9 play tool to marker 9 set marker 9 . . . . .
0 drumstick tool . . . . . . .
- . . . . . . . .
= . . . . . . . .
_ . . . . . . . .
+ . . . . . . . .
bkspc delete delete time . . . . . .
a adjust fades to range . select all activate / deactivate select none . . .
b locate previous event locate previous marker open browser locate previous hitpoint . . show/hide lower zone .
c metronome on input time signature copy stationary cursor chordpad . . .
d right selection side to cursor . duplicate . duplicate version . . .
e left selection side to cursor zoom to event open expand / reduce insert silence . show/hide lower zone .
f autoscroll zoom full find track / channel flip / invert . . . .
g zoom out zoom out vertically group . previous version . . .
h zoom in zoom in vertically . . next version . . .
i auto punch in input punch in position show / hide infoview show / hide left zone edit inplace . . .
j snap on/off . . . . . . .
k toggle group tracks . repeat virtual keyboard . . . .
l locate selection input left locator move to cursor show / hide controller lanes lock . show / hide left zone .
m mute mute events open markers mute / unmute objects . . . .
n locate next event locate next marker new locate next hitpoint new version . . .
o auto punch out input punch out position open show/hide overview . . . .
p locators to selection input position open pool loop selection . . . .
q quantize auto-grid quit . . . . .
r record enable input right locator open score editor toggle read enable all tracks . . show/hide right zone .
s solo setup save zoom to selection save as . save new version .
t tempo track rehearsal mode on/off input tempo open tempo track . . use external sync show/hide transport zone .
u move to front unmute events ungroup update workspace unlock . show/hide upper zone .
v . paste relative to cursor paste paste at origin paste time . . .
w write . close toggle write enable all tracks . . . .
x crossfade split range cut split at cursor cut time . . .
y . . . . . . . .
z zoom tracks exclusive . undo undo mixconsole step redo redo mixconsole step . .
[ . . . . . . . .
] . . . . . . . .
\ . . . . . . . .
; . . . . . . . .
' . . . . . . . .
, return to zero . . t . . . .
. exchange time formats . . . . . . .
/ . . . . . . . .
return open/close editor . . . . . . .
space startstop . toggle selection play selection range . . . .
insert insert marker . . . . . . .
del delete remove selected tracks . . . . . .
home top . . . . . . .
end bottom . . . . . . .
pgup show previous page . . . . . . .
pgdwn show next page . . . . . . .
left left add left left start left secondary parameter: decrease end left show previous tab .
up up add up zoom out tracks . primary parameter: increase . show previous page .
right right add right right start right secondary parameter: increase end right show next tab .
down down add down zoom in tracks . primary parameter: decrease . show next page .
num 0 stop preview stop new no workspace . . workspace x .
num 1 to left locator recall cycle marker 1 set left locator workspace 1 . . . .
num 2 to right locator recall cycle marker 2 set right locator workspace 2 . . open/close previewer .
num 3 to marker 3 recall cycle marker 3 set marker 3 workspace 3 . . . .
num 4 to marker 4 recall cycle marker 4 set marker 4 workspace 4 . . open/close file browser .
num 5 to marker 5 recall cycle marker 5 set marker 5 workspace 5 . . open/close filters .
num 6 to marker 6 recall cycle marker 6 set marker 6 workspace 6 . . open/close attribute inspector .
num 7 to marker 7 recall cycle marker 7 set marker 7 workspace 7 . . . .
num 8 to marker 8 recall cycle marker 8 set marker 8 workspace 8 . . open/close favorites .
num 9 to marker 9 recall cycle marker 9 set marker 9 workspace 9 . . . .
num . return to zero . . . . . . .
num / cycle preview cycle on/off . . . . . .
num * record retrospective record . . . . . .
num - rewind fast rewind nudge cursor left . . . . .
num + forward fast forward nudge cursor right . . . . .
enter start preview start . . . . . .




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