I will explain my question with an example: Let's say I have 10 tracks. I want the 10 tracks to be my main mix (the one I listen with my headphones). But I would also want to take 4 of the 10 tracks, mix them together and output them to a stereo output on line 3 and line 4 of my soundcard. This "sub-mix" will go to other hardware that doesn't need the whole mix.

I want the 10 tracks to stay in the "global" mix that we hear when we listen, and I want 4 tracks to mix and output to a studio output.

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I don't know how to do this with Cubase specifically, but generically you can do this by using pre-fader track sends. What these do is send a percentage of the track's signal out to another track, usually called a return track. So you can have your main mix coming out your main outputs (just like you do already), but you can ALSO have a different mix going into this return, by varying the send levels on each track. You can probably assign the output of this return to go to outputs 3 and 4 on your soundcard, and bypass the master output.

There are pre-fader sends, which is a percentage of the signal unaffected by the track's output fader, and post-fader, where it's a percentage of the signal after the fader has affected it. For making a separate mix, you don't care what's going out to the master output, so you want to use a pre-fader send if possible.

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    Yep - it works just like this in Cubase and Sonar.
    – Rory Alsop
    Nov 25, 2011 at 10:59
  • Thanks for the answer, I will try this during the weekend and rate your answer :)
    – Jean-François Côté
    Nov 25, 2011 at 11:56
  • Do you have any tutorial on how to do that (any software)?
    – Jean-François Côté
    Nov 28, 2011 at 12:35
  • I don't have any myself, but I fould this video by searching on Google just now, which appears to be what you're looking for.
    – Warrior Bob
    Nov 28, 2011 at 16:00
  • Thank you SOOOO much. Your google search make me find this video and did the trick: youtube.com/watch?v=3HD_NUSjrP4
    – Jean-François Côté
    Nov 28, 2011 at 23:55

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