How To Import Audio from The Behringer X-Live Card into Cubase or Nuendo in Two Easy Steps

X-Live

In this article we will go through the steps required to import audio from the Behringer X-Live card or any other Multichannel WAV File into Cubase or Nuendo.

The Behringer X-Live Card allows you to record up to 32 channels, live from your Behringer X32/M32 etc. console directly to inserted SD Cards. A very powerful and useful feature. You can then play back the recorded file and it can be mixed in real time and / or used as a live sound check and so on.

However, what if we want to bring these channels into our favourite DAW Host? (which is of course Cubase or Nuendo).

The X-Live card records up to 32 channels. They are combined into a single WAV file, known as Multichannel WAV. If you play this file on some applications, you will hear only certain parts of it. What we want here is to have the ability to bring all channels into Cubase and mix the tracks independently.

Luckily, because you are using Cubase or Nuendo the procedure is actually very simple.

Step 1. Extract the files from the X-Live SD card by inserting the card into your computer (you will of course need an SD card reader). I like to place the files in a folder by date and then rename them depending on what they are, for. Renaming does not affect the use of the files.

In this case you can see I have put the files in a folder named 20190704 (the date of recording) and named each file after the set it was recorded from.

X-Live Files

X-Live Files

These files each contain 8 channels because I set the X-Live to record only 8 channels, (all I needed for this gig).

Once that is done, we open Cubase and create a new project.

Step 2. Drag the file (in this case “Set 1”) onto the Cubase project window.

Note: you can also import using the Pool or Import Audio.

You will see Cubase’s Import Options Dialog. Set this how you like it but make sure to check Split Channels.

Import Audio
Import Audio

After a short while the files will appear in Cubase. Note that all channels will be separated. So for example if you have a stereo pair (linked channels) in your mixer, they will appear as two separate mono channels when imported. Example Channel 7/8.

Cubase Project
Cubase Project

You can then go ahead and mix your recording as you would with any other recording inside Cubase.

Cubase Mixer
Cubase Mixer

Remember: If you do have stereo pairs (linked channels), you should obviously pan them left and right. It is a good idea to then send them to a Group in Cubase so you can control them easily.

That’s it done!

Many other folks must extract these files before they can use them. This is another reason to love Cubase and Nuendo.

Also, it is worth noting that if your files exceed a certain length (size) they will be split into separate files. They will line up with the next file. So you simply drag in the next file and line them up against the previous one.

Have fun. P.