Import old Cubase projects

I have been using Ardour for Linux for about 2 years now with great success. I have a Presonus Firepod (pre FP10) that works well. The band I was with when I purchased the unit broke up, and at that time we were using Cubase LE that came with the unit to record. I recently got back together with the band, and I still have a bunch of recordings on an external hard drive that were recorded with Cubase. I would now rather use Ardour.

Is there a way to import these or convert them somehow? I don’t care about automation at all, but my biggest concern is making sure the tracks line up, and that the proper tracks are active. I understand that I could just use the .wav files in Ardour, but it would be a monumental task to figure out which ones to use as there is well over a thousand hours of wav files to sort through.

If they aren’t able to be directly imported/converted and I had to reinstall Cubase (and a windows partition, ugh), what would be the best method of exporting from Cubase LE to get them in Ardour as separate tracks?

@Paul: Thanks for the plug.

@Sheehanje: I don’t have LE but I would be surprised if Steinberg gave LE versions any form of export functionality. If this is true then your best bet would be if you know someone who has a non LE version and get them to open up your Cubase sessions and export ‘Track Archives’ which AATranslator can convert.

Failing that send me one of your .cpr files and I’ll see what I can do about converting it to Ardour for you.

Your other option is to use AATranslator, as described here:

Interesting. Thanks for the reply. I tried to get Cubase to work in Wine a while back and didn’t have much success, so I didn’t even bother checking that again. I will give it another go.

I also have to see if Cubase will export BWF, because that will do exactly what I need it to do.

Thanks again,


I don’t think there’s a way to import the Cubase projects directly into Ardour, and I don’t know of a simple way to export/import to get proper muting, but I think Broadcast Wave (BWF) could help you with the alignment of tracks (a bit old but more info here: , and newer info here :

And according to you should be able to run Cubase LE in WINE.

Now that is service!