Innovative instruments that put creativity first
Cubase 6 delivers a rich palette of finest virtual instruments and each of them comes ready to play with hundreds of fantastic preset sounds — amounting to over 1,900 sounds right out of the box.
HALion Sonic SE
HALion Sonic SE is a streamlined version of HALion Sonic, Steinberg’s premier VST workstation. Incorporating the same pristine audio and synth engine as its award-winning brother, HALion Sonic SE offers tight integration with Cubase 6 and more than 900 production-ready sounds and instruments that will truly inspire your creative work.
HALion Sonic SE replaces HALion ONE, but all HALion ONE sounds have been revamped and are now included in HALion Sonic SE — together with new content taken from HALion Sonic. HALion Sonic SE supports VST 3.5, being among the first to benefit from the revolutionary VST Expression 2 technology. This includes time-saving tools for composers such as the automatic VST Expression map setup and the Note Expression feature. With HALion Sonic SE, Cubase 6 also introduces a MIDI file import mode, making full use of HALion Sonic SE’s 16-part multi-timbral mode. Equipped with detailed acoustic instruments and brilliant synthesizers, the SE version is an extensive pool of sounds for everyday studio work. Intuitive handling, instant playability and VST 3.5 support make this new instrument the perfect choice for productive songwriting or just playing along.
Groove Agent ONE
Groove Agent ONE pairs powerful drum sampling with detailed sound shaping — seamlessly integrated into Cubase. Not only does it boast sliced loop and MPC-import but rocks right out of the box with its own custom library of only the finest acoustic, urban, hip hop and dance drum kits (66 total)! Each of its virtual pads features a complete sound processing section that gives full control of textures, timbres and expressive qualities of each drum sound. Creation of custom kits with drag and drop from the MediaBay allows an extremely fluid and easy workflow. Support for WAV, AIFF and the legendary MPC format means that creating your own kits and using custom MPC kits are only a few clicks away. And because the interface and workflow have been optimized to provide fast access and easy import and kit creation features, Groove Agent ONE is the perfect fusion of functionality and simplicity.
LoopMash is a revolutionary virtual instrument that offers a unique and innovative way of working with loops and beats to create stunning new rhythms and grooves. Seamlessly blendable variations of both the included loops and any loop from your library open up myriad new creative possibilities. Its revolutionary audio analysis/synthesis engine, developed in collaboration with Yamaha, matches similar elements across loops and beats, generating fresh and inspiring mash-ups from any rhythmic audio material — entirely synced to the Cubase Tempo. Integrated editing and the powerful live performance mode with user-definable scenes and automation support and its over 20 MIDI-controllable live and slice-based effects such as scratches, stutters and tape stops, make this instrument a powerful creative tool for any artist serious about their beats!
LoopMash is the first-of-its-kind interactive loop synthesizer that creative musicians working in many genres have been waiting for and offers almost limitless variations: all with the sole aim of getting the beats creative again.
Prologue is a polyphonic subtractive synthesizer with great sounding multi-mode variable resonance filters, powerful modulation capabilities and cranking onboard effects. Powered by VirSyn technology, this punchy virtual analog synthesizer is fed by hundreds of great sounding presets covering a wide range of sounds reaching from traditional analog to indescribable. Prologue’s intuitive user interface provides full editing capabilities with access to its three oscillators, powerful multi-mode filter, four envelopes, two LFOs, a powerful modulation matrix, and on-board effects.
This unique instrument is based on two extremely colorful and versatile spectrum filters and can utilize up to six oscillators per voice with two different waveforms each. Separate independent spectrum filters process each of the two waveforms. Creating new, unique sounds by simply drawing new filter curves and then shifting or morphing the two filter’s spectrums is as much fun as browsing through the included showcasing presets. Identical to Prologue, Spector offers four envelope generators, two LFOs, a powerful modulation matrix and on-board effects. With access to all sound parameters, Spector provides full editing capabilities.
Mystic is a very unusual but inspiring instrument with lots of personality, making it the perfect complement to Cubase 6’s other integrated instruments. Its synthesis uses a combination of physical modeling and comb filtering to generate unique and colorful sounds and is based on three parallel comb filters with feedback. The sound source is an “impulse sound” based on physical modeling technology. The harmonic spectrum of this sound is based on one of six waveforms and a set of two spectrum filters. The sound can be shaped with a filter (damping), by adding an offset to the comb filters (detune), or by adding a noise component (crackle).
Embracer is a simple but powerful polyphonic synthesizer designed entirely for producing pads and accompaniment sounds. With its easy-to-use envelope and tone controls, it gives fast access to the sounds needed without having to search through thousands of presets. However, the most powerful feature of Embracer is its surround output. With a single switch, the instrument can be turned from stereo to surround and the width control allows spreading its pad sound anywhere from mono to stereo to full 360° surround. The unique “eye” controller gives an exact idea of how the sound will be placed in a mix.
Monologue is a monophonic analog synthesizer based on physical modeling technology. It offers full, rich and colorful sounds without consuming a lot of CPU power. The Monologue synthesizer is the perfect tool for bass, lead and sequenced sounds.
Add outstanding effects to your music
Cubase 6 comes with an impressive arsenal of high-quality VST effect processors, including EQ, Dynamics, Modulation, Reverb, Filters, Distortion and special effects. Together with the also included “Legacy Set” of original Cubase SX 3 effects, Cubase 6 offers a total of 60 real-time audio effects right out of the box, making it Steinberg’s most complete plug-in set ever. More than 1.280 great-sounding presets, which really allow experiencing the excellent quality of these effects from the first moment on are waiting to be explored.
Standard Channel EQ
Full four-band parametric control with variable response curves and shelving modes.
This powerful and versatile equalizer offers full four-band parametric control with variable response curves and shelving modes, as well as analog-style peak filters.
Graphic equalizer with 10 bands; features drawing of EQ curves, an invert parameter, and seven different response types. Also features a global range control for overall amount of equalization.
Graphic equalizer with 30 bands; features drawing of EQ curves, an invert parameter, and seven different response types. Also features a global range control for overall amount of equalization.
A classic dual low and high pass filter with resonance: filters out certain frequencies while allowing others to pass through.
A pattern-controlled multimode filter that can create rhythmic, pulsating filter effects. Supports up to 16 steps for individual settings of cutoff-frequency and filter
Tonic – Analog Modeling Filter
A versatile and powerful analog modeling filter designed to be a creative tool to add color and punch to any track. Its variable characteristics plus the powerful modulation functions make it an excellent choice for all current music styles.
Typical wah-wah pedal modeling effect — lets you emulate your favorite wah-wah pedals. Features parameters for frequency range, filter width, and gain range.
Classic compressor with auto release, auto make-up gain, hard/soft knee, RMS/Peak, and “Live” mode which disables look-ahead for low-latency use.
Modeled after one of the most famous vintage compressors. Easy to use but very effective.
The new MultibandCompressor features four independent bands with three crossover frequencies. Each band has its own independent compressor (with Threshold, Ratio, Attack, Release und Makeup Gain); it features independent Solo and Bypass per band, and auto mode for automatic attack/release control. Each compressor band has an independent automatic make-up gain.
This is the VST3 version of the classic VST Dynamics multi-effect plug-in, combining Compressor, Gate, Limiter and Soft Clipper with flexible routing capabilities.
This special type of compressor reduces excessive sibilance, primarily for vocal recordings. Close proximity microphone placement and equalizing can lead to situations where the overall sound is just right, but there is a problem with sibilants — that’s where DeEsser shines.
Straight-forward low-distortion limiter with auto-release; puts a “hard ceiling” on any signal, and is also suitable for the master stage.
Hard limiter/loudness enhancer for master channel; features soft clipping and automatic attack/release.
Flexible gate with independent attack and release controls, auto-release, a side-chain input filter for ducking effects, as well as a “live” mode for low-latency use.
Classic expander; also features auto-release and “live” mode for low-latency use.
Manipulates the transients of ideally percussive input signals; offers variable attack gain and length, as well as release gain controls.
A gate effect that is not triggered by threshold levels, but instead by MIDI notes; silences audio signals depending on incoming MIDI notes and their velocity.
A combined tremolo and autopan effect which can use different waveforms to modulate the level (tremolo) or left-right stereo position (pan), either using tempo sync or manual modulation speed settings.
VST Amp Rack
Steinberg’s all new reference virtual guitar tone suite, featuring seven legendary amp models, sixteen vintage stomp boxes, six classic speaker cabinets and two studio-grade microphone types. Be it jazz, rock or metal, this comprehensive collection is ready to infuse guitar recordings with drive, punch and clarity.
Guitar amp simulation with speaker simulation. Features various amp and cabinet models to choose from. Additional controls resemble a classic guitar combo. Also suitable for bass. May be used in combination with the ToneBooster if the guitar lacks output gain.
Simple volume booster with a variable filter stage for tone control. Simulates classic stomp boxes like Range Booster. Very useful in combination with AmpSimulator to adjust output volume from low-level output instruments.
Simulates the characteristic warm, lush sound of a tube amplifier.
Soft clipping with independent 2nd and 3rd harmonics controls.
Simulates the characteristic warm, lush sound of a tube amplifier.
Adds noise and static to recordings — kind of like listening to a radio with bad reception, or a worn and scratched vinyl record with a mangling distortion effect.
The perfect tool for getting into lo-fi sound. Offers the possibility of decimating and truncating the input audio signal by bit reduction, to get a noisy, distorted sound.
Reverb and Convolution
A highly adjustable reverb plug-in for creating realistic room ambience and reverb effects in stereo and surround formats. The CPU usage is adjustable to fit the needs of any system. From short-room reflections to cavern-sized reverb, this plug-in delivers high quality reverberation.
A new “light” version of Steinberg’s appraised Roomworks reverb. Great sound — low on CPU load.
The world’s first VST3 high end multi-channel convolution reverb processor, being capable of emulating speakers, analog gear and any natural room or hall imaginable — in stereo or surround with over 70 responses included.
A single stage chorus effect with filters.
Powerful dual-stage chorus with two identical stages running in serial; each stage also features a filter stage and a spatial parameter which creates modulation offsets between channels, also in surround configurations.
Powerful flanger with editable Lo/Hi Range, a filter stage, manual mode and a spatial parameter for multi-channel modulation offsets.
Classic phaser with variable filter stage, manual mode, tempo sync and a spatial parameter for multi-channel modulation offsets.
Classic tremolo effect with optional tempo sync and a spatial parameter to add multi-channel modulation offsets.
Classic vibrato effect with optional tempo sync and a spatial parameter to add multi-channel modulation offsets.
Automatic panning effect with adjustable width, rate, two wave shapes; features tempo sync.
The Cloner simulates the effect of double-tracking by creating up to four “cloned” signals from the original input source. Cloned signals have variable delay, detune and panning, Very useful — not only for creating thick backing vocal performances from single tracks.
Rotor speaker cabinet effect with very powerful editing capabilities. Features independent Lo/Hi cabinet control, overdrive, slow/fast/stop modes.
A ring modulator effect, in which the incoming audio is ring modulated by an internal, variable frequency oscillator, producing new harmonics. A second oscillator can be used to modulate the frequency of the first oscillator, in sync with the Song tempo if needed.
Can produce complex, bell-like enharmonic sounds by multiplying two audio signals. The ring modulated output contains added frequencies generated by the sum of, and the difference between, the frequencies of the two signals.
Feeds the audio signal through a variable frequency filter, with tempo sync or time modulation and feedback control.
A powerful multi-stage delay/modulation effect (see diagram for signal flow). Combines a wide-range delay with LFO controlled delay time, as well as a resonant filter with dual LFOs for frequency and resonance modulation. The filter can either be inserted into the output stage or into a delay feedback loop. The Spatial parameter controls the modulation offset between channels.
Monophonic delay processor with filter stage and tempo sync. The Steve Reich of delays.
Dual-channel delay with separate and independent left and right delay stages. Features variable filters and tempo sync for each channel.
Monophonic delay processor with filter stage and tempo sync. The Steve Reich of delays.
Can create a pseudo-stereo signal from any mono source. Also includes controls for “color” and “delay”.
Can enhance the stereo width of a stereo input signal. Features controls for “color” and “delay” to further enhance the effect.
Designed for vocal and solo instrument recordings, the new PitchCorrect VST3 plug-in brings easy and automatic intonation control and scale correction of vocal and monophonic instrument recordings to Cubase.
Sub-octave pitch shifter creates two additional signals, one and two octaves below the input signal, each with variable level.
Instrument tuner plug-in.
The UV22 HR is a dithering plug-in, based on an advanced algorithm developed by Apogee.
Can be used for viewing the waveform, phase linearity or frequency content of a signal.
Sends out SMPTE time code to an audio output in order to synchronize other equipment to Cubase. This can be very handy in case there is no access to a MIDI-to-time code converter.
Generates an audio test signal for measurements and testing purposes of various kinds. The audio signal is based on a waveform generator which can generate a number of basic waveforms such as sine and saw and various types of noise.
Allows controlling the levels of up to six surround channels and to mix these down to a stereo output.
Allows downmixing of surround channels for monitoring purposes.
If you need to delay certain signals in your audio system this is your plug-in to go.
Used for positioning the sound source dynamically in the surround field.