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Cubase

Cubase

Cubase condenses almost three decades of Steinberg expertise into the most cutting-edge digital audio workstation anywhere. The users of our flagship DAW are among the most successful artists on the globe — from engineers recording and mixing rock albums to dance DJs, hip hop producers, songwriters creating pop hits or film composers scoring for Hollywood blockbusters. Cubase combines industry-leading sound quality, intuitive handling and a range of advanced audio and MIDI tools for composition, recording, editing and mixing.

Compose

Steinberg has pioneered many aspects of MIDI sequencing on a computer, and tools such as the Score, Drum and List Editors have become indispensable to modern music production. With easy-to-use editing and innovative composing and notation tools, Cubase offers the most complete MIDI composing and sequencing toolset available today.

Key Editor

At the heart of MIDI sequencing in Cubase is the Key Editor: a breathtakingly powerful yet transparent tool that opens up virtually limitless possibilities for songwriters and composers. The Key Editor is the place where melodies, chords, arrangements and performances take shape and where ideas are sketched out, developed and taken to their full potential. 

  • Intuitive handling: enter, cut, move and transpose individual notes or whole chords with ease.
  • Inspector provides smooth and intuitive access to the most important MIDI tools and functions in one central spot.
  • Note Expression integration: assign, create and edit multiple controller values directly on single note level in the Key Editor.
  • In-place editing function: process MIDI parts directly in the Project window in context with other tracks.
Key Editor

Score Editor

The Score Editor is a professional notation environment with full support for just about all symbol, display and editing options that this entails, including support for lyrics and remarks as well as drum notes, guitar tablature and lead sheets. Simply select the tools needed to create fully professional score layouts for others including soloists, orchestras and choirs. In Cubase 7.5, the Score Editor has been further enhanced to feature all MIDI-related functions from the Key Editor, giving you all the tools you need.

  • Professional music notation and score editing environment
  • Hundreds of professional notation symbols included
  • Music XML import and export
  • VST  Expression 2 integration


VST Expression is absolutely brilliant. It makes perfect sense.

— Hans Zimmer

Score Editor

Drum Editor

Drum Editor

The Drum Editor is a highly intuitive yet powerful place for constructing and reworking beats, rhythms and grooves, offering a plethora of features to let you come up with the perfect rhythm for your song or production. 

List Editor

List Editor

The List Editor is a advanced MIDI editing tool that gives fast access to every single aspect of a MIDI note and can be a huge timesaver in complex projects.

VST Expression 2

VST Expression is a groundbreaking technology by Steinberg that provides an ultra-intuitive way of working with instrument articulations, dynamics and multiple controller values. Its second generation is based on three core technologies: Note Expression, Expression Maps and VST Dynamics. Expression Maps help you work with musical articulations, while VST Dynamics allow for highly intuitive handling of dynamics.

On top of this, Note Expression offers a revolutionary approach to create and edit multiple controller values in a single graphical interface, directly on the note they belong to — an invaluable feature for demanding orchestral arrangements as well as cutting-edge electronic music.

Read more on VST Expression

Record

Steinberg’s wealth of engineering experience in digital audio stretching back over nearly three decades provides the basis for its state-of-the-art recording capabilities. With its emphasis not only on technology but also on user friendliness and ergonomics, Cubase provides everything you need to record your audio with ease and utmost quality. 

Next-generation audio engine

The award-winning Cubase audio engine delivers a crystal-clear 32-bit floating-point resolution and 192 kHz sample rate, with a pristine sound quality that is the hallmark of the Cubase music production experience. The audio engine includes true surround capability throughout, with each track and channel offering up to six discreet channels, ready for 5.1 surround.

  • Retrospective Record: no take ever gets lost because record mode wasn’t engaged in time
  • Exemplary FX handling: any VST plug-in can be recorded with the signal, or simply used for monitoring while the untouched, pristine signal is recorded in Cubase
  • Intuitive user interface supports even the largest recording rigs, with easy-to-use folders, customizable Track views and custom color schemes for Tracks that differentiate track types at a glance
  • Effortless I/O handling: the VST Connections window allows you to not only setup custom I/O setups and customize port names but also switch between different I/O setups on the fly
  • Re-record mode: simply hit the record button again and the recording will start from the original position preserving the original pre-count and metronome settings
Audio Engine

Control Room

Control Room

Engineered exclusively for Steinberg’s audio production systems and unavailable on any other software workstation, the Control Room is a unique recording and monitoring environment seamlessly integrating performer mixes and monitoring setups into your recording and mixing workflow.

Cubase allows you to create and manage up to four unique studio mixes feeding performers their own tailored mix, to use the integrated talkback function, manage audio sources feeding from tape, CD or DVD — all seamlessly integrated in the Cubase MixConsole. 

Edit



A powerful sample editor, smart multi-track editing, fast take-comping, totally integrated vocal editing and pitch alteration of monophonic signals — Cubase provides all this and much more, allowing you to edit audio with peerless precision and unprecedented speed.

Sample Editor

The Sample Editor allows you almost limitless creative freedom while editing audio. A full editing toolset offers a huge range of functions that not only cover common editing tasks right down to the sample level. Cubase is the complete production environment for fast, intuitive and qualitatively outstanding audio tools that allow you to manipulate your recordings in almost any way imaginable.

  • State-of-the-art transient and tempo detection: optimize the timing, feel and flavor of live-recorded drum tracks
  • Intuitive audio quantization
  • Easy drum replacement
Sample Editor

Intelligent transient detection & navigation

Cubase comes with an accurate transient detection function based on a state-of-the-art algorithm. With this powerful tool at hand, you can detect single hits, rolls and ghost notes faster and more accurate than ever before. 

Hitpoints are automatically calculated in the background as soon as audio material is recorded or imported into the arrangement window. Simply use the keyboard shortcuts to tab back and forth to navigate around the audio material.

Advanced tempo detection

Cubase features a reliable tempo detection algorithm, which accurately determines the tempo of any rhythmic audio material. The resulting tempo map can be used to keep the dynamic feeling of natural tempo variations or to remove unwanted tempo changes quickly. 

Straightforward drum replacement

The bass drum needs some extra punch? The snare drum doesn’t cut through the mix? With the Hitpoint-to-MIDI function, it is very easy to replace, double or enrich live-recorded drum sounds. When the transients have been detected, a single click creates a MIDI track with a MIDI note for each drum hit. From here, it’s up to you which sampler or synth you want to fuel.

Multitrack phase-accurate audio quantization

Cubase offers an intuitive toolset for phase-accurate quantization across multiple tracks. Overcoming the differences between audio and MIDI, Cubase allows you to quantize audio material just like any MIDI note, offering numerous possibilities to fix timing issues and to change the groove and feel of live-recorded drums and percussion instruments. To preserve phase relationships between tracks, the individual slices on all tracks are still grouped and moved at once. It's never been easier to lock those grooves together.

Warp quantizing

Warp quantizing

Cubase also allows you to warp-quantize multiple audio tracks at once using the convenient Quantize panel. By creating warp markers straight from hitpoints, both single audio loops as well as the entire arrangement can be non-destructively quantized with a single mouse click — just like MIDI parts! And because the audio events are warped instead of sliced, they automatically follow any tempo or pitch changes of your project while remaining unclutterd for easy arrangements.

VariAudio 2.0

VariAudio offers completely integrated vocal editing and pitch alteration of individual notes in monophonic vocal recordings and can solve intonation and timing problems with a few clicks. Editing vocal lines in the Sample Editor is just as seamless and quick as if editing MIDI notes in the Key Editor.

The full integration with the Chord Track ensures correct pitch to your harmonies at all times! This interaction also lets you harmonize your lead vocals in beautifully composed choral arrangements. Plus, you can even edit multiple VariAudio parts across multiple tracks within one editor only. And yes, the popular autotuning effect is no big deal!

VariAudio 2.0

Mix



Cubase provides a complete mixing environment that not only equips you to produce stunning mixes in stereo or surround, but allows you to tailor your mixing workflow to suit your own personal artistic and creative vision.

Stellar mixing with MixConsole

Cubase's MixConsole excels not only in terms of usability, look and feel, but also sounds better than anything before it — it’s in the mix! 

Highlights:

  • 32-bit floating-point mixing engine with 128 physical inputs and outputs, 8 inserts per channel, 64 FX sends, 256 groups/busses and unlimited routing between audio channels, busses, groups and FX
  • Entirely scalable and dedicated full-screen mode
  • View Sets and Channel Zones for utmost flexibility
  • Control Link groups and Quick Link system for channel parameters
  • Customizable track icons and track notepad
  • Supports drag-and-drop throughout the mixer
MixConsole
Channel Central
Channel Central

High-end channel strip for every channel

Integrated into each single Cubase channel and carefully crafted in close collaboration with seasoned mixing engineers, the channel strip modules offer that epic pro-console sound that lets you turn your songs into a hard-hitting, radio-ready production.

  • Epic pro-studio sound built right into every channel
  • High and low-pass filters plus 4-band StudioEQ with spectrum analyzer, noise gate and 3 compressors
  • Enveloper Shaper fully controls attack and release
  • Brickwall Limiter and Loudness Maximizer modules
  • Includes over 300 presets by US producer Allen Morgan

Workflows for professionals

MixConsole is dedicated to professionals working regularly with the mixer. Here are some of the features that let you cut down on mixing time and zero in on getting creative:

  • Dynamic inserts and sends provide streamlined overview
  • A/B comparison and global bypass of all audio effects
  • Plug-in & channel search function
  • Full Control Room integration, including talkback and four different cue mixes
  • Optimized for mouse-free operation: virtually all channel elements are accessible by blind reader software & through the computer keyboard
Workflow for professionals

Remote control support throughout

The Remote Control Editor lets you visually customize the parameter layout of individual effects and instruments on your control surface. It supports Avid System 5 MC, Avid Artist Series, Mackie Control, Steinberg Houston, WK-Audio’s ID, Yamaha DM2000 and more right out of the box. As simple as it sounds — just select a hardware knob or button and chose which parameter to control.

Plus, with the intuitive Quick Controls you get a set of eight user-definable realtime controllers that can be assigned to any parameter on the current track by simply right-clicking a VST 3 plug-in or instrument control — perfect in combination with a remote controller. With Cubase 7.5 you can also save and load Track Quick Control assignments as presets for immediate access.

Needless to say, Cubase can be fully controlled via the elegant and technological thought-after surface of the Nuage controller hardware.

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Track visibility management

Cubase offers a track visibility management feature that greatly expedites working with huge projects by dynamically displaying only the tracks you actually want to see. Using the same approach as the channel visibility management introduced in MixConsole and accessed in the Project window’s Inspector, various View Agents help you by instantly bringing the right tracks into focus; this powerful new feature will help you maintain a full overview of your project at all times — even on the largest, most complex productions.

Instruments & effects

Effects

Outstanding VST effects

Cubase offers a one-of-its-kind collection of quality VST effect processors, including studio-grade EQ, dynamic, modulation, reverb, filter, distortion and special effects. Together with the included "Legacy Set" of original Cubase SX effects, Cubase offers a total of 69 real-time audio effects right out of the box, making it Steinberg’s most complete plug-in set ever.

Highlights:

  • Channel strip modules for epic pro-console sound, including top-end compressors, analog tape saturation and brickwall limiter
  • REVerence: Top-end multi-channel convolution reverb processor
  • Voxengo CurveEQ:  64-band spline EQ with linear and minimum-phase modes and spectrum analyzer 
  • VST Amp Rack infuses your guitar tracks with drive, punch and clarity 
  • PitchCorrect for automatic intonation control of monophonic audio sources

Premium VST instruments

Cubase 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 3,000 sounds right out of the box 

Highlights:

  • Retrologue virtual analog synth for fat and funky lead & bass sounds
  • Padshop granular synth for spacious spheres and evolving textures
  • HALion Sonic SE 2 offers more than 1,300 production-ready sounds based on the acclaimed HALion technology
  • Groove Agent SE 4: Powerful drum sampler with over 120 drum kits and smart user interface
  • LoopMash 2: First-of-its-kind interactive loop synthesizer
Effects
MIDI plug-ins

MIDI plug-ins

Cubase includes a set of 18 inspiring VST MIDI plug-ins. Creative tools, such as the drum step sequencer, the Beat Designer, a powerful arpeggiator, a MIDI pattern sequencer and a MIDI chord processor amongst others will take your composition to the next level.

All included plug-ins

Check out our detailed overview on all included VST instruments, effects and MIDI plug-ins and listen to audio demos.

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