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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.

Powerful MIDI editors

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. Based on more than three decades of experience, the Key Editor comes with an ultra-intuitive handling and highly accurate tools.


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. The Score Editor includes more than 100 professional notation symbols and supports the import and export of Music XML files.


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.

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Intelligent compositional tools

Recording

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. And the Cubase audio engine also 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

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.





Editing

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

Drum recordings and drum loops

Transient and tempo detection

Cubase comes with a state-of-the-art transient detection. With this powerful tool at hand, you can detect single hits, rolls and ghost notes faster and more accurate than ever before. Best of all, hitpoints are automatically calculated in the background as soon as audio material is recorded or imported into the arrangement window.

Plus, the tempo detection algorithm 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.

Multi-track editing

Smart multi-track editing

Track Edit Groups

Simple and efficient — Track Edit Groups tie together what belongs together. When recording a guitar for example, it is common to record signals from different amps, microphone types or distances on separate tracks. With Track Edit Groups activated, related tracks are tied together and can be edited at once, making this feature a huge time-saver in the studio.

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.

Conjure the perfect take

Ultra-fast take comping

Ultra-fast take comping

Building the perfect take has never been that easy — with the intuitive Lane Track concept. When recording several takes, Cubase instantly creates a Lane Track for each take. From here, it’s just a short way to perfection: simply swipe across the best parts and Cubase automatically creates a master take that contains all selected parts. In addition, the Comp tool offers handy click-and-drag features for immediate results.

TrackVersions

Create, rename and manage parallel versions of the same track or tracks and use them to compare takes or create alternative versions of your recordings while keeping all track settings. Interfacing perfectly with existing track handling features like lanes, the flexible new TrackVersions feature will significantly speed up your workflow when working not only with audio but also MIDI, instrument, chord, tempo and signature tracks.


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

Mixing

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. MixConsole is dedicated to professionals working regularly with the mixer.

Cubase MixConsole

MixConsole
  • 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
  • VCA faders for complex mixing and automation workflows
  • Control Link groups and Quick Link system for channel parameters
  • Customizable track icons and track notepad
  • Drag-and-drop support throughout the mixer
  • Direct routing with one click
  • Dynamic inserts and sends provide streamlined overview
  • A/B comparison and global bypass of all audio effects
  • Wave Meters: upcoming audio events are displayed with the respective waveforms
  • 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
Channel Strip

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
  • High-end channel strip for every channel modules
  • Includes over 300 presets by US producer Allen Morgan
  • DeEsser

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 many different controllers 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.

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. Various View Agents help you by instantly bringing the right tracks into focus; this powerful feature will help you maintain a full overview of your project at all times.





Instruments & FX

Cubase comes with a set of outstanding virtual instruments and a complete suite of high-end audio and MIDI VST effect processors.





FX 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 and VST Bass Amp: infuse your guitar and bass tracks with drive, punch and clarity
  • PitchCorrect for automatic intonation control of monophonic audio sources
  • Quadrafuzz v2, Multiband Expander, Multiband Envelope Shaper

Instrument 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; now with Acoustic Agent for ultra-realistic acoustic drum sounds
  • LoopMash 2: First-of-its-kind interactive loop synthesizer

Instruments & effects

Get an overview on all included instruments and effects and listen to audio demos.

Plug-in overview

Explore the Cubase line-up

The Cubase line-up comprises three members that are tailored to individual needs. From professional producers to film composers, over to talented newcomers and aspiring musicians — there is a version for everyone.

Explore the Cubase line-up