FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)


Q: What is a MIDI track?
An Instrument (MIDI) track has one virtual instrument of your choice assigned to it and offers a flexible way of recording and editing notes.
Q: How do I assign instruments to it?
Tapping the instrument icon on a track brings up the instrument rack Micro Sonic, which offers a selection of instruments in its instrument browser. Tap an instrument to load it.
Q: What is an Audio track?
An Audio track contains audio material (i.e. waveforms), such as microphone recordings and imported or pasted audio files.
Q: How do I add and remove tracks?
There are three buttons on your track list (below all tracks, if there are any). Tap the - TRACK button to delete your selected track, or choose the + AUDIO or + MIDI button to create a new track. Alternatively, you can double tap an empty spot in the track list or drag & drop an instrument from the MediaBay.
Q: How do I rename a track?
Open the track Inspector. Tap the top panel with your track's color and a rename dialog will pop up.
Q: Where do I find the mixer?
The mixer button is located at the top left of your screen. Tapping it will bring up as many channels as there are tracks in your project, along with an additional master channel.


Q: How do I record using the keyboard?
Create a MIDI track. Make sure that recording is enabled on it. Tap the Keys button, which brings up the keyboard. You can toggle between the keyboard and drum pads, depending on what you wish to record with. Tap the Record button and start playing. Once you're done, tap it again.
Q: How do I use the metronome?
Tap the metronome button next to the record button to switch it on / off. The click gain can be adjusted in the setup menu. Note: If you record audio material with the metronome turned on, make sure you use earphones, or the metronome clicks will be recorded into your project.
Q: How do I change my project's tempo?
Tap the display showing the BPM (beats per minute) count and a signature (e.g. 4/4). Slide across the number in the tempo category. For more precise tempo adjustments, use the + / - buttons. Alternatively, you can tap your desired tempo on the Tap Tempo button.

File handling

Q: Why is there no save button?
Cubasis automatically saves your work when it's closed or your device is turned off. If you don't want your file to be overwritten, open the MediaBay, select your project and tap the Snapshot button, which will create a version from your project in its current state. You can always go back to that state by loading the snapshot.
Q: How do I create a new project?
Open the MediaBay, select the projects category and tap one of the project templates.
Q: How do I export a project from Cubasis?
Open the MediaBay and select the Mixdown category. Tap Create Mixdown and choose the desired format. The exported file will be placed in the mixdown category, regardless of file type.
Q: How do I import files from my computer?
There are several methods, the quickest being iTunes File Sharing and WiFi transfer.
Q: How do I import Audio or MIDI material into my project?
Open the MediaBay. Choose the Audio or MIDI category. Drag and drop a file into the arranger to place it, or double tap it.
Q: How do I open a Cubasis project with Cubase on my desktop computer?
  • Transfer the project to your computer via your preferred sharing method.
  • The project arrives as .zip file, containing a .cpb (Cubasis Project) file and all audio files used in the project.
  • Unzip the file and launch Cubase.
  • In the Cubase menu, go to File -> Import -> Cubasis.
  • A file browser dialog will appear. Select the .cpb file.


Q: How do I add effects?
Open the Inspector. Choose Insert or Send Effects. Tap a slot and choose your desired effect type. Tap the e icon to modify your effect.
Q: What is the difference between insert and send effects?
Insert effects apply to the selected track only; Send effects are global. To learn about effect types in general, read here.
Q: What is a compressor or a limiter?
This chapter explains all effect types and how they work.


Q: Why do I hear nothing?
  • Readjust your device volume by using the volume buttons at the side of your iPad.
  • Make sure your track is unmuted.
  • Open the mixer. Make sure all channel's volume faders are adjusted properly. To reset a fader, double tap it.
Q: Why is nothing being recorded?
Make sure that the track you want to record on has recording enabled. Also, make sure Cubasis has permission to access the microphone:
  • On the home screen of your device, tap the Settings icon.
  • Under the category Privacy, choose Microphone.
  • Here you can toggle microphone access for all apps supporting microphone input.
Note: If you are using external recording equipment, check whether it is set up for your track. Open the Inspector and choose MIDI Connections orAudio input (depending on the track type). Flick through the options available until the name of your connected hardware appears.
Q: I want to install Cubasis on another iPad. To I have to pay again for it?
No. If you are using the same iTunes account for both devices, installing another copy will cost you nothing. There are two ways of doing this:
  • If you have Cubasis on iTunes on your computer, simply sync your iPad with iTunes.
  • Alternatively, open the App Store and visit Cubasis' page. The App Store will remember your purchase and let you install the app for free.
Q: If I delete Cubasis, do I lose all of my work?
Yes, tapping and holding the app icon, then pressing the black X button will remove Cubasis from your iPad, including all its associated files. Before deleting Cubasis, make sure you have backed up your files; the quickest way being iTunes File Sharing (alternatively WiFi transfer).
Q: I'm having performance issues.
There are many different ways to increase your device's performance:
  • Use the CPU / Polyphony meter in the Inspector to get a realtime impression of Cubasis' current CPU / polyphony load.
  • If you are working with a large project containing a lot of notes, try the decreasing the polyphony in the setup menu.
  • Freeze MIDI tracks.
  • Combine effects: Avoid using multiple insert effects of the same type. Try using one send effect for multiple tracks, if possible. You can still adjust the each track's mix individually. The reverb effect is a prime example, as it requires the most CPU and is best used as a send or even a master insert.
  • Quit apps running in the background. To terminate an app, double tap the home button, tap and hold the app's icon and select the red minus symbol.
  • Airplane mode is recommended to minimize CPU load even more.