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Virtual instruments & effect plug-ins

Cubase comes with a set of outstanding virtual instruments and a complete suite of high-end audio and MIDI VST effect processors. Here you can get an overview on all included instruments and effects and listen to some audio demos.

Instrument highlights

  • Retrologue 2 virtual analog synth for fat and funky lead & bass sounds
  • Padshop granular synth for spacious spheres and evolving textures
  • HALion Sonic SE 3 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

Effect 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
  • Frequency 8 band EQ for microscopic audio surgery including M/S support and Linear phase mode
  • 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
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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 3,400 sounds in the Pro version right out of the box.

Retrologue 2

Retrologue 2 is more than a tribute to the classic analog heavyweights of the past. Packed into a straightforward interface, Retrologue brings back the sound of analog circuitry and vintage warmth, but with a modern twist. From raw analog lead and bass sounds to ephemeral, delicate pads and structures, dark drones and ultra-aggressive comps, Retrologue 2 is a stunningly powerful yet versatile subtractive synthesizer with loads of sonic personality and that is potentially highly addictive.


Padshop introduces a new way of granular sound design. Get yourself ready for out-of-this-world atmospheres, far-out effects and a user interface that’s a breeze to work with. Padshops features two independent layers that are based on an individual oscillator source and generate up to eight different grain streams. The edit section gives you access to parameters that really matter, including the high-quality low, high and band-pass as well as band-rejection filters with an integrated distortion unit. Two envelopes, two LFOs and the Step Modulator can be used to modulate a large number of target parameters. And with the built-in modulation and delay effects you can drive the pace for high tension atmospheres.

HALion Sonic SE 3

HALion Sonic SE 3 is a compact version of the next incarnation of Steinberg’s acclaimed HALion Sonic sample player and synthesizer, and delivers a range of sumptuous new sounds and instruments for Cubase. The new Trip virtual analog synth included in HALion Sonic SE 3 features an arpeggiator module with four variations and over 150 ultra-dynamic sounds that will propel you to arp-heaven. Eight new effect types are also on board, including Tape Saturator, Wah Wah, Auto Filter, Step Flanger, Ring Modulator, Octaver, Vintage Ensemble, Envelope Shaper and an improved Rotary Effect.

Groove Agent SE 4

Groove Agent SE 4 is a massively featured MPC-style drum sampler including a wide range of effects, pattern playback functions and comfortable sample editing. Add the crispy vintage vibe to your beats with one of the new playback modes, emulating the character of the 12-bit era. And thanks to the deep integration in Cubase, you will be able to see the instruments mapped automatically as drum maps into the Drum Editor and Beat Designer. Groove Agent SE 4 includes a variety of drum kits and ready-to-go grooves. From crackling vinyl beats to ultra-realistic acoustic drum sounds, Groove Agent SE 4 has it all covered.

LoopMash 2

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!


Cubase 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 effects, Cubase Pro offers a total of 74 real-time audio effects right out of the box, making it Steinberg’s most complete plug-in set ever with thousands of great-sounding presets included. 


Frequency EQ

Frequency offers you eight bands, M/S support and Linear Phase mode for each band, Auto Listen to listen in on the adjustments you just made, Spectrum Display and even a musical keyboard to help you find the right tone.

Standard Channel EQ

This is a full four-band parametric control with variable band- width and shelving modes. Standard Channel EQ is also available as channel strip module.

Voxengo CurveEQ

An extremely versatile 64-band spline EQ with linear and minimum-phase modes and a spectrum analyzer for comparison and matching purposes.


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. Studio EQ is also available as channel strip module.


This graphic equalizer boasts 30 bands; features drawing of EQ curves, an invert parameter and seven different response types. It also features a global range control for overall amount of equalization.


This graphic equalizer comes with 10 bands; features drawing of EQ curves, an invert parameter and seven different response types. It also features a global range control for overall amount of equalization.


DJ-EQ is an easy-to-use three-band equalizer with the typical kill switches you find on professional DJ mixers. It was specially made to recreate the atmosphere of a live floor performance right in your studio.



MultibandCompressor features four independent bands with three crossover frequencies. Each band has its own independent compressor (with Threshold, Ratio, Attack, Release und Makeup Gain).


This is a straightforward low-distortion limiter with auto-release which puts a “hard ceiling” on any signal, and is also suitable for the master stage. Limiter is also available as channel strip module.


This is a hard limiter/loudness enhancer for master channel that features soft clipping and automatic attack/release. Maximizer is also available as channel strip module.

Multiband Expander

Multiband Expander allows you to modify the dynamic range of your tracks. Choose different settings for each one of the four available frequency bands independently to create a broader dynamic range or simply reduce unwanted noise.

Multiband Envelope Shaper

The Multiband Envelope Shaper helps bringing out the details on a drum mix, mastering tasks and creative sound (re-) shaping. It splits the incoming audio material into a maximum of four frequency bands and allows you to freely alter the attack and release characteristic of each band.

Tube Compressor

This warm compressor not only shapes the dynamics of your signals very precisely but also colors them nicely — just as you would expect from a tube compressor! Tube Compressor is also available as channel strip module.


VintageCompressor is modeled after one of the most famous sought after vintage compressors. It is easy to use but super effective. Vintage Compressor is also available as channel strip module.

Even more plug-ins:

  • Compressor
  • VSTDynamics
  • DeEsser
  • Brickwall Limiter
  • Gate, MIDI Gate
  • Expander, Envelope Shaper
  • Chopper

Reverb & Delay


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.


Coming straight from HALion’s engine, this algorithmic reverb sounds super-smooth and silky and brings back the memories of those old fancy hardware units.


This is 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.

Roomworks SE

This is a “light” version of Steinberg’s appraised Roomworks reverb: great sound, low on CPU load.


StereoDelay is a dual-channel delay with separate and independent left and right delay stages. It features variable filters and tempo sync for each channel.


This is a mono delay with automatic L/R bounce for the classic ping-pong delay effect. It also features a filter stage and tempo sync.


MonoDelay is a monophonic delay processor with filter stage and tempo sync — the Steve Reich of delays!


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.

VST Bass Amp

VST Bass Amp delivers a comprehensive collection of amps, cabs and stomp boxes that deliver those classic crunchy rock tones or nuanced, funky creamy tones — and everything in between.

Quadrafuzz v2

Letting you dial in anything from a dark, fat fuzz with huge amounts of bit-crushing distortion and delay, to a bright, almost acoustic-sounding warm crunch, Quadrafuzz v2 is your go-to distortion unit for just about any instrument or sound.


AmpSimulator is a guitar amp simulation with speaker simulation. It features various amp and cabinet models to choose from. Its additional controls resemble a classic guitar combo. AmpSimulator is also suitable for bass and may be used in combination with the ToneBooster if the guitar lacks output gain.


This is a soft clipper with independent 2nd and 3rd harmonics controls.


The perfect tool for getting into lo-fi sound, Bitcrusher offers the possibility of decimating and truncating the input audio signal by bit reduction, to get a noisy, distorted sound.


Distortion can add a nice palette of crunch effects to any track.

Even more plug-ins:

  • DaTube
  • Grungelizer

Filter, Pitch & Spatial


Filtering is an art all its own and we just cultivated it: the new MorphFilter effect brings the superior filter types of Steinberg’s HALion sound creation system to Cubase. MorphFilter allows you to blend between the classic low, high and band-pass filters heard on countless records.

Pitch Correct

Designed for vocal and solo instrument recordings, the Pitch Correct VST 3 plug-in brings easy and automatic intonation control and scale correction of vocal and monophonic instrument recordings to Cubase.


This is a simple volume booster with a variable filter stage for tone control. It simulates classic stomp boxes like Range Booster and is very useful in combination with AmpSimulator to adjust output volume from low-level output instruments.

Step Filter

This is a pattern-controlled multimode filter that can create rhythmic, pulsating filter effects. It supports up to 16 steps for individual settings of cutoff-frequency and filter resonance.

Magneto III

After a long-term hiatus we brought Magneto back to life — and it sounds better than ever! Add flavor and personality to your tracks using this tape saturation sound processor.


This is a sub-octave pitch shifter that creates two additional signals, one and two octaves below the input signal, each with variable level.


StereoEnhancer can enhance the stereo width of a stereo input signal. It features controls for “color” and “delay” to further enhance the effect.

Even more plug-ins:

  • WahWah
  • Dual Filter
  • MonoToStereo



StudioChorus is a 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.


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.


This is a rotor speaker cabinet effect with very powerful editing capabilities. Features independent Lo/Hi cabinet control, overdrive, slow/fast/stop modes.

Loop Mash FX

Torture, tweak and mash your sounds in real time using this new sonic blender. LoopMash FX rejuvenates your music by adding modern style breaks, tape-stops, stutters and more.


AutoPan is an automatic panning effect with adjustable width, rate, two wave shapes and features tempo sync.


This is a powerful flanger with editable Lo/Hi Range, a filter stage, manual mode and a spatial parameter for multi-channel modulation offsets.


This is a classic phaser with variable filter stage, manual mode, tempo sync and a spatial parameter for multi-channel modulation offsets.

Even more plug-ins:

  • Vibrato
  • Tremolo
  • Tranceformer
  • Chorus
  • RingModulator
  • ModMachine
  • Metalizer

Mastering & Tools

SMPTE Generator

SMPTE Generator 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.


The UV22 HR is a dithering plug-in, based on an advanced algorithm developed by Apogee.


This is an instrument tuner plug-in with hardware-like accuracy.

Mixer Delay

If you need to delay certain signals in your audio system this is your plug-in to go.

Test Generator

Test Generator 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.


Multiscope can be used for viewing the waveform, phase linearity or frequency content of a signal.

Surround Panner

This is used for positioning the sound source dynamically in the surround field.

Even more plug-ins:

  • Mix6to2
  • MixConvert

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