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New features in Cubasis 2

Get fascinated by the brand new features that Cubasis 2 comes with such as real-time time-stretching and pitch-shifting, a studio-grade channel strip, Spin FX, massive instrument refills and many more powerful features.



New in Version 2.8

Classic Machines Refill*

Be truly inspired when programming your beats with two beautiful and sought-after drum kits, each available in two tasty variations. With a range of ready-to-go MIDI grooves, these new kits enhance the magnificent collection of vintage drum machines already included in the Classic Machines in-app purchase. As an existing user you can get the Classic Machines update for free, or enjoy more bang for your buck as a newbie.


When you are creating, nothing should distract you. Use the great new Notepad feature to display lyrics within Cubasis and quickly adjust them to your needs. Perhaps you are not a singer and need to write down track-based information or any other notes? No problem! Simply make your choice and Cubasis follows.

AudioShare support*

Nobody wants to deal with time consuming and annoying tasks, when all you want to do is have fun making music. Use the new AudioShare button to instantly import the audio files you want to use in your project. Of course, all of this works with exactly the same speed and ease when you want to share audio files with the rest of the world. Cubasis makes it simple to keep your focus on what's most important.

Track Freeze refresh

Track Freeze is your ‘tap and forget’ solution to quickly converting tracks (including their settings) into new audio tracks. Thanks to the newly-added setup option, you have a simple but very powerful resource for normalizing tracks automatically on the go Cubasis while freezing them, or setting locators to limit the track freeze to single events or dedicated regions.

Full grid lines support in Arrange Window

When it comes to capturing ideas quickly as soon as they arrive, Cubasis' Arrange Window concept - which has been adopted by Cubase and perfected for the iPad - has often been copied but never equalled. Now you can benefit from a more refined user experience and razor-sharp precision, which makes use of full grid lines support in the Arrange Window. This includes newly added support for triplet and dotted notes.

Full grid lines support in MIDI Editor

Enjoy ultra-intuitive workflows and ease of use when creating or mastering your MIDI tracks in Cubasis' MIDI editor. Whether you want to compose new MIDI parts in the MIDI editor or to polish existing tracks, the newly-added grid lines support provides you with great new options to snap notes to the beat, with total accuracy, speed and efficiency.


Music comes first and we don't want anything to get in your way, allowing you to keep your creativity and enthusiasm flowing as smoothly as possible. Cubasis 2.8 includes several userrequested improvements, which assure the best possible performance with the utmost stability. For the complete list of improvements, issues and solutions, please visit

* Classic Machines Refill requires Classic Machines IAP, AudioShare support requires the AudioShare app.

New in Version 2.7

Micrologue ARP (in-app purchase)

Cubasis’ one of a kind Micrologue virtual analog synth can be boosted with a full-blown, feature-packed Arpeggiator. Create pulsating sequences, rhythmic chord patterns or expressive melody phrases and much more with incomparable ease and maximum flexibility. You can also enjoy more than 75 earthshaking, ready-to-use presets to get you instantly going.

Native-resolution support: iPad Pro 11" & 12.9” 2018

Cubasis provides excellent usability, ease of use and lightningfast operation on all supported iPads. The app also comes with a tailored user interface design and native resolution support for iPad Pro 10.5" and 12.9" devices. Enjoy the same unrivalled user experience when running Cubasis on Apple's brand new iPad Pro 11" and 12.9” 2018 devices.

95 new effects presets

With Cubasis you can quickly and easily achieve everything from capturing musical ideas to producing complete, perfect-sounding songs on the iPad. Enjoy 95 fresh new effects presets to polish individual tracks with simple button press, to instantly make them sound right or further tweak them to your taste.

Audio Unit plug-in slots extension*

Using third-party Audio Unit MIDI plug-ins like arpeggiator, step sequencer, LFO and many more adds a lot of power to sequencing and controlling instruments in Cubasis. Maximise your creativity with the great new option to combine up to three AU plug-ins per track, assignable via a simple tap.

MIDI Thru refresh

While easily capable of running perfectly on its own, Cubasis provides countless options to perfectly match your needs and workflow. If you're a MIDI hardware user, Cubasis can be used as a control center to easily re-route incoming MIDI to different channels for output to Core MIDI apps or hardware.

Mixdown normalize

Cubasis' crystal-clear audio engine and pro-sounding effects let you easily create superb mixes with astonishing quality, just like you imagined your track to sound. To give mixdowns extra polish before sharing them with the world, a simple tap can quickly bring your tracks to the perfect level.

Keyboard transpose setting

If you have to play chords that you know from memory in a different key, or you quickly want to match to the pitch of a connected third party instrument app, the new keyboard transpose setting lets you easily change the transposition of the on-board keyboard and external gear up to two octaves in both directions.

Extended MIDI editor range

No matter if you want to compose new MIDI parts directly in the editor, or you're after perfecting existing tracks - Cubasis' MIDI editor makes mastering MIDI tracks an easy and truly enjoyable task. Extending the MIDI editor range from C -2 to G8 also allows flexible edits from the highest highs to the lowest lows.

Audiobus 3.0.6 library update

Audiobus retains its status as a true standard for live app-to-app audio recording on iOS, including the MIDI support introduced with version 3. Cubasis has been first to offer a straightforward integration of Audiobus. Now it again assures the best possible compatibility and performance by embedding Audiobus' latest 3.0.6 library update.

Elastique Pro 3.2.7 library update

Cubasis allows you to perfectly tempo match audio loops to your song's tempo in real-time at exceptional quality, supporting zplane's Elastique 3. The same is true for changing the pitch of audio files, including formant correction. Enjoy unchanged and fluent performance, thanks to the integration of the latest Elastigue Pro 3.2.7 library update in Cubasis 2.7.


Nothing should ever block your creative flow when capturing your greatest moments with Cubasis! As well as adding new features, Cubasis 2.7 includes several improvements assuring the best possible performance and bullet-proof stability. For the complete list of improvements, issues and solutions, please visit

* iOS 11 or above required

New in Version 2.6

Audio Unit full-screen support*

Tweak sounds and parameters with utmost accuracy, using Cubasis’ super-sized full-screen support for Audio Unit instruments and effects plug-ins. Enjoy maximum productivity, creativity and flexibility, switching between the available screen sizes at lightning speed with only a few taps.

ROLI NOISE Seaboard and Drum Grid visualizer support*

Experience a new approach to making music, using ROLI’s free downloadable NOISE app within Cubasis. Create inspiring drum and melody parts through intuitive gestures, using the unique Seaboard and Drum Grid visualizers, now directly accessible via Cubasis’ Audio Unit full-screen mode.

MIDI CC support for compatible Audio Unit effect plug-ins*

Easily remote control your favorite compatible Audio Unit effect plug-ins via external controllers. No matter if you’re moving effect knobs via MIDI Learn or switching presets via program change — if your Audio Unit effects plug-in supports it, it can be done in Cubasis with great ease.

Maintenance and improvements

Cubasis is designed from musicians for musicians to provide you with the best-possible user experience, highest performance and rock-solid stability. Visit us for the complete list of improvements, issues and solutions included in Cubasis 2.6 at

Ready for iOS 12

Cubasis 2.6 has been fully tested and proven compatible with iOS 12 by Apple.

*Requires iOS 11

New in Version 2.5

Native-resolution support for iPad Pro 10.5″ and 12.9″

Thanks to Cubasis’ excellent tailored iPad Pro user interface design, the app once more easily excels in terms of improved usability, ease of use and lightning-fast operation.
Not only enjoy razor-sharp graphics and text, but also a dramatic increase in the number of visible tracks in the arranger and mixer, substantial workflow improvements and much more. And while we give you the added option to switch resolutions, we clearly doubt you will ever look back…

Freely assignable effect slots

Without freedom of choice there is no creativity. While Cubasis comes with pre-loaded award-winning channel strip and StudioEQ effects per track, you’re now free to replace them with other effects of your choice. And give your sound a good polish, utilizing the five assignable insert plug-ins per track — no matter if Inter-App Audio, Audio Unit, or internal effects.

MediaBay multiple file import*

Perfect timing is often critical, but also crucial when ideas arise. Cubasis provides excellent and unmatched usability, helping you to capture your inspirations right there on the go. To speed up your workflow even more, Cubasis 2.5 allows to import multiple files at once, thanks to its revised import feature available in the MediaBay.

Maintenance and improvements

Cubasis sets standards in terms of usability and feature richness when it comes to recording, editing, mixing, and publishing your music on the iPad. Being musicians ourselves, we don’t want anything to come in your way, to block you from giving your creativity free rein. Next to the new feature additions, Cubasis 2.5 includes several user-requested improvements to provide best possible performance paired with utmost stability. For the complete list of improvements, issues, and solutions, please visit us at

*MediaBay multiple file import requires iOS 11.

New in Version 2.4

Audio Unit MIDI*

Audio Unit MIDI support introduces new possibilities for sequencing and controlling instruments in Cubasis. Enjoy using third-party AU MIDI plug-ins such as arpeggiator, step sequencer, LFO and many more to create staggering creative tracks. All at the simple touch of a button and perfectly integrated in Cubasis.

Files app support*

With Apple Files app support, Cubasis 2.4 lets you easily view, manage and organize all your files — right there on your iPad, or with iCloud Drive, and across other cloud services. You have a myriad of possibilities: create folders, select multiple files, move or share content, use drag & drop, store backups and so much more.


Cubasis perfectly integrates an array of in-depth features, high performance standards and utmost feasibility. Including many user-requested improvements, Cubasis 2.4 maintains rock-solid stability and exemplary performance to pave the way for your creativity. Visit us for the complete list of improvements, issues and solutions at

*iOS 11 required

New in Version 2.3

Waves goes Cubasis

Waves is the world’s leading manufacturer of award-winning effect processors celebrating their 25th anniversary. Debuting on the iOS platform with the release of a fine selection of pro- grade effects that are exclusively available through in-app purchases in Cubasis, version 2.3 pushes back the boundaries of mobile music production.

Waves AudioTrack Channel Strip (in-app purchase)

AudioTrack delivers the vast capabilities of three professional Waves processors in one powerful and easy-to-use effect. It gives you all the functions of a mixing console’s channel strip — compression, EQ and gating — in one convenient, intuitive processor.

Waves L1 Ultramaximizer (in-app purchase)

The advanced level maximizer that comprises look-ahead peak limiting and high-resolution re-quantizing, represents a powerful all in one industry-standard plug-in for mixing and mastering. Renowned for its transparency and punch, L1 has been the standard tool used on countless hit recordings over the past couple of decades. Step up Cubasis with the L1 to make your tracks sound professional, with proper loudness levels that will let them stand out!

Waves Q10 Equalizer (in-app purchase)

Waves’ iOS reincarnation of the world’s first paragraphic EQ, the Q10, delivers 10 bands that allow you to boost or cut the exact frequencies with surgical precision. With powerful features that surpass the capabilities of analog equalizers by far, it is obvious why Q10 by Waves remained the pro’s first choice for many decades.

Waves Plug-in Bundle (in-app purchase)

Get three Waves all-time classic plug-ins combined in an unbeatable, price-reduced bundle. The bundle includes the L1 Ultramaximizer to create tracks with proper loudness levels that stand out above the rest. Use the fully-equipped channel strip that comes with the intuitive AudioTrack Channel Strip plug-in. Boost or cut frequencies with surgical precision using the Waves Q10 Equalizer. This Waves bundle instantly provides pro-sounding results from mixing to mastering and is exclusively available via Cubasis in-app purchase.

Audio Unit automation

Cubasis was one of the first iOS apps to offer a perfect integration for Apple’s Audio Unit standard. A torchbearer for mobile music production, Cubasis today provides one of the most extensive automation systems available on iOS. With Audio Unit automation support added, Cubasis 2.3 now lets you record subtle parameter changes from your favorite Audio Unit instruments and effects on the fly.

Audio Unit user presets

Witnessing the continuous growth of various great iOS apps is a joy and we aim at being closely connected to the wide world of instrument and effect app manufacturers who support the Audio Unit standard by Apple. With Cubasis 2.3, you now have the possibility to save and load all your favorite Audio Unit user presets hands down.

Cubasis effect user presets

Cubasis provides an extensive effect library that is designed to polish your tracks to perfection, including loads of sound engineering standards and creative effects like the pro-grade channel strip. Save and load Cubasis effect user presets at lightning speed by the touch of a single button — all in Cubasis 2.3.

Over 200 effect factory presets

Version 2.3 comprises a massive and unique-sounding library of over 200 factory presets for the internal Cubasis effects. Crafted by veteran producer Allen Morgan, who has a long list of credits from Nine Inch Nails to Dolly Parton, this library pushes back the music production boundaries covering all instruments, genres and styles.

More than 70 FX Packs (in-app purchase) factory presets

The two exclusively available in-app purchases — FX Pack 1 and FX Pack 2 — deliver six great-sounding effects processors per pack. With version 2.3, the FX packs now comprise a total of more than 70 dedicated factory presets, making these lovely- sounding effects sound even better than before and for exisiting customers, of course they won’t cost a dime.

SDK updates & further improvements

We provide you with the best possible user experience, highest performance and rock-solid stability when using Cubasis to capture your creative moments. Next to the large number of new features, Cubasis 2.3 adds the latest SDK’s of Audiobus 3 and zplane’s élastique. This latest installment also provides fixes and improvements throughout several areas of the application.

Waves Plug-Ins (in-app purchase) requires iPad 4 or higher, iPad mini 2 or higher models.
Audio Unit and Waves plug-in (in-app purchase) automation requires iOS 10 or higher.

New in Version 2.2

Classic Machines (in-app purchase)

Refill Cubasis with the unmistakable sounds of the ten most wanted iconic drum machines of the ’80s. Beautifully desgined and perfectly recreated, all Classic Machines host endless arsenals of funky fresh beatbox sounds that not only invented hip hop, house and techno and shaped pop music back in the ’80s, but also define most contemporary genres today.

Note repeat

Program beats and chords the easiest way via the intuitive note repeat control. Create repeating synth patterns or program uplifting beats quickly. Simply choose one or more of the available values to creatively program chord segments or beats — no second-guessing, Cubasis does all the math.

Track duplicate

Do you want to record a second track using the exact same settings that shaped a previous track to your content? Why re- adjust all parameters manually? Wouldn’t it be great to unwind and focus on the perfect take instead? Cubasis does the job for you! Just choose a track and tap the button for a duplicate — it’s perfectly easy.

Pad mapping copy & paste

Cubasis is widely rated one of the most intuitive DAW apps available on iOS and it will not annoy you with confusing menus and unnecessary tasks. Easily transfer your favorite drum and chord pad mappings to other tracks, all it takes is two simple taps and it’s done.

Reset option

When inspiration strikes and a problem crosses your way, Cubasis has it covered with the new Reset option. With this new option introduced, a smooth relaunch is assured in the rare case of an unexpected issue with Cubasis up and running. Simply flip the corresponding switch and you’re good to go on — it’s located in the iOS app settings.

New in Version 2.1

Audiobus 3

Audiobus established its reputation as a well-known standard for live app-to-app audio recording on iOS for some time past. With MIDI support and straightforward integration in Cubasis 2 realized, connecting your favorite MIDI controller and filter apps, whether simple or complex, has become easier than ever via Audiobus 3.

MIDI Editor refresh

Relish the ease of use and ultra-intuitive workflows when creating or mastering your MIDI tracks in the refreshed MIDI editor. Perfectly designed usability in the form of straightforward workflows ensures you’re getting your tasks done at the speed of light — whether you seek composing new MIDI parts directly in the editor or impeccably smooth editing to polish existing tracks.

RoomWorks SE*

Add a third dimension to your tracks with Steinberg’s highly appraised pro-sounding RoomWorks SE reverb effect, that’s now available in Cubasis. Designed for seemless use with iOS this powerful pro-quality reverb adds shine and extra sparkle to your tracks. Paired with an intuitive user interface that provides instant visual feedback at slightest parameter changes RoomWorks SE is as accurate as never before.

Over 40 improvements

Cubasis is known for profound features paired with outstanding usability. To assure that nothing blocks your creative flow, Cubasis 2.1 includes more than 40 user-requested improvements providing rock-solid stability combined with best possible performance. For the complete list of improvements, issues and solutions please visit

*User registration required to unlock RoomWorks SE reverb effect.

New in Version 2.0

Refreshed user interface

Cubasis’s unrivalled user experience has been once more fundamentally enhanced with version 2, due to its carefully redesigned user interface resulting in profound usability and easy, intuitive use.

Real-time time-stretching featuring zplane’s élastique 3

Perfectly tempo match audio loops to your song’s tempo on the fly using real-time auto time-stretching featuring zplane’s élastique 3. Or manually change the length of audio files as you wish, without altering pitches.

Factory audio loops tempo match

Cubasis’s exceedingly rich drum loop library is the source for your audio loops to use at your favoured tempo, simply by applying real-time time-stretching with a quick finger tap. It’s that easy.

Pitch-shifting with formant correction

Imagine this: you got all your tracks ready, only your singer requests the whole song to be in a different key. This is how you meet the demands: in Cubasis 2, simply change your audio’s pitch at the touch of a button and tweak it to meet the demands using the included formant correction.

Channel strip

Reach pristine audio quality with Cubasis’s high-end channel strip that adds a massive effect suite with a studio-grade cut filter, compressor, noise gate and tape/tube saturator to each channel. All of that combined in a single, handy interface that’s perfectly optimized for iOS-use.

Spin FX

Choose from a wide variety of DJ-like style breaks, tape stops, stutters and filter effects to tweak and mash-up individual tracks or even complete songs with the included Spin FX plug-in that has full automation support.

Micrologue sound refill

Cubasis’s critically acclaimed Micrologue virtual analog synth has been refilled with more than 75 boundary-pushing and modern sounds putting massive basses, atmospheric pads and strings, razor-sharp leads, evolving SFX/MFX and much more jewelry right in your toolbox.

MicroSonic TAPE instruments

MicroSonic’s TAPE instruments expansion carefully recreates the trademark sound of one of the most famous british rockbands of the '60s and adds extra sparkle plus that timeless classic vintage vibe for all kinds of musical genres.

MIDI Auto Quantize

To err is human and nobody’s perfect at all times. Use auto quantize to perfectly sync your MIDI tracks with the beat of your song while you record.

Maintenance and improvements

Next to the feature additions, every Cubasis update addresses several user reported problems. For the complete list of improvements, issues and solutions please visit

Version history

Cubasis continues to be refined as you can see from the available overview of new features and enhancements that have been introduced in previous updates. Cubasis version history