Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH

Creativity First

Frankenstraße 18 b
20097 Hamburg

Tel: +49 (0)40 210 35-0
Fax: +49 (0)40 210 35-300

Feature Comparison

Features Cubase 5 Cubase Studio 5 Cubase Essential 5
Award-winning 32-bit floating-point audio engine yes yes yes
Number of audio tracks virtually unlimited virtually unlimited 64
Number of MIDI tracks unlimited unlimited unlimited
Instrument tracks unlimited unlimited unlimited
Physical inputs/outputs 256 128 32
Group channels 256 256 256
FX Send channels 8 8 8
FX Return channels 64 64 8
VST audio effect insert slots 8 8 8
MIDI effect insert slots 4 4 4
VST instrument slots 64 32 16
VST3 plug-in support yes yes yes
VST2.4 plug-in support yes yes yes
ReWire support yes yes yes
Number of mixer views 3 2 1
Control Room yes no no
Extended Channel EQ (VST3 Studio EQ) yes no no
Extended Mixer view yes yes no
Sidechain inputs yes yes no
5.1 surround and True multichannel audio path yes no no
External FX yes no no
External instruments yes no no
Automation modes touch fader, x-over, autolatch, trim touch fader, x-over, autolatch, trim touch fader
Volume envelopes yes yes no
Automation panel yes yes no
Hardware controller support yes yes only Houston, generic+Tascam US-428/224, Mackie Universal, HUI and CC121
Channel Batch Export function yes yes no
Unlimited Undo and Redo functions yes yes yes
Offline Process History for built-in audio and all plug-ins for built-in audio single undo
MediaBay and VST Sound support full limited* limited*
Track presets yes yes yes
Studio connections recall+audio recall recall
Workspaces (virtual desktops) yes yes no
Project Browser yes yes no
Recording modes: Mix, Overwrite, Normal, Merge, Stacked yes yes excl. Stacked
Recording from busses yes yes no
Editors: Key, List, Basic Score yes yes yes
Drum Editor yes yes yes
Logical Editor yes yes no
Project Logical Editor yes no no
Inplace Editor (MIDI editing in Project Window) yes yes no
Advanced options in Tempo Editor yes no no
Extended Track Inspector (shows VSTi channel for MIDI tracks) yes yes yes
MIDI devices (Device Maps and Editors) yes no no
Professional score layout and printing functions (incl. MusicXML Import+Export) yes yes no
Arranger Track yes yes yes
Global Transpose Track yes yes no
Signature and tempo tracks in Project Window yes yes no
VariAudio yes no no
VST Expression support yes yes no
AudioWarp (real-time time stretching+pitch shifting) yes yes playback only
Time Warp tool yes yes no
Pitch Shifting/Time Stretching algorithm real time+MPEX real time+MPEX real time
Dithering Apogee UV22HR Apogee UV22HR Apogee UV22HR
Key command macros yes yes yes
Pool Import and Export yes yes no
Track archives yes no no
Extended Freeze for VST instruments and audio tracks yes yes yes
Track Quick Controls yes yes no
Full MP3 Fraunhofer encoding yes available as update available as update
Windows Media WMA Pro encoding yes yes yes
OMF import/export yes no no
Sequel Project import yes yes no
Number of VST MIDI effect plug-ins 18 18 18
Number of VST audio effect plug-ins 58 39 33
Number of VST instruments 8 3 2
Number of instrument sounds included 1,623 749 706
Full printed operations manual yes no no
Mac OS X Universal Binary yes yes yes
Multi-processing support yes yes yes
Vista 64 native Cubase 64-bit version yes yes no

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Plug-in Comparison

Audio plug-ins Cubase 5 Cubase Studio 5 Cubase Essential 5 VST
AmpSimulator yes yes yes 3.0
AutoPan yes yes yes 3.0
Bitcrusher yes yes yes 2.4
Chopper yes yes yes 2.4
Chorus yes yes yes 3.0
Cloner yes no no 3.0
Compressor yes yes no 3.0
DaTube yes yes yes 2.4
DeEsser (SPL) yes no no 2.4
Distortion yes yes yes 3.0
DualFilter yes yes yes 3.0
EnvelopeShaper yes no no 3.0
Expander yes no no 3.0
Flanger yes yes yes 3.0
Gate yes yes yes 3.0
GEQ-10 yes no no 3.0
GEQ-30 yes no no 3.0
Grungelizer yes yes no 2.4
Limiter yes yes yes 3.0
Maximizer yes yes no 3.0
Metalizer yes yes yes 2.4
MIDI Gate yes yes yes 2.4
Mix6to2 yes no no 2.4
MixConvert yes no no 3.0
ModMachine yes no no 3.0
MonoDelay yes yes yes 3.0
MonoToStereo yes yes yes 3.0
MultibandCompressor yes no no 3.0
MultiScope yes no no 2.4
Octaver yes yes yes 3.0
Phaser yes yes yes 3.0
PingPongDelay yes yes yes 3.0
PitchCorrect yes yes yes 3.0
REVerence yes no no 3.0
RingModulator yes yes yes 2.4
Roomworks yes yes no 3.0
Roomworks SE yes yes yes 3.0
Rotary yes yes yes 3.0
SMPTE Generator yes no no 2.4
SoftClipper yes no no 3.0
Standard Channel EQ yes yes yes 3.0
StepFilter yes yes yes 2.4
StereoDelay yes yes no 3.0
StereoEnhancer yes yes yes 3.0
StudioChorus yes yes no 3.0
StudioEQ yes no no 3.0
Surround Panner yes no no 3.0
Test Generator yes no no 2.4
Tonic yes no no 2.4
Tranceformer yes yes yes 2.4
Tremolo yes yes yes 3.0
Tuner yes yes yes 3.0
UV22HR yes yes yes 3.0
Vibrato yes yes yes 3.0
VintageCompressor yes no no 3.0
VSTDynamics yes yes yes 3.0
WahWah yes yes yes 3.0
MIDI plug-ins Cubase 5 Cubase Studio 5 Cubase Essential 5
Arpache 5 yes yes yes
Arpache SX yes yes no
Auto LFO yes yes yes
Beat Designer yes yes yes
Chorder yes yes yes
Compressor yes yes yes
Context Gate yes yes yes
Density yes yes yes
Micro Tuner yes yes yes
MIDI Control yes yes yes
MIDI Echo yes yes yes
MIDI Modifiers yes yes yes
MIDI Monitor yes yes yes
Note 2 CC yes yes yes
Quantizer yes yes yes
StepDesigner yes yes yes
Track Control yes yes yes
Transformer yes yes yes
Virtual instruments Cubase 5 Cubase Studio 5 Cubase Essential 5 VST
Embracer yes no no 2.4
Groove Agent ONE yes yes no 3.0
LoopMash yes no no 3.0
Monologue yes no no 2.4
Prologue yes yes yes 3.0
Spector yes no no 3.0
Mystic yes no no 3.0
HALion ONE yes yes yes 2.4

Advanced Integration Features

Features Cubase 5 Cubase Studio 5 Cubase Essential 5
Automatic integration through IEEE1394 (MR816 X, MR816 CSX, CC121, MOTIF XS) yes yes yes
True Integrated Monitoring – 1:1 mixer mapping (MR816 X, MR816 CSX) yes yes yes
True Integrated Monitoring – multiple studio mixes (MR816 X, MR816 CSX) yes no no
Quick Connect (MR816 X, MR816 CSX) yes yes yes
Monitor mixer integration (MR816 X, MR816 CSX) yes yes yes
HW setup integration (MR816 X, MR816 CSX) yes yes yes
Plug-in integration of DSP effects (MR816 X (REV-X only), MR816 CSX) yes yes yes
VST connection presets (MR816 X, MR816 CSX) yes yes yes
Plug-in integration of MOTIF XS series voice editor (MOTIF XS) yes yes yes
Control Room control (CC121) yes no no
AI Knob control (CC121) yes yes yes
External VST3 support – MIDI+audio (MOTIF XS) yes yes yes
VST instrument preset browser access (KX) yes yes yes
Track Quick Controls support (KX) yes yes no