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Cubase AI 8 / Cubase LE 8 Update Offer

This article provides detailed information on the current Cubase AI 8 / Cubase LE 8 update offer.

How much is the update to Cubase AI 8 / Cubase LE 8?

Within the offer period, the update to Cubase AI 8 / Cubase LE 8 costs 9.99 Euro.

Please note: The special offer is available only once for each registered user.
Additional updates to Cubase AI 8 / Cubase LE 8 costs 29.99 Euro.

What is the time frame for the Cubase AI 8 / Cubase LE 8 update offer?

The Cubase AI 8 / Cubase LE 8 update offer is available from 3rd of Mai through 30st of November, 2016.

What is so special about the Cubase AI 8 / Cubase LE 8 update offer?

Cubase AI and LE are so called OEM programs which are only available in a bundle with audio hardware. They have a limited feature set and cannot be purchased separately. So far, users of Cubase AI and Cubase LE could solely upgrade to bigger Cubase versions such as Cubase Elements, Cubase Artist and Cubase Pro.

For the first time, Steinberg is offering an update to Cubase AI 8 / Cubase LE 8, allowing users of older program versions to update to the latest generation of Cubase AI / Cubase LE.

Who is entitled for the update to Cubase AI 8 / Cubase LE 8?

All users that have one of the following licenses registered with their MySteinberg account are entitled.

Cubase AI 4 · Cubase LE 4 · Cubase AI 5 · Cubase LE 5 · Cubase AI 6 · Cubase LE 6 · Cubase AI 7 · Cubase LE 7

Please note: The special offer is available only once for each registered user.
Additional updates to Cubase AI 8 / Cubase LE 8 costs 29.99 Euro.

How can I get the update to Cubase AI 8 / Cubase LE 8?

The update offer is available via your MySteinberg account only. Here is how to order your Cubase LE 8 / Cubase AI 8 update: 

  • Log-in to your MySteinberg account via www.steinberg.net/en/mysteinberg.
  • Switch to the 'My Products' view.
  • In the sub menu (beneath the picture) click on 'Vouchers'.
  • The update offer will be displayed here. Click on 'Buy now' to purchase you Cubase AI / Cubase LE update in the Steinberg online shop. (The shown voucher number will be applied automatically.)

What are the benefits of updating to Cubase AI 8 / Cubase LE 8?

The benefits depend on the version from which you are updating. Of course, the differences are less significant when updating from Cubase LE 7 than if your original version is Cubase LE 4. In general, the most important reasons for updating to Cubase AI 8 / Cubase LE 8 are compatibility with current operating systems and plug-ins as well as the availability of support. But there are many more minor changes that improve the overall experience and workflow. The chart below is listing the most important benefits.

Compatibility with operating systems   AI/LE 8 AI/LE 7 AI/LE 6 AI/LE 5 AI/LE 4
Windows 7 - 10 7 - 8 7 XP - 7 XP - 7
Mac OS X 10.9 - 10.11 10.7 - 10.8 10.6 - 10.7 10.5 - 10.7 10.4 - 10.6
Improved quality of internal VST plug-ins Plug-in quality is being improved constantly
Performance optimization (ASIO Guard)
since Cubase AI 8 / Cubase LE 8

VST Instrument and MediaBay rack
Chord Pad and Chord Assistant
New Mix Console since Cubase AI 7 / Cubase LE 7
192 kHz Audio resolution (Cubase AI only) since Cubase AI 7
HALion Sonic SE replaces HALionOne:
more sounds, compatibility with current sound content
since Cubase AI 6 / Cubase LE 6
64-bit support
8 instead of 2 VST Instrument slots (Cubase AI only) since Cubase AI 6
Opportunity to upgrade to Cubase Elements 8 Cubase AI 4 and 5 / Cubase LE 4 and 5 cannot be directly upgraded to Cubase Elements 8
Technical support Technical support is only granted for Cubase AI 6 / Cubase LE 6 or later

 
Are my projects compatible with Cubase AI 8 / Cubase LE 8?

Cubase AI 8 / Cubase LE 8 can open projects of all previous Cubase AI / Cubase LE versions. Furthermore, you can also run previous Cubase AI / Cubase LE versions with a Cubase AI 8 / LE 8 license.

However, since it never was planned to offer updates within the Cubase AI / Cubase LE product line, the development of Cubase AI / Cubase LE didn't only bring extensions of the feature set. The possible amount of audio and MIDI tracks, insert slots and group channels have been reduced in Cubase AI 6 / Cubase LE 6 in order to allow for a better product differentitation. So for instance, if you open an older project with Cubase AI 8 / Cubase LE 8, tracks that exceed the maximal amount of tracks will be listed and played back correctly but cannot be altered. Please see the chart below for details on the restrictions of newer Cubase AI / Cubase LE versions.

  Cubase AI Cubase LE
  AI 8 AI 7 AI 6 AI 5 AI 4 LE 8 LE 7 LE 6 LE 5 LE 4
Audio Tracks 32 48 16 48
MIDI Tracks 48 64 24 64
Group Channels 8 256 8 256
Audio Inserts 4 8 4 8
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