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Steinberg Cubase Elements v9.5.30

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Personal Music Production System

With millions of musicians, producers and sound engineers around the world using Cubase every day, Cubase is one of the most popular digital audio workstations of our time. Due to its pristine sound quality, intuitive handling and unrivaled range of advanced tools, Cubase is not only considered by many users as the most complete DAW on the market today, but also sets the benchmark for contemporary music production software.


Highlights

All stages of the creative process

Covering all stages of the creative process from composing, recording, editing and mixing, Cubase excels with intelligent tools and features that put creativity first. Offering maximum flexibility, Cubase does not impose a certain workflow onto you, but provides the freedom you need to push your creative envelope.

Listen and innovate

Every musician is different, and every project is unique. Leveraging off our decades of experience in providing solutions for creatives of all stripes, we listen carefully to the needs and requests of our users and innovate features that inspire and generate real-life value. Free customer support, regular maintenance updates and an open, constant flow of communication with our customers are the firm pillars that uphold the strong relationship with our customer base.

All genres. All levels. All budgets.

Whether you are a music industry veteran or taking your first steps in digital music production, the Cubase line-up has a smorgasbord of tools that’ll fit all your needs — whatever your budget, level of experience or choice of music. Cubase is the favorite DAW of many of today’s most successful musicians from Grammy-Award-winning EDM artist Zedd to Academy-Award-winning blockbuster composer Hans Zimmer.

Into the cloud and beyond

Upload and share your projects to the cloud with VST Transit, collaborate with equal-minded all over the globe, and remote-record your musical counterpart from afar by simply using VST Connect. Thanks to the innovative cloud collaboration tools featured in Cubase, you will be able to realize your music productions wherever and whenever those creative juices start to flow.

Technological excellence

Pushing technological boundaries and mastering engineering challenges along the way with the goal to develop the most cutting-edge digital audio engine have made Cubase the technology leader in the field of native audio processing. Not just since the innovation and development of the de-facto standards of VST and ASIO by Steinberg, Cubase stands for technological excellence on Windows, macOS and even iOS with Cubasis mobile audio workstation.

Building on heritage

Cubase builds on Steinberg’s heritage, harnessing the passion and expertise to deliver one of the most advanced digital audio workstations today. Since Cubase was first introduced in 1989, it has constantly evolved and managed to re-invent the approach to digital music production time and again. Today, Cubase is the heart and soul of many production rigs, and integrates perfectly with Steinberg hardware and digital music products by Yamaha.

Welcome to the world of Cubase

Cubase Elements welcomes you to the world of Cubase, offering a streamlined music production environment with plenty of features that help seize the moment when musical creativity strikes. Sharing the same pristine audio quality as its larger siblings in the Cubase family, Cubase Elements provides the perfect starting point for intuitive song writing, studio-grade recordings and finalizing your mix. Do you want to elevate your sound to a new level? Cubase Elements is your next step.

Follow the flow

Cubase Elements can keep up with the pace with which your ideas flow. Whether you want to record your instruments and vocals or program cutting-edge beats, you will find all the creative tools and features in Cubase Elements that will guarantee an efficient and rewarding workflow. Improve your tracks with professional and precise editing and mixing capabilities and polish you productions with the top-notch channel strip in the integrated MixConsole — just exactly to the standards you expect from a Cubase-line product.

Get your private assistants

Composing music consists of finding an idea that you can elaborate into a full music composition. Cubase Elements makes it easy to harmonize and arrange your music with the innovative and unique Chord Pads and Arranger Track. Regardless whether you’re looking for further inspiration, a quick and easy way to play chords or try out different arrangements, Cubase Elements offers you maximum flexibility combined with a lightweight user interface to refine your ideas and get the best out of your music.

Your sound of music

Stay a step ahead of the rest with powerful instruments and awesome sounds. HALion Sonic SE, Groove Agent SE and Prologue — Cubase Elements provide a vast array of high-end sampled instruments, uplifting acoustic and electronic drums and grooves, state-of-the-art synths and experimental sound design tools. With the acclaimed VST Amp Rack tone suite all the amps you need stand right by your side to give your music that very individual tone.

Top 10 key features

  • Award-winning 32-bit floating-point Steinberg audio engine, flexible routing and full automatic delay compensation
  • Simultaneous playback of 48 audio tracks, 64 MIDI tracks and up to 24 physical inputs and outputs
  • MixConsole for pro mixing desk experience and integrated high-end channel strip with dynamics and EQ
  • Three outstanding virtual instruments comprising the HALion Sonic SE workstation, Groove Agent SE drum machine and Prologue synthesizer
  • Over 40 audio effect processors, including high-end VST Dynamics, Pitch Correct for vocal intonation correction and the VST Amp Rack guitar tone suite
  • Powerful sample editor covering all common editing tasks and providing creative freedom while editing audio
  • Chord Track and Chord Pads for playfully and creatively composing with chords
  • Comprehensive content library with thousands of instrument sounds, MIDI construction loops and audio samples
  • Basic score editing features for music notation and composition
  • Full upward compatibility with Cubase Pro and Cubase Artist for seamless upgrading to the next level

What is new in Cubase 9

Ground-breaking new features, streamlined workflows and stunning new plug-ins — the latest update enhances your favorite digital audio workstation in every direction and underlines Cubase’s claim of being the most complete DAW available. The new Lower Zone gives you direct access to editors and the MixConsole without leaving the Project window; the perfectly integrated Sampler Track opens up new creative possibilities; and the surgically precise frequency EQ takes your mix to the next level. The new Plug-in Sentinel, Multiple Marker Tracks, the improved Maximizer — Cubase 9 introduces loads of new features that you won’t want to miss in future music productions.

Zoning in on Cubase

Access all areas in the fastest and most convenient way. The new Lower Zone provides a neat and tidy overview. Your tools and editors are now just a mouse click away: the Lower Zone will enhance your workflow regardless whether you’re working mobile on a laptop or in a multi-screen studio environment.

Sampler Track

Do you need that extra bit of flavor to spice up your production? Are you looking for a starting point? Enter the Sampler Track. It’s the fastest way to inspiration.

Just use any piece of audio to create a Sampler Track, play the sample chromatically, manipulate it with its on-board filters and controls, experiment and enjoy the sonic extravaganza only the Sampler Track can give you. And to top it off, the Sampler Track comes with Caleidoscope, a dedicated sample library with hundreds of samples and presets to get you started right away.

Maximizer

It’s always a good idea to keep your recording and mixing levels nice and easy. But it’s a different story when finishing your productions. To let your final mix sound “contemporary” you won’t get around using our Maximizer. Not only did it get a new coat of paint but also an in-depth algorithm overhaul. Choose between the classic mode and the new modern mode to get the most out of your mixes, while keeping the result transparent, clear and brilliant.

Stability and reliability

Cubase 9 is one of the most stable and reliable DAWs on the market, allowing you to focus entirely on what’s really important: your creativity and your productions. Cubase 9 introduces several new features that emphasize this approach further, making the Cubase experience even more comfortable.

  • New Plug-in Sentinel scans all your plug-ins at start up to check which are valid and which might harm your system’s stability
  • Running in 64-bit only makes sure that you benefit from the most modern technology available
  • Plug ‘n’ play support for USB devices on Windows

Production Grooves

You can’t get enough of inspiring beats and grooves to fire up your tracks. Production Grooves feeds your Groove Agent with over 400 drum loops and presets for all contemporary styles of music. Whether you want to have basic drum accompaniment for a songwriting session, hit the dancefloor with full blown epic electronica or garnish your rock with some serious beef: Production Grooves gets you there!

What else?

The new AutoPan offers a much bigger variety and flexibility to creatively play with your sound in space. Make use of various shapes, sync modes, panorama settings and much more, which are all quickly accessible via the new user interface. If you like the new Maximizer you’ll certainly be happy to see that the Brickwall Limiter, Compressor, Expander, Gate and Envelope Shaper also have been graphically overhauled for a similar look and feel and streamlined workflow. The improved interface and detailed representation of the parameters will help you to get the most out of your state-of-the-art effects processors.

Music production with Cubase

Cubase condenses almost three decades of Steinberg expertise into the most cutting-edge digital audio workstation anywhere. The users of our flagship DAW are among the most successful artists on the globe — from engineers recording and mixing rock albums to dance DJs, hip hop producers, songwriters creating pop hits or film composers scoring for Hollywood blockbusters. Cubase combines industry-leading sound quality, intuitive handling and a range of advanced audio and MIDI tools for composition, recording, editing and mixing.

Composing music with Cubase

Steinberg has pioneered many aspects of MIDI sequencing on a computer, and tools such as the Score, Drum and List Editors have become indispensable to modern music production. With easy-to-use editing and innovative composing and notation tools, Cubase offers the most complete MIDI composing and sequencing toolset available today.

Powerful MIDI editors

Key Editor

At the heart of MIDI sequencing in Cubase is the Key Editor: a breathtakingly powerful yet transparent tool that opens up virtually limitless possibilities for songwriters and composers. The Key Editor is the place where melodies, chords, arrangements and performances take shape and where ideas are sketched out, developed and taken to their full potential. Based on more than three decades of experience, the Key Editor comes with an ultra-intuitive handling and highly accurate tools.

Score Editor

The Score Editor is a professional notation environment with full support for just about all symbol, display and editing options that this entails, including support for lyrics and remarks as well as drum notes, guitar tablature and lead sheets. Simply select the tools needed to create fully professional score layouts for others including soloists, orchestras and choirs. The Score Editor includes more than 100 professional notation symbols and supports the import and export of Music XML files.

Drum Editor

The Drum Editor is a highly intuitive yet powerful place for constructing and reworking beats, rhythms and grooves, offering a plethora of features to let you come up with the perfect rhythm for your song or production.

List Editor

The List Editor is a advanced MIDI editing tool that gives fast access to every single aspect of a MIDI note and can be a huge timesaver in complex projects.

VST Expression 2

VST Expression is a groundbreaking technology by Steinberg that provides an ultra-intuitive way of working with instrument articulations, dynamics and multiple controller values. Its second generation is based on three core technologies: Note Expression, Expression Maps and VST Dynamics. Expression Maps help you work with musical articulations, while VST Dynamics allow for highly intuitive handling of dynamics.

On top of this, Note Expression offers a revolutionary approach to create and edit multiple controller values in a single graphical interface, directly on the note they belong to — an invaluable feature for demanding orchestral arrangements as well as cutting-edge electronic music.

Sampler Track

Just use any piece of audio to create a Sampler Track, play the sample chromatically, manipulate it with its on-board filters and controls, experiment and enjoy the sonic extravaganza only the Sampler Track can give you. And to top it off, the Sampler Track comes with Caleidoscope, a dedicated sample library with hundreds of samples and presets to get you started right away.

Intelligent compositional tools

Chord Track

Cubase features a global Chord Track to facilitate working with chords in a project context and enables transform and harmonize functions throughout the application. Advanced voicing options are used to reflect any changes made to the Chord Track to both MIDI and audio tracks processed with VariAudio in a harmonically correct and ear-pleasing way.

Chord Assistant

You don't have to be a musical genius to lay down beautiful harmonies when you're using Cubase. The powerful Chord Assistant helps you to generate everything from simple pop to complex jazz chord sequences that just sound great. Want to specify both the first and final chords but have no clue how to get there? This, also, is possible. The Chord Assistant lists chord suggestions from which you can choose.

Chord Pads

Chord pads are a great way to playfully and creatively compose with chords. Jam with chords and patterns in real time and remote control multiple parameters to change chords on the fly. The chord pads are playable via a MIDI keyboard and real-time parameters allow you to easily improvise chord performances by changing voicings, tensions and more as you go.

Audio recording with Cubase

Steinberg’s wealth of engineering experience in digital audio stretching back over nearly three decades provides the basis for its state-of-the-art recording capabilities. With its emphasis not only on technology but also on user friendliness and ergonomics, Cubase provides everything you need to record your audio with ease and utmost quality.

Next-generation audio engine

The award-winning Cubase audio engine delivers a crystal-clear 32-bit floating-point resolution and 192 kHz sample rate, with a pristine sound quality that is the hallmark of the Cubase music production experience. And the Cubase audio engine also includes true surround capability throughout, with each track and channel offering up to six discreet channels, ready for 5.1 surround.

  • Retrospective Record: no take ever gets lost because record mode wasn’t engaged in time
  • Exemplary FX handling: any VST plug-in can be recorded with the signal, or simply used for monitoring while the untouched, pristine signal is recorded in Cubase
  • Intuitive user interface supports even the largest recording rigs, with easy-to-use folders, customizable Track views and custom color schemes for Tracks that differentiate track types at a glance
  • Effortless I/O handling: the VST Connections window allows you to not only setup custom I/O setups and customize port names but also switch between different I/O setups on the fly
  • Re-record mode: simply hit the record button again and the recording will start from the original position preserving the original pre-count and metronome settings

Control Room

Engineered exclusively for Steinberg’s audio production systems and unavailable on any other software workstation, the Control Room is a unique recording and monitoring environment seamlessly integrating performer mixes and monitoring setups into your recording and mixing workflow.

Cubase allows you to create and manage up to four unique studio mixes feeding performers their own tailored mix, to use the integrated talkback function, manage audio sources feeding from tape, CD or DVD — all seamlessly integrated in the Cubase MixConsole.

Audio editing with Cubase

A powerful sample editor, smart multi-track editing, fast take-comping, totally integrated vocal editing and pitch alteration of monophonic signals — Cubase provides all this and much more, allowing you to edit audio with peerless precision and unprecedented speed.

Sample Editor

The Sample Editor allows you almost limitless creative freedom while editing audio. A full editing toolset offers a huge range of functions that not only cover common editing tasks right down to the sample level. Cubase is the complete production environment for fast, intuitive and qualitatively outstanding audio tools that allow you to manipulate your recordings in almost any way imaginable.

  • State-of-the-art transient and tempo detection: optimize the timing, feel and flavor of live-recorded drum tracks
  • Intuitive audio quantization
  • Easy drum replacement

Extended pitch correction and creative audio manipulation

VariAudio offers completely integrated vocal editing and pitch alteration of individual notes in monophonic vocal recordings and can solve intonation and timing problems with a few clicks. Editing vocal lines in the Sample Editor is just as seamless and quick as if editing MIDI notes in the Key Editor.

The full integration with the Chord Track ensures correct pitch to your harmonies at all times! This interaction also lets you harmonize your lead vocals in beautifully composed choral arrangements. Plus, you can even edit multiple VariAudio parts across multiple tracks within one editor only. And yes, the popular autotuning effect is no big deal!

Drum recordings and drum loops

Transient and tempo detection

Cubase comes with a state-of-the-art transient detection. With this powerful tool at hand, you can detect single hits, rolls and ghost notes faster and more accurate than ever before. Best of all, hitpoints are automatically calculated in the background as soon as audio material is recorded or imported into the arrangement window.

Plus, the tempo detection algorithm accurately determines the tempo of any rhythmic audio material. The resulting tempo map can be used to keep the dynamic feeling of natural tempo variations or to remove unwanted tempo changes quickly.

Straightforward drum replacement

The bass drum needs some extra punch? The snare drum doesn’t cut through the mix? With the Hitpoint-to-MIDI function, it is very easy to replace, double or enrich live-recorded drum sounds. When the transients have been detected, a single click creates a MIDI track with a MIDI note for each drum hit. From here, it’s up to you which sampler or synth you want to fuel.

Multi-track editing

Smart multi-track editing

Simple and efficient — Track Edit Groups tie together what belongs together. When recording a guitar for example, it is common to record signals from different amps, microphone types or distances on separate tracks. With Track Edit Groups activated, related tracks are tied together and can be edited at once, making this feature a huge time-saver in the studio.

Warp quantizing

Cubase also allows you to warp-quantize multiple audio tracks at once using the convenient Quantize panel. By creating warp markers straight from hitpoints, both single audio loops as well as the entire arrangement can be non-destructively quantized with a single mouse click — just like MIDI parts! And because the audio events are warped instead of sliced, they automatically follow any tempo or pitch changes of your project while remaining unclutterd for easy arrangements.

Conjure the perfect take

Ultra-fast take comping

Building the perfect take has never been that easy — with the intuitive Lane Track concept. When recording several takes, Cubase instantly creates a Lane Track for each take. From here, it’s just a short way to perfection: simply swipe across the best parts and Cubase automatically creates a master take that contains all selected parts. In addition, the Comp tool offers handy click-and-drag features for immediate results.

TrackVersions

Create, rename and manage parallel versions of the same track or tracks and use them to compare takes or create alternative versions of your recordings while keeping all track settings. Interfacing perfectly with existing track handling features like lanes, the flexible new TrackVersions feature will significantly speed up your workflow when working not only with audio but also MIDI, instrument, chord, tempo and signature tracks.

Direct file exchange with WaveLab

Use WaveLab’s mighty feature set from within Cubase. Open WaveLab directly from within Cubase and use WaveLab’s powerful restoration, editing, analysis and mastering functions to polish your audio material even during the mixing process. After editing and processing the audio file in WaveLab, the file can be updated automatically in Cubase by just a single mouse click in WaveLab.

Render in-place

The new render in-place function allows you to bounce MIDI and audio parts easily. You can define exactly on what to include and for example render-in track FX in the newly created events. Trigger the command and a new audio track is created with all effects settings copied over from the original source track plus your rendered audio event, including intact event boundaries.

Professional mixing in Cubase

Cubase provides a complete mixing environment that not only equips you to produce stunning mixes in stereo or surround, but allows you to tailor your mixing workflow to suit your own personal artistic and creative vision. MixConsole is dedicated to professionals working regularly with the mixer.

Cubase MixConsole

Stellar mixing with MixConsole

Cubase's MixConsole excels not only in terms of usability, look and feel, but also sounds better than anything before it — it’s in the mix! Here are some of the features that let you cut down on mixing time and zero in on getting creative.

  • 32-bit floating-point mixing engine with 128 physical inputs and outputs, 8 inserts per channel, 64 FX sends, 256 groups/busses and unlimited routing between audio channels, busses, groups and FX
  • Entirely scalable and dedicated full-screen mode
  • View Sets and Channel Zones for utmost flexibility
  • VCA faders for complex mixing and automation workflows
  • Control Link groups and Quick Link system for channel parameters
  • Customizable track icons and track notepad
  • Drag-and-drop support throughout the mixer
  • Direct routing with one click
  • Dynamic inserts and sends provide streamlined overview
  • A/B comparison and global bypass of all audio effects
  • Wave Meters: upcoming audio events are displayed with the respective waveforms
  • Plug-in & channel search function
  • Full Control Room integration, including talkback and four different cue mixes
  • Optimized for mouse-free operation: virtually all channel elements are accessible by blind reader software & through the computer keyboard

MixConsole History

Ever wanted to compare different mixes with just one mouse click? The MixConsole History tracks all changes made in the MixConsole and easily lets you choose several stages of your mixing process just by selecting them from a list. This means you’ll be getting your basic mixer undo/redo, but it also allows you to experiment freely with which mix suits your project best.

High-end channel strip for every channel

Integrated into each single Cubase channel and carefully crafted in close collaboration with seasoned mixing engineers, the channel strip modules offer that epic pro-console sound that lets you turn your songs into a hard-hitting, radio-ready production.

  • Epic pro-studio sound built right into every channel
  • High and low-pass filters plus 4-band StudioEQ with spectrum analyzer, noise gate and 3 compressors
  • Enveloper Shaper fully controls attack and release
  • High-end channel strip for every channel modules
  • Includes over 300 presets by US producer Allen Morgan
  • DeEsser

Workflow for professionals

Remote control support throughout

The Remote Control Editor lets you visually customize the parameter layout of individual effects and instruments on your control surface. It supports many different controllers right out of the box. As simple as it sounds — just select a hardware knob or button and chose which parameter to control.

Plus, with the intuitive Quick Controls you get a set of eight user-definable realtime controllers that can be assigned to any parameter on the current track.

Needless to say, Cubase can be fully controlled via the elegant and technological thought-after surface of the Nuage controller hardware.

Track visibility management

Cubase offers a track visibility management feature that greatly expedites working with huge projects by dynamically displaying only the tracks you actually want to see. Various View Agents help you by instantly bringing the right tracks into focus; this powerful feature will help you maintain a full overview of your project at all times.

Import tracks from projects

Pull in tracks from other projects on the fly in seconds! You’ve spent ages tweaking that little synthetic kick drum sound into an earth - shattering boom, or meticulously building a monumental wall of guitar. Now you want to bring that into your current song — and it’s so easy and quick in Cubase 8.5. Import the entire track with all its settings and content, either as new tracks or replacing existing tracks with the same name. And Cubase will even create new TrackVersions automatically when replacing existing tracks, allowing you to change back to the original track layout with one single click!

Surround mixing
Cubase puts extensive surround capabilities at your command. All included VST 3 audio effects are fully surround-ready, intelligently adapting their I/O configuration as required for mono, stereo or surround. With its complete multi-channel audio signal path from input to output and the ability to export to the MP3 surround format for convenient delivery and distribution, Cubase offers a consistent end to end surround workflow.

Full automation
Cubase provides a dedicated automation panel for quick access to all automation functions. The enhanced transparency and flexibility gives professionals the capability to set up a complete automation within minutes and control the session clearly. Smart scaling tools offer a highly intuitive user experience when working with automation data, including simultaneous editing of several events and an dramatically streamlined look-and-feel.

Total export — to almost any audio file type
Cubase supports almost all standard formats, including AIFF, Sound Designer II, Wave, Wave 64, Broadcast Wave, MP3 and MP3 surround and Windows Media Audio Pro. Plus, the Channel Batch Export feature allows the export of a multiple selection of mixer channels to audio files. Channel Batch Export is also an ideal way to free up system resources — with all files and VSTi tracks exported to audio tracks.

Collaboration around the world

Our world is getting smaller by the day, and cloud collaboration plays a vital role in it. Whether you want to make remote recordings with VST Connect SE 4 in Cubase Pro or exchange projects via VST Transit in Cubase Pro 9 and Cubase Artist 9, find collaborators and partners all over the world, exchange ideas, get connected with others who share the same passion and be creative! No other DAW like Cubase has this level of cloud collaboration capabilities seamlessly integrated into your workflow.

VST Transit – Collaboration in the cloud

Embedded into Cubase, VST Transit is Steinberg’s new cloud collaboration service. Upload audio and MIDI tracks to cloud storage, continue working from another location and synchronize the changes back to the cloud. Or collaborate on shared projects with friends and band members. VST Transit comes with up to 750 MB free storage space and 1.5 GB free traffic per month. VST Transit Premium Accounts and Trafiic upgrades are available for all users with more demanding needs of traffic and storage.

VST Transit feature list

VST Connect SE

VST Connect SE is your entry into the world of remote recording. Easily set up in just a few clicks, the SE version of Steinberg’s remote recording solution is a fast and easy way to collaborate with musicians around the world. Video chat, live talkback and support for lossless audio quality make online collaboration with other Cubase users quick and creative.

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.

Effects

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 9 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.

Effects 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

Instruments

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.

Instrument highlights

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

 

Cubase Comparison Chart
Cubase Pro 9 Cubase Artist 9 Cubase Elements 9
General
Ideal for: Professional producers, mixing engineers, composers Ideal for: Seasoned musicians, project studio owners, bands Ideal for: Home recordists, bands, singer/songwriters, creative musicians
32-bit/192 kHz Steinberg audio engine with 5.1 surround support 32-bit/192 kHz Steinberg audio engine 32-bit/192 kHz Steinberg audio engine
Record and mix unlimited audio, instrument and MIDI tracks Record and mix up to 64 audio and 128 MIDI tracks Record and mix up to 48 audio and 64 MIDI tracks
256 physical inputs and outputs 32 physical inputs and outputs 24 physical inputs and outputs
Unlimited instrument tracks 32 instrument tracks 24 instrument tracks
64 VST instrument slots 32 VST instrument slots 16 VST instrument slots
Mixing
MixConsole
  • integrated channel strip
  • full drag-and-drop support
  • New MixConsole History
  • A/B comparison & global bypass
  • plug-in search function
  • total scalability & full-screen mode
  • extended channel visibility management
  • Quick Link System & Control Link Groups
  • customizable View Sets
  • Sidechain Inputs
  • Import tracks from projects
  • EBU-compliant loudness metering
  • Wave Meters
  • VCA faders for complex mixing and automation workflows
MixConsole
  • integrated channel strip
  • full drag-and-drop support
  • New MixConsole History
  • A/B comparison & global bypass
  • plug-in search function
  • total scalability & full-screen mode
  • extended channel visibility management
  • Quick Link System
  • customizable View Sets
  • Sidechain Inputs

MixConsole

  • integrated channel strip
  • full drag-and-drop support
  • A/B comparison & global bypass
  • plug-in search function
  • total scalability
  • channel visibility management
  • Quick Link System
  • customizable View Sets
256 group channels 32 group channels 16 group channels
Control Room: create monitoring setups and performer mixes - -
5.1 surround support - -
MixConvert delivers unmatched downmixing quality - -
Powerful automation system with 4 modes, dedicated control panel and Virgin Territories mode - -
Composing
New Sampler Track for quick inspiration and easy creative processes New Sampler Track for quick inspiration and easy creative processes New Sampler Track for quick inspiration and easy creative processes
Upgraded Key and Drum Editor for intuitive note, chord or beat creation and editing Upgraded Key and Drum Editor for intuitive note, chord or beat creation and editing Key and Drum Editor for intuitive note, chord or beat creation and editing
Professional music notation and score edting and printing feature set Basic music notation and score edting and printing feature set Basic music notation and score edting and printing feature set
Enhanced Chord pads: A great way to playfully and creatively compose with chords EnhancedChord pads: A great way to playfully and creatively compose with chords Chord pads: A great way to playfully and creatively compose with chords
Full instrument expression control on single-note level, plus intuitive handling of articulations and dynamics Full instrument expression control on single-note level -
TrackVersions: For creating, renaming and managing parallel variations of tracks TrackVersions: For creating, renaming and managing parallel variations of tracks -
Instruments & FX

Complete suite of over 90 high-end audio and MIDI VST effect processors, including Quadrafuzz, VST Amp Rack and VST Bass Amp guitar and bass tone suites, REVerence convolution reverb, New Frequency 8-band EQ and many more

Suite of over 70 high-end audio and MIDI VST effect processors, including Pitch Correct for vocal editing, VST Amp Rack and VST Bass Amp guitar and bass tone suites, Quadrafuzz and many more Over 40 audio effect processors, including high-end VST Dynamics, Pitch Correct for vocal intonation correction and the VST Amp Rack guitar tone suite
Comprehensive set of 8 outstanding instruments with over 3,000 sounds, including HALion Sonic SE, Groove Agent SE, Padshop, Retrologue and LoopMash Comprehensive set of 8 outstanding instruments with over 2,600 sounds, including HALion Sonic SE, Groove Agent SE, Padshop, Retrologue and LoopMash 3 outstanding virtual instruments comprising the HALion Sonic SE workstation, Groove Agent SE drum machine and Prologue synthesizer
Recording & Editing
Full audio editing toolset with state-of-the-art transient and tempo detection, drum replacement functions and advanced audio quantization Full audio editing toolset with state-of-the-art transient detection and drum replacement functions Basic audio editing toolset with loop functions, full-automatic hit-point detection and excellent beat-slicing
Realtime time-stretching and pitch-shifting, zplane Elastique v3 algorithms for high-quality time-stretching and intuitive Time Warp tool Realtime time-stretching and pitch-shifting, plus zplane Elastique v3 algorithms for high-quality time-stretching Realtime time-stretching and pitch-shifting (playback only)
Lanes and Comping: Advanced tools for recording and assembling perfect takes Lanes and Comping: Advanced tools for recording and assembling perfect takes -
Dedicated punch points which are independent from the locator positions Dedicated punch points which are independent from the locator positions -
Track Edit Groups: multitrack editing with single-click actions - -
VariAudio 2.0: MIDI-style note editing of monophonic audio tracks and automatic voicing harmonization - -
Workflow
MediaBay: organize your files and presets in one central spot and locate your content even faster with the intuitive MediaBay Racks MediaBay: organize your files and presets in one central spot and locate your content even faster with the intuitive MediaBay Racks MediaBay: organize your files and presets in one central spot
Project Assistant allows for quick startup Project Assistant allows for quick startup Project Assistant allows for quick startup
Supports all common audio formats and standards plus FLAC support, direct SoundCloud export, OMF import/export and Fraunhofer MP3 encoding Supports all common audio formats and standards plus FLAC support, Fraunhofer MP3 encoding and direct SoundCloud export Supports all common audio formats and standards plus FLAC support, Fraunhofer MP3 encoding and direct SoundCloud export
Over 5 hours of HD video tutorials available on YouTube Over 5 hours of HD video tutorials available on YouTube Over 30 minutes of HD video tutorials available on YouTube
Professional workflow: offline process history, key command macros, channel batch export Professional workflow: offline process history, key command macros -
Track visibility: Shows only the tracks you want to see in the Project window Track visibility: Shows only the tracks you want to see in the Project window -
Render in-place: Bounce MIDI and audio parts easily Render in-place: Bounce MIDI and audio parts easily -
VST Transit: Cloud collaboration service VST Transit: Cloud collaboration service  
VST Connect SE 3: Unique remote recording plug-in now with a redesigned graphic user interface - -
Profile Manager: Lets you easily store and recall program settings and preferences    

 


Updates

Cubase v9.5.30.

We have just released the Cubase 9.5.30 maintenance update for the Pro, Artist, Elements, AI, and LE editions. It's a maintenance update so one can obviously expect issues to have been resolved; then again, there weren't many so you probably won't even have noticed them in the first place. Alongside the fixes, this update also includes enhancements to Direct Offline Processing and other features. For detailed information, please refer to the corresponding version history on the download page.

Cubase v9.5.20

This update provide fixes and improvements throughout several areas of the application.

Version History (PDF)

Cubase v9.0.10

Improvements & issues resolved

Chord Track:

  • Fixed an issue where dragging Chord Event across a Divided Track List resulted in a misaligned event.
  • Fixed an issue where "Follow Chord Track" was not working correctly.
  • Fixed an issue regarding wrong note colors when using "Chord Track" for event colors.

Editing:

  • Fixed an issue where the Quantize Panel did not correctly display the Crossfade section for multi-track usage (via Folder Group Editing).

Input Transformer:

  • Fixed an issue where certain setups of the Input Transformer could crash the application.

Inspector:

  • Fixed an issue where pinned Inspector sections were all closed after loading a project.

Logical Editor:

  • Fixed a potential crash issue.
  • Fixed an issue where Filter Target "Note is equal to" was stuck on "C".

MediaBay:

  • Fixed an issue where using the Search field on the MediaBay could crash the application.

MIDI Editors:

  • Fixed an issue where Show/Hide Controller Lanes did not work when Lanes were removed manually beforehand.
  • Fixed an issue where resizing the Controller Lane area within the Inplace Editor could crash the application.
  • Fixed an issue where note names where displayed with inconsistent enharmonics (e.g. Bb instead of A#).

MIDI Plug-ins:

  • Fixed an issue where MicroTuner settings were not applied after reloading a project.

MusicXML Export:

  • Improved the compatibility of the number attribute for slurs (for import into Dorico).
  • Improved the compatibility in regard to the encoding of tuplets (for import into Dorico).

Performance:

  • Fixed a performance issue when "Auto Select under Cursor" options was activated.

Plug-ins:

  • Fixed an issue where VST 3 plug-ins with special characters could not be used.
  • Fixed an issue where StudioEQ presets were missing in Cubase Elements.
  • Fixed an issue where panning could be wrong with REVerence.
  • Fixed an issue where side split LP/HP bands did not properly change type in Frequency.
  • Fixed an issue where the Maximizer output level was not consistent with the readings from the MixConsole metering.

Project Window:

  • Fixed an issue where "Open in separate Window" in MIDI Editors was not possible after working in the Controller Lane area.
  • Fixed an issue where the Overview Line was missing in Cubase LE, AI and Elements.
  • Fixed an issue where new recorded MIDI Parts were not displayed in open Editor tab in the Lower Zone.

Remotes:

  • Fixed an issue where remote control devices (e.g. NI Komplete Kontrol) could not follow the parameter mapping correctly while navigating through the track list.

Sampler Track:

  • Fixed an issue where Sample Start/End markers were not correctly set after dragging a resized audio event into the Sampler Control tab.
  • Fixed an issue where re-opening the Sampler Control tab showed no content.
  • Fixed an issue where the root key color indication on the keyboard display was incorrect.
  • Fixed an issue where "Remove unused Media" in the Pool was not working correctly for audio files referenced by the Sampler Track.
  • Fixed and issue where no content was displayed in a Sampler Control tab after re-opening the Lower Zone.
  • Fixed an issue where creating a sampler track from an MP3 file in the MediaBay crashed the application.

Steinberg Hardware:

  • Fixed an issue where closing the Audio Hardware Setup window (e.g. for UR hardware) could lead to an application which could be no longer operated.

Steinberg Help:

  • Fixed an issue where the F1 key did not open the Cubase Help referring to steinberg.help.

System Link:

  • Fixed an issue where the cursor position was not synchronized while scrubbing with the mouse.
  • Fixed an synchronization issue using a jog wheel followed by Fast Rewind / Fast Forward commands.

TrackVersions:

  • Fixed an issue where TrackVersions on Signature Tracks could crash the application.

Transport:

  • Fixed an issue that stops the recording when changing the Metronome volume.
  • Fixed an issue where no values for all sorts of Transport control related items could be entered by key command if both Transport Panel and Transport Zone were closed.

Mac OS X 10.11 · macOS 10.12 · 10.13

Windows 64-Bit Windows 7 / 8.x / 10

  • 64-bit Intel or AMD multi-core processor (Intel i5 or faster recommended)
  • 8 GB RAM (minimum: 4 GB)
  • 12 GB free HD space
  • 1920 x 1080 display resolution (minimum: 1366 x 768)
  • Graphics card with DirectX 10 and WDDM 1.1 support (Windows only)
  • OS compatible audio hardware*
  • Internet connection required for activation, account setup and personal / product registration. Additional downloads may be required for the installation.


*ASIO compatible audio hardware recommended for low-latency performance
 

 

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