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Steinberg Cubase Elements v10

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Personal Music Production System

Cubase is one of the most powerful music creation software packages in the world. With its unrivaled range of flexible tools, you can create any kind of music quickly and intuitively. It comes packed with a wide range of virtual instruments, effects and thousands of sounds. Whether you’re a professional composer or a music production beginner, Cubase provides you with everything you need for turning your ideas into music.


Highlights

  • The reference standard for music production software
  • Produce tracks from start to finish
  • Suitable for all genres, levels and budgets
  • Fast, flexible and intuitive workflows

What you can do with Cubase

Composing
Find the right chords, arrange your songs and produce sheet music for others to play

 

Sequencing
Create musical sequences of your virtual instruments, keyboards and audio recordings.

 

Beat Making
Produce beats and build tracks quickly and easily.

 

Recording
Record any instrument or vocals, ensembles or soloists and produce the perfect take.

 

Audio Editing
Effortlessly make the timing and pitch of your recordings perfect.

 

Mixing
Mix multi-tack projects ina professional and intuitive mixing environment.

 

10 fantastic features that you need to know

Audio Alignment
The Audio Alignment tool lets you synchronize stacked vocal and other recordings in no time, easily matching multiple tracks to a designated reference track.

Channel Strip
The Channel Strip modules deliver the classic, professional mixing console sound that let you turn your songs into pleasing, radio-friendly productions.

Chord Pads
Chord Pads are a great way to creatively compose with chords, jamming with them in real time, remotely controlling multiple parameters to change them on the fly.

Comping
Produce the perfect take with the lane track concept, which allows for lightning-fast multi-take comping.

Control Room
The powerful Control Room seamlessly integrates performer mixes and monitoring setups into your recording and mixing workflows.

Drum Editor
The Drum Editor is an intuitive and powerful tool for beats and groove, with a plethora of features to create the perfect rhythm for any production.

MixConsole History
MixConsole History records every challenge make in the MixConsole, allowing mixer undo/redo and for you to choose which mix suits your project best.

Retrologue 2
Featuring a straightforward interface, Retrologue 2 pays homage to and also adds a modern twist to the warm, vintage sound of classic analog synthesizers.

Sampler Track
The Sampler Track is a fast and enjoyable way to great inspiration.  Import any audio to create a Sampler Track, play the sample chromatically, manipulate it and have fun experimenting.

VariAudio
VariAudio provides MIDI-style noted editing for improving and changing monophonic vocal line, without affecting the character and quality of the original recording.


What is new in Cubase 10

Cubase 10 delivers many impressive new features in a remarkably powerful software package. It includes many new tools to enhance your creativity and speed your workflow. There is also a new, modern user interface and enhanced audio quality. Cubase 10 makes music production more inspiring, intuitive and flexible than ever before.

Channel Strip revised

The channel strip is the most important element in the mixing workflow of many producers and engineers. The completely redesigned Channel Strip in Cubase 10 significantly extends the functionality and usability of its modules. New metering elements offer direct visual feedback for each of the modules, with detail views for the compressors allowing further tweaking with additional controls.

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Groove Agent SE 5

Groove Agent SE 5 introduces an all-new user experience, gigabytes of new sounds and inspired workflow improvements. With a fully resizable interface, an acoustic drum kit christened appropriately The Kit, 20 new Beat Agent kits for electronic productions, one-click routing setup, Pad presets, in-kit preview in the new content browser and much more, Groove Agent SE 5 has many new features for you to explore.

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Inspiring sounds and great-sounding loops

Cubase 10 comes with 5 GB of fresh sounds and loops, exclusively produced by some of the most acclaimed producers in their genres. Berlin-based Florian Meindl has produced the deep, grooving Analog Techno library with his modular synthesizer setup. The Beat Butcha, whose production credits include Jay-Z, Beyonce, Mobb Deep and many others, has recorded The Hip Hop Vault with great-sounding drums and unique loops. Soul Assembly is a collection from Soul Surplus, with a vibe perfect for the foundations of new creations. Drum and bass duo Rawtekk have produced Raw Ambience, a highly aesthetic sound library perfect for electronica, ambience and dubstep. Produced by Nashville-based producer Allen Morgan, the Blockbuster library is the perfect inspiration for electronic music film trailers. Mystic Spaces is a collection of extraordinary experimental sounds produced by musician, sound designer and instrument builder Ferdinand Försch.

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Support for 32-Bit integer and 64-bit float audio formats

When it comes to the precision, quality and authnticity of your recordings, compromise should never be an option.  With Cubase you never have to, as it now supports recording, importing, exporting and converting audio files with bit depths of 32-bit integer and 64-bit float.  The Cubase audio engine has a long reputation for high quality and, with Cubase 10, it leaps forward again.

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Latency Monitor

Whether you are monitoring your recording or sending a cue mix to musicians, low latency is crucial for a great performance.  The MixConsole's new Latency Monitor section gives you full control by making the sum of the latencies and the individual latency of each plug-in within the effect chain visibile.

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HiDPI support for high resolution

Cubase 10's user interface now supports high-resolution displays.  While HiDPI is fully supported on current macOS computers, support for Windows 10 is limited and deactivated by default.  Please read our Knowledge Base article for further details.

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Effects in the Media Rack

Working with plug-ins has been radically improved in Cubase 10, allowing you to assign effects plug-ins to a track by dragging them directly from the Media Rack, or dragging a VST instrument plug-in directly into the project to create instrument tracks.  All plug-ins are now displayed as tiles representing the respective user interface.  Third-party plug-in tiles can easily be created with just a click on the plug-in header.

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Redesigned plug-ins for more creative output

Many Cubase plug-ins are back with a new look, boasting a modern user interface that makes them easier to use and hence improved the overall workflow.

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Usability, performance and quality improvements

Cubase 10 is packed with many improvements in different areas.  Contectual menus for evenets have been stramlined to improve workflow and user expereince.  Adding tracks, setting up routing and adding multiple track at once is now easier than ever.  Direct Offline Processing now supports effects chain presets.  Performance on systems with more than 14 cores has been significantly improved.  The algorithm of the Hitpoint detection feature has been improved, offering enhanced results.  Resampling quality has been improved to deliver the best possible audio quality.

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Click here for a full list of features

 

Find the Cubase version that’s right for you

The three versions of Cubase - Elements, Artist and Pro - all share the same pristine sound quality and ease of use that make Cubase one of the world’s most popular recording and production solutions. Depending on the size and complexity of your projects, your feature requirements and budget, you can choose the Cubase version that fits you best. If you find that you need more facilities, of course you can upgrade.

Cubase Comparison Chart

  Cubase Pro 10 Cubase Artist 10 Cubase Elements 10
Overview
Audio resolution (kHz) 192 192 192
Audio engine (bit) 64 64 64
MIDI tracks Unlimited 128 64
Audio tracks Unlimited 64 48
VST Instrument tracks Unlimited 32 24
VST Instruments 8 8 3
Instrument sounds > 3000 > 2600 > 1000
VST audio effect plug-ins 75 55 45
VST MIDI effect plug-ins 18 18 0
Physical inputs & outputs 256 32 24
Audiochannel insert slots 16 16 8
Group channels 256 32 16
FX send and return channels S:8 - R:64 S:8 - R:64 S:8 - R:8
Rack instruments 64 32 16
Highlights
Latency Monitor
Notepad
MediaBay
ReWire
HiDPI support
Disabling Tracks
Softube Console 1 support
WaveLab file exchange
Track Icons
Workspaces  
Track Import    
VST System Link
Project Browser    
Track Archives    
Channel Batch Export    
ARA 2 support (coming soon)    
AAF support    
OMF support    
Profiles    

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Mac OS X 10.11, macOS 10.12, 10.13

Windows 7/8/10

  • 64-bit Intel or AMD multi-core processor (Intel i5 or faster recommended)
  • 8 GB RAM (minimum: 4 GB)
  • 30 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)
  • USB port for USB-eLicenser (license management)
  • 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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What's new in Cubase 10?

  • VariAudio 3 - Ultimate control of your audio, with more creative tools and Smart Controls to speed up workflow.
  • MixConsole Snapshots - Instantly recall different project mixes and settings to quickly compare mixes and add mix notes.
  • Audio Alignment - Stack and match recordings quickly, easily synchronizing them to a reference track.
  • New Channel Strip - Channel strip overhaul offers better metering and functionality.
  • 32-bit integer and 64-bit audio - The Cubase audio engine delivers ultimate, no-compromise quality.
  • Easy side-chaining - Quickly and easily set up side-chaining to make space in mixes or create distinctive effects.
  • Groove Agent SE 5 - Many improvements and a new user interface enhance the best drum production tool.
  • 5 GB of high-quality sounds and loops - The included sound content is brought to you by six highly acclaimed producers.
  • AAF support - Exchange multimedia data with all the most commonly used applications.
  • Distroyer - Add everything from subtle analog warmth to searing heat for mixes and individual instruments.
  • Vintage Verbs for REVerence - Better management, smoother workflow and 20 new impulse responses bring REVerence greatness to your projects.
  • Latency Monitor - Know exactly where — and how much — latency is occurring, quickly and easily.
  • Full support for high-resolution displays - Enjoy high-definition quality under current macOS (limited support for Windows 10).
  • Effects in the Media Rack - Radical improvement of plug-ins workflow, with drag-and-drop functionality and improved display.
  • MPE support - Easy and convenient setup of MPE controllers.
  • Improved editing to picture - Enhanced tools for video soundtrack production.
  • Steinberg Virtual Reality - VR production suite adds a suite of professional yet intuitive virtual reality audio production tools.
  • ARA support - Forthcoming support for extended communications between ARA plug-ins and Cubase.
  • Even more - Experience a wide range of usability, performance and quality improvements.

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 provides fixes and improvements throughout several areas of the application.

Version History (PDF)

v9.4.0

BOOM! Another maintenance update touches down for your convenience. Cubase 9.5.40 now offers 64-bit float and 32-bit integer bit depth recording and format export as well as including many enhancements to automation, the MixConsole, the MediaBay, and other audio and MIDI tools and capabilities.

Please note that there's also an update for the Video Decoder for Avid DNxHD to import and playback Avid DNxHD videos in Cubase 9.5.40. The download is available to registered users only.

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 were 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 an 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 a 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.