v11 Steinberg Cubase Elements


Steinberg Cubase Elements
Steinberg Cubase Elements

Personal Music Production System

Do you want to start creating your own music, bring your production up to a professional level, or streamline your workflow for short deadlines? Whatever you need, Cubase helps you to reach your full creative potential. From Hollywood blockbuster composers and Billboard Hot 100 producers right through to keen beginners, the world of music production trusts the comprehensive feature set, straightforward tools and unrivaled sound of our acclaimed music production software.

  • 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

Note: Additional USB-eLicenser required to use this product, if one is not already in use.

What Can Cubase Do for You?

Start Creating Music

Do you want to produce your own music, but you don’t know how? Cubase has everything you will need.

Produce Like The Pros

Are you dissatisfied with the quality of your music? Cubase will deliver the pro sound you are looking for.

Reach Your Goals

Do you need to turn in your projects in time? Cubase will help you work faster without compromising on quality.

What’s New in Steinberg Cubase 11

Cubase 11 comes with a vast range of workflow and performance improvements, as well as exciting new ways to find inspiration and improve your productions. No matter what your musical goals are, Cubase 11 will help you to reach them.

Simpler Stems Pro version

In most DAWs, printing stems is a repetitive and time-consuming task. Cubase Pro 11 makes this job much faster, less prone to errors and way more convenient. Sync your export selection to the selection in your project. Create and restore file format presets. Export the full signal path, including master bus effects, to truly replicate the mix. Cubase Pro 11 even lets you collect your export jobs and export the whole queue in one go while you grab a coffee.

Sample. Slice. Move. Glide. Pro • Artist • Elements

The Sampler Track in Cubase 11 has a number of great new features to discover. The new slicing mode chops up your loops so they’re ready to play with just a click. There are now two global LFOs available to add motion and a catch to your sounds. You can go for a vintage feel or the highest fidelity with the sample engine’s new quality modes. Then there’s the new mono legato glide, perfect for riding 808 basslines… and more!

Your Personal Scale Assistant Pro • Artist • Elements

The Scale Assistant is a superb addition to your songwriting toolkit. You can set your song’s scale in the Key Editor and follow its lead, quantize a solo to the scale or play live in perfect tune. You can change the view to only see the notes of the set scale. You can even let the Scale Assistant analyze your MIDI recording and suggest the right scale. Now there are no more excuses for wrong notes!

Perfect Bends Pro • Artist • Elements

Cubase 11 brings a huge improvement to the Key Editor’s functionality. You can now create ramps and curves in the CC and Pitch Bend lanes, just like you are used to with automation. Set your pitch bend steps to semitones and you will always be perfectly in tune. All of your CC edits can also be conveniently copied to another MIDI track, while MIDI notes can now be deleted with a simple, fast double-click.

Amazingly Precise Dynamic EQ Pro version

There are many reasons why you should use dynamic equalization to get a better mix and, with Frequency 2, there are now no reasons why you shouldn’t. Each of its eight bands can be individually set to dynamic mode, making the filter node dependent on the input signal for amazingly precise dynamic mixing. And, even better, Cubase 11 allows you to set a different side-chain for each band by making use of the multiple side-chain architecture of VST 3.

Enhanced Synchronization Pro

Staying in sync with tempo changes or markers is crucial when composing any kind of music. Cubase 11 makes your life easier with Global Tracks now able to be displayed in the Key Editor. With no need to leave the Key Editor anymore, this great visual reference will keep your compositions moving along quickly and creatively.

Enhance EDM with Squasher Pro • Artist • Elements

Electronic dance music productions need Squasher! This dynamic tool combines up and down compression for up to three bands, making it super flexible in many situations. Use it to help your lead sounds cut through the mix, tame aggressive bass lines or enhance subtle, spacey reverberation. Squasher is amazingly easy to use and it sounds fantastic.

New Score Editor Features and Fonts Pro

The Score Editor was enhanced with lots of great additions and improvements. The new Properties tab lets you instantly access the matching options and settings of your notation and, with the Note Editing Overlay, you can edit notes as conveniently as in the Key Editor. There are more workflow improvements, and the Score Editor now also supports the SMuFL font format, which will bring Dorico’s beautiful Bravura and Petaluma fonts to Cubase.

Imager Pro • Artist

The multiband Imager is another great tool that will help you to get a better, cleaner mix. You can place audio tracks in the stereo field independently in up to four bands, allowing you to expand or reduce the stereo width of your sound. The individual scope and correlation displays help you to get your panning absolutely perfect.

Visual Editing with SpectraLayers One Pro • Artist

SpectraLayers One is a compact version of the acclaimed visual audio editing tool. SpectraLayers One allows you to visualize and clean up your audio with stunning results. But there is even more. Thanks to the state-of-the-art source separation engine, you can separate the vocal part from any kinds of audio tracks. Whether you want to remix your favorite song or create mash-ups, SpectraLayers One helps you to get started.

Super SuperVision Pro • Artist

SuperVision is a fully customizable, multimeter audio analyzer for professional productions. You can choose out of several different modules for level, spectral, phase and waveform analysis, creating your own custom layout with up to nine module slots to give you a supremely accurate visual picture of your sound.

Inspiring New Sample Sets Pro • Artist • Elements

Be inspired and instantly start producing with six new, exclusive sound and loop sets in Cubase 11. Grammy-winner Beat Butcha contributes a sizzling pack of hip hop heat. Go-to Hollywood sound designer Robert Dudzic brings the Noir pack for cinematic trailers, where every sound tells a story. And Black Octopus Sound — well known for their samples in many current productions — contributes four exclusive sets: Lo-fi hip hop, Dancefloor Tech House, Vocal lines and ’80s Synth Wave.

More New Features

Cubase Artist and Elements Upgrade

Cubase Artist and Cubase Elements were upgraded with some amazing features from their bigger siblings. Cubase elements now supports side-chaining for creating advanced compression setups. But Cubase Artist received the best presents… Cubase Artist 11 delivers even more bang for your buck by inheriting VariAudio 3, ARA 2 support and unlimited audio, MIDI and instrument track.

Variable DPI on Windows 10 Pro • Artist • Elements

Cubase 11 now supports more scaling settings, such as 125%, 150% and 250%, in Windows 10. Even plug-ins that do not support HiDPI can now be scaled, based on the scaling factor of Windows.

Maximum Mac Performance Pro • Artist • Elements

We’ve optimized Cubase for Metal to deliver maximum performance from the GPU in your MAC. Did our work pay off? Of Course! Cubase 11 is the most responsive Cubase on Mac ever.

Performance Optimized Pro • Artist • Elements

We have further optimized Cubase 11 for large multi-track recording projects with heavy real-time porcessing on systems with more than eight cores.

Workflow and UI improvements Pro • Artist • Elements

Cubase 11 was refined with many improvements, which will dramatically enhance your workflow. These include the new Marker Lines, Pitch Visibility and improvements to the Range Selection tool and ARA workflow, to name a few.

New Multiple Side-Chain Support Pro • Artist • Elements

Cubase 11 now supports a multiple side-chain input architecture. Squasher and Frequency 2 are the first plug-ins that support this new feature.

Eucon Integration for Avid Consoles Pro

The latest Avid consoles are now supported in Cubase 11.

VST Connect SE 5 Pro

Our acclaimed remote-recording solution now sports a resizable and HiDPI-ready user interface.

MultiTap Delay Surround Support Pro

The MultiTap Delay now supports up to 5.1 surround sound.

Compare The Versions of Cubase

All versions of Cubase 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.

Steinberg Cubase 11 Comparison - Overview

 Cubase Pro 10.5
Cubase Artist 10.5Cubase Elements 10.5
Audio engine
64 bit64 bit64 bit
Audio resolution192 kHz192 kHz192 kHz
MIDI tracksunlimitedunlimited64
Audio tracksunlimitedunlimited48
VST Instrument tracks
VST Instruments
Instrument sounds
> 3000
> 2600
> 1000
VST audio effect plug-ins
VST MIDI effect plug-ins18180
Physical inputs & outputs2563224
Audiochannel insert slots16168
Group channels
FX send and return channelsS:8 - R:64S:8 - R:64S:8 - R:8
Rack instruments
MIDI plug-in insert slots & sends440

Steinberg Cubase 11 Comparison - Highlights

 Cubase Pro 10.5Cubase Artist 10.5Cubase Elements 10.5
Scale Assistant

Channel Strip 2AdvancedAdvancedBasic
Chord Pads


Groove Agent SE 5

Audio Warp Quantize

Sampler Track 2


VariAudio 3

Control Room

Project Logical Editor

Advanced Audio Export

Spectral Comparison EQ

Steinberg Cubase 11 Comparison - General

 Cubase Pro 10.5Cubase Artist 10.5Cubase Elements 10.5
Colorized Mixer Channels

Latency Monitor




HiDPI support

Track Icons

Safe Start Mode

Disabling Tracks

Softube Console 1 support

VST System Link

Combined Select Tools

WaveLab file exchange


ARA 2 support

Import Tracks from Projects

Project Logical Editor

Project Browser

Track Archives

AAF support

OMF support


Advanced Audio Export

Steinberg Cubase 11 Comparison - Composing

 Cubase Pro 10.5Cubase Pro 10.5Cubase Elements 10.5
Chord Pads

Chord Track

Chord Assistant - Circle of 5ths

Score EditorAdvancedBasicBasic
Hermode tuning

Scale Assistant

Arranger Track

Tempo Track

Signature Track


Global Transpose Track

Note Expression

Chord Assistant - Proximity Mode

Expression Maps

MusicXML import & export

Time Warp

Steinberg Cubase 11 Comparison - Recording

 Cubase Pro 10.5
Cubase Artist 10.5
Cubase Elements 10.5
Audio Pre-Record
MIDI Retrospective Record
Punch In & Punch Out
Pre-Roll & Post-Roll
Marker Track1011
Control Room

Steinberg Cubase 11 Comparison - Sequencing

 Cubase Pro 10.5Cubase Artist 10.5Cubase Elements 10.5
Key Editor
Drum Editor
Drum Maps
Track Quick Controls
Chord Editor
Chord Editing Section
List Editor
In-Place Editor
MPE Support
Tempo Detection Panel
Logical Editor
Global Tracks

Steinberg Cubase 11 Comparison - Audio Editing

 Cubase Pro 10.5Cubase Artist 10.5Cubase Elements 10.5
Sampler Track 2

Audio Parts

Hitpoint Detection

Sample Editor

Time Stretch

Group/Ungroup & Lock/Unlock

Render in-place

Audio Warp Quantize

VariAudio 3

Audio Alignment

Direct Offline Processing

Group Editing

Steinberg Cubase 11 Comparison - Mixing

 Cubase Pro 10.5Cubase Artist 10.5Cubase Elements 10.5
Channel Strip 2AdvancedAdvancedBasic
Simultaneous mixer views311
Full-screen MixConsole

Ultra-precise automation curves

A/B Comparison

Track visibility management


MixConsole History

MixConsole History


Spectral Comparison EQ

Automation Virgin Territories

Mix Console Snapshots

Control Room incl. Cue Sends

Direct Routing

Loudness Meter

Link Groups

Listen Mode

Multi-channel true peak master meter

Stereo Combined Panner

VCA Faders

Wave Meters

Steinberg Cubase 11 Comparison - Virtual Instruments

 Cubase Pro 10.5Cubase Artist 10.5Cubase Elements 10.5
HALion Sonic SE 3

Groove Agent SE 5


Retrologue 2

Padshop 2



LoopMash 2.0

Trip for HALion Sonic SE

Flux for HALion Sonic SE

Steinberg Cubase 11 Comparison - Effects

 Cubase Pro 10.5Cubase Artist 10.5Cubase Elements 10.5

Standard Channel EQ

Studio EQ

GEQ 10

GEQ 30

Frequency EQ

Voxengo CurveEQ

VST Dynamics


Brickwall Limiter

Envelope Shaper



Tube Compressor

Vintage Compressor

Midi Gate

De Esser


Multiband Compressor

Multiband Envelope Shaper

Multiband Expander

Roomworks SE




Mono Delay

Ping Pong Delay

Stereo Delay

MultiTap Delay

Mod Machine

Amp Simulator

Bit Crusher

Da Tube



VST Amp Rack

Channel Tape Saturation

Channel Tube Saturation

Quadrafuzz 2

Magneto 2

VST Bass Amp Rack


Soft Clipper


Ring Modulator

Auto Pan









LoopMash FX


Studio Chorus

Dual Filter

Tone Booster

Wah Wah

Step Filter

Morph Filter


Pitch Correct

Mono to Stereo

Stereo Enhancer





Mixer Delay


SMPTE Generator

Surround Panner

Test Generator

Steinberg Cubase 11 Comparison - Midi Effects

 Cubase Pro 10.5Cubase Artist 10.5Cubase Elements 10.5
Beat Designer

Arpache 5

Arpache SX

Auto LFO


Compressor (MIDI)

Context Gate


Midi Control


MIDI Modifiers

MIDI Monitor

Micro Tuner

Note To CC


Step Designer

Track Control


Steinberg Cubase 11 Comparison - Collaboration

 Cubase Pro 10.5Cubase Artist 10.5Cubase Elements 10.5
VST Transit

VST Connect SE 4
VST Connect SE 5

Steinberg Cubase 11 Comparison - Video

 Cubase Pro 10.5Cubase Artist 10.5Cubase Elements 10.5
Video Import
Video Player
Extract Audio from Video
Video Export Render
VR production suite
Video Follows Edit Mode

 Cubase Pro 11
Cubase Artist 11
Cubase Elements 11
Operating systems (Windows)
64-bit Windows 10 Version 1909, 64-bit Windows 10 Version 200364-bit Windows 10 Version 1909, 64-bit Windows 10 Version 200364-bit Windows 10 Version 1909, 64-bit Windows 10 Version 2003
Operating systems (Mac)macOS Mojave / Catalina / Big Sur
macOS Mojave / Catalina / Big Sur
macOS Mojave / Catalina / Big Sur
CPU minimum Intel Core i series or AMD Ryzen multi-core
Intel Core i series or AMD Ryzen multi-core
Intel Core i series or AMD Ryzen multi-core
CPU recommended
Intel i5 or faster
Intel i5 or faster
Intel i5 or faster
RAM minimum
4 GB4 GB4 GB
RAM recommended
8 GB or more
8 GB or more
8 GB or more
Hard disk free space
35 GB
35 GB
25 GB
Display resolution minimum1440 x 9001440 x 9001440 x 900
Display resolution recommended1920 x 1080
1920 x 1080
1920 x 1080
GraphicsGraphics card with DirectX 10 and WDDM 1.1 support (Windows only)Graphics card with DirectX 10 and WDDM 1.1 support (Windows only)Graphics card with DirectX 10 and WDDM 1.1 support (Windows only)
PortUSB Type-A for USB-eLicenser
USB Type-A for USB-eLicenser
OS compatible audio hardware
Internet connection forinstaller download, license activation, account sign up and product registration
installer download, license activation, account sign up and product registration
installer download, license activation, account sign up and product registration
NotesThis software version does not support 32-bit plug-ins.This software version does not support 32-bit plug-ins.This software version does not support 32-bit plug-ins.

What’s new in Cubase 11?

  • Advanced Audio Export – Save time with new export queues.
  • Sampler Track 2 – New creative features including slicing, LFOs and legato glide.
  • Scale Assistant – Follow, quantize and play live to a set scale.
  • Advanced Key Editor – Create perfect pitch bends and more.
  • Global Tracks – Stay in sync more easily.
  • Frequency 2 – Amazingly precise dynamic EQ for better mixing.
  • Squasher – Improve leads, tame bass and enhance reverb for EDM.
  • Score Editor – Workflow improvements and beautiful new fonts.
  • New Samples – Six fresh, exclusive sound and loop sets.
  • SuperVision – Super-flexible, customizable metering.
  • Imager – Multiband stereo placement for perfect panning.
  • MultiTap Delay Surround Support – Delay in up to 5.1 surround sound.
  • Windows 10 Variable DPI – More scaling settings.
  • Cubase Artists/Elements Upgrades – More bang for fewer bucks.
  • Multiple Side-Chain – Improved input architecture.
  • Eucon Support – Latest Avid console compatibility.
  • VST Connect SE 5 – Resizable HiDPI-ready interface for remote recording solutions.
  • Workflow and UI Improvements – Refinements to make your working life easier.
  • Apple Metal Acceleration – Enjoy maximum Mac performance.
  • SpectraLayers One – Remarkable visual editing and audio source separation.

Cubase 10.5.12

This hotfix update is for Cubase 10.5 on both Windows and macOS. Cubase 10.5.12 fixes a performance issue caused by ASIO overloads. We’re happy to say that this update resolves the issues.

What’s new in Cubase 10.0.40?

This maintenance update for the Pro, Artist and Elements versions of Cubase 10. As to be expected from a maintenance update like this, it fixes a few minor glitches in the application as well as providing an enhancement to several features. For a detailed description, please refer to the version history documentation.

View the full release notes

What’s new in Steinberg Cubase 10.0.20?

This is the latest maintenance update for all Cubase 10 versions. In addition to several fixes, 10.0.20 includes improvements for the color handling, the context menus, the hitpoint detection and other areas within Cubase 10. A number of plug-ins have been updated to include updated graphics for high-resolution displays… some of them even have had a complete re-design. Our tip: check out the updated ModMachine!

What’s new in Cubase 10.0.10?

This update improves the general stability and reliability of the application.

Window handling
The update addresses issues related to window handling, especially in context of using HiDPI-capable displays on Windows systems with multiple displays using different scaling settings in Windows.

The Workspaces feature now works more reliably on all platforms.

Please note that the layout and size of the MixConsole windows will be reset to default, no matter how they were saved in your project files before.

After adapting the MixConsole to your desired layout again and saving the project with this version, the layout will correctly be restored the next time you load this project.

When your Workspaces contain MixConsole windows, it is recommended to update them:

  • Recall affected Workspace
  • Adapt the MixConsole layout
  • Update the Workspace

Bug Fixes
Over 20 bug fixes.

Version History (PDF)

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)


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.


  • 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.


  • 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”.


  • 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).


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


  • 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.


  • 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.


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


  • 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.