You can now access different core sections from a single window. . Surround is not supported on Ableton Live, GarageBand, Main Stage, Studio One, Samplitude, Sequoia and Sonar. It's easy to focus on our own personal wishlist of missed opportunities, but the fact is that Cubase 9 is more powerful than its already powerful predecessors. While we wouldn't expect Steinberg to include enough functions to pose a threat to its premium sampler products, the inability to map multiple samples across the keyboard seems a glaring omission. There are a few ways that this interface could be bettered — for example, snapping to scale, using a standard scissor tool hunting for the little line at the bottom is a pain and a hit-point detection when detecting the changes in pitch.
AudioWarp The acclaimed AudioWarp feature in Cubase offers virtually endless time-stretching with top-notch quality of transient processing and warping functions, even with large stretch factors. You can select Solo or Music mode, with the latter being more suitable for monophonic lead sounds such as voices. The Range Tool adjusts levels, creates ramps, and scales the automation in either absolute or relative mode. The Sampler Track is cool and manipulating or re-tasking any sound becomes easy and fun, removing the need for a heavyweight sampler plugin. On all other hosts, only SoundShifter Pitch is supported.
This update brings Cubase much closer to being primarily a one-window application and less reliance on clicking on windows is always good news. Steinberg has done a great job of decluttering while adding new features, which is much harder than it sounds. What makes Cubase so good? The demands that you place upon software are high: not only do you expect its capabilities to continue to meet the constantly increasing needs, you also want to be assured that today's investment will be safeguarded in the years to come. What you won't see in the Lower Zone's MixConsole display is the new MixConsole History. Sampler Track allows you to turn any imported or recorded audio file into a playable instrument with full filter, pitch, and envelope controls for sound design flexibility. The Sampler tracks let you create chromatic instruments from any audio clip in a project.
This all changes with Cubase 9's interesting take on sampler integration. Surround is not supported on Ableton Live, GarageBand, Main Stage, Studio One, Samplitude, Sequoia and Sonar. The new mastering track presets are designed for a wide range of musical genres and can be used on the master bus or group channels. With a rich feature set tailored to instrumentalists and songwriters who put music first, Cubase Artist offers all you need to develop your songs and productions from scratch. Auto-listen is handy for hunting frequencies — the spectrum display is very responsive and those lovely engineers at Cubase have even included a musical keyboard to help us find the right tones.
On all other hosts, only SoundShifter Pitch is supported. Great care has been taken to ensure accuracy in the preparation of this article but neither Sound On Sound Limited nor the publishers can be held responsible for its contents. Emulates the character of the 12-bit era. More widely, the many workflow tweaks and interface refinements work brilliantly to enhance the user experience, right down to larger, more descriptive tooltips on record mode selectors, drag-to-reveal controls on the Toolbar and more. Plugins empowered Some but not all of Cubase's old plugins have been given a new coat of paint and even a new feature or two. Let inspiration strike with creative composing tools Are you looking for harmonic inspiration? Steinberg has overhauled some plug-ins. It comes with a very useful sample library called Kaleidoscope.
April 4, 2019 Maintenance update version 1. The window-juggling that could threaten to become distracting is now gone thanks to the much more efficient workflow you can achieve with the new, resizeable zones. Perhaps that's for the best, as the History would get pretty overloaded with entries in a hurry. Note: This software version does not support 32-bit plug-ins. This brings an obvious musicality to the process of equalisation and will make much simpler work of shaping individual tracks to fit busy mixes. Soft-eLicenser Note This software includes a Soft-eLicenser which can be activated for a single computer and requires an internet connection. Blacklisted items must be reactivated one at a time - you can't shift-select and re-enable a bunch in one go.
The Brickwall Limiter, Compressor, Expander, Gate and Envelope Shaper have all had a graphic overhaul. Features an arpeggiator module with four variations and over 150 dynamic sounds. This in return presents you with unprecedented software stability and reliability. You can usually take such plugins back from the naughty step through the Plug-in Manager, though this isn't always successful and doesn't apply to 32-bit plugins. There's also a button used to display the MixConsole's customisable toolbar in the Lower Zone display independent from the toolbar in the full MixConsole view , and a button that can take you to the full MixConsole. I'm glad I didn't take the jump six months ago, but I'm equally glad that I now have.
Comes with a variety of drum kits and ready-to-go grooves, from crackling vinyl beats to realistic acoustic drum sounds. If everything worked, you should now see the bridged versions of your 32-bit plugins inside Live's Plug-ins browser, inside the directory where you saved them. Need some more inspiring beats and grooves to fire up your tracks? Steinberg also blazes a trail on this new frontier with its comprehensive cloud-collaboration features. A really fun new feature in 9 is the Sampler Track. Drag any audio clip into the Sampler zone and it becomes playable as a chromatic instrument, complete with pitch, filter, amp and AudioWarp controls.
The interface is easy on the eyes, everything is placed in a functional and ergonomic position, the software is tried and tested, built with that famous German engineering. The rest of it As ever, Cubase installs with a wealth of pre-fab content to get you started, much of it in the form of the Caleidoscope collection designed for Sampler Tracks. A variety of loop playback modes are on offer, including Continuous, Alternate, Once, Until Release, and Alt Until Release. The Transport panel is now fixed to the base of the window, and various menus and controls have been shuffled around. Zones also extend to MixConsole, which also has a new History function. It's also got a virtual keyboard that can show you exactly which frequencies you've pinpointed to boost and cut.