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Cubase 6

Bristling with new features and enhancements, Cubase 6 is your go-to software for recording, editing, mixing and producing music of all types.

Steinberg's comprehensive top-of-the-line DAW

Bristling with new features and enhancements, Cubase 6 is your go-to software for recording, editing, mixing and producing music in all its creative forms. Advanced multitrack editing tools, a new take-comping system and a revolutionary approach to MIDI form the center of a next-generation production environment, while the refined new interface gives faster access and more intuitive control than ever before. Inspiring VST3 effects and instruments like VST Amp Rack and LoopMash 2 fuel your creative imagination. Cubase 6 redefines music production software to offer a new composition and production experience that takes you to new horizons — and beyond.

What's new


Editing

-- Edit faster with less clicks

Drum Editing Deluxe

Developed in conjunction with recording professionals and top-flight studio drummers, Cubase 6 raises the bar for multitrack drum editing tasks on all levels. Incorporating an entire new transient and tempo detection, phase stable audio quantization and drum replacement functions, Cubase 6 offers a complete toolset to perfect the rhythm, feel and flavor of live-recorded drum tracks. Whether it is about non-destructively correct timing issues or changing the tempo of a drum performance seamlessly — a tight groove is just a few clicks away.
A new transient detection — to slice them all
Based on a state-of-the-art algorithm, Cubase 6 introduces a straightforward and intelligent transient detection function. Finding all drum hits is a breeze now, thanks to the intuitive preview feature and two specialized filters, called Peak and Beats. With this powerful tool on hand, you can detect single hits, rolls and ghost notes faster and more accurate than ever before. After the transients have been detected they are merged across multiple tracks by taking user definable priority of individual tracks into account. The drumhits are then cut up and grouped together ready for detailed tweaking. In this way, copying that great fill from verse 2 to verse 1 is solved with minimum effort: select one, move them all.

Straightforward drum replacement
The bass drum needs some extra punch? The snare drum doesn’t cut through the mix? With the new Hitpoint-to-MIDI function, it gets very easy to replace, double or enrich live-recorded drum sounds. When the transients have been detected, a single click on the Create MIDI Notes button creates a MIDI track containing a MIDI note for each single drum hit. From here, it’s up to you which sampler or synth you want to fuel with the note. A good choice would be the powerful Groove Agent ONE drum sampler, included in Cubase 6.
Advanced tempo detectionCubase 6 features a newly developed tempo detection algorithm, which accurately and semi-automatically determines the tempo of any rhythmic audio material. This makes it easy to determine the tempo of a drum performance that has not been recorded to a metronome. The resulting tempo map can be used for to keep the dynamic feeling of natural tempo variations or to remove unwanted tempo changes quickly. Whatever rhythm is at hand, Cubase 6 will detect the tempo and match the track to a beat grid of your choice.
Multitrack audio quantization
In Cubase 6 rhythmic audio material can be quantized just like any MIDI material, offering numerous possibilities to fix timing issues and to change the groove of live-recorded drums. To preserve phase relationships between tracks, the individual slices on all tracks are still grouped and moved at once. Cubase automatically creates cross-fades between slices to ensure seamless transitions between them and fill gaps that might be introduced during quantization. A few clicks, and all drum tracks are matched to the bass drum, snare or whatever source or sources are desired. With the Slice Rules you can decide which sources will get a higher priority during slicing.

Conjure the perfect take

Cubase 6 comes with a new Lane Track concept for lightning fast multitake comping. 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 of a take and Cubase automatically creates a master take that contains all selected parts. For comfortable comping, each Lane Track sports a solo button and full editing functionality — building the perfect take has never been that easy.

Bring together what belongs together

The new Track Edit Groups tool refines the work with multitrack recordings in Cubase. This new function allows multitrack editing with single-click actions. Whether it is guitar, bass or ambient recording, professional sound engineers mix several signals to get the best results. When recording a guitar for example, it is common to record signals from different amps or microphone types on separate tracks. With Track Edit Groups activated, related tracks are tied together and can be edited at once, making this new feature a huge time-saver.

Composing

-- The revolution unfolds: VST Expression 2

Maximum expression on every note

With the simultaneous release of Cubase 6 and VST 3.5, Steinberg is taking MIDI editing to a whole new level. Note Expression is the new smart way to assign, create and edit multiple controller values directly on single note-level — all in a single handy graphical interface.
The perfect choice for demanding orchestral arrangements and creating unique sound effects, Note Expression allows controller values to be drawn directly onto single note events in the Key Editor. Because each individual note event contains its own set of controller data, even polyphonic sounding notes can now be dynamically controlled — fully independent from each other. This way, composers can access controller information such as volume or pitch bend in one place, making it easy to scale, shift or delete several values at once. Best of all, when moving or copying a note event, the associated controller data will follow as well. Each single note event and controllers are treated as one unit, which makes working with instrument articulations faster and more intuitive than ever before. Breaking the traditional MIDI limitations opens up entirely new creative possibilities: Imagine a chord containing different filter sweeps, volume curves or dynamic expressions for every single note!
From ultra-realistic instrument sounds to the most unexpected sonic spheres, VST 3.5 and Note Expression enable a whole new creative approach to composition and sound design. And it doesn’t stop here. Use VariAudio together with Note Expression to bring lifeless MIDI recordings to life. With the Extract MIDI feature inside the Sample Editor you can make snapshots of the pitch and volume curves of monophonic audio recordings and paste that information into MIDI notes!

Make it dynamic

The VST Expression set has been extended and now also sports dynamics in the Key Editor. From pianissimo to crescendo and fortissimo — all dynamics from the Score Editor are available in the new Articulations/Dynamics Lane in the Key Editor.
When using VST 3.5-compatible instruments, you get instant acoustic feedback from parts that contain dynamics. What’s more, the Dynamics Mapping feature allows very fine adjustments for up to three controllers for dynamics, including velocity, volume and freely assignable MIDI CC.

VST expression on call

VST 3.5 compatible instruments such as the included HALion Sonic SE, as well as HALion Sonic and the HALion Symphonic Orchestra VST Sound Instrument Set can automatically transfer the articulation setup of each individual instrument sound to a VST Expression Map — a great function that will speed up the setup of VST Expression maps dramatically.

Plug-ins

-- Make some noise

Insane tones for your guitar

Be it jazz, rock or metal, VST Amp Rack is ready to infuse guitar tracks with drive, punch and clarity. With this tool at hand, there is no need for buying additional guitar recording gear.


VST Amp Rack is the new reference virtual guitar amplifier and effects suite, featuring the best in convolution technology. With the push of a button, VST Amp Rack delivers a comprehensive collection of outstanding guitar tones across an array of genres and styles from vintage to modern.


Based on some of the finest guitar amplifiers ever crafted, VST Amp Rack comes with seven distinct amp models that exactly reproduce the unique character of their originals. Whether it is crystal clean, creamy crunch or singing sustain, VST Amp Rack always delivers the perfect tone for studio-grade guitar tracks.
Designed as a customizable guitar rack waiting to be fueled, VST Amp Rack allows guitarists, bassists, engineers and producers to create complete setups, consisting of amps, classic stomp box effects, speaker cabinets and microphone models.
Sixteen legendary stomp boxes are available, including Wah Wah, Tape Delay and Fuzz. This, in combination with six classic speaker cabinets, two microphones and a tuner make VST Amp Rack the ultimate set of tools for authentic guitar recording.

Workflow

-- Work smarter, flow faster

Plenty of eye candy and snazziness

Cubase 6 features a significantly redesigned graphical user interface that not only looks good but also makes the huge Cubase 6 feature set even more accessible. Color and contrast optimization minimize eye strain and viewing fatigue during extended viewing sessions — this is pivotal when working long hours to meet project deadlines.
The brand-new look for Parts, Events, Arranger and Marker tracks helps you to distinguish between what’s important and what may not be so important in the Project window, while the revised Inspector and the overall new color scheme round out the fresh new design.

X64 support for Mac

The native Cubase 64-bit support under Mac OS X 10.6 64-bit increases the addressable amount of RAM from 2 gigabytes to an astonishing 1 terabyte. In plain words, the bigger your memory, the more tracks, plug-ins and samples you can use in Cubase. This also means you can easily use all the compatible libraries available on the market today. That’s what 64-bit support is all about.
Cubase 6 is all about enhanced accessibility, with all the benefits to ease-of-use and workflow that this entails. Building on enhancements engineered for the Sample Editor in Cubase 6, the Key Editor has now been extended to provide smooth and intuitive access to all pivotal parameters.

Cubase 6 provides a new command console for all the most important MIDI tools and functions in the form of the new Inspector. Expression Maps, Note Expression, Quantize, Transpose and Length are now close at hand, available from one central spot — it’s all a breeze in Cubase 6.
New scaling tools for controller and automation data offer a highly intuitive user experience when working with MIDI data, including simultaneous editing of several events and an dramatically streamlined look-and-feel. You are in full control: scale, rotate and move marked events up or down; all events are scaled smoothly in relation to each other.
Parameters can now be directly assigned to a Quick Control by simply right-clicking a VST 3 plug-in or instrument control. Alternatively, you can also use the Quick Control’s ”Learn mode” button to assign a plug-in or instrument’s control to an empty Quick Control slot.

Video tutorials included

Cubase 6 features more than two hours of detailed video tutorials produced by the experts of Streamworks Audio. Ranging from step-by- step instructions for beginners to advanced workflow and editing techniques, there’s something in store for everyone — recorded in finest HD quality and included for free.

More

-- There's more to stay for
Cubase 6 comes with many new and exciting features that make the latest incarnation of Cubase possibly the most comprehensive DAW to date. But it’s also all the small details that have been refined or newly introduced that make the overall Cubase experience not only more powerful but truly inspiring.

Global project compatibility between Cubase 6 derivates

Ensure seamless project compatibility between all Cubase 6 derivates and exchange projects with other studios or friends that run a smaller Cubase 6 version (such as Cubase Artist 6). The sixth version of Cubase allows for overall project consistency so users of different Cubase 6 versions can read and work on the same project — absolutely hassle-free.

Pristine time-stretching

The stunning zplane algorithms in Cubase 6 have been customized for tonal, complex, single and percussive audio material. These algorithms are optimized for extreme time-stretching so you will be amazed how good they sound. This is one jaw-dropping tool you won’t want to miss after the first try.

New plug-in generation

Cubase 6 includes redesigned and extended VST 3 versions of some of Steinberg’s most popular, first-class VST 2 plug-ins: the powerful De-esser, the greatly enhanced Surround Panner, Mixer Delay, SMPTE Generator, Mix 6 to 2 and the really useful Test Generator.

Take your Mediabay with you

With Cubase 6, you can now store the loops and samples in your MediaBay on external USB hard drives. Take your content along with you and call it up within another MediaBay with no further indexing required.

The latest MediaBay version also sports a new Mini Browser which displays all the information you need at a glance.

More grid options

With Cubase 6 you can now adjust the grid of the Project window and MIDI editors to your quantize settings. Simply select Use Quantize as the grid type and pick the quantize preset of your choice to get a triplets grid in the Project window, for example.

Notepad track data export

This useful feature lets you export all information stored in each track’s Notepad as one consolidated text file so you don’t have to open numerous files to find the data you’re looking for.

Why Cubase


The Cubase experience: Finest tools for artists

In 1984, Steinberg was founded on an ideal: to help artists to make music in ways that put their creativity first, and using technology that almost anyone could afford. Since then, Steinberg has developed some of the most successful music products and technologies including Cubase, the world’s most popular software for composing, recording and mixing music.

Defining industry standards for more than 26 years

Since the foundation of the company, Steinberg has constantly pushed back the boundaries of what is possible in digital audio. The advanced technologies included in Cubase 6 offer flexible, cost-effective and intuitive ways of realizing the artist's full creative and professional potential. Steinberg’s experience in developing highly performing cross-platform applications gives Mac and Windows PC users the option to enjoy Cubase on the hardware of choice.
VST 3.5: Steinberg’s industry standard Virtual Studio Technology VST Sound: Steinberg’s universal media management format ASIO: Steinberg's low-latency, high-performance audio standard
The leading Virtual Studio Technology (VST) standard, developed by Steinberg, creates a full, professional studio environment on your PC or Mac and allows the seamless integration of virtual effect processors and instruments right into your sequencing software. The revolutionary VST standard recently reached a new stage with the release of VST 3.5, a groundbreaking new version with a host of new capabilities, including VST 3 controller and Note Expression support as well as VST Expression Maps integration. Steinberg’s universal media management format — VST Sound — is a fundamental part of VST 3, Steinberg’s industry standard Virtual Studio Technology. By supporting VST Sound, plug-ins and instruments from third-party manufacturers can be directly integrated into MediaBay — the media management system used in Steinberg’s host applications. This integration makes the entire process of finding and working with any form of media file including audio, loops, VSTi presets, videos, MIDI parts and Track Presets, much faster and simpler. The Audio Stream Input/Output (ASIO) architecture forms the backbone of VST. ASIO addresses any needs a professional audio recording solution might have. It does this by supporting variable bit depths and sample rates, multi-channel operation and synchronization. As a result, the user gets low latency, high performance, easy set up and stable audio recording within VST. Since its introduction, ASIO has become a supported standard by many leading audio hardware manufacturers — for good reason.

Cubase is for musicians and producers

Cubase helps both musicians and producers with every step of the music creation process: from the first idea through the arrangement to the final mix. In doing so, Cubase offers various tools to meet your individual needs. And this is why Cubase can be tweaked and used for all music styles and areas of application. Be it a recording engineer, rock guitarist, dance DJ, hip-hop producer, songwriter or film score composer, Cubase users are among the most successful professionals in the world.
Singer-songwriter

Cubase 6 is the ideal tool for singers and songwriters for recording vocal lines, preparing playbacks and creating entire songs. Included are a wealth of virtual instruments and sounds, letting you create professional-sounding accompaniments, be it a playback for your vocal exercises or even an entire demo. HALion Sonic SE and VST Amp Rack are two first-class features in Cubase 6 with which you can add that special note to your music creating stunning new atmospheres. VST Amp Rack is the new reference virtual guitar tone suite, featuring seven legendary amp models, sixteen vintage stomp boxes, six classic speaker cabinets and two studio-grade microphone types. The HALion Sonic SE virtual instrument delivers more than 900 production-ready sounds and instruments that will inspire your creative work. Any VST plug-in can be recorded together with the signal or used exclusively for monitoring — ideal for those who don’t like to sing “dry” during recordings. Intuitive handling, instant playability and VST 3.5 support make this new instrument the perfect choice for productive songwriting or just playing along.
To edit your vocals, various effect plug-ins such as high-quality EQs, reverbs and a professional DeEsser to reduce excess sibilance are also readily available. The PitchCorrect plug-in removes intonation problems in real time and shifts recorded vocals to the next note value on a defined scale. VariAudio goes yet a step further by letting you edit monophonic vocal recordings just as easy as if it were a MIDI part, adjusting the pitch, note length and timing position of each note. And with several recording modes at your disposal, you can capture the perfect recording each and every time. With the new advanced comping tools in Cubase 6, creating the perfect take is lightning fast: when recording several takes in Cycle mode, Cubase instantly creates a Lane Track for each take. From here, it’s just a short way to perfection. Simply mark the best parts of a take and Cubase automatically creates a master take that contains all selected parts.
Composer

With Cubase, composers get a complete software notation program for professional score layouts. MIDI notes being played are translated directly to musical notation, resulting in a score that can be edited using more than 100 professional notation symbols. On the other hand, all playing instructions noted in the Score Editor are converted directly into MIDI parameters that can trigger any VST instrument in real time. A special highlight for all composers is VST Expression 2, delivering an innovative solution for working with different instrumental articulations directly in the Key and Score Editor. But that’s not all, in Cubase 6 Note Expression is the revolutionary approach to create and edit multiple controller values in a single graphical interface, directly on the note they belong to.
Thanks to the integrated HALion Sonic SE VSTi workstation, you have hundreds of sounds at your fingertips, including a slew of high-quality orchestral sounds played in different styles — perfectly complementing the new VST Expression functions. On top of this, you also get a fully functional 60-day trial version of the HALion Symphonic Orchestra VST Sound Instrument Set for HALion Sonic SE and HALion Sonic. It provides a wealth of acoustic orchestral instruments with an inexhaustible range of articulations and expressive playing techniques at their best. Existing HSO users will be excited to find out that they can use HALion Symphonic Orchestra VST Sound Instrument Set with their existing license as a free update right away! And all Cubase 6 customers can upgrade the trial version of the HSO VST Sound Instrument Set exclusively online to a permanent license at a very special price.
Composers working with comprehensive orchestra libraries benefit greatly from the native 64-bit support under Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.6 so that Cubase can theoretically address up to one terabyte of RAM — providing space for more samples and allowing you to work more efficiently.
Cubase 6 is the perfect solution for film score composers. Video files in QuickTime format can be displayed in a freely scalable video window within Cubase or, alternatively, can be played back on an external monitor using the appropriate video hardware (including HD formats). The individual video frames are displayed as thumbnails in a video track, making it a whole lot easier to compose in sync with individual frames. Basic editing functionality, such as edit, cut and paste, are also readily available.
Electronic Music Producer

Producers of all types of electronic music find an arsenal of stunning virtual synthesizers and numerous effects in Cubase 6.
Prologue, Spector und Mystic are based on renowned synthesizer technology by VirSyn and are the perfect choice for any type of synth sound, covering everything from powerful low end and impressive leads up to spherical pads and unheard-of atmos. In addition to hundreds of available presets, there are so many other ways to modulate, filter and edit your sound creatively. All this and the polyphonic pad synthesizer Embracer, the resource-saving Monologue synthesizer as well as the powerful HALion Sonic SE VSTi workstation round out the rich sound spectrum of Cubase 6. The Track Quick Controls and its MIDI Learn feature let you record those lively filter sweeps as well as virtually control every sound parameter, also with an external MIDI controller.
Cubase also provides outstanding drum tools including the drum sampler Groove Agent ONE and the Beat Designer step sequencer for programming quick and individual grooves. What’s more, LoopMash 2 is a truly inspirational tool, letting you create new variations of available grooves and loops but is also pure fun for just playing around with. In case you crave even more sounds, simply turn to the hundreds of third-party software instruments that can perfectly be integrated into Cubase through the VST interface. Prefer to work with hardware synthesizers and samplers? Not a problem at all — external sound modules can seamlessly be connected to Cubase and used just as easily as plug-ins.
There are more than 60 audio effects in Cubase for sound designing and mixing: reverbs, delays, modulation effects, dynamic processors and many more. And it doesn’t stop here! Cubase 6 also features 18 MIDI effects, such as the powerful Arpache arpeggiator. Using the Arranger function, you can define different segments of the song as Arranger parts and play them back in any order — the ideal solution for live performances.
Beat Producer

Cubase 6 includes a ton of tools for the creative beat producer. LoopMash 2 lets you creatively work with loops and create constantly new and seamless groove variations of available audio material. The Groove Agent ONE drum machine combines powerful drum sampling with comprehensive sound design capability. Groove Agent ONE allows you to import sliced loops and MPC kits plus includes several acoustic and electronic drum kits. By using the Beat Designer step sequencer, you can quickly and intuitively program individual drum patterns. Including dozens of beats in different music styles, Beat Designer is the perfect complement to Groove Agent ONE, but can also be used with any other drum sampler of choice.
Steinberg MediaBay lets you comfortably manage, categorize and listen in on all your drum samples, presets and loops, allowing you quickly to find the right sound file. By using the powerful AudioWarp tools, you can adjust the imported loops to any song tempo at the flick of switch — perfect for remixing other projects. Alongside the included libraries of LoopMash 2 and Groove Agent ONE, you can also use the high-quality drum kits of HALion Sonic SE as well as a selection of inspiring loops made by Big Fish Audio.
The added effects provide everything you need to let your beats sound punchier, louder and dirtier. Here you have high-quality EQs, compressors, limiters, distortion effects and tons more in your hand, not to forget the featured full side-chaining support.
Be it in the rehearsal room or recording studio, recording your band with Cubase 6 is as easy as it gets. The advanced music production system by Steinberg offers outstanding quality due to its audio engine as well as flexible and time-saving recording and editing functionality. And with an unlimited number of audio tracks being at your disposal, you can even record, arrange and mix the most comprehensive projects with ease, provided your computer can cope with the workload. Developed in conjunction with recording professionals and top-flight studio drummers, Cubase 6 incorporates state-of-the-art transient and tempo detection, audio quantization and drum replacement functions for perfecting the timing, feel and flavor of live-recorded drum tracks. Building the perfect take has never been easier. Cubase 6 comes with a new Lane Track concept for lightning-fast multitake comping. Simply select the best parts of a take with a single click for the fastest way to perfection.
Different recording modes and great tools allow you to manage multiple takes and find the perfect recording in a jiffy. Due to the integrated audio pre-record function, you won’t miss a single take (especially the really good ones) even when forgetting to activate the recording function. What’s more, Cubase comes with Pitch Correct and VariAudio, two powerful tools for pitch and intonation correction, to edit the vocal line during or even after the recording.
Simple and efficient — the new Track Edit Groups refine the work with multitrack recordings in Cubase. When activated, related events on multiple tracks are tied together and can be edited at once, making this new feature a huge time-saver in the studio.
Thanks to the virtual control room, recording with Cubase 6 is just as straightforward as using an expensive studio console. The Cubase 6 control room is a unique and powerful recording and monitoring environment, including four studio buses for individual submixes, talkback function, separate metronome bus, four monitor setups and much, much more. By using the control room functions, you can set up headphone mixes for musicians and singers, toggle between different loudspeaker setups and connect to six external sound sources such as tape, CD and DVD.

Details


The sixth generation of powerful tools

With an array of sensational features and advanced tools designed to deliver the best and most harmonious results, Cubase 6 is your go-to audio workstation for recording, editing, mixing and producing music of all types. With its emphasis not only on technology and precision but also on user friendliness, usability and ergonomics, Cubase 6 empowers creative imagination to bring out the best in you. That’s why Cubase is the choice of countless musicians and producers around the world. That’s why Cubase 6 is the most advanced music production system today.

Compose

Creative composing and sequencing

Composing has never been easier or more inspirational. Based on more than 25 years of experience in developing easy-to-use editing and professional composing and notation tools, Cubase once again set a milestone in version 6: With VST Expression 2 Steinberg is taking sequencer-based composing to a whole new level and offers the most intuitive and functionally complete MIDI composing and sequencing toolset on the planet.
Key Editor
At the heart of MIDI sequencing in Cubase is the Key Editor: a breathtakingly powerful yet transparent tool which offers functional wealth that opens up virtually limitless possibilities for songwriters and composers. This is where melodies, chords, arrangements and performances take shape, and where ideas are sketched out, developed and taken to their full potential. Entering, cutting, moving and transposing individual notes or whole chords, editing any of the hundreds of MIDI parameters available or reworking even the most subtle nuances of a MIDI performance are just some of the tasks for which the Key Editor has been developed and refined continuously by Steinberg for over two decades.

The Key Editor’s Inspector provides smooth and intuitive access to the most important MIDI tools and functions, including Expression Maps, Note Expression, Quantize, Transpose, Length and many more in one central spot. What's more, with the In-place Editing function, you can also process MIDI parts directly in the Project window in context with other tracks.
Score Editor
The Score Editor is a full notation environment completely integrated within Cubase and lets you view your music in the form of scores, with full support for just about all symbol, display and editing options that this entails. With support for lyrics and remarks as well as drum notes, guitar tablature and lead sheets, the Cubase Score Editor includes hundreds of professional notation symbols: simply select the tools needed to create fully professional score layouts for others including soloists, orchestras and choirs. Thanks to the full Music XML Import / Export support, even exchanging scores with other notation packages is only a matter of seconds. In addition, the Expression Maps of the VST Expression 2 set have been engineered to offer new levels of speed and intuitiveness when working with large sample libraries by introducing dynamic support for articulations and expressive notation that is automatically interpreted by a VST instrument. Cubase 6 features an unparalleled combination of a fully featured composition, recording and mixing environment with comprehensive scoring features — ideal for composers.
Drum Editor
The Drum Editor is a highly intuitive yet powerful window for constructing and reworking beats, rhythms and grooves as well as creating individual drum maps for every employed instrument, 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 powerful 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
The List Editor is a powerful MIDI editing tool that gives fast access to every single aspect of a MIDI note and can be a huge timesaver in complex projects.
  • Seamless, transparent and integrated editing of articulations, with full control over multiple articulations in the Key and Score Editors.
  • Break traditional MIDI limitations — create and edit multiple controller values on single note-level
  • Invaluable for demanding orchestral arrangements, cutting-edge electronic music and unique sound effects
  • Immediately listen to dynamic changes noted in the Score Editor or placed in the Key Editor
  • Automatically transfer articulation setups of VST 3.5 compatible instruments for individual instrument sounds
MIDI plug-ins
To inspire you even further, Cubase includes a huge set of VST MIDI plug-ins. Creative tools, such as the drum step sequencer, the Beat Designer, a powerful arpeggiator, a MIDI pattern sequencer and a MIDI chord processor amongst others will take your composition to the next level. While Cubase 6 offers probably the most feature-rich MIDI sequencing toolset in the audio industry today, Steinberg’s development philosophy is constantly focused on the creativity of musicians, composers and producers, resulting in a MIDI environment that is not only technologically advanced but highly intuitive and instantly accessible for anyone.

Record

Intuitive recording

An exceptional audio quality, a wide range of innovative tools and a truly musical feel make Cubase 6 the first choice for all kinds of music production — from lightning-fast band recording to professional studio productions. The advanced recording environment combines the functionality of high-end mixing consoles with the elegance of a state-of-the-art software system. Whether you want to record a guitar riff, a multi-miked drum kit or a full classical orchestra, Cubase 6 always provides the best set of tools for your music.


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 6 music production experience. The next-generation audio engine includes true surround capability throughout, with each track and channel offering up to six discreet channels, ready for 5.1 surround and powered by Virtual Studio Technology that opens up a myriad of VST instruments at your fingertips.

Convenient recording
Cubase 6 offers convenient recording capabilities such as Retrospective Record, which means that no take ever gets lost because record mode wasn’t engaged in time. With the 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.
The 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. Handling inputs and outputs in Cubase is effortless: 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.
Cubase comes with a huge range of additional functions engineered to accelerate recording workflows, including the Arm/Disarm All Audio Tracks function, the Lock Record mode, and the Remaining Record Time display. With Cubase 6 you can focus on the only thing that truly matters — your music.
Control Room
Dispensing with the need for hardware mixing consoles, the Cubase 6 Control Room represents the final paradigm shift for software in integrating real-world studio setups, and firmly puts Cubase 6 the heart of any recording environment. The Control Room is a uniquely powerful recording and monitoring environment with custom busses and setups for up to four studio sends for performers, full talkback and metronome integration, custom monitor setups and much more.
Engineered exclusively for Steinberg’s audio production systems and unavailable on any other software workstations, this unique recording and monitoring environment allows you to control and switch between several different speaker setups in different configurations on the fly, create and manage up to four unique studio mixes feeding performers their own tailored mix, use the integrated Talkback function, manage audio sources feeding from tape, CD or DVD — all from one easy-to-use panel.

And in conjunction with Steinberg’s MR816 CSX/X Advanced Integration DSP Studio FireWire interfaces, the Control Room offers latency-free recording completely integrated into the Cubase mixer and Control Room panels, with no need to use an additional mixing application.

Edit

Edit audio with peerless precision and speed

The sixth generation of powerful tools for recording and editing — Steinberg’s wealth of engineering experience in digital audio stretching back over two decades provides the basis for a new generation of capabilities for editing in Cubase 6. With its emphasis not only on technology and precision but also on user friendliness, usability and ergonomics, Cubase 6 provides you all the tools you need to edit audio with peerless precision and speed.
Sample Editor
The Cubase 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. The Cubase 6 loop functions are a boon for anyone using loops in their project, including state-of-the-art transient and tempo detection as well as audio quantization functions to perfect the timing, feel and flavor of live-recorded drum tracks.
Whether you want to adapt drum loops to the song tempo, transpose and timestretch instruments or analyze and directly edit notes of monophonic vocal recordings with the VariAudio technology, apply any of the myriad audio processes or the included VST 3 plug-ins: Cubase 6 is the complete production environment for fast, intuitive and qualitatively outstanding audio tools that allow you to manipulate audio in almost any way imaginable.
Total vocal editing with VariAudio
VariAudio offers completely integrated vocal editing and pitch alteration of individual notes in monophonic vocal recordings and can solve intonation and timing problems with only a few mouse clicks. With cutting-edge technology Cubase 6 turns the dreams of musicians and producers into reality: editing vocal lines in the Sample Editor just as seamlessly and quickly as if editing MIDI notes in the renowned Key Editor.
  • Gives you complete control over the melody and intonation
  • Automatically corrects the intonation of vocal lines by quantizing the pitch and micro-pitch of an entire part
  • All detected notes and segments can be converted to MIDI notes, including the micro-pitch envelope which translates to pitch bend MIDI data
  • Seamless integration with Note Expression
  • No noticeable artifacts, entirely preserve the soul of the recording and its sonic fidelity
Smart multitrack editing
Cubase 6 offers an intuitive toolset for multitrack audio editing and phase-stable quantization. Overcoming the differences between audio and MIDI, Cubase allows to quantize audio material just like any MIDI note, offering numerous possibilities to fix timing issues and to change the groove and feel of live-recorded drums and percussion instruments. What's more, with the straightforward drum replacement function it gets very easy to replace recorded drum hits with the samples of your choice.
Ultra-fast take comping
Conjure the perfect take — Cubase 6 includes a new Lane Track concept for lightning fast multitake comping. Simply swipe across the best parts of a take, and Cubase automatically creates a master take that contains all selected parts. Each Lane Track sports a solo button and full editing functionality. Building the perfect take has never been that easy.

Mix

Pure Mixing

Cubase 6 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.
The 32-bit floating-point mixing engine in Cubase 6 has been engineered to deliver so much more than just a sumptuous smoothness and depth to your mixes. For a smooth yet powerful mixing workflow that supports your creative artistry, you also need high levels of configurability and flexibility to adapt all those powerful tools to your individual workflow.
Fully equiped professional mixer
With 128 physical inputs and outputs, 8 inserts per Channel, 64 FX sends as well as 256 groups/busses and unlimited routing between audio channels, busses, groups and FX returns mean that Cubase 6 is fully equipped for even the most complex recording setup. And even in the largest projects, the system-wide automatic latency compensation synchronizes all audio streams in your system automatically.
Three freely configurable mixer views allow you to show specific combinations of channels, channel types and zoom — guaranteeing full control over your session. The unique Track Presets system lets you store, recall and archive your track settings for just about any audio track or VST instrument for almost instant recall through the MediaBay.
Full Automation
The new automation handling in Cubase 6 provides a dedicated automation panel for quick access to all automation functions. The enhanced transparency and flexibility provides professionals with the capability to set up a complete automation within minutes and control the session clearly.

Free routing
Cubase 6 gives you complete freedom when routing audio in your project. The routing capabilities allow totally unlimited routing between group channels regardless of their order, and supports sending from groups to FX returns as well as from FX returns into group channels. For even more flexibility, audio tracks cannot only send signals into groups and FX returns with help of the pre fader sends, but also patch signals post fader from the output tab to group channels and FX returns.
Surround Mixing
Mixing for surround or thinking of moving to surround? The fully surround-capable architecture developed for Cubase puts all these capabilities at your command in the context of a surround mix. All Cubase 6 VST 3 plug-ins 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.

Sidechain input for VST 3 plug-ins
Sidechain inputs are available on most VST 3 plug-ins included with Cubase 6. Thanks to the “free routing” architecture virtually any signal
in the VST mixer can be used as a sidechain input signal. Sidechain is a crucial function for audio-controlled effects such as ducking (compression controlled by an audio source), but can be used creatively in many ways (for example controlling the LFO in modulation effects).

High-end EQ and pro reverb
By using the renowned Cubase Channel Studio EQ, you’re able to create high quality mixes right out of the box, including multiple filter modes and characteristics. But the Cubase Channel EQ is not the only plug-in that means you’ll be reaching for expensive additional plug-ins and hardware less often: the exceptional REVerence convolution reverb sets new quality standards within the audio mixing process.
Open GL video engine
Plus, Cubase features an Open GL accelerated QuickTime video engine with full HD support, scalable performance and the ability to play out videos via FireWire.

Instruments & Effects


Innovatie Instruments that put creativity first

HALion Sonic SE
HALion Sonic SE is a streamlined version of HALion Sonic, Steinberg’s premier VST workstation. Incorporating the same pristine audio and synth engine as its award-winning brother, HALion Sonic SE offers tight integration with Cubase 6 and more than 900 production-ready sounds and instruments that will truly inspire your creative work.
HALion Sonic SE replaces HALion ONE, but all HALion ONE sounds have been revamped and are now included in HALion Sonic SE — together with new content taken from HALion Sonic. HALion Sonic SE supports VST 3.5, being among the first to benefit from the revolutionary VST Expression 2 technology. This includes time-saving tools for composers such as the automatic VST Expression map setup and the Note Expression feature. With HALion Sonic SE, Cubase 6 also introduces a MIDI file import mode, making full use of HALion Sonic SE’s 16-part multi-timbral mode. Equipped with detailed acoustic instruments and brilliant synthesizers, the SE version is an extensive pool of sounds for everyday studio work. Intuitive handling, instant playability and VST 3.5 support make this new instrument the perfect choice for productive songwriting or just playing along.
Groove Agent One
Groove Agent ONE pairs powerful drum sampling with detailed sound shaping — seamlessly integrated into Cubase. Not only does it boast sliced loop and MPC-import but rocks right out of the box with its own custom library of only the finest acoustic, urban, hip hop and dance drum kits (66 total)! Each of its virtual pads features a complete sound processing section that gives full control of textures, timbres and expressive qualities of each drum sound. Creation of custom kits with drag and drop from the MediaBay allows an extremely fluid and easy workflow. Support for WAV, AIFF and the legendary MPC format means that creating your own kits and using custom MPC kits are only a few clicks away. And because the interface and workflow have been optimized to provide fast access and easy import and kit creation features, Groove Agent ONE is the perfect fusion of functionality and simplicity.
LoopMash 2
LoopMash is a revolutionary virtual instrument that offers a unique and innovative way of working with loops and beats to create stunning new rhythms and grooves. Seamlessly blendable variations of both the included loops and any loop from your library open up myriad new creative possibilities. Its revolutionary audio analysis/synthesis engine, developed in collaboration with Yamaha, matches similar elements across loops and beats, generating fresh and inspiring mash-ups from any rhythmic audio material — entirely synced to the Cubase Tempo. Integrated editing and the powerful live performance mode with user-definable scenes and automation support and its over 20 MIDI-controllable live and slice-based effects such as scratches, stutters and tape stops, make this instrument a powerful creative tool for any artist serious about their beats!
LoopMash is the first-of-its-kind interactive loop synthesizer that creative musicians working in many genres have been waiting for and offers almost limitless variations: all with the sole aim of getting the beats creative again.
Prologue
Prologue is a polyphonic subtractive synthesizer with great sounding multi-mode variable resonance filters, powerful modulation capabilities and cranking onboard effects. Powered by VirSyn technology, this punchy virtual analog synthesizer is fed by hundreds of great sounding presets covering a wide range of sounds reaching from traditional analog to indescribable. Prologue’s intuitive user interface provides full editing capabilities with access to its three oscillators, powerful multi-mode filter, four envelopes, two LFOs, a powerful modulation matrix, and on-board effects.
Mystic
Mystic is a very unusual but inspiring instrument with lots of personality, making it the perfect complement to Cubase 6’s other integrated instruments. Its synthesis uses a combination of physical modeling and comb filtering to generate unique and colorful sounds and is based on three parallel comb filters with feedback. The sound source is an “impulse sound” based on physical modeling technology. The harmonic spectrum of this sound is based on one of six waveforms and a set of two spectrum filters. The sound can be shaped with a filter (damping), by adding an offset to the comb filters (detune), or by adding a noise component (crackle).
Embracer
Embracer is a simple but powerful polyphonic synthesizer designed entirely for producing pads and accompaniment sounds. With its easy-to-use envelope and tone controls, it gives fast access to the sounds needed without having to search through thousands of presets. However, the most powerful feature of Embracer is its surround output. With a single switch, the instrument can be turned from stereo to surround and the width control allows spreading its pad sound anywhere from mono to stereo to full 360° surround. The unique “eye” controller gives an exact idea of how the sound will be placed in a mix.
Monologue
Monologue is a monophonic analog synthesizer based on physical modeling technology. It offers full, rich and colorful sounds without consuming a lot of CPU power. The Monologue synthesizer is the perfect tool for bass, lead and sequenced sounds.

Add outstanding effects to your music

Cubase 6 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 3 effects, Cubase 6 offers a total of 60 real-time audio effects right out of the box, making it Steinberg’s most complete plug-in set ever. More than 1.280 great-sounding presets, which really allow experiencing the excellent quality of these effects from the first moment on are waiting to be explored.

EQ

Standard Channel EQ
Full four-band parametric control with variable response curves and shelving modes.
Studio EQ
This powerful and versatile equalizer offers full four-band parametric control with variable response curves and shelving modes, as well as analog-style peak filters.
GEQ10
Graphic equalizer with 10 bands; features drawing of EQ curves, an invert parameter, and seven different response types. Also features a global range control for overall amount of equalization.
GEQ30
Graphic equalizer with 30 bands; features drawing of EQ curves, an invert parameter, and seven different response types. Also features a global range control for overall amount of equalization.

Filter

Dual Filter
A classic dual low and high pass filter with resonance: filters out certain frequencies while allowing others to pass through.
Step Filter
A pattern-controlled multimode filter that can create rhythmic, pulsating filter effects. Supports up to 16 steps for individual settings of cutoff-frequency and filter
Tonic - Analog Modeling Filter
A versatile and powerful analog modeling filter designed to be a creative tool to add color and punch to any track. Its variable characteristics plus the powerful modulation functions make it an excellent choice for all current music styles.
WahWah
Typical wah-wah pedal modeling effect — lets you emulate your favorite wah-wah pedals. Features parameters for frequency range, filter width, and gain range.

Dynamics

Compressor
Classic compressor with auto release, auto make-up gain, hard/soft knee, RMS/Peak, and “Live” mode which disables look-ahead for low-latency use.
Vintage Compressor
Modeled after one of the most famous vintage compressors. Easy to use but very effective.
MultibandCompressor
The new MultibandCompressor features four independent bands with three crossover frequencies. Each band has its own independent compressor (with Threshold, Ratio, Attack, Release und Makeup Gain); it features independent Solo and Bypass per band, and auto mode for automatic attack/release control. Each compressor band has an independent automatic make-up gain.
VST Dynamics
This is the VST3 version of the classic VST Dynamics multi-effect plug-in, combining Compressor, Gate, Limiter and Soft Clipper with flexible routing capabilities.
DeEsser
This special type of compressor reduces excessive sibilance, primarily for vocal recordings. Close proximity microphone placement and equalizing can lead to situations where the overall sound is just right, but there is a problem with sibilants — that’s where DeEsser shines.
Limiter
Straight-forward low-distortion limiter with auto-release; puts a “hard ceiling” on any signal, and is also suitable for the master stage.
Maximizer
Hard limiter/loudness enhancer for master channel; features soft clipping and automatic attack/release.
Gate
Flexible gate with independent attack and release controls, auto-release, a side-chain input filter for ducking effects, as well as a “live” mode for low-latency use.
Expander
Classic expander; also features auto-release and “live” mode for low-latency use.
EnvelopeShaper
Manipulates the transients of ideally percussive input signals; offers variable attack gain and length, as well as release gain controls.
MIDI Gate
A gate effect that is not triggered by threshold levels, but instead by MIDI notes; silences audio signals depending on incoming MIDI notes and their velocity.
Chopper
A combined tremolo and autopan effect which can use different waveforms to modulate the level (tremolo) or left-right stereo position (pan), either using tempo sync or manual modulation speed settings.

Distortion

VST Amp Rack
Steinberg’s all new reference virtual guitar tone suite, featuring seven legendary amp models, sixteen vintage stomp boxes, six classic speaker cabinets and two studio-grade microphone types. Be it jazz, rock or metal, this comprehensive collection is ready to infuse guitar recordings with drive, punch and clarity.
AmpSimulator
Guitar amp simulation with speaker simulation. Features various amp and cabinet models to choose from. Additional controls resemble a classic guitar combo. Also suitable for bass. May be used in combination with the ToneBooster if the guitar lacks output gain.
ToneBooster
Simple volume booster with a variable filter stage for tone control. Simulates classic stomp boxes like Range Booster. Very useful in combination with AmpSimulator to adjust output volume from low-level output instruments.
Distortion
Simulates the characteristic warm, lush sound of a tube amplifier.
SoftClipper
Soft clipping with independent 2nd and 3rd harmonics controls.
DaTube
Simulates the characteristic warm, lush sound of a tube amplifier.
Grungelizer
Adds noise and static to recordings — kind of like listening to a radio with bad reception, or a worn and scratched vinyl record with a mangling distortion effect.
Bitcrusher
The perfect tool for getting into lo-fi sound. Offers the possibility of decimating and truncating the input audio signal by bit reduction, to get a noisy, distorted sound.

Reverb and Convolution

Roomworks
A highly adjustable reverb plug-in for creating realistic room ambience and reverb effects in stereo and surround formats. The CPU usage is adjustable to fit the needs of any system. From short-room reflections to cavern-sized reverb, this plug-in delivers high quality reverberation.
Roomworks SE
A new “light” version of Steinberg’s appraised Roomworks reverb. Great sound — low on CPU load.
REVerence
The world’s first VST3 high end multi-channel convolution reverb processor, being capable of emulating speakers, analog gear and any natural room or hall imaginable — in stereo or surround with over 70 responses included.

Modulation

Chorus
A single stage chorus effect with filters.
StudioChorus
Powerful dual-stage chorus with two identical stages running in serial; each stage also features a filter stage and a spatial parameter which creates modulation offsets between channels, also in surround configurations.
Flanger
Powerful flanger with editable Lo/Hi Range, a filter stage, manual mode and a spatial parameter for multi-channel modulation offsets.
Phaser
Classic phaser with variable filter stage, manual mode, tempo sync and a spatial parameter for multi-channel modulation offsets.
Tremolo
Classic tremolo effect with optional tempo sync and a spatial parameter to add multi-channel modulation offsets.
Vibrato
Classic vibrato effect with optional tempo sync and a spatial parameter to add multi-channel modulation offsets.
AutoPan
Automatic panning effect with adjustable width, rate, two wave shapes; features tempo sync.
Cloner
The Cloner simulates the effect of double-tracking by creating up to four “cloned” signals from the original input source. Cloned signals have variable delay, detune and panning, Very useful — not only for creating thick backing vocal performances from single tracks.
Rotary
Rotor speaker cabinet effect with very powerful editing capabilities. Features independent Lo/Hi cabinet control, overdrive, slow/fast/stop modes.
TranceFormer
A ring modulator effect, in which the incoming audio is ring modulated by an internal, variable frequency oscillator, producing new harmonics. A second oscillator can be used to modulate the frequency of the first oscillator, in sync with the Song tempo if needed.
RingModulator
Can produce complex, bell-like enharmonic sounds by multiplying two audio signals. The ring modulated output contains added frequencies generated by the sum of, and the difference between, the frequencies of the two signals.
Metalizer
Feeds the audio signal through a variable frequency filter, with tempo sync or time modulation and feedback control.

Delay

ModMachine
A powerful multi-stage delay/modulation effect (see diagram for signal flow). Combines a wide-range delay with LFO controlled delay time, as well as a resonant filter with dual LFOs for frequency and resonance modulation. The filter can either be inserted into the output stage or into a delay feedback loop. The Spatial parameter controls the modulation offset between channels.
MonoDelay
Monophonic delay processor with filter stage and tempo sync. The Steve Reich of delays.
StereoDelay
Dual-channel delay with separate and independent left and right delay stages. Features variable filters and tempo sync for each channel.
PingPongDelay
Monophonic delay processor with filter stage and tempo sync. The Steve Reich of delays.

Spatial

MonoToStereo
Can create a pseudo-stereo signal from any mono source. Also includes controls for “color” and “delay”.
StereoEnhancer
Can enhance the stereo width of a stereo input signal. Features controls for “color” and “delay” to further enhance the effect.

Pitch

PitchCorrect
Designed for vocal and solo instrument recordings, the new PitchCorrect VST3 plug-in brings easy and automatic intonation control and scale correction of vocal and monophonic instrument recordings to Cubase.
Octaver
Sub-octave pitch shifter creates two additional signals, one and two octaves below the input signal, each with variable level.
Tuner
Instrument tuner plug-in.

Mastering

UV22 HR
The UV22 HR is a dithering plug-in, based on an advanced algorithm developed by Apogee.

Tools

Multiscope
Can be used for viewing the waveform, phase linearity or frequency content of a signal.
SMPTE Generator
Sends out SMPTE time code to an audio output in order to synchronize other equipment to Cubase. This can be very handy in case there is no access to a MIDI-to-time code converter.
Test Generator
Generates an audio test signal for measurements and testing purposes of various kinds. The audio signal is based on a waveform generator which can generate a number of basic waveforms such as sine and saw and various types of noise.
Mix6to2
Allows controlling the levels of up to six surround channels and to mix these down to a stereo output.
MixConvert
Allows downmixing of surround channels for monitoring purposes.
Mixer Delay
If you need to delay certain signals in your audio system this is your plug-in to go.
Surroud Panner
Used for positioning the sound source dynamically in the surround field.

Versions

The Cubase Family

The Cubase family comprises three members: Cubase 6, Cubase Artist 6 and Cubase Elements 6. Each one features our acclaimed crystal-clear 32-bit Steinberg Audio Engine and VST3 and ASIO technologies that will make your Cubase experience the best it can be!

The feature set of each version was carefully picked and tailored to the individual needs of experienced hit song producers, film composers or aspiring musicians who are craving to record their very first song. There is a Cubase version for everyone, just pick the Cubase that suits you best.

Feature Comparison

Basics

 
 

Cubase 6

Cubase Artist 6

Cubase Elements 6

Number of audio tracks unlimited 64 48
Number of MIDI tracks unlimited 128 64
Number of instrument tracks unlimited 32 24
Physical inputs and outputs 256 32 24
Group channels 256 32 16
FX send channels 8 8 8
FX return channels 64 64 8
VST audio effect insert slots 8 8 8
MIDI effect insert slots 4 4 0
VST instrument slots 64 32 16
Number of mixer views 3 1 1
Number of included MIDI effect plug-ins 18 18 0
Number of included audio effect plug-ins 60 42 33
Number of included VST instruments 8 6 3
Number of included instrument sounds 1925 1122 568
Printed Quick Start Guide
Derivate project comptability

Formats/support

OMF import/export
Sequel 2 Project import
Zplane Elastique time stretching algorithms
(solo mode only)
Studio Connections
(Recall & Audio)

(Recall)

(Recall)
Full Fraunhofer MP3 encoding
(Add-on)

(Add-on)
Native Cubase 64-bit version for Windows 7 and Mac OSX 10.6
Windows Media WMA Pro encoding
Multi-processing support
Mac OS X Universal Binary
VST3 plug-in support
VST2.4 plug-in support
ReWire support
       

Workflow

MIDI devices (device maps and editors)
Track archives
Batch export
Project Browser
Pool import and export
Logical Editor (incl. Project)
Track Edit Groups
External effects
External instruments
(Only with Yamaha Motif)

(Only with Yamaha Motif)
Workspaces (virtual desktops)
Track Quick Controls
Inplace Editor (MIDI editing in Project window)
Offline process history
(for built-in audio & plug-ins)
(for built-in audio)
MediaBay and VST Sound support
(no tag editor & detail search
Unlimited undo and redo
Track-presets
Assignable key commands and key command macros
Extended Track Inspector (display VSTi channels for MIDI tracks)
Extended Freeze for VST instruments and audio tracks
New scaling tools for Automation and Controller Lane Editing
       

Recording & Mixing

Control Room
5.1 surround and true multichannel audio path
Automation panel
Recording from buses
Extended channel EQ (VST3 Studio EQ)
Extended Mixer view
Sidechain inputs
Advanced Comping
Volume envelopes
Award-winning 32-bit floating-point audio-engine
Dithering Apogee UV22HR
Recording modes: Mix, Overwrite, Normal, Merge, Stacked
(excl. stacked)
Automation modes: Touch, Crossover, Auto-Latch, Trim
(touch fader)

(touch fader)
Hardware controller support
(no EuCon)

(no EuCon)
       

Composing and sequencing

Extended options in Tempo Editor
VST Expression 2.0 support: Expression Maps, Note Expression, VST Dynamics, Extended Output Mapping
Audio tempo detection tools
Global transpose track
Signature and tempo tracks in Project window
List Editor
Professional score layout and printing
(basic only)

(basic only)
Arranger track (pattern-based arranging)
Key Editor (incl. new Key Editor Inspector)
Drum Editor
       

Audio Editing

VariAudio (incl. Extended MIDI conversion)
Time Warp tool
Extended Audio Quantize
AudioWarp (real-time time stretching and pitch shifting)
(playback only)
Pitch shifting and time stretching algorithm
(real-time & MPEX)

(real-time & MPEX)
 

Audio Plug-ins

AmpSimulator
AutoPan
Bitcrusher
Chopper
Chorus
Cloner
Compressor
DaTube
DeEsser
Distortion
DualFilter
EnvelopeShaper
Expander
Flanger
Gate
GEQ-10
GEQ-30
Grungelizer
Limiter
Maximizer
Metalizer
MIDI Gate
Mix6to2
MixConvert
Mixer Delay
ModMachine
MonoDelay
MonoToStereo
MultibandCompressor
MultiScope
Octaver
Phaser
PingPongDelay
PitchCorrect
REVerence
RingModulator
Roomworks
Roomworks
SE Rotary
SMPTE Generator
SoftClipper
Standard Channel EQ
StepFilter
StereoDelay
StereoEnhancer
StudioChorus
StudioEQ
Surround Panner
Test Generator
ToneBooster
Tonic
Tranceformer
Tremolo
Tuner
UV22HR
Vibrato
VintageCompressor
VST Amp Rack
VSTDynamics
WahWah
       

Virtiual instruments

Embracer
Monologue
Loopmash 2
Mystic
Spector
Groove Agent ONE
HALion Sonic SE
Prologue
 

MIDI Plug-ins

Arpache 5
Arpache SX
Auto LFO
Beat Designer
Chorder
Compressor
Context Gate
Density
Micro Tuner
MIDI Control
MIDI Echo
MIDI Modifiers
MIDI Monitor
Note 2 CC
Quantizer
StepDesigner
Track Control
Transformer
       

Advanced integration features

Automatic integration through IEEE1394 (MR816 X, MR816 CSX, CC121, MOTIF XS)
True Integrated Monitoring – 1:1 mixer mapping (MR816 X, MR816 CSX)
True Integrated Monitoring – multiple studio mixes (MR816 X, MR816 CSX)
Quick Connect (MR816 X, MR816 CSX)
Monitor mixer integration (MR816 X, MR816 CSX)
HW setup integration (MR816 X, MR816 CSX)
Plug-in integration of DSP effects (MR816 X (REV-X only), MR816 CSX)
VST connection presets (MR816 X, MR816 CSX)
Plug-in integration of MOTIF XS series voice editor (MOTIF XS)
Control Room control (CC121)
AI Knob control (CC121)
External VST3 support – MIDI+audio (MOTIF XS)
VST instrument preset browser access (KX)
Track Quick Controls support (KX)
       

Scoring Features

Editing parts on different tracks
Extended Toolbar with Note Value buttons and Enharmonic Shift modes
Editing the display options of the active staff, incl. staff mode "Single" or "Split"
Setup Display Quantize
Setup Clef and Key
Setup Interpretation Options
Recording notes
Entering notes with mouse, select, move, delete, duplicating, changing note lengths
Flip stems
Adding text
Changing text font, size, style
Printing (without Layout)
Insight how Score and MIDI relate in detail to each other
Exception handling for Display Quantize incl. Rests
Page Mode (displays the Score as it appears in print-out, adds features directly related to hoe score is displayed and printed)
Features Zoom Tool, Navigation controls, Page Setup
Inspector for Symbols
Filter bar for Bar Handles, Hidden Notes, Quantize, Layout tool, Grouping, Cutflags, Split Rests, Stems/Beams)
Graphic H/V ruler with selectable units (points, inches, centimeters)
Position Info window
Settings for clef, key, time signatures
Extensive Score Settings window with Project, Layout, Staff and Text setups
Various context-menu functions
Display Transpose
Printing as note sheets, export as image files
Features for transcribing MIDI recording
Staff presets
Entering notes with computer keyboard
Features for polyphonic voicing
Features for proper formatting
Note head shapes
Note coloring
Automatic note grouping
Diverse score appearance settings
Grace notes
Features for working with tuplets
Features for working with symbols and layers
Bezier slurs
Features for creating trills
Guitar symbols, chords
Working with Dynamics and symbols
Creating user symbols
Working with chords
Working with text
Working with layouts
Working with Music XML (Import, export, etc.)

Cubase 6 Exclusive Features


Everything More:

While Cubase Artist 6 already offers plenty of stuff to fuel the musicians’ toolkit, its bigger brother Cubase gives producers and engineers unlimited possibilities. Explore what’s possible and go beyond — with Cubase it just doesn’t matter how many audio or MIDI tracks your clients require. Whether you record an orchestra with up to 256 different audio sources in 192 kHz / 24-bit, a huge live rock show, or a newcomer trio in the studio, Cubase is sublime in every sense of the word.

Major Advantages:
  • Unlimited audio tracks (Cubase Artist 6: 64)
  • Unlimited MIDI tracks (Cubase Artist 6: 128)
  • 256 physical inputs (Cubase Artist 6: 32)
  • 192 kHz sampling rate support (Cubase Artist 6: 96 kHz)
  • 256 group channels (Cubase Artist 6: 32)
  • Unlimited instrument tracks (Cubase Artist 6: 32)
  • VST instrument rack with 64 instrument slots (Cubase Artist 6: 32)
Drum Editing Deluxe

Developed in conjunction with recording professionals and top-flight studio drummers, Cubase offers a complete toolset to perfect the rhythm, feel and flavor of live-recorded drum tracks. Whether it is about non-destructively correct timing issues or changing the tempo of a drum performance — a tight groove is just a few clicks away.
Intuitive Multitrack Editing

Cubase is equipped with Track Edit Groups for simple and efficient editing of multitrack recordings. Saving time and effort, this function allows multitrack editing with single click actions.
VariAudio

VariAudio is the perfect tool for improving or changing vocal lines in a very intuitive and musical way — even after the singer has left the studio. Incorporating cutting-edge algorithms and an easy-to-use interface, VariAudio allows to change the tempo and pitch of monophonic audio recordings, without noticeable artifacts and without affecting the soul and quality of the original source.

Bridging the gap between traditional MIDI and audio editing, all notes detected in the audio material can be converted to MIDI notes. In conjunction with the revolutionary Note Expression feature, this opens up further creative possibilities, such as building new arrangements or orchestrations on top of recorded vocals — a whole new approach to using vocal melodies in the creative process
VST Expression 2

VST Expression 2 revolutionizes working with instrument articulations by allowing seamless and transparent editing of articulations and dynamics in the Key and Score Editors.

Note Expression as the newest addition to the VST Expression feature set is the smart way to assign, create and edit multiple controller values directly on single note level — all in one handy graphical interface. The perfect choice for demanding orchestral arrangements and creating unique sound effects, Note Expression allows controller values to be drawn directly onto single note events in the Key Editor. Breaking the traditional MIDI limitations opens up entire new creative possibilities — imagine a chord containing different filter sweeps, volume curves or dynamic expressions for every single note.
MIDI Devices

With MIDI Devices you can create you very own custom MIDI maps and take control of your hardware or software equipment with variable User interface components by transmitting MIDI CCs or even sysex data. Cubase also includes ready made maps to use for several types of instruments and effects.
Music notation and score printing

The Score Editor is a completely integrated full notation environment, which lets you view and print your music in the form of scores, with full support for just about all symbol, display and editing options that this entails. With support for lyrics and remarks, as well as drum notes, guitar tablature and lead sheets, the Cubase Score Editor includes hundreds of professional notation symbols. Simply select the tools needed to create fully professional score layouts for others, including soloists, orchestras and choirs.
Additional automation modes and tools

Cubase features more automation modes and tools, including a dedicated automation panel that is serving as a central point of control for all automation settings. Cubase also offers more commands to manipulate automation data such as the Suspend Read and Write options, which exclude parameters from playing back or recording automation data, adding extra security when automating large projects.
True Surround

Mixing for surround or thinking of moving to surround? The fully surround-capable architecture developed for Cubase puts all these capabilities at your command in the context of a surround mix. All Cubase VST 3 plug-ins 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.
Control Room

Engineered exclusively for Steinberg and unavailable on any other software workstation, the Control Room section is a unique recording and monitoring environment seamlessly integrating performer mixes and monitoring setups into your recording and mixing workflow. Control Room enables you to control and switch between several different speaker setups in different configurations on the fly, create and manage up to four unique studio mixes feeding performers their own tailored mix, use the integrated talkback function, and manage audio sources feeding from tape, CD or DVD — all from one easy-touse panel.
External effects and instruments

Cubase supports the integration of external effect devices and external instruments, such as hardware synthesizers or hardware signal processors, into the sequencer signal flow. Just define the necessary send and return ports and access the instruments/effects through the VST Instruments window. When you put them on an insert slot, the external FX/instruments are loaded into the effect slot just like a regular effect/instrument plug-in. It’s that easy!
Channel Batch Export

The Channel Batch Export is a new way of exporting individual tracks to create archives or exchange projects with other production systems. As an extension of the Export Audio Mixdown window, Channel Batch Export allows the export of the audible output of a multiple selection of mixer channels to audio files. Channel Batch Export is also an ideal way of reorganizing a project to give the maximum available CPU power, with all files and VSTi tracks exported to audio tracks, freeing up system resources.
Professional format support

Cubase supports industry standards such as the project interexchange OMF format (import and export), standard MIDI, Wav, Aiff, MP3, OGG, Rex2, SD2, WMA, W64. The state-of-the art video engine also supports HD videos with common formats.

More Effects

  • GEQ30 is a graphic equalizer with 30 bands, featuring drawing of EQ curves, an invert parameter, and seven different response types.
  • Tonic is a versatile and powerful analog modeling filter designed to be a creative tool to add color and punch to any track.
  • VintageCompressor is modeled after one of the most famous vintage compressors. Easy to use but very effective.
  • MultibandCompressor features four independent bands with three crossover frequencies. Each band has its own independent compressor (with Threshold, Ratio, Attack, Release und Makeup Gain). It features independent Solo and Bypass per band, and auto mode for automatic attack/release control. Each compressor band has an independent automatic make-up gain.
  • DeEsser is a special type of compressor for gently reducing excessive sibilance in vocal recordings.
  • Expander reduces volume of signals below a defined threshold. It features auto-release and “live” mode for low-latency use.
  • SoftClipper offers independent 2nd and 3rd harmonics controls for adding warmth.
  • Roomworks is a highly adjustable algorithmic reverb plug-in for creating realistic room ambience and reverb effects in stereo and surround formats with adjustable CPU usage.
  • REVerence is the world’s first VST 3 high-end multi-channel convolution reverb processor, being capable of emulating speakers, analog gear and any natural room or hall imaginable — in stereo or surround with over 70 responses included.
  • StudioChorus features a powerful dual-stage chorus, with separate filter stages and a spatial parameter for creating modulation offsets between channels and also in surround configurations.
  • Cloner simulates the effect of double-tracking by creating up to four “cloned” signals from the original input source. Cloned signals have variable delay, detune and panning. Very useful — not only for creating thick backing vocal performances from single tracks.
  • ModMachine is a powerful multi-stage delay/modulation effect, combining a wide-range delay with LFO controlled delay time, as well as a resonant filter with dual LFOs for frequency and resonance modulation.

Tools
  • Multiscope can be used for viewing the waveform, phase linearity or frequency content of a signal.
  • SMPTE Generator sends out SMPTE time code to an audio output in order to synchronize other equipment to Cubase.
  • Test Generator generates an audio test signal for measurements and testing purposes, including sine, saw and various types of noise.
  • Surround Panner is used for positioning the sound source dynamically in the surround field.
  • MixConvert allows downmixing of surround channels for monitoring purposes.
  • Mix6to2 allows controlling the levels of up to six surround channels and to mix these down to a stereo output.
  • Mixer Delay is the tool of choice if you need to delay certain signals in your audio system.

More Instruments and effects

Two virtual instruments are added with cubase
Monologue: a monophonic analog synthesizer based on physical modeling technology. It offers full, rich and colorful sounds without consuming a lot of CPU power. The Monologue synthesizer is the perfect tool for bass, lead and sequenced sounds. Cubase 6 also includes the HALion Sonic SE Pro Sound Set, which adds almost 400 highly professional sounding instrument sounds. In total the available instrument sounds increase from 1,100 (Artist) to more than 1,900 in total (Cubase 6). Embracer: a simple but powerful polyphonic synthesizer designed entirely for producing pads and accompaniment sounds with full 360° surround support

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