Coming on December 5, 2012, Steinberg is already presenting the unique solutions and enhancements within the latest incarnations of Cubase, the most advanced music production system today.
With an array of Virtual Studio Technology (VST) instruments and effects plus production tools employed by producers around the world, Cubase 7 and Cubase Artist 7 now include the new MixConsole mixer, the newly developed channel strip, Chord Track, significant workflow improvements and integration, new content and much more.
“This time around we focused in on one of the primary features in Cubase: the mixing. The result is the entirely new MixConsole, with never-before-seen transparency, fidelity, and functionality. Thanks to the built-in channel strip modules and their excellent-sounding EQ and dynamics, the days are finally over when we opened five plug-in windows per track to get the mix going. We also took care of many details that’ll make a big difference in time-critical situations, such as the Remote Control Editor, the redesigned Channel Settings window and the track, channel and plug-in finder. Version 7 is our commitment to the professional community and elevates Cubase to the top of every producer’s wish list,” said Helge Vogt, product marketing lead at Steinberg.
Mixing in Steinberg Cubase 7 with the new MixConsole.
Cubase 7 features
State-of-the-art music production system used by thousands of professionals around the world.
Award-winning 32-bit floating-point Steinberg audio engine with up to 192 kHz, 5.1 surround, flexible routing and full automatic delay compensation.
Unlimited audio, instrument and MIDI tracks .
Superb composing, editing and mixing features with unparalleled multitrack editing and quantizing, take comping and automation tools.
All-new MixConsole provides the ultimate mixing experience with unmatched flexibility and integrated EQ/Dynamics channel strip modules for epic pro-console sound.
Comprehensive set of 8 outstanding virtual instruments with over 2,800 sounds, including HALion Sonic SE workstation, Padshop granular synth, Retrologue virtual analog synth, LoopMash 2 and the MPC-style Groove Agent ONE drum machine.
Complete suite of 66 high-end audio and 18 MIDI VST effect processors, including VST Amp Rack guitar tone suite, REVerence convolution reverb, Voxengo CurveEQ and many more.
VariAudio for MIDI-style note editing of monophonic audio tracks and automatic voicing harmonization and auto-tuning effect.
Chord Track for easy chord management and re-harmonizing plus intelligent composing assistance for generating beautiful chord sequences.
VST Expression 2 for unique instrument articulation management and expression control on single-note level .
Professional music notation and score printing.
MediaBay file and preset management system .
Cross-platform 32/64-bit for Windows and Mac OS X.
Cubase Artist 7 features
Complete music production system, offering a set of superb audio/MIDI recording, editing and mixing tools.
Based on proven Steinberg Cubase technology used by professionals around the world.
Award-winning 32-bit floating-point Steinberg audio engine with up to 192 kHz, flexible routing and full automatic delay compensation.
Supports 128 MIDI and 64 simultaneous audio tracks .
Includes 8 outstanding virtual instruments with over 2,400 presets, including HALion Sonic SE workstation, Padshop granular synth and Retrologue virtual analog synth, LoopMash 2 plus the MPC-style Groove Agent ONE drum machine.
Comes with a suite of 46 audio and 18 MIDI VST effect processors, including Pitch Correct for vocal intonation correction, VST Amp Rack guitar tone suite, Brickwall Limiter and Tube Compressor.
Chord Track facilitates working with chords in a project context.
Streamlined score editing feature set.
MediaBay file and preset management system .
Project Assistant with dozens of common templates helps getting started quickly.
Cross-platform 32/64-bit for Windows and Mac OS X Intel.
The Cubase 7 and Cubase Artist 7 full retail versions are available from resellers and through the Steinberg Online Shop from December 5, 2012. The suggested retail price for Cubase 7 is 599 EUR and 299 EUR for Cubase Artist 7. Prices including German VAT.
Customers who have activated Cubase 6.5 and Cubase Artist 6.5 since October 25, 2012, are eligible for a free, downloadable Grace Period update to the latest version.
Steinberg has announced the release of Absolute, a VST instrument collection comprising the HALion Sonic workstation, the Hypnotic Dance, Triebwerk and Dark Planet instruments alongside the Retrologue virtual-analog and Padshop Pro granular synthesizers.
HALion Sonic combines a high-quality sample library with a powerful sampling and synthesis engine that unfolds infinite possibilities for sound generation. Featuring synthesizer programs and presets for contemporary productions, Hypnotic Dance, Triebwerk and Dark Planet complement HALion Sonic’s library and as a completely new feature now also run independently as full blown instruments within VST and AU hosts. Retrologue is a virtual-analog synthesizer while Padshop Pro is Steinberg’s latest achievement in bringing granular synthesis to the world of VST.
“Absolute is the epitome of what Steinberg offers regarding synthesized sounds. With the entire collection running on your computer, an infinite palette of sounds is at your fingertips,” commented Matthias Quellmann, Steinberg’s product marketing manager for VST instruments. “It’s going to take a while for users to comprehend the sheer magnitude of it all,” Quellmann added.
6 high-quality VST instruments comprising thousands of presets:
HALion Sonic is Steinberg’s premier VST workstation, featuring the latest sampling and synthesis technologies, a world-class library and an intelligent user interface that excels in the studio as well as on stage.
Padshop Pro introduces a new way of granular sound design. Get yourself ready for out-of-this-world atmospheres and far-out effects.
Zero Gravity is the exceptional expansion pack for Padshop Pro and comes with 250 new presets and a fully loaded new SoftGrain Wave ROM.
Retrologue offers old-school analog synth sounds and biting sonic blocks and is ideal for creating fat and funky lead and bass sounds.
Hypnotic Dance is a treasure trove for electronic music producers with solid bass lines, cutting leads and beautifully textured pads.
Triebwerk is the go-to choice for club-worthy dance sounds including soaring synths, four-to-the-floor drum kits and queasy vocals.
Dark Planet is best suited for cinematic scores and musical excursions, comprising creepy sounds, shattering loops and eerie instruments.
VST 3, VST 2 and AU host compatibility.
Cross-platform 32/64-bit for Windows and Mac OS X Intel.
Steinberg USB-eLicenser included.
The Absolute VST instrument collection is available to purchase for 299 EUR, including German VAT.
Steinberg is offering users of Cubase 6.5 and Cubase Artist 6.5 a download version of the Absolute VST instrument collection. This version includes the upgrade to Padshop Pro, not the Padshop Pro full version, excludes Retrologue and the USB-eLicenser, and requires the HALion Sonic Trial DVDs included in the Cubase 6.5 and Cubase Artist 6.5 retail boxes. This offer is available exclusively through the Steinberg Online Shop for 249 EUR, including German VAT.
The free 30-Band Graphic Equalizer with Cubase flavored design.
If you’ve been searching for a graphic equalizer that looks cutting-edge and blends perfectly with your favorite DAW (assuming it’s Cubase), then you might love this new freebie.
I like it when the plugins I use the most have an integrated look. It adds to the illusion that I’m doing the right thing in the mix. While the audio world has plenty of graphic EQ’s already, it wouldn’t hurt to toss in another one for good measure.
The EQ is available to download as a freeware VST plugin for Windows.
“Both bundles are really great value for money, providing comprehensive, extremely powerful solutions for music recording and production,” commented Stefan Schreiber, hardware product marketing manager at Steinberg.
The Ultimate Cubase Recording Pack bundles the UR824 rack audio interface together with the latest version of the Cubase music production system. The UR824 interface provides sufficient I/O connectivity and premium sound quality at up to 96 kHz/24-bit resolution. Cubase features a suite of 62 audio effects including the VST Amp Rack guitar rack emulations, 18 MIDI VST effect processors and ten VST instruments, including the HALion Sonic SE workstation with a wealth of instrument sounds, the Padshop granular synthesizer and Retrologue virtual-analog synthesizer.
The Cubase Production Studio comprises the UR28M desktop USB 2.0 audio interface and latest version of Cubase Artist. Featuring plenty of analog inputs and outputs at 96 kHz/24-bit resolution, the UR28M interface offers professional monitoring capabilities while recording in Cubase Artist. Cubase Artist comes with eight VST instruments including HALion Sonic SE, the Padshop granular synthesizer and the Retrologue virtual-analog synthesizer plus 43 audio and 18 MIDI VST effect processors.
“Users interested in purchasing an entire hardware and software recording setup at an exceptional price are well advised to take a closer look at what we are offering here,” Schreiber said further.
Ultimate Cubase Recording Pack features
Advanced music production system with unlimited audio, instrument and MIDI tracks.
Superb composing, scoring, editing and mixing tools.
24-bit/96 kHz USB 2.0 audio interface with 8 D-PRE Class-A discrete mic preamps.
8 analog in and 8 analog out, 2 pairs of ADAT optical I/O and wordclock I/O.
10 outstanding virtual instruments, 62 high-end audio and 18 MIDI VST effect processors plus latency-free DSP-monitoring with effects.
Cubase Production Studio features
Music production system with industry-standard composing, scoring, editing and mixing tools.
128 MIDI and 64 audio tracks with up to 24-bit/96 kHz.
24-bit/96 kHz USB 2.0 audio interface with 2 D-PRE Class-A discrete mic preamps.
Digitally controlled monitor level control with Dim, Mono and Mute fed by 3×3 monitoring matrix.
Latency-free DSP-powered monitoring with effects.
The Ultimate Cubase Recording Pack and Cubase Production Studio are available priced at 999 EUR and 549 EUR respectively. Prices including German VAT.
Cubase provides the user with many more tracks than bands from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s ever had at their disposal. Many iconic records were produced on 2-, 3-, and 4-track recorders, whereas the track count of Cubase 6 is limited only by the power of the host computer. After the tracks have been recorded, they must be mixed and mastered to sound polished and professional. But for the new user, the processes of editing, adding effects, EQ, mixing, and mastering can be challenging.
Mixing and Mastering with Cubase was written with the new user in mind. It starts by teaching you how to manipulate all the tracks and events in the Cubase Event Window. You’ll learn how to use volume and pan controls to create depth and audibility, add EQ to help every track sit in the mix, and add effects such as compression and reverb to produce smooth and polished results. Finally, you’ll learn how to add mastering treatments for a punchy, shiny, and loud mix that will compete with the pros. In the end, you might know the project was mixed and mastered in your home, but no one else has to.
Cubase has been used to create countless hit records. With what you learn in this book and a little luck and hard work, yours could certainly be next.
The book is available from Hal Leonard for $16.99 USD.
Hal Leonard Books has published The Power in Cubase by Matthew Loel T. Hepworth.
This comprehensive, thoughtful, and engaging guide is written to help the new user master the ins and outs of Cubase.
Consider this: Cubase is a program that will turn your computer into a complete recording studio. That is, Cubase can create virtually every button, knob, switch, and fader found in a “real” studio, including a few components that don’t exist in the hardware realm. Imagine the challenge of sitting at a large mixing desk and being expected to use all that technology to produce professional recordings. Well, by installing Cubase on your computer, that’s exactly what you’ve expected of yourself. Knowing how daunting that task sounds, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, if not disillusioned.
The Power in Cubase: Tracking Audio, MIDI, and Virtual Instruments will help you get started so that you can use Cubase to your full benefit. It is specifically written to allow a new user to quickly get started with Cubase while avoiding a myriad of pitfalls. First, you’ll learn the process of installation and proper studio configuration. Next, you’ll learn the foundations of rudimentary Cubase operations. You’ll also learn how to avoid common mistakes that can ruin a recording. Finally, you’ll learn how to properly record MIDI, instrument, and audio tracks. Whether they’re your own tracks or those of a client, you’ll achieve recordings in your own home or project studio that were recently considered unobtainable without a big studio. And you’ll discover Cubase is easier to learn than you may have expected.