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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 equipped 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.
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.
Cubase 6 delivers a rich palette of finest virtual instruments and each of them comes ready to play with hundreds of fantastic preset sounds — amounting to over 1,900 sounds right out of the box.
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 refurbished 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 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 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.
This unique instrument is based on two extremely colorful and versatile spectrum filters and can utilize up to six oscillators per voice with two different waveforms each. Separate independent spectrum filters process each of the two waveforms. Creating new, unique sounds by simply drawing new filter curves and then shifting or morphing the two filter’s spectrums is as much fun as browsing through the included showcasing presets. Identical to Prologue, Spector offers four envelope generators, two LFOs, a powerful modulation matrix and on-board effects. With access to all sound parameters, Spector provides full editing capabilities.
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 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 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.
- Number of audio tracks: unlimited
- Number of MIDI tracks: unlimited
- Number for instrument tracks: unlimited
- Physical inputs and outputs: 256
- Audio resolution kHz: 192
- Group channels: 256
- FX send/return channels: 8/64
- VST audio effect insert slots: 8
- MIDI effect insert slots: 4
- VST instrument slots: 64
- Number of included audio effect plug-ins: 60
- Number of included VST instruments: 8
- Number of included instrument sounds: 1,925
- Advanced comping
- Professional score layout and printing:
- Full Fraunhofer MP3 encoding
- Track Edit Groups
- VST Expression 2.0 support
- Audio tempo detection
- VariAudio (incl. Extended MIDI conversion)
- Extended Audio Quantize
- Control Room
- 5.1 surround
- Automation panel
- Batch export
- thousands of professionals around the world
- Award-winning 32-bit floating-point Steinberg audio engine
- with up to 192 kHz, 5.1 surround support, flexible routing, and full automatic delay compensation
- Unlimited audio, instrument, and MIDI tracks Superb composing, editing, and mixing features with excellent multitrack editing, take comping, and automation tools
- Comprehensive set of 9 outstanding virtual instruments with over 1,900 instrument presets, including HALion Sonic SE, LoopMash 2, and MPC-style Groove Agent ONE drum machine
- Complete suite of 60 high-end audio and 18 MIDI VST effect processors, including REVerence convolution reverb, Pitch Correct, and VST Amp Rack guitar tone suite
- AudioWarp system for time-stretching and pitch-shifting in real time, including automatic tempo detection
- VariAudio for MIDI-style note editing of monophonic audio tracks
- Professional music notation and score printing VST Expression 2 for unique instrument articulation management and expression control on single note level
- MediaBay file and preset management system for immediate access to library items, including VST Sound standard support
- Cross-platform 32-/64-bit for Windows and Mac OS X Intel
- Windows 7*
- Intel or AMD dual core CPU
- 2 GB RAM
- Display resolution of 1280 x 800 recommended
- Windows compatible audio hardware (ASIO compatible audio hardware recommended for low-latency performance)
- 8 GB of free HD space
- DVD-ROM dual-layer drive
- USB port for USB-eLicenser (license management)
- Internet connection for license activation