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Yamaha updates Vocaloid 4 Editor and Vocaloid 4 Editor for Cubase to v4.2.0

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

Yamaha has released v4.2.0 updates for both Vocaloid 4 Editor and Vocaloid 4 Editor for Cubase. Main changes in VOCALOID4 Editor V4.2.0 Update: Launching Activate program during starting VOCALOID [Read More]
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Steinberg updates Cubase to v8.0.20

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Steinberg has announced the availability of the Cubase Pro 8.0.20/Cubase Artist 8.0.20 maintenance update. The update resolves many bug fixes and improvements. Improvements in Cubase 8.0.20 Render [Read More]
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Steinberg Cubase Pro 8

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Read more about Steinberg Cubase Pro 8 at MusicRadar.com


For the release of version 8, Steinberg has renamed the top-tier version of its venerable DAW from simply Cubase to Cubase Pro. There’s still a cut-down Artist version available (Cubase Artist 8, £488), but we’re just looking at Pro 8 here. It’s brimming with tons of new stuff, so we’ll jump right in.

“At long last – there’s an easy, intuitive and full-featured render in-place function”

In terms of UI, Cubase Pro 8 doesn’t make any big changes, with the exception of the docked MediaBay, occupying over a quarter of the right-hand side, which also tabs into the VST Instruments Rack.

We’re not sure that we care for its incursion into the project window’s space, but if you’re the type of user that makes heavy use of the MediaBay, you may find this to be a time-saver; and it can be undocked, anyway.

Utterly rendered

On to the more significant changes and improvements. From the “what took you guys so long?” drawer comes – at long last – an easy, intuitive and full-featured render in-place function (although it actually bounces to a new track, rather than being truly ‘in place’).

Cubase has had audio export and track freeze for ages, but now we have an excellent rendering system, with options for where the resulting file should be stored on your drive and what should be included in the bounced track.

There’s also a Dry option, which renders an instrument or audio track and copies all effects and settings to the new track, rather than burning them into the bounce.

You can also elect to render with or without master output effects, and choose to mute the original (which we’re surprised to see isn’t done automatically). The one disappointment is that sidechained effects aren’t bounced.

MIDI power users will be pleased with Cubase Pro 8’s ability to perform MIDI tempo detection: essentially, a tempo track can be created from any recorded MIDI performance.

It works well, and is helped along by thoughtful options like offbeat correction and tempo smoothing. We experienced a glitch while playing around with MIDI tempo detection, wherein Cubase’s metronome would become inaudible.

This is a known bug, and Steinberg recommend using a MIDI click instead – not really an acceptable solution, so hopefully it’ll be fixed soon.

VCA-OK

The new VCA Faders feature enables multiple volume faders to be linked and controlled as one under the control of a new fader in its own channel, without disturbing the relative positioning of the originals.

This is ideal when you have a perfect balance of multitracked backing vocal tracks and want to fade all the tracks in or out as one, for example – and unlike using a group bus, post-fader send effects applied to the tracks will ‘follow’ the adjustments.

VCA faders include the ability to link any combination of channels, no matter their destinations, even if they’re routed to different busses. You can automate both channel faders and VCA faders and they won’t ‘override’ each other.

Furthermore, VCA fader groups can be nested – that is, VCA faders themselves can be assigned to a further VCA fader. It’s powerful stuff and as easy as can be – just select the channels, right-click and choose the option from the menu. It works beautifully.

Next, a new automation function called Virgin Territories. A Virgin Territory is a section of automated track that hasn’t been subjected to automation. With Virgin Territories switched on, the space between the end of one section of automation and the start of the next one is left completely free of automation, rather than being filled in automatically with a line joining end and start points, as was previously the case.

This is useful for making adjustments to the automated parameter within the Virgin Territory without them being overridden by automation.

Striking a chord

“You can now swap the channel meters in the Meter Bridge for Wave Meters – real-time vertically scrolling waveforms, which look cool and make for a handy visual reference”

We loved the addition of the Chord Track in Cubase 7, and version 8 takes that side of things a step further with Chord pads, a fun auto-chord-like function that allows you to set up custom chords on a set of virtual pads for triggering onscreen or via MIDI.

You can change voicings on the fly and record your jamming, and there’s a circle-of-fifths view, from which chords can be dragged directly onto the pads, as well as the Proximity Chord Assistant, which helps you pick out harmonically related chords.

We should also mention the new Direct Routing section in the MixConsole. Looking like the Insert slots, available destinations are selected by clicking within the allotted space.

This selection overrides your usual output bus setting, allowing tracks to be one-click re-routed to any of eight user-configured destination buses, or even route to multiple destinations at once with the Summing mode.

You can now swap the channel meters in the Meter Bridge for Wave Meters – real-time vertically scrolling waveforms, which look cool and make for a handy visual reference. However, it is just a display of audio events on a track, and not a real-time oscilloscope-style meter of a channel’s processed output.

Is 8 enough?

Plenty of lesser additions and tweaks have been made, too, including improvements to ASIO Guard, better performance, improved window handling on PC, an integrated plugin manager, better integration of VST Connect SE, and some new plugins. And overall, this version feels snappier and more responsive.

It’s not without a few glitches, but none are show-stoppers – oh, and there’s still no undo for mixer or plugin parameter tweaks! – and overall Cubase Pro 8 feels just like what it is: a mature DAW that continues to evolve in interesting and creatively relevant directions.

Read more about Steinberg Cubase Pro 8 at MusicRadar.com




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Steinberg updates Cubase Pro 8 and Cubase Artist 8 to v8.0.5

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Steinberg has released a v8.0.5 maintenance update for Cubase Pro 8 and Cubase Artist 8. This updates addresses various issues in regards to the new window handling on PC Windows systems, especially [Read More]
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Steinberg releases Cubase Pro 8 and Cubase Artist 8

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Steinberg Media Technologies today announced the immediate availability of Cubase Pro 8 and Cubase Artist 8. The new line-up of Cubase witnesses a performance boost owing to its entire audio [Read More]
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Steinberg updates Cubase to v7.5.30 and Nuendo to v6.5.30

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Steinberg has released maintenance updates for Cubase and Nuendo. The 7.5.30 update for Cubase/Cubase Artist and the 6.5.30 update for Nuendo improve the performance when importing a large number of [Read More]
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Steinberg updates Cubase to v7.5.20

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Steinberg has announced the availability of the Cubase / Cubase Artist 7.5.20 maintenance updates. The update adds several improvements and resolves more than 60 issues in different areas of the appli [Read More]
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Steinberg Cubase 7.5

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

Read more about Steinberg Cubase 7.5 at MusicRadar.com


The last-minute announcement of Cubase 7.5 was a nice surprise from Steinberg at the end of 2013. But can a point release offer enough to pry more of that hard-earned dough from our pockets?

“It’s actually the less obvious tweaks and additions that are the real headlines here”

Surprisingly for a point upgrade (even a paid one), Cubase 7.5 comes armed with new instruments and effects designed to appeal to those new to the world of desktop recording, as well as the more experienced. However, it’s actually the less obvious tweaks and additions that are the real headlines here, as they represent truly significant improvements to Cubase’s long-standing core workflow.

The new Re-record mode is a perfect example. With this active, you can hit the record button again during a recording to instantly start the recording over from the original position, count-in and metronome included (assuming you have them set up).

It seems like a fairly throwaway addition until you use it, after which you’ll wonder how you ever got along without it before, particularly if you’re engineering your own recording sessions – it saves a great deal of frustration and repeated hammering of the stop/delete/record keys.

Although the record button on Steinberg’s iOS remote controller Cubase iC Pro doesn’t currently change its appearance to indicate that re-record mode is active, you get the same result when controlling Cubase from the app nonetheless.

New view

Also new to v7.5, track visibility management works in a similar way to the mixer’s channel visibility management, allowing you to show or hide any tracks in the Arrangement view that you may or may not need to see at any given time.

Again, it seems insignificant, but it’ll soon become a workflow essential for those working with large projects, doing a lot of rendering but wishing to retain access to MIDI clips, or working with remixes. The View Agents help you get the most out of the feature, giving specific commands for showing or hiding tracks based on various criteria – inverting the view status of all MIDI tracks, for example.

One of the most potentially transformative additions is TrackVersions. This enables you to create multiple versions of various track types that can be easily switched between within the track itself.

Perhaps you want to record alternate lyrics for your vocal track, or present a few versions of a guitar solo for narrowing down later – TrackVersions allows you to store multiple takes or versions on a single track lane, without having to copy over the entire track and all its plugins wholesale, saving CPU and time.

Not to be confused with comping Take Lanes, a TrackVersion actually includes all of the individual Takes and comping for that version. However, TrackVersions can easily be created, accessed, and switched from a dedicated area in the Inspector.

Also in the “track-related features” category, you can now save and recall a track’s Quick Controls, and copy them over to other tracks, regardless of track type.

Scoring the hits

Cubase’s Hitpoints system has long enabled transient detection for loop manipulation, audio quantise and more. Prior to v7.5, using Hitpoints has involved selecting a target audio file and subjecting it to a process via menus or the sample editor. Now, all audio brought into the Pool (via recording, import or bouncing) is instantly subjected to Hitpoint detection. Better still, you can now navigate audio clips in the Project window by using key commands to jump to adjacent Hitpoints.

“The formally schooled muso will be glad to learn that Steinberg has given the Score Editor a much-needed once-over”

It’s worth mentioning that Hitpoint detection is a calculation rather than a destructive process, meaning it has no audible effect on your track’s data unless you employ further processing, so no harm is done if you don’t need it – but it’s fantastic having it there instantly when you do.

The formally schooled muso will be glad to learn that Steinberg has given the Score Editor a much-needed once-over, bringing in a new tabbed Inspector for switching between the regular musical symbols and newly-enhanced MIDI functionality.

Very helpfully indeed, MIDI functions from the Key Editor have been added to the Score Editor, giving access to quantise, transposition, length and chord editing. It really is the best of both worlds.

Point made

Some cynics have been quick to brush off this paid point upgrade as a hurried money-grab, but they’d be missing out on some excellent enhancements. Cubase 7.5 has a lot to offer, and the upgrade fee is quite reasonable for what you get. Maybe it’s wishful thinking to expect all of Cubase’s bugs to have been ironed out, and some early adopters have reported carry-overs from version 7, but it performed very well for us on our test machines, never hiccuping, stuttering or crashing.

The new features all worked as advertised, adding up to an easier and more enjoyable workflow than ever before. Those with plugin folders filled to bursting might not be fussed about the additions and enhancements to the bundled instruments and effects, but newcomers looking for an all-in-one solution will (some would say at long last) get it in Cubase 7.5. An unmissable upgrade for all Cubase 7 users, not to mention those still on earlier versions.

Read more about Steinberg Cubase 7.5 at MusicRadar.com

    

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Steinberg updates Cubase 7.5 to v7.5.10

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Steinberg has announced the availability of the 7.5.10 maintenance updates for Cubase 7.5 and Cubase Artist 7.5. Both updates are a free download and fully supported (please see the bottom of this pos [Read More]
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Steinberg updates Cubase 7 to v7.0.7

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Steinberg has announced the availability of the final 7.0.7 maintenance updates for Cubase 7 / Cubase Artist 7 / Cubase Elements 7 / Cubase AI 7 and LE 7. All updates are free downloads (please see th [Read More]
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