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Steinberg Cubase Review

One of many oldest sequencers, along with Common sense (old-timers may remember the particular golden era of Pro twenty-four and Notator), Cubase provides over the years, imposed numerous ergonomic office, technological, and conceptual specifications on the competition. Releasing the latest version of Steinberg's front runner software is still an event itself, although it must be admitted that will today, the pretenders for the throne of the king involving sequencers are quite numerous. Because of this, innovation and excellence should unique to cubase along with, without even mentioning other sequencer heavy-weights (Logic, Sonar, Master Tools, Samplitude, Digital Musician and Ableton Live), the very last decade has seen new challengers, with varying cost and popularity, but packed with great benefits: Fruity Loops, Melodyne, Tracktion, Energy XT, Reaper...

Inside a market as competitive because this, it's obviously increasingly hard to stand out. Cubase 4 possessed its critics even though it introduced the VST3 standard, delivered its effects and online instruments up to date, inaugurated a whole new media management system and you can finally move effects from track to another by move & drop. But it looked more like they were trying to talk to the competition rather than actually innovating... Even the more authentic innovations, like management connected with external hardware (particularly Yamaha's, since the Japanese manufacturer acquired recently bought Steinberg) as well as the emergence of control area targeted features were exciting, but did not effect just about all users and therefore didn't actually justify the increased application price: around $879! Thankfully, when the impressive Logic 7 came out for around $500 the idea forced Steinberg to reconsider its rates and online strategy:

The box is heavy and that is a good sign. In addition to the UNIVERSAL SERIAL BUS dongle and serial amount that let you register, the item actually contains 2 instructions: a quick start guide, and also a rather large comprehensive handbook that does not, however , cover the consequences nor virtual instruments added with the software, but which are included in PDF files. You can find 4 DVDs: the DISC to install the program, a DIGITAL VIDEO DISC with sounds and trial samples, and two DVDs using a 90-day demo version of HALion Symphonic Orchestra. Note that as well as the manuals, the installation DVD MOVIE includes a large number of tutorial video that are very well done in addition to address all the key areas of the sequencer. When you consider there was a time that Steinberg was putting out manuals simply in PDF format, we could only thank the A language like german company for having improved its ways.

The setting up went smoothly, and after twice clicking on the red image, I was in familiar area: the project window. The 1st novelty of this version won't jump out at you, since it's invisible: Cubase today fully supports 64 little technology. Wasn't this previously the case? Yes and no, because although Cubase 4 was appropriate for 64-bit operating systems, the computer code hadn't really been written again for this. It therefore remained fundamentally a 32-bit application, yet capable of running on a 64-bit system, whereas Cubase a few is now available in full sixty-four bits.

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