Cubase condenses almost three decades of Steinberg expertise into the most cutting-edge digital audio workstation anywhere. The users of this flagship DAW are among the most successful artists on the globe — from engineers recording and mixing rock albums to dance DJs, hip hop producers, songwriters creating pop hits or film composers scoring for Hollywood blockbusters. Cubase combines industry-leading sound quality, intuitive handling and a range of advanced audio and MIDI tools for composition, recording, editing and mixing.
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Ground-breaking new features, streamlined workflows and stunning new plug-ins — the latest update enhances your favorite digital audio workstation in every direction and underlines Cubase’s claim of being the most complete DAW available. The new Lower Zone gives you direct access to editors and the MixConsole without leaving the Project window; the perfectly integrated Sampler Track opens up new creative possibilities; and the surgically precise frequency EQ takes your mix to the next level. The new Plug-in Sentinel, Multiple Marker Tracks, the improved Maximizer — Cubase 9 introduces loads of new features that you won’t want to miss in future music productions.
Zoning in on Cubase
Access all areas in the fastest and most convenient way. The new Lower Zone provides a neat and tidy overview. Your tools and editors are now just a mouse click away: the Lower Zone will enhance your workflow regardless whether you’re working mobile on a laptop or in a multi-screen studio environment.
Do you need that extra bit of flavor to spice up your production? Are you looking for a starting point? Enter the Sampler Track. It’s the fastest way to inspiration.
Just use any piece of audio to create a Sampler Track, play the sample chromatically, manipulate it with its on-board filters and controls, experiment and enjoy the sonic extravaganza only the Sampler Track can give you. And to top it off, the Sampler Track comes with Caleidoscope, a dedicated sample library with hundreds of samples and presets to get you started right away.
EQ with Frequency
The new Frequency EQ plug-in delivers exactly that what you’d expect from a tool that is supposed to enhance your productions: whether it’s smooth attenuation to blend your tracks you’re looking for or a tool giving you options of microscopic audio surgery. Frequency offers you eight bands, M/S support and Linear Phase mode for each band, Auto Listen to listen in on the adjustments you just made, Spectrum Display and even a musical keyboard to help you find the right tone. Frequency has all you need from basic tracking, mixing to advanced final polishing.
MixConsole History in the making
Ever wanted to compare different mixes with just one mouse click? Allow us to introduce you to MixConsole History. It’s a great new feature that tracks all changes made in the MixConsole and easily lets you choose several stages of your mixing process just by selecting them from a list. This means you’ll be getting your basic mixer undo/redo, but it also allows you to experiment freely with which mix suits your project best.
Comprehensive cloud collaboration… all the way
Our world is getting smaller by the day, and cloud collaboration plays a vital role in it. Whether you want to make remote recordings with VST Connect SE 4 in Cubase Pro or exchange projects via VST Transit in Cubase Pro 9 and Cubase Artist 9, find collaborators and partners all over the world, exchange ideas, get connected with others who share the same passion and be creative! No other DAW like Cubase has this level of cloud collaboration capabilities seamlessly integrated into your workflow. VST Connect SE 4 now offers the possibility to find new collaboration partners in a breeze. VST Transit adds further improvements and supports even more tracks and VST 3 third-party plug-ins.
It’s always a good idea to keep your recording and mixing levels nice and easy. But it’s a different story when finishing your productions. To let your final mix sound “contemporary” you won’t get around using our Maximizer. Not only did it get a new coat of paint but also an in-depth algorithm overhaul. Choose between the classic mode and the new modern mode to get the most out of your mixes, while keeping the result transparent, clear and brilliant.
Stability and reliability
Cubase 9 is one of the most stable and reliable DAWs on the market, allowing you to focus entirely on what’s really important: your creativity and your productions. Cubase 9 introduces several new features that emphasize this approach further, making the Cubase experience even more comfortable.
- New Plug-in Sentinel scans all your plug-ins at start up to check which are valid and which might harm your system’s stability
- Running in 64-bit only makes sure that you benefit from the most modern technology available
- Plug ‘n’ play support for USB devices on Windows
Have you ever wanted to use the Retrologue filters or effects separately? Well, now you can! The new Audio-Ins option offers you the opportunity to send audio to VST 3 instrument plug-ins supporting side-chaining. This will increase your creative sound design possibilities tenfold.
You can’t get enough of inspiring beats and grooves to fire up your tracks. Production Grooves feeds your Groove Agent with over 400 drum loops and presets for all contemporary styles of music. Whether you want to have basic drum accompaniment for a songwriting session, hit the dancefloor with full blown epic electronica or garnish your rock with some serious beef: Production Grooves gets you there!
Multiple Marker Tracks
Cubase 9 allows you to use up to ten marker tracks. Imagine recording multiple instruments on several tracks and giving every one its dedicated markers. This means you not only have the power to structure your projects in a much more flexible way, from now you even can export stems and mixes using the cycle marker ranges.
The new AutoPan offers a much bigger variety and flexibility to creatively play with your sound in space. Make use of various shapes, sync modes, panorama settings and much more, which are all quickly accessible via the new user interface. If you like the new Maximizer you’ll certainly be happy to see that the Brickwall Limiter, Compressor, Expander, Gate and Envelope Shaper also have been graphically overhauled for a similar look and feel and streamlined workflow. The improved interface and detailed representation of the parameters will help you to get the most out of your state-of-the-art effects processors.
- 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 and up to 256 physical inputs and outputs
- MixConsole for pro mixing desk experience and integrated high-end channel strip, VCA faders, Loudness Meter, Wave Meters
- Complete suite of over 90 high-end audio and MIDI VST effect processors, including Quadrafuzz v2, VST Amp Rack and VST Bass Amp guitar and bass tone suites, REVerence convolution reverb, Frequency four-band EQ and many more
- VariAudio for MIDI-style note editing of monophonic audio tracks, automatic voicing harmonization and auto-tuning effects
- Intelligent compositional tools like Chord Track, Chord Pads and the advanced Chord Assistant for creative and playful composing of harmonic progressions and advanced voicings
- Comprehensive set of 8 outstanding instruments with over 3,400 sounds, including HALion Sonic SE 2, Groove Agent SE 4, Padshop, Retrologue 2 and LoopMash 2
- Full VST Expression 2 with Note Expression, VST Dynamics and Expression Maps for fully integrated workflows with musical articulations, dynamics and controller values
- Perfect integration of external hardware effect devices and instruments, such as synthesizers or signal processors, into the sequencer signal flow.
- VST Connect SE and VST Transit cloud collaboration services
|Windows: Windows 7/ 8.x/ 10
||MAC: OS X Version 10.11 / MacOS Sierra
64-bit Intel or AMD multi-core processor (Intel i5 or faster recommended)
4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended)
18 GB free HD space
1366 x 768 display resolution (1920 x 1080 recommended)
Graphics card with DirectX 10 and WDDM 1.1 support (Windows only)
USB port for USB-eLicenser (license management)
OS compatible audio hardware
Internet connection required for activation, account setup and personal / product registration. Additional downloads may be required for the installation.