Cubase 5.5 and Cubase Studio 5.5 are value updates including many smaller and bigger enhancements to the application as well as introducing several great new features that come absolutely free for all registered Cubase 5 and Cubase Studio 5 users.
The Cubase audio engine has been tweaked for an even better low-latency performance on systems with four or more CPU cores. Updated versions of LoopMash* and REVerence* reduce CPU demand for these plug-ins. The native x64 version of Cubase 5.5 now features an improved VST Bridge that boasts higher performance and dramatically enhanced compatibility with the majority of bridged 32-bit VST2.4 plug-ins.
More mixing and video
The automation panel has been given a smart facelift, and now sports additional automation functionality such as the new Fill modes. For even more convenient access to all required track, mixing and plug-in parameters, the Quick Control system has been expanded to Group, FX, Input and Output channels, while the setup of VST Connections has been simplified. A new Open GL accelerated video engine with full HD support*, scalable performance and the ability to play out videos via FireWire on Windows round out this much
The Cubase Sample Editor has witnessed significant refinements when it comes to reworking with beat-laden loops, including a new sensitive hitpoint-detection algorithm and the introduction of a local timeline for the AudioWarp definition mode. Groove Agent ONE boasts extended Export/Import functionality, visual adjusting of sample start- and end point and 19 brand-new and exclusive drum kits made up of over 800 finest vintage drum machine samples. LoopMash* has been updated with track-dedicated level meters and volume controls plus a new global similarity threshold slider for controlling the overall density of a loop construct.
The MediaBay interface has been redesigned to provide improved usability besides simply looking pretty neat. It now also comes with an integrated virtual keyboard and memo recorder to quickly record preview phrases. The Channel Batch Export provides user-definable file naming options and includes a non-modal audio export window which remains open for adjusting settings whenever required. Both the Infoline and the toolbars have been cleaned up and consolidated for improved legibility and faster access. The scrubbing function features a much smoother and acoustically accurate feedback for precision editing.
Found an interesting post/article called the Sequencer wars, where the author had used Google trends over the past years to analyze which sequencers are gaining or loosing in market share. The result is shown in the graph below.
And the result shows that Ableton continues to grow as the most popular system going forward.
Cubase started from a high in early 2004 and has seemingly experienced a steady decline ever since apart from a few short-lived spikes; most notably in late 2004 when the news graph shows that Steinberg announced an update to Cubase SX 3.0.1
(I initially thought this result was quite odd so I performed other searches based around the [Cubase ] search-word to see if there was a correlation… and there is! The search trends for Cubase SX and VST pretty much match the same downward trend as above.)
Cakewalk shows an even more dramatic fall. It starts from a higher spike than Cubase at the start of 2004, but ends lower than it did in the last quarter of 2006!
(Still a bit sceptical, I ran another for Cakewalk SONAR Although there’s been a more volatile ride, ithe graph shows a similar start and end-point as above.)
Ableton on average, has experienced a steady rise in search volume all through the timeline, reflecting its new-kid-on-the-block rise into the mind-share of electronic musicians.
Pro Tools does end at a slightly lower point than when the resultset began, but the trend-line itself is pretty much even when you look at the spikes it has seen. However, 2006 shows a fairly strong downward trend that is seemingly breaking-away from the rest of the line!
Thanks to The Whippingpost for sharing
After introducing the Cubase iC remote control application for your iPhone or iPod Touch at this years NAMM show, you now can get your version as a free download from the Apple iTunes App Store
Cubase iC transforms your iPhone and your iPod touch into a powerful remote control for Cubase 5 and Cubase Studio 5. Whether you are using Cubase in the studio or on stage, Cubase iC gives you fast and precise control of essential functions from anywhere within your Wi-Fi network’s range. Cubase iC gives you access to basic transport functions, allows you to monitor playback position and control the unique Arranger Track.
Application possibilities of Cubase iC:
Cubase iC is of great assistance to musicians recording in a rehearsal room or home studio. With it, basic functions for recording different takes and parts are controlled via your iPhone or iPod Touch without using your computer each time.
Producers can access the essential transport functions from all over the studio. This comes in handy when recording and mixing and during listening sessions with musicians and clients.
Cubase iC controls the Arranger Track, making it also an ultra-cool live tool. Now you can start and stop the different sections of the song while playing live.
Samples on the KP3 pad from the Synthesizers.com Q960 analog sequencer. Showing using Cubase as the MIDI timing and real-time looping into the KP3.
Showcased at this year’s NAMM Show, Steinberg has just announced that Cubase 5 and Cubase Studio 5 are now available worldwide.
Cubase 5 – Advanced Music Production System
- LoopMash: Brand-new, first-of-its-kind interactive loop synthesizer
- Groove Agent ONE: Powerful drum sampling with detailed sound shaping
- Beat Designer: New beat construction plug-in, works hand in hand with Groove Agent ONE
- VariAudio: Gives you complete control over the melody and intonation in monophonic vocal recordings
- PitchCorrect: Easy and automatic intonation control and scale correction of vocal and monophonic instrument recordings
- REVerence: The world’s first VST3-based convolution reverb processor with an impulse library including over 70 pre-sets
- New automation handling: More transparent and flexible than ever before
- VST Expression: Ultra-intuitive new way of working with multiple instrument articulations
- The new HALion ONE Expression Set 01 including a new set of 14 studio-quality instruments with multiple articulations for natural and expressive performances (ideal to try out VST Expression)
- The new Channel Batch Export exports the audible output of multiple mixer channels to audio files, ideal to create archives or exchange projects with other production systems
- Full support for 64-bit high performance computing under Microsoft Windows Vista 64 with up to 1 terabyte of addressable memory
- Support for the new WASAPI audio driver technology, and therefore lower latency with generic on-board sound hardware under Windows Vista
- Plus: A fully functional trial version of the HALion Symphonic Orchestra 16-bit Special Edition,perfect to exploit the potential of VST Expression in your arrangements. This trial version runs for 90 days, and can be easily unlocked online for €99 for unrestricted functionality
- Of course, Cubase 5 and Cubase Studio 5 integrate perfectly with Steinberg’s innovative range of hardware, the CC121, MR816 CSX, and MR816 X.
1. Ableton Live 8
The indications are that a new version of Ableton’s groundbreaking DAW could be shown in Anaheim.
2. The ‘producer product’ from Native Instruments
We already know that NI will be launching three new products at NAMM – a hunch is that it will be the biggest NI product innovation in years”.
3. Cubase 5
Steinberg’s revelation that its NAMM announcement will concern “the apex of many years of technology developed through our passion to help musicians, composers and producers realise their musical creativity” certainly points towards a Cubase update.
4. Melodyne Direct Note Access
Having had its release date delayed – it was originally supposed to be available in the fourth quarter of 2008 – we hear that it’s finally ready to go, and should be shown in its almost-finished form at NAMM.
5. AmpliTube 3?
IK Multimedia has plans to announce something, and a new version of AmpliTube seems like a logical launch for them.
6. NI new drum machine >> Maschine
Native Instruments will be introducing Maschine – a next generation groove production studio that combines hardware and software – at the 2009 NAMM Show.