Hamburg, Germany (December 5, 2014)—Marking the DAW’s 25th anniversary, Steinberg has released Cubase Pro 8 and Cubase Artist 8. The new editions of the long-running recording software sport a number of new and updates features, most prominently newly built audio engines, and the Pro edition’s new features, VCA faders and ‘virgin territories.’
The new audio engines are intended to provide better performance while also extending the software’s buffering ASIO-Guard in order to improve the audio processing performance for multi-timbral and disk-streaming featured instrument tracks.
Meanwhile, the Pro 8 edition has exclusive features in the forms of VCA faders and virgin territories; VCA faders emulate the control of channel gain with DC voltage, moving an entire fader group through a single master fader. From there, the Combine VCA fader automation feature combines the VCA fader automation curve with that of a controlled fader or fader groups. Another addition to automation tools is virgin territories, omitting redundant automation data between automated events. Both Pro and Artist versions now offer render in-place capability, allowing users to bounce MIDI and audio parts and use a wide range of bounce settings.
Chord pads, Chord Assistant modes and MIDI tempo detection are introduced to the creative feature set in Cubase Pro 8 and Cubase Artist 8. Chord pads are an extension of the chord track first introduced in Cubase 7, allowing users to trigger chords and change voicing and tension through MIDI parameters on any record-enabled MIDI or instrument track. New Chord Assistant modes provide chord suggestions related to a specified reference chord by taking harmonic rules into account. The circle of fifths helps understand the theory behind these rules. The new MIDI tempo detection identifies recordings on MIDI tracks that are out of sync and aligns these with grid and tempo track.
UI updates in both new Cubase versions include window docking for the VST Instrument Rack and MediaBay, a redesigned Track List and Inspector, a new plug-in manager, global workspaces and a flexible window layout for PC versions.
New effects and instruments are covered by the VST Bass Amp with a collection of amplifiers, cabinets and effects pedals, the Quadrafuzz v2 distortion processor, Multiband Expander, Multiband Envelope Shaper as well as an updated DeEsser, Multiband Compressor and Tuner. Newly introduced to the Groove Agent SE 4 drum instrument featured in Cubase Pro 8 and Cubase Artist 8 is the acoustic drum kit, Acoustic Agent, with 20 drum style patterns.
Further additions toCubase’s mixing capabilities include an enhanced EQ module on each channel strip, displaying values for gain, frequency and note pitch as well as offering the option to enter pitch notes and cent values in lieu of frequencies. The Pre section now offers selectable slopes for high-cut and low-cut filtering. Available in Cubase Pro 8, MixConsole’s new direct routing section facilitates group routing for multiple channels, buses and stems, while the new Wave Meters feature displays audio events as waveforms within the MixConsole, providing additional visual feedback to the user without viewing the Project window.
New Groove Agent SE 4 content adds the Allen Morgan Pop-Rock Toolbox with 30 construction kits, each with 25 to 30 audio and MIDI loops routed to predefined instruments, including channel strip and mixer settings.
VST Connect SE 3 is a Cubase Pro 8-only feature, providing remote recording capability of audio and MIDI data over the Internet. Version 3 has been redesigned and is fully integrated into Cubase.