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Steinberg releases free Cubase 5 update

New mixing features and instrument updates are among the features of the free 5.5 update for Cubase 5 and Cubase Studio 5, which is now available for download from the Steinberg website.

New mixing features and instrument updates are among the features of the free 5.5 update for Cubase 5 and Cubase Studio 5. A new video engine, workflow improvements and optimised performance for multi-core processors are also incorporated in the 5.5 update, which is available to download from the Steinberg website (link below).

The 5.5 update ensures an improved low-latency performance on systems with four or more CPU cores, while the included version increments of two Cubase 5 features, LoopMash and the REVerence convolution reverb reduce CPU usage considerably. The native x64 version of Cubase and Cubase Studio features an enhanced VST Bridge to improve compatibility with the majority of bridged 32-bit VST2.4 plug-ins within a native 64-bit production environment.

Enhancements for both mixing and video work include additional automation functionality in the automation panel as well as an expansion of the Quick Control system to Group, FX, Input and Output channels. A new video engine offers full HD support in Cubase 5.5 as well as scalable performance and video playback capability via FireWire for the PC platform.

Version 5.5 also brings enhancements to the range of onboard beat production, the introduction of a local timeline for the AudioWarp definition, and extended Export/Import functionality for Groove Agent ONE, including 19 exclusive new drum kits made up of over 800 finest vintage drum machine samples. In addition, the MediaBay interface has been redesigned to provide improved usability, with an integrated virtual keyboard and memo recorder.

“Since unveiling the fifth incarnation at last year’s NAMM show, Cubase has been widely acclaimed for its innovative toolset. With the free 5.5 update we believe we have further added to the value of Cubase 5 and Cubase Studio 5 in many areas of the application to expedite workflow and boost creativity — as well as show our full appreciation to all our loyal users,” commented Helge Vogt, Steinberg’s product marketing manager for Cubase and the HALion product range.