So it’s been a few months since Steinberg released Cubase 9. A maintenance update has since been released which includes many bug fixes and improvements. The 143MB update (510MB for Mac users) is available for free to all existing Cubase 9 users.
Here’s a list of what’s included in the update:
Fixed an issue where dragging Chord Event across a Divided Track List resulted in a misaligned event.
Fixed an issue where “Follow Chord Track” was not working correctly.
Fixed an issue regarding wrong note colors when using “Chord Track” for event colors.
Fixed an issue where the Quantize Panel did not correctly display the Crossfade section for multi-track usage (via Folder Group Editing).
Fixed an issue where certain setups of the Input Transformer could crash the application.
Fixed an issue where pinned Inspector sections were all closed after loading a project.
Fixed a potential crash issue.
Fixed an issue where Filter Target “Note is equal to” was stuck on “C”.
Fixed an issue where using the Search field on the MediaBay could crash the application.
Fixed an issue where Show/Hide Controller Lanes did not work when Lanes were removed manually beforehand.
Fixed an issue where resizing the Controller Lane area within the Inplace Editor could crash the application.
Fixed an issue where note names where displayed with inconsistent enharmonics (e.g. Bb instead of A#).
Fixed an issue where MicroTuner settings were not applied after reloading a project.
Improved the compatibility of the number attribute for slurs (for import into Dorico).
Improved the compatibility in regard to the encoding of tuplets (for import into Dorico).
Fixed a performance issue when “Auto Select under Cursor” options was activated.
Fixed an issue where VST 3 plug-ins with special characters could not be used.
Fixed an issue where StudioEQ presets were missing in Cubase Elements.
Fixed an issue where panning could be wrong with REVerence.
Fixed an issue where side split LP/HP bands did not properly change type in Frequency.
Fixed an issue where the Maximizer output level was not consistent with the readings from the MixConsole metering.
Fixed an issue where “Open in separate Window” in MIDI Editors was not possible after working in the Controller Lane area.
Fixed an issue where the Overview Line was missing in Cubase LE, AI and Elements.
Fixed an issue where new recorded MIDI Parts were not displayed in open Editor tab in the Lower Zone.
Fixed an issue where remote control devices (e.g. NI Komplete Kontrol) could not follow the parameter mapping correctly while navigating through the track list.
Fixed an issue where Sample Start/End markers were not correctly set after dragging a resized audio event into the Sampler Control tab.
Fixed an issue where re-opening the Sampler Control tab showed no content.
Fixed an issue where the root key color indication on the keyboard display was incorrect.
Fixed an issue where “Remove unused Media” in the Pool was not working correctly for audio files referenced by the Sampler Track.
Fixed and issue where no content was displayed in a Sampler Control tab after re-opening the Lower Zone.
Fixed an issue where creating a sampler track from an MP3 file in the MediaBay crashed the application.
Fixed an issue where closing the Audio Hardware Setup window (e.g. for UR hardware) could lead to an application which could be no longer operated.
Fixed an issue where the F1 key did not open the Cubase Help referring to steinberg.help.
Fixed an issue where the cursor position was not synchronized while scrubbing with the mouse.
Fixed an synchronization issue using a jog wheel followed by Fast Rewind / Fast Forward commands.
Fixed an issue where TrackVersions on Signature Tracks could crash the application.
Fixed an issue that stops the recording when changing the Metronome volume.
Fixed an issue where no values for all sorts of Transport control related items could be entered by key command if both Transport Panel and Transport Zone were closed.
The Cubase 9 Pro update is available here. Updates are available across the entire Cubase 9 range so download sizes may vary slightly from what’s mentioned above.
So the rumours were true…. Steinberg bring us the latest edition of their flagship production suite – Cubase 9. Following the same trend as previous revisions it comes in 3 forms – Pro, Artist and Elements.
Steinberg conducted a survey earlier on in the year to see what new features we’d like to see in the next version. It seems the people spoke and Steinberg listened as many of the features we asked for have been implemented. Here’s a quick glance at some of those key features:
The Lower Zone
Intended to enhance workflow, the Lower Zone incorporates the mix window into the main project window and it can be dynamically resized. The MIDI and audio editors are also accessible from here. This will prove to be extremely beneficial for anyone working on a single screen!
Mix Console History
This will surely be massively useful! Gives you undo/redo functions and allows you to recall different stages of a mix.
Multiple Marker Tracks
The ability to structure your projects neatly and efficiently with up to 10 marker tracks.
You now have the option of being able to side-chain into VST3 Instruments that support it.
A basic sampler was on this list of requests. Well now we’ve got one! It allows you to drag audio straight out of a project and play it back chromatically on your MIDI keyboard. It also lets you transfer samples into other Steinberg instruments.
8-Band Frequency EQ
Offers M/S and Linear Phase support, Auto Listen, Spectrum Display and a musical keyboard to assist in finding the right tone. It also allows you to completely customize the look of the EQ spectrum.
Other features include better plugin management, updated plugin interfaces, revamped Production Grooves as well as improved services for cloud collaboration.
Here’s a breakdown of the key features of each version:
Cubase Pro 9
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
Cubase Artist 9
Award-winning 32-bit floating-point Steinberg audio engine with up to 192 kHz, flexible routing and full automatic delay compensation
Simultaneous playback of 64 audio tracks, 128 MIDI tracks and up to 32 physical inputs and outputs
MixConsole for pro mixing desk experience and integrated high-end channel strip with dynamics and EQ
Comprehensive set of 8 outstanding instruments with over 3,000 sounds, including HALion Sonic SE 2, Groove Agent SE 4, Padshop, Retrologue 2 and LoopMash 2
Suite of over 70 high-end audio and MIDI VST effect processors, including Pitch Correct for vocal editing, VST Amp Rack and VST Bass Amp guitar and bass tone suites, Quadrafuzz v2 and many more!
Intelligent compositional tools like Chord Track and Chord Pads for creative and playful composing of harmonic progressions and advanced voicings
Thousands of MIDI construction kits, audio loops and samples as building blocks to create sketches, play-alongs or even full songs with just a few clicks
Lightning-fast multi-take comping with the dedicated lane tracks and the click-and-drag comp tool for conjuring the perfect recording
Track Versions for playlists-like editing and render-in-place for easily bouncing MIDI and audio parts
Streamlined music notation and score editing feature set
Cubase Elements 9
Award-winning 32-bit floating-point Steinberg audio engine, flexible routing and full automatic delay compensation
Simultaneous playback of 48 audio tracks, 64 MIDI tracks and up to 24 physical inputs and outputs
MixConsole for pro mixing desk experience and integrated high-end channel strip with dynamics and EQ
Three outstanding virtual instruments comprising the HALion Sonic SE workstation, Groove Agent SE drum machine and Prologue synthesizer
Over 40 audio effect processors, including high-end VST Dynamics, Pitch Correct for vocal intonation correction and the VST Amp Rack guitar tone suite
Powerful sample editor covering all common editing tasks and providing creative freedom while editing audio
Chord Track and Chord Pads for playfully and creatively composing with chords
Comprehensive content library with thousands of instrument sounds, MIDI construction loops and audio samples
Basic score editing features for music notation and composition
Full upward compatibility with Cubase Pro and Cubase Artist for
There’s certainly some interesting features in there and I expect many users will justify the upgrade based on what we’ve seen. For a more in-depth look at what Cubase 9 offers, head on over to the Cubase YouTube channel. There’s plenty of videos on there demonstrating all these new features.
It seems like Waves aren’t the only ones feeling generous this Black Friday, Soundtoys are giving away their oldschool Wurlitzer / Fender Vibrolux inspired tremolo plugin – Tremolator worth $129!
“Need tremolo? We’ve got you covered. Tremolator emulates the tremolo effect of classic hardware like the old Fender Vibrolux guitar amp, and even the great tremolo sound of the Wurlitzer electric piano.
We added dynamic control of speed and depth that lets the tremolo respond to the music, and then tossed in MIDI sync to lock to your tremolo to tempo. Of course we also included our programmable Rhythm Editor that let’s you write custom patterns and turn Tremolator into a outrageous rhythmic auto-gate. Vintage guitar effect and modern remix tool at your service.”
– Unmatched auto-gate rhythmic control for a powerful remix tool.
– Lock to MIDI for tempo and beat-synced tremolo.
– Dynamic controls allow real-time musical and emotional expression.
Make sure to pick it up before the giveaway ends HERE
Everybody loves a freebie and Waves have been nice enough to offer their analogue tape delay plugin – Supertap, for free this Black Friday!
“Inspired by the legacy of the classic analog tape delays, SuperTap’s extensive modulation, panning, and filter options give it unprecedented processing power. Sync to your host tempo or tap it in; SuperTap gets you into the right groove.”
The plugin has the following features:
– Versatile delay and echo effects
– 2-Tap and 6-Tap components
– Tap-pad for tempo tapping or pattern switching
– Global LFO modulation and 2 feedback modes
– Spatial positioning vector display
Steinberg has announced the latest edition of its flagship production suite this morning in the form of Cubase 8 and is promising work flow improvements and tweaks galore. Offering new audio tools, greater productivity and more musical creativity, Cubase Pro 8 continues to technical innovation and artistic inspiration in one powerful, accessible production environment.
So to take a quick look at the headline features, these are set to include VCA style fader grouping allowing the ability to route any combination of channels to more flexible groups, where you now have the ability to merge the automation curves from the channels and master groups to allow adjustable blending control when setting up your audio buss.
The improved channel strips are taking the improvements from C7 and giving you more feedback and control when working with the parameters and with the interface being far more configurable with dockable instruments racks, media bays a far more tweakable design, you can refine C8 to work just how you want it.
The classic freeze functionality gets a supercharge with the newly adopted “render in-place” function, allowing you to quickly bounce midi and audio parts quickly with all the FX rendered in place
On the creative side the new chord pads, circle of 5ths & proximity chord modes are all designed to help you quickly jam and spin off your ideas in new and exciting ways and are certainly a welcome addition. The has also been a revamp of the tracklist and inspector layouts with added configuration capabilities allowing you to organize and lay it all out so you can see the information that is important to you in order to maximise your workflow.
Rounding it all off we have also new Vst’s in the shape of new bass amp sims and the return of the legend that is Quadrafuzz 2 along with new Multiband Expander & Envelope Shaper tools. Additionally they have also updated DeEsser, Multiband Compressor and Tuner tools all being housed inside the all new and improved plug in manager.
Some nice and well needed features in there as well as plenty of refinements that users have been crying out for make this an interesting upgrade prospect and a great entry point for current and new users alike.
Finally, Ableton come out with a 64 bit version, (Well, Almost… its still a beta) why not go and try it out for yourselves.
What They Say……….
We are pleased to announce the beta version of Live 8.4, featuring native 64-bit support. With 64-bit support, Sets in Live 8 can now accommodate much larger memory usage, and third-party plugins that support 64-bit. Registered Live 8, Suite 8, Live Intro or Live Lite 8 users can download the beta now.
The 64-bit version of Live works with PCs running Windows Vista/7/8 (64-bit) and with Intel-Macs running OS X 10.5 and up. The 64-bit version of Live 8 does not support Max for Live, video, or The Bridge. We are currently working with our partners to add support for these features.
Everyone loves something for nothing and it has to be said the are some astounding free or donationware plug in’s and even sequencers out there.
This morning I stumbled across Synthgeeks “A free Windows based software studio” guide over on KVR and thought we should bring it to the attention of our readers, as the’s whole host of cool plugin’s there that even us guys here haven’t seen during our extensive time trawling the web. Having spent a bit of time working through the huge list that’s in the article we have to agree that the are certainly tools there suitable for both the newest user and even the seasoned pro and given the price of pretty much nothing (donations always encouraged) the really isn’t an excuse not to check them out.
So grab a nice comfy chair and make yourself a coffee then check out all the goodness over at the Synthgeek site.