Hot off the heels of Cubase 7′s release, Steinberg have revealed a little surprise they had up their sleeves: Cubasis for iPad.
The Cubasis brand hasn’t been used by Steinberg for a while, but it used to be one of the Cubase sub-brands for the ‘lighter’ version of the software. Fitting, then, that the moniker is dusted off for the iPad version. We’re some way off from full fat DAWs on tablet operating systems, but Cubasis for iPad looks like it’s pretty much the closest yet. The interface looks like Cubase, and to throw out a bold statement it looks like the best designed iPad DAW yet. Compared to GarageBand the function over form aesthetic looks vastly more intuitive and useful, and compared other iPad DAWs it just looks more polished. These are big words to heap on Cubasis for iPad considering we haven’t even played with it yet, I understand…
As for why we haven’t played with it yet – it is after all available now in the App Store – well, it’s $50/£35. It doesn’t get much more expensive than that for iPad, and whilst I’ll usually just plump for an app for testing if it’s 69p, this is a little different. It’s on the to do list, though, as is Cubase 7 and the compatibility between the two.
Cubasis for iPad: Features
- Unlimited audio and MIDI tracks (depending on the device used)
- Over 70 virtual instrument sounds based on HALion Sonic
- Mixer with over 10 effect processors (insert and send effects)
- Over 300 MIDI and audio loops
- Virtual keyboard and virtual drum pads
- Sample Editor and Key Editor
- Export to Cubase, Dropbox, SoundCloud, AudioCopy & email
- Core Audio and Core MIDI compatible hardware supported
- Sequence other Core MIDI apps (MIDI recording only) and run Cubasis simultaneously via background audio
- Import audio from your iTunes music library or using iTunes filesharing, use AudioPaste or set up a Wi-Fi server in Cubasis
Cubasis for iPad: First Impressions
It’s interesting that Cubasis for iPad features unlimited audio and MIDI tracks – topping out at what your device can handle. Taking the mittens off iPad apps and allowing the user to push the device past its limits isn’t really something you see often, so kudos to Steinberg here. I’m looking forward to hearing the included virtual instruments – from what I can tell these are all essentially sampler patches based on the Halion Sonic collection, rather than there being any synths included. If I’m wrong, I’ll let you know. Pair that with ten effects processors and there’s a good amount of sound capability in the app, but the promise of full background audio recording is what’s most exciting.
How flawlessly the inter app background recording is handled is something we’re keen to see, and with the release of AudioBus how apps connect together to play is all up in the air at the moment. Will Cubase be AudioBus ready? Will its background recording and editing mean it doesn’t need to be? We’ll see.
Head to Steinberg now for links, more media, and be sure to check the video out – there’s a lot to like about it, but I think my favourite part is the lingering, and dare I say wistful, stare at the beginning… careful with the mistletoe at the Christmas party, Steinberg!