Cubase 6

Cubase 6 Announced – Available Now

Cubase 6 was not only premiered at NAMM last week, but it’s already available for purchase. It’s easy to forget that Steinberg invented both ASIO and VST technologies – especially for a Mac user, for whom CoreAudio is the driver of choice and AudioUnits the plugin du jour.

Now, instead of having to split MIDI notes into different tracks to make controller changes to different notes, CC information is connected to each note

VST is not only still going strong, though, but a constantly developing standard; Steinberg are introducing some genuinely innovative features to Cubase 6, and increasing integration with VST 3.5. Top of the list is Note Expression, which ties CC and note information together in the editor. Now, instead of having to split MIDI notes into different tracks to make controller changes to different notes, CC information is connected to each note. You’re free to move notes and have the automation follow them, change the attack on some notes, and so on. It does require an instrument that supports the new format, though…

There are a range of other catch ups to the latest in other DAW features, notably included instruments

Other than that, Cubase’s audio slicing features have been improved, with fluid bpm detection allowing you to score to (for instance) a drum track without ‘warping’ it to a static host tempo and Vari Audio allowing the treatment of audio like MIDI; one thing that looks interesting is enhanced drum detection allowing the separation of drum tracks. There are a range of other catch ups to the latest in other DAW features, notably included instruments – perhaps the most conspicuous the aping of the amp and stomp box studio Apple introduced to Logic 9. Simple comping ala Record, automation scaling, group editing and more have all been introduced…

At over £500 RRP, Cubase 6 might be the most expensive of the DAWs. Look out for a review investigating all the ins and outs soon to see whether it’s worth it… Until then, you can take a look at some of the new features on the Steinberg site

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