It has been 30 years since the first ever version of Cubase was launched by Steinberg. This sound technology was the first Digital Audio Workstation to combine MIDI and audio recording with virtual instruments and effects.
Cubase Pro 10 is the latest iteration of renowned software by Steinberg, which is full of various flavors to suit different applications and budgets. One can say that Cubase Pro 10 is more of an evolution of Cubase, in terms of its function for music production. It contains important new features and workflow improvements.
The channel strip of Cubase Pro 10 has been changed, both in terms of appearance and ergonomics. There is an apparent change in the appearance of windows and dialogue boxes. One of it is that you now drag and drop VST effects and instruments onto tracks and grab an image of your third-party software to display when selected. The new Auto Alignment feature can easily allow its users to line up tracks to a reference in a similar fashion to automated ADR software such as VocALign. For the sake of music production, with this feature, it will really speed the creation process.
Cubase Pro 10 can now support MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE) which is good news for those using controllers such as the ROLI seaboard. It can also now support the AAF transfer format alongside OMF, which should make collaboration with colleagues using different DAWs easier. With a nod to the future, Cubase offers tools that will be useful to virtual and augmented reality and ‘immersive audio’ producers.
This VR production suite consists of a series of plug-ins, a third-order Ambisonics bus, an HMD connector for head tracking, a tool for creating binaural audio from non-binaural sources and a VR panning device, which is included in the VST Multipanner plug-in. In all, it’s a comprehensive package, and with this particular area of audio production receiving a lot of attention right now, it’s good to see Steinberg taking this field seriously.
– Audio Alignment tool for syncing stacked recordings
– MixConsole snapshots for immediate store and recall
– Completely redesigned channel strip
– Includes Steinberg Virtual Reality production suite