Steinberg released Cubase 6 and Cubase Artist 6 at the 2011 NAMM Show.
The latest incarnation of the Cubase music production system offers an new tools, instruments and effects, and a new approach to composing with MIDI and VST.
“The sixth version marks a significant release for Cubase,” says Steinberg’s Helge Vogt. “It looks better, feels better and works easier than ever before.”
Here are the details.
Cubase 6 and Cubase Artist 6 offer enhanced workflow features within the Project window.
The newly introduced Track Edit Groups option refines the work with multitrack recordings, allowing related events on multiple tracks to be grouped and edited simultaneously, while the new Lane Track offers convenient multitake comping for selecting and consolidating audio parts to form the perfect take.
The redesigned transient and automatic tempo detection, phase-accurate audio quantization and drum replacement functions incorporated in Cubase 6 help to smooth out any glitches in live-recorded drum tracks.
The Key Editor has further been enhanced with an Inspector panel and the Note Expression feature for creating and editing multiple controller values on a single-note level. Also included is the new Dynamics Lane, which allows real-time listening of dynamic changes while automatically in sync with dynamic notations from the Score Editor.
“With the concurrent release of VST 3.5, we’re taking VST to the next level, introducing a revolutionary new approach to controlling musical articulations note by note. It’s called Note Expression and is part of VST Expression 2 which radically simplifies work with large orchestral libraries for symphonic or film scoring,”explains Steinberg’s Carlos Mendoza Rohde.
“There’s also our virtual guitar amplifier and effects suite, VST Amp Rack, ready to infuse guitar tracks with the right tone in both Cubase and Cubase Artist,” adds Rohde.
Both Cubase 6 and Cubase Artist 6 feature the VST Amp Rack plug-in, which comes with seven amp models, sixteen stomp boxes, six speaker cabinets and two microphone types.
Another benefit is added by the HALion Sonic SE virtual instrument, which comes with more than 900 sounds in Cubase and 550 sounds in Cubase Artist, and the second edition of LoopMash, now boasting 24 MIDI-controllable live and slice-based effects.
The redesigned graphical user interface is customizable in its intensity, brightness and tone color settings.
Both new Cubase versions offer 64-bit support for Windows and Mac operating systems, enabling a performance boost for using more tracks and bigger sample libraries.
A few of the other enhancements that round out Cubase 6 and Cubase Artist 6 are global project compatibility between Cubase 6 derivates, the new time-stretching algorithms and more than two hours of in-depth video tutorials in high-definition quality.
Cubase 6 and Cubase Artist 6 are now shipping for US $599.99 and $329.99, respectively.
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