Steinberg Releases Cubase 6.5, Adds Two New Synths

Steinberg has released Cubase 6.5, an update that adds two new software synthesizers, new effects and other enhancements.

Here’s what’s new in Cubase 6.5:

  • Two new synths: The brand-new Padshop granular synth and the Retrologue virtual analog synth provide more than 700 extraordinary presets.
  • Supersonic sidekicks: Check out the DJ-EQ and MorphFilter effects and VST Amp Rack 1.5 with new stomp boxes and signature presets made by world-class guitarists.
  • New comping and audio quantizing tools give you the results you want in a more intuitive and faster way.
  • Intercommunication 2.0: Export your mixes directly to SoundCloud, save up to 60% disk space while recording with the new FLAC support and connect ReWire client applications to Cubase in a pure 64-bit environment.


  • Updates to Cubase 6.5 and Cubase Artist 6.5 are available for 49.99 EUR.
  • Customers who have activated Cubase / Cubase Artist 6 after January 1, 2012 are eligible for a free update.
  • The Cubase 6.5 and Cubase Artist 6.5 full retail versions are available for 599 EUR (Cubase 6.5) / 299 EUR (Cubase Artist 6.5). All prices incl. German VAT.

Details and demo videos below.

The virtual analog Retrologue and the granular Padshop synthesizers are two new VST instruments introduced in this update.

Retrologue features two oscillators, each with a maximum of eight widely detunable voices, one sub and one noise oscillator, alongside 300 presets and sounds.

Padshop features two individual layers in granular textures that are mixed and processed with a dozen high-quality filters, modulation and delay effects. Each layer consists of two LFOs, two ADSR envelopes and one oscillator together with new control parameters for generating up to eight grain-streams, plus 400 quality onboard presets for immediate inspiration.

New effects in Cubase 6.5 and Cubase Artist 6.5 are:

  • DJ-EQ, a three-band EQ with frequency kill switches, and
  • MorphFilter, a filter effect for blending between two of the many low, high and band-pass filters.
  • New in VST Amp Rack are the new Maximizer and Limiter stompbox effects, plus 50 classic and signature presets from bands the likes of Accept, Emperor and Meshuggah.

Other features new to Cubase and Cubase Artist include:

  • SoundCloud connectivity;
  • Lossless FLAC audio compression codec – saves up to 60% disk space when recording audio in real time; and
  • ReWire 64-bit support;
  • User interface localization in simplified Chinese.

If you’ve upgraded to Steinberg Cubase 6.5, let us know what you think of the update!

14 thoughts on “Steinberg Releases Cubase 6.5, Adds Two New Synths

    1. We Apple users, being on OS 10.X for over 10 years now, are used to pay for point-release upgrade. Its how we like it.

  1. I started out with Cubasis as my first DAW, but over time, the constant flow of patches and upgrades drove me away. Who wants to install those when it wreaks havoc with the rest of your setup, often for yet another darned fee? My last straw event was updating Cubase and THEN having to reinstall the reverbs by hand, every time. It finally made the work environment feel hostile. Logic remains very stable and accomodating. More power and MONEY to companies like Apple and MOTU who do not make you jump through hoops.

        1. i used a pc for music for almost 10 years before i switched to mac. i’m never looking back. In my opinion and experience it’s been far too stable to create music on a mac than it was on a pc. i am indeed in love with my captures.

      1. I think it is the Windows users who have been jumping through hoops and experiencing sub-par user experience but have been stuck like that for so long they don’t know any different…

        The truth is most Windows users are pirates and don’t think they can get as much “warez” for the Mac. Well, I say: get a job.

        1. “I think”

          Just because you believe something “you think” doesn’t make it a reality. Your beliefs are based on opinions, not facts. Newsflash : mac users pirate just as much as windows users.
          Get a life dude.

          1. Really? Mac users pirate? I don’t. Never have, never will. Why? Could be because I am a computer programmer.

            You don’t get anywhere in life by being dishonest and stealing off of people that work hard to create a fantastic software application.

      2. My my, looks like I hit some sort of nerve in simply describing a frustrating situation that finally drove me away from a company. Most of us have probably had that happen; some companies just don’t exhibit a great sense of customer service. It doesn’t mean their products are no good; it just means that they need to pay more attention to the end user.
        I’ve rarely gotten into things like Mac/PC debates, for the same reason that I never feel called to ask someone why they play the guitar over the bassoon. Whatever strikes you best is what you were “meant” to use. It will never hurt you if you grow enough to drink in all views and shrug off what seems unproductive. Frankly, in something as abstract as music, I WANT to hear people’s opinions, even when they are cranky ones. Sometimes, they’re valid and can help you ask questions that will lead you to a better footing. Applying a variety of components to an end goal IS called, um, synthesis, right?

  2. I went ahead and dropped $50 on it. I must say, the granular synth is a lot of fun, so I’m a little less annoyed by the cost.

  3. Always been a pc man(but having just shot my first film, I will be buying a Mac for image reasons-keeping pc for music) and always been a Cubase man. The new comping in 6.5 is GREAT as is the Amp Rack revamp. Plug ins are never going to match 3rd party synths as Steinberg have a “catch up” mentality with that sort of thing(Retrologue sounds like Reaktor to me and Padshop has many equivalents on the market). However, £46 is a small price for this much new code.

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