Steinberg has released a major update to Cubase, featuring a ‘massive engine rebuild’ and more.
Here’s what’s new in Cubase Pro 8 & Cubase Artist 8:
First and foremost: Cubase becomes Cubase Pro. According to Steinberg, the name change reflects the 25-year evolution of Steinberg’s music production system.
- Both Cubase Pro 8 and Cubase Artist 8 witness a massive engine rebuild, which lets you run more instruments and more tracks.
- ASIO-Guard 2 improves the audio processing performance for instrument tracks and channels.
- Automation enhancements are key to Cubase Pro 8, giving you VCA faders and virgin territories.
- Steinberg has added render in-place to both versions for bouncing MIDI and audio parts in an easy way.
- Chord pads, Chord Assistant modes and MIDI tempo detection are introduced to the creative feature set of both Pro and Artist.
- The new Rack Zone provides a dedicated area for the MediaBay sound browser and VST Instrument Rack.
- Other improvements: The redesigned Track List and Inspector, the new plug-in manager, global workspaces plus improved windows handling on PCs make the lives of Cubase users easier. Then there’s the rejuvenated Quadrafuzz multiband distortion plug-in, the new Virtual Bass Amp, Multiband Expander, Multiband Envelope Shaper and many other effects.
- Groove Agent SE 4 now includes an acoustic drum kit, the Acoustic Agent, with 20 drum style patterns.
- The MixConsole has also witnessed feature additions and there’s a new version of VST Connect for remote recording over the Web.
The Cubase Pro 8 and Cubase Artist 8 full retail versions are available for pre-order from resellers and through the Steinberg Online Shop from December 3, 2014. Shipping begins on December 8, 2014. Downloadable updates and upgrades are exclusively available through the Steinberg Online Shop from December 3, 2014.
Those who activated Cubase 7.5 and Cubase Artist 7.5 after October 15, 2014 are eligible for a free update to version 8. See the Steinberg site for details.