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Steinberg Cubase 5 adds even more creative possibilities and new technologies to the world's premiere music production software. VariAudio and Pitch Correct provide integrated intonation editing for monophonic vocal recordings. Groove Agent ONE and Beat Designer change the game for beat creation, while the revolutionary LoopMash seamlessly blends loops, creating unimaginable variations. VST Expression tools for composers combine with the first VST3 convolution reverb and improved automation for more dynamic mixes. An array of additional enhancements and 64-bit technologies boost performance”all designed to inspire further musical creativity and productivity.

Some of the highlights of Cubase 5
¢Loop Mash is a revolutionary virtual instrument offering a fresh and innovative way of playing with loops and creating dozens of seamlessly blendable variations to get that original beat going.
¢Drum sampling deluxe: Groove Agent ONE pairs powerful drum sampling with detailed sound shaping”all seamlessly integrated into Cubase. Not only does it handle import of sliced loop and MPC files, it also rocks right out of the box with its own custom library of acoustic, urban, and Hip-Hop drum kits.
¢Beat it: Beat Designer is a hot new-to-the-series beat construction plug-in that allows you to get hands-on with beats for step programming and designing drum patterns in an easy yet powerful way, working hand in hand with Groove Agent ONE.
¢Total vocal editing: VariAudio offers completely integrated pitch and note length editing for individual notes in monophonic vocal recordings”bridging the gap between traditional MIDI and audio editing.
¢On-the-fly pitch correction: The new-to-the-series Pitch Correct VST3 plug-in brings easy and automatic intonation control and scale correction of vocal and monophonic instrument recordings to Cubase.
¢Experience in space: REVerence is a new-to-the series VST 3 convolution reverb processor, capable of emulating speakers, analog gear, and any natural room or hall imaginable”in stereo or surround with over 70 responses included. Steinberg's VST 3 standard has to offer benefits from every single aspect.
¢New automation handling: More transparency and flexibility inautomation, with a new, large control panel for lightning-fast
access, Suspend Read/Write, new commands, and more.
¢Rule-based consolidation: Cubase 5 interfaces CC data with the Cubase automation, bridging the gap between part-based MIDI controller and track-based automation data routed to the
same target. Now it's easy to use both systems side by side and handle layered controller/automation data in a consistent way.

Creative Composing and Sequencing
Cubase 5 provides you all the tools you need to record and edit with peerless precision and speed.

Intuitive music notation and professional MIDI sequencing has never been easier
Cubase 5 includes the most intuitive MIDI sequencer available. Based on 25 years of experience in developing easy-to-use editing and powerful composing features, Cubase once again sets a milestone with version 5. It offers an incredibly functional, complete MIDI composing and sequencing toolset. The strengths of the Cubase MIDI environment lie not only in the sheer depth of its capabilities, because it has been designed from the ground up to be accessible, easy to work with, and effortlessly intuitive.

Key Editor
The Key Editor is a breathtakingly powerful yet transparent function where melodies, chords, arrangements, and performances take shape, and where ideas are sketched out, developed, and taken to their full potential. Entering, cutting, moving, and transposing individual notes or whole chords, editing any of the hundreds of MIDI parameters available or reworking even the most subtle nuances of a MIDI performance are just some of the tasks for which the Key Editor has been developed and refined continuously by Steinberg for over two decades. With the In-place Editing function, you can also process MIDI parts directly in the Project window in context with other tracks.

Score Editor
The Score Editor is a full notation environment completely integrated within Cubase that lets you view your music in the form of scores, with full support for just about all symbol, display, and editing options that this entails. With support for lyrics and remarks as well as drum notes, guitar tablature, and lead sheets, the Cubase Score Editor includes hundreds of professional notation symbols; simply select the tools needed to create fully professional score layouts for others including soloists, orchestras, and choirs.

Thanks to full Music XML Import / Export support, even exchanging scores with other notation packages takes only a matter of seconds. Adding to the stunning MIDI Meaning feature, the new VST Expression's capability has been engineered to offer a new level of speed and intuitiveness when working with large sample libraries by introducing dynamic support for articulations and expressive notation that is automatically interpreted by a VST instrument. Cubase 5 features a great combination of fully featured composition, recording, and mixing environments with comprehensive scoring features” ideal for composers.

Drum Editor
The Drum Editor is a highly intuitive yet powerful window for constructing and reworking beats, rhythms, and grooves as well as creating individual drum maps for every employed instrument, offering a plethora of features to let you come up with the perfect rhythm for your song or production.

List Editor
The List Editor is a powerful MIDI editing tool that offers fast access to every single aspect of a MIDI note and can be a huge timesaver in complex projects.

MIDI plug-ins
To inspire you even further, Cubase includes a huge set of MIDI plug-ins that to enrich your compositions, with their vast array of additional tools to manipulate MIDI information in your project. The MIDI plug-ins include creative tools such as a new drum step sequencer Beat Designer, a powerful Arpeggiator, a MIDI pattern sequencer, and a MIDI chord processor, as well as functional plug-ins such as a MIDI compressor for equalizing velocity variance and a Context Gate for selective MIDI data triggering/filtering. If you're already a Cubase owner, you'll be excited to find that all MIDI plug-ins in Cubase 5 have a redesigned user interface. Additionally, several plug-ins offer minor enhancements over previous versions in Cubase 4, such as Chorder with its Learn function.

VST Expression
With Cubase 5, Steinberg offers even more creative compositional tools. A new VST Expression feature revolutionizes working with instrument articulations. VST Expression allows seamless, transparent and most importantly, integrated editing of articulations with full control over multiple articulations in the Key and Score Editors. Articulations noted in the Score Editor can be played back immediately by sample-based orchestra libraries”in real time.

Virtual Keyboard
New to Cubase is a virtual MIDI keyboard that allows you to play and record notes by using the computer mouse or the keyboard”ideal for composing when on the go.

MIDI Monitor
The new MIDI Monitor plug-in can analyze incoming and played-back MIDI events from the host in real time for full transparency of the MIDI information being recorded. Event type filters ease displaying and finding MIDI data, which can be exported to a file.

Peerless Recording and Editing
A new generation of capabilities for recording and editing are included in Cubase 5. With its emphasis not only on technology and precision but also on user-friendliness, and ergonomics, Cubase 5 provides you with all the tools you need to record and edit with peerless precision and speed. At the same time, Cubase 5 is even easier to use than ever before.

Next-generation audio engine
The award-winning Cubase audio engine delivers a crystal-clear 32-bit floating-point resolution and 96kHz sample rate, with pristine sound quality that is the hallmark of the Cubase 5 music production experience. The next-generation audio engine includes true surround capability throughout, with each track and channel offering up to six discreet channels, ready for 5.1 surround. Steinberg's VST3 standard is also supported by Cubase 5, with many additional features including dynamic I/O assignment for plug-ins that automatically adapts to the track or mixer channel the plug-in is inserted on. Cubase 5 also offers many recording features such as Retrospective Record, which means that no take ever gets lost because record mode wasn't engaged in time.

Convenient recording
Cubase 5 also offers convenient recording capabilities with exemplary FX handling: any VST plug-in can be recorded with the signal, or simply used for monitoring while the untouched, pristine signal is recorded in Cubase. The intuitive user interface supports even the largest recording rigs, with easy-to-use folders, customizable track views, and custom color schemes for tracks that differentiate track types at a glance. Handling inputs and outputs in Cubase is effortless: the VST Connections window allows you to not only set up custom I/O setups and customize port names but also switch between different I/O setups on the fly.

A huge range of additional functions engineered to accelerate recording workflows are also included in the latest version of Cubase. When preparing to record large sessions with high track counts, the new Arm/Disarm All Audio Tracks function speeds up handling of large recording setups. To prevent accidentally disabling the record button when recording, the new Lock Record function can be set using a key command. And the new Remaining Record Time display keeps you up to date on how much recording space you've got left on your system, letting you keep a watchful eye over valuable hard drive space and helping you plan your recording session accordingly.

Sample Editor
The Cubase Sample Editor allows you almost limitless creative freedom while editing audio. A full editing toolset offers a huge range of functions that not only cover common editing tasks right down to the sample level. The Cubase 5 loop functions are a boon for anyone using loops in their project, including fully automatic Hitpoint recognition and the extensive yet intuitive Audio Warp tools.

Whether you want to adapt drum loops to the song tempo, transpose and time-stretch instruments or analyze and directly edit notes of monophonic vocal recordings with the new VariAudio technology, apply any of the myriad audio processes or the included next-generation VST3 plug-ins. Editing audio material is a non-destructive operation”all edits are stored in the Task List and can be undone at any time. In addition, an offline process history lets you remove, replace and edit every effect added to an audio file in the course of processing. Cubase 5 is the complete production environment for fast, intuitive and qualitatively outstanding audio tools that allow you to manipulate audio in almost any way imaginable.

Control Room
But that's not all: The Cubase 5 Control Room is a uniquely powerful recording and monitoring environment with custom busses and setups for up to four studio sends for performers, full talkback and metronome integration, custom monitor setups and much more.

Engineered exclusively for Steinberg's audio production systems and unavailable on any other software workstations, the Control Room section is a unique recording and monitoring environment seamlessly integrating performer mixes and monitoring setups into your recording and mixing workflow. Control and switch between several different speaker setups in different configurations on the fly, create and manage up to four unique studio mixes feeding performers their own tailored mix, use the integrated Talkback function, manage audio sources feeding from tape, CD or DVD”all from one easy-to-use panel. And in conjunction with Steinberg's MR816 CSX/X Advanced Integration DSP Studio FireWire interfaces, the Control Room offers latency-free recording completely integrated into the Cubase mixer and Control Room panels, with no need to use an additional mixing application.

Dispensing with the need for hardware mixing consoles, the Cubase 5 Control Room represents the final paradigm shift for software in integrating real-world studio setups and firmly puts Cubase 5 at the heart of any recording environment.

Pure Mixing

Cubase 5 provides a complete mixing environment that not only equips you to produce stunning mixes in stereo or surround, it also allows you to tailor your mixing workflow to suit your own personal artistic and creative vision.

Polish your mix with the most advanced mixing engine available
The 32-bit floating-point mixing engine in Cubase 5 has been engineered to deliver so much more than just a sumptuous smoothness and depth to your mixes. For a smooth yet powerful mixing workflow that supports your creative artistry, you also need high levels of configurability and flexibility to adapt all those powerful tools to your individual workflow.

Freely configurable
Three freely configurable mixer views allow you to show specific combinations of channels, channel types and zoom”guaranteeing full control over your session. The unique Track Presets system lets you store, recall and archive your track settings for just about any audio track or VST instrument for almost instant recall through the MediaBay.

Fully equipped professional mixer
With 256 physical inputs and outputs, 8 inserts per Channel, and 64 FX sends, as well as 256 groups/busses and unlimited routing between audio channels, buses, groups, and FX returns Cubase 5 is fully equipped for even the most complex recording setup. And even in the largest projects, the system-wide automatic latency compensation synchronizes all audio streams in your system automatically.

Full automation
The new automation handling in Cubase 5 provides a dedicated automation panel for quick access to all automation functions. The enhanced transparency and flexibility provides professionals with the capability to set up a complete automation within minutes and control the session clearly.

Free routing
Cubase 5 gives you complete freedom when routing audio in your project. The routing capabilities allow totally unlimited routing between group channels regardless of their order, and supports sending from groups to FX returns as well as from FX returns into group channels. For even more flexibility, audio tracks can not only send signals into groups and FX returns with help of the pre fader sends, but also patch signals post fader from the output tab to group channels and FX returns.

Sidechain input for VST3 plug-ins
Sidechain inputs are available on most VST3 plug-ins included with Cubase 5. Thanks to the "free routing" architecture, virtually any signal in the VST mixer can be used as a Sidechain input signal. Sidechain is a crucial function for audio-controlled effects such as ducking (compression controlled by an audio source). Sidechain control functions are pre-defined for each supported plug-in: Sidechain signals on dynamics plug-ins like compressors control the signal gain, modulation effects have LFO control. The amount of the effect can be precisely controlled.

High-end EQ and pro reverb
By using the renowned Cubase Channel Studio EQ, you're able to create high-quality mixes right out of the box, including multiple filter modes and characteristics. But the Cubase Channel EQ is not the only plug-in that means you'll be reaching for expensive additional plug-ins and hardware less often: the exceptional new REVerence convolution reverb in Cubase 5 sets new quality standards within the audio mixing process.

Export almost any audio file type
And once your mix is ready, you're able to export in almost all standard formats for instance, AIFF, Sound Designer II, Wave, Wave 64, Broadcast Wave, MP3 and MP3 surround and Windows Media Audio Pro.

Surround mixing
Mixing for surround or thinking of moving to surround? The fully surround-capable architecture developed for Cubase puts all these capabilities at your command in the context of a surround mix. All Cubase 5 VST3 plug-ins are fully surround-ready, intelligently adapting their I/O configuration as required for mono, stereo or surround. With its complete multi-channel audio signal path from input to output and the ability to export to the MP3 surround format for convenient delivery and distribution Cubase offers a consistent end-to-end surround workflow.

Outstanding Effects
Cubase 5 comes with an impressive arsenal of high-quality VST effect processors, including EQ, Dynamics, Modulation, Reverb, Filters, Distortion and special effects.

Innovative instruments that put creativity first
Cubase 5 delivers the richest virtual instruments ever”right out of the box: with LoopMash and Groove Agent ONE two new exceptional virtual instruments are added to the already impressive arsenal made up of HALion ONE, Prologue, Spector and Mystic. Each of them comes ready to play with hundreds of fantastic preset sounds.

HALion ONE is a special player version of HALion, the VST sampler, and comes with hundreds of ready-to-use instruments that can be shaped to your taste with the eight intuitive QuickControls. Delivered with sample-content taken from Yamaha's award-winning Motif synthesizer workstation, HALion ONE comes ready to play with more than 600 great-sounding sample-based instruments and 58 drum kits. The sound library also includes a complete General-MIDI Sound-Set. Standard MIDI Files can be imported and played directly using HALion ONE's GM Sound-Set by simply dragging a MIDI file into Cubase.

Groove Agent ONE
Groove Agent ONE pairs powerful drum-sampling with detailed sound shaping - seamlessly integrated into Cubase. Not only does it boast sliced loop and MPC-import but rocks right out of the box with its own custom library of only the finest acoustic, urban, hip hop and dance drum kits! Each of its virtual pads features a complete sound processing section that gives full control of textures, timbres and expressive qualities of each drum sound. Creation of custom kits with drag and drop from the MediaBay allows an extremely fluid and easy workflow. Support for WAV, AIFF and the legendary MPC format means that creating your own kits and using custom MPC kits are only a few clicks away. And because the interface and workflow have been optimized to provide fast access and easy import and kit creation features, Groove Agent ONE is the perfect fusion of functionality and simplicity.

LoopMash is a revolutionary virtual instrument that offers a unique and innovative way of creatively working with loops and beats to create stunning new rhythms and grooves. Seamlessly blendable variations of both the included loops and any loop from your library open up myriad new creative possibilities. Its revolutionary new audio analysis/synthesis engine, developed in collaboration with Yamaha, matches similar elements across loops and beats, generating fresh and inspiring "mash-ups" from any rhythmic audio material”entirely synced to the Cubase Tempo. Integrated editing and the powerful live performance mode with user-definable scenes and automation support make this instrument a powerful new creative tool for any artist serious about their beats! LoopMash is the brand-new, first-of-its-kind interactive loop synthesizer that creative musicians working in many genres have been waiting for and offers almost limitless variations: all with the sole aim of getting the beats creative again.

Prologue is a polyphonic subtractive synthesizer with great-sounding multi-mode variable resonance filters, powerful modulation capabilities and cranking onboard effects. Powered by VirSyn technology, this punchy virtual analog synthesizer is fed by hundreds of great-sounding presets covering a wide range of sounds reaching from traditional analog to indescribable. Prologue's intuitive user interface provides full editing capabilities with access to its three oscillators, powerful multi-mode filter, four envelopes, two LFOs, a powerful modulation matrix, and on-board effects.

This unique instrument is based on two extremely colorful and versatile spectrum filters and can utilize up to six oscillators per voice with two different waveforms each. Separate independent spectrum filters process each of the two waveforms. Creating new, unique sounds by simply drawing new filter curves and then shifting or morphing the two filter's spectrums is as much fun as browsing through the really showcasing presets included. Identical to Prologue, Spector offers four envelope generators, two LFOs, a powerful modulation matrix and on-board effects. With access to all sound parameters, Spector provides full editing capabilities.

Mystic is a very unusual but inspiring instrument with lots of personality, making it the perfect complement to Cubase 5's other integrated instruments. Its synthesis uses a combination of physical modeling and comb filtering to generate unique and colorful sounds and is based on three parallel comb filters with feedback. Sound source is an "impulse sound" based on physical modeling technology. The harmonic spectrum of this sound is based on one of six waveforms and a set of two spectrum filters. The sound can be shaped with a filter (Damping), by adding an offset to the comb filters (Detune), or by adding a noise component (Crackle).

Embracer is a simple but powerful polyphonic synthesizer designed entirely for producing pads and accompaniment sounds. With its easy-to-use envelope and tone controls, it gives fast access to the sounds needed without having to search through thousands of presets. However, the most powerful feature of Embracer is its surround output. With a single switch, the instrument can be turned from stereo to surround and the width control allows spreading its pad sound anywhere from mono to stereo to full 360 surround. The unique "eye" controller gives an exact idea of how the sound will be placed in a mix.

Monologue is a monophonic analog synthesizer based on physical modeling technology. It offers full, rich and colorful sounds without consuming a lot of CPU power. The Monologue synthesizer is the perfect tool for bass, lead and sequenced sounds.

HALion ONE Expression Set 01

The HALion ONE sound library has been expanded with a new set of studio-quality instruments developed by Yamaha's acclaimed sound design team. The Expression Set 01 features 14 new instruments with multiple articulations for natural and expressive performances. With each articulation assigned to a key switch, the new Expression Set is perfectly suited to explore the new VST Expression feature in Cubase 5.
The following instruments are included: Acoustic Bass, Electric Bass, Fretless Bass, Pick Bass, Nylon Guitar, Steel Guitar, Clean Guitar, Distortion Guitars 1&2, Solid Guitar, Tenor Sax, Solo Trumpet, Brass Section and Large String section.

VST Sound Collection Vol. I
The included VST Sound Collection Vol. I offers over 1.6 GB of new content, sounds and loops produced by top producers, including Yamaha, Sonic Reality and Big Fish Audio which can be used royalty free by all Cubase 5 and Cubase Studio 5 customers.

¢45 new instruments for HALion ONE by Sonic Reality: Provided by the
content experts at Sonic Reality, this new HALion ONE sound library adds premium instruments for your inspiration: beautiful guitars, smooth basses and a whole load of great-sounding electronic and acoustic drum kits. The sumptuous quality of these versatile new instruments will add exciting new flavors to any Cubase project or song.

¢Original Yamaha S90ES Grand for HALion ONE: The famous Yamaha S90ES Grand is one of the most sought-after sampled stage piano sounds around. Using the original samples, captured with care and outstanding precision by the Yamaha Content experts, the S90ES Grand for HALion ONE delivers a truly beautiful expressive timbre, suitable for all styles of piano playing.

¢Additional 250 fresh drum loops by Big Fish Audio: Red-hot drum beats and scorching loops ” all of them ready to use and optimized for variety and creative usage with the excellent beat mangling and manipulation tools in Cubase. And because they're all ready for the Cubase MediaBay, finding the right loop for a song takes only a few seconds.

Hardware Solutions for Cubase
MR816 CSX, MR816 X Advanced Integration DSP Studio and the CC121 Advanced Integration Controller combined with Cubase 5 provide an all-round system solution of unparalleled flexibility and power.

A system so much more than the sum of it parts
Designed especially for Cubase by Steinberg and Yamaha, and precision-manufactured by Yamaha to the most exacting standards, the MR816 CSX, MR816 X Advanced Integration DSP Studio and the CC121 Advanced Integration Controller combined with Cubase 5 provide an all-round system solution of unparalleled flexibility and power.

MR816 CSX and MR816 X Advanced Integration DSP Studio
With the MR816 CSX/X FireWire interfaces and Cubase Studio 5 you will experience a new level of integration and demonstrates how the control of hardware can be seamlessly integrated into a DAW thanks to features like:

¢True integrated monitoring
¢Complete Cubase user interface integration throughout
¢Control Room”with no latency
¢DSP Power for Cubase
¢Quick connect and integration

About Cubase
Cubase is a household name in many parts of the world”a byword for musical creativity using a computer. First released in 1989, Cubase is one of the most successful music production systems, having been purchased by countless numbers of musicians, producers, and composers all over the globe. The Cubase philosophy puts the latest computer and audio technologies at the disposal of artists in a way that opens up new possibilities, allowing you to venture into new artistic territory and give your creativity free reign. Cubase supports you through every stage of music production, from the inception of the first fleeting idea, through
its development, and right into the final version, regardless of the task at hand. Because it has been built to support individual creativity, Cubase owners are among the most successful artists in just about every musical genre or activity conceivable, including engineers recording and mixing rock albums, dance DJs, hip-hop producers, songwriters creating pop hits, film composers scoring for Hollywood blockbusters, and everything in between.


Award-winning 32-bit floating-point audio engine
Virtually unlimited number of audio tracks
Unlimited number of MIDI tracks
Unlimited number of instrument tracks
Physical Inputs/Outputs: 256
Group channels: 256
Audio channel Insert slots: 8
FX Send channels: 8
FX Return Channels: 64
VST audio effect insert slots: 8
MIDI effect insert slots: 4
VST Instrument Slots: 64
VST3 plug-in support
ReWire support
Number of mixer views: 3
Control Room provides full control over external sources, alternative monitor sets, talkback, and independent studio mixes inside the VST mixer Extended Channel EQ: VST 3 Studio EQ
Extended Mixer view
Sidechain inputs
Full surround sound with real multichannel audio path up to 5.1
External FX
External instruments
Automation modes: touch fader, x-over, autolatch, trim
Volume envelopes
Automation panel
Hardware controller support
Channel Batch Export function
Unlimited Undo and Redo functions
Offline Process History for built-in audio audio and all plug-ins
Full MediaBay and VSTSound support
Track presets
Studio connections: Recall + Audio Recall
Workspaces (virtual desktops)
Project Browser
Recording modes: Mix, Overwrite, Normal, Merge, Stacked
Recording from busses
Editors: Key, List, Basic Score
Drum Editor
Logical Editor
Project Logical Editor
Inplace Editor (MIDI Editing in Project Window)
Advanced options in tempo editor
Extended Track Inspector (shows VSTi channel for MIDI Tracks)
MIDI devices (device maps and editors)
Professional score layout and printing functions (incl. MusicXML
Import + Export)
Arranger Track for pattern style arranging including new live performance options
Global Transpose track
Tempo and Signature Track in Project Window
VariAudio (note detection/editing and intonation control for
monophonic vocal recordings)
VST Expression support
Audio Warp (Realtime time stretching plus pitch shifting)
Time Warp tool
Pitch Shifting/Time Stretching algorithm: MPEX4 + Realtime
Dithering: Apogee UV22HR
Key command macros
Pool import/export
Track archives
Extended Freeze for VST instruments and audio tracks
Track Quick controls
Full MP3 Fraunhofer encoding
Windows Media WMA Pro Encoding
OMF import/export
Sequel project import
Number of VST MIDI effects plug-ins included: 18
Number of VST audio effects plug-ins included: 58
Number of VST instruments included: 8
Number of instrument sounds included: 1,623
Full printed Operations Manual
Mac OS X Universal Binary
Multi-processing support
Windows Vista 64 native Cubase 64-bit version

Audio Plug-Ins
DeEsser (SPL)
Roomworks SE
SMPTE Generator
Standard Channel EQ
Surround Panner
Test Generator

MIDI plug-ins
Arpache 5
Arpache SX
Auto LFO
Beat Designer
Context Gate
Micro Tuner
MIDI Control
MIDI Modifiers
MIDI Monitor
Note 2 CC
Track Control

Virtual Instruments
Groove Agent ONE

Included: Cubase 5 installation DVD (PC/OSX hybrid)
VST Sound Collection Vol.1 DVD (PC/OSX hybrid)
HALion Symphonic Orchestra 16-bit Edition Trial DVD-1 + 2
Printed "Getting Started" and "Operations Manual"
Steinberg Copy Protection Key with pre-installed 25-hours license
License code for Steinberg Key on printed card, License Disclaimer (printed)
Minimum System Requirements
Minimum required: Mac OSX 10.5.5
PowerPC G5 (Intel Core Duo CPU
1024 MB RAM
Display resolution of 1280 x 800 recommended
CoreAudio compatible audio hardware
DVD-ROM drive with dual-layer support
4GB of free HD space
USB component port for Seinberg Key (copy protection)
Internet Connection required for license activation

Windows XP (SP2) or Windows Vista (The included Cubase 5 64-bit version natively supports Vista 64)
CPU 2 GHz (Dual Core CPU recommended)
1024 MB RAM
Display resolution of 1280x800 recommended
Windows DirectX compatible audio hardware;
(ASIO compatible audio hardware recommended for low latency performance).
DVD-ROM drive with dual-layer support
USB component port for Seinberg Key (copy
Internet Connection required for license activation
Pro Coverage
Lifetime tech support. Warranty terms vary. Check with manufacturer for specific product warranty.

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Cubase 5 performance vs features review

By Hemant Kapoor

from NY

Although this software has got really great out of the box plugins and instruments , to mention a few Loopmash, Reverence, Amp simulator etc, it is still limited in performance area. Other software like Apple logic perform much better over Cubase when compared. Cubase cannot play a .cpr file if you have two reverence plugins loaded. When I contacted steinberg with this issue, they told me VERY CLEARLY that even though my machine is Octo-core mac pro with 10 GB of RAM, Cubase cannot consume all rsources available and is limited in utilizing system resource thus giving low VST performance. Overall I'm satisfied with the product's feature set but highly dissatisfied with the performance.

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)


Great Product

By Emil

from tujunga, ca

I love cubase very much. Its much easier to use than some of the other software I previously use. Since i produce electronic music, cubase has the right effects and tools to help me in my productions.

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)




from West Bloomfield, MI

It you are new to may be a little hard to get use to. Anyway, this Cubase is better than before! I use Cubase 4 for years and was very satisfied with it and now, Cubase 5 is even better. The DAW is so smooth... no clicking or hissing sounds ... records crystal clear sound. I'm using it with my Yamaha XS 8 with a Presonus Firebox interface. Even though my Yamaha has everything (sounds and effects), Cubase 5 comes loaded with all the effects and plug-in you need (Reverb,Limiter,Compressor,EQ's,etc...the list goes on). It has to many VST instruments... some I haven't use and yet to sample! The Media Bay is also loaded with sounds. Than you have the final Mixdown Section for C.D. burning (I use WaveLab)... I tried Sonar years is still cheap! As for Pro Tools, I don't care if they use Pro Tools in the studios...They make you buy their interface and VST instrument to use the software What!!!!????...that's cheap to...I LOVE CUBASE 5!!!...Get Cubase, you'll love it...!

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)



By Tony

from New York, NY

Nothing better! I've been recording professionally for 20+ years and first used Cubase in 1998. Prior to that, it was all 2" tape or ADAT. I actually started on Protools but found Cubase to be more powerful with regards to midi. I still use both, but prefer Cubase and only use Protools if it is required for a project; mostly post production audio. However, when it comes to music creation (my bread and butter), I think I would be lost without Cubase. I write all of my songs in Cubase and would recommend it to anyone.

(8 of 18 customers found this review helpful)


Be Careful

By Susan

from Seattle, WA

Even though it utilizes a USB license dongle - insuring single utilization- Guitar Center will not take this program on return: which means you have to be very careful before purchasing this software. Prior to buying, you should visit the forums at the manufacturers website and look through the tons of problems various users have. The Windows version of Cubase 5 is extremely unstable and finicky compared to the other DAWs on the market. It's the only piece of software I've owned in years, that crashes computers on a regular basis. On the other hand, Fruity Loops, Ableton and Reason 4 never crashed my system. I had a specific reason I bought CB5 but if I could, I'd return it. It's so buggy some users actually dual-boot to a clean partition that has only the OS and Cubase on it. When it works, however, it IS an awesome program.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


The Best recording software!

By Alan

from Ens

I have use Cubase since SX3 Cubase 4 Now Cubase 5, great software i`m impresed of what i can do now, loopmash is so fun to use, the variaudio feature is so fantastic and very useful, and Reverence is like heaven!! i feel like i`m in love with this software!

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By joe

from san

I have 20 years experience with steinberg software. while cubase and wavelab are more or less stable (more less). that is not the beef i'm having with them. their customer support is non existent,or to be more precise is a complete joke !!! I purchased cubase 5 in november of 2010,only to find out that a couple weeks later they released cubase 6. at the time there was no indication about a new release on their website. i even contacted their customer support,nobody mentioned the upcoming release!!?? I would have waited a couple weeks to get the new one. So i went ahead and purchased cubase 5. Now they are telling me,because i'm 4 weeks !!! of their grace period for a free upgrade,i have to pay full price for it !!!! I don't know about you,but this is total BS. I will never consider Steinberg products again in the future(with customer care like this,i don't think they'll have one anyway). Take it from someone that has been there: If you're looking for recording software,steer clear of steinberg. You've been warned

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Our product catalog varies by country due to manufacturer restrictions. If you change the Ship-To country, some or all of the items in your cart may not ship to the new destination.