Steinberg's Cubase 6 is one DAW software that truly does it all, from integrating with your recording and mixing hardware, to music creation and notation, to production and musical innovation in any s... Click To Read More About This Product
Steinberg's Cubase 6 is one DAW software that truly does it all, from integrating with your recording and mixing hardware, to music creation and notation, to production and musical innovation in any style or genre”with workflow and editing capabilities based on the needs and requests of music professionals. In short, Cubase 6 is your go-to software for recording, editing, mixing and producing music in all its creative forms.
Cubase 6 now features advanced multitrack editing tools, a new take-comping system and a revolutionary approach to MIDI form the center of a next-generation production environment, while the refined new interface gives faster access and more intuitive control than ever before. Inspiring VST3 effects and instruments like VST Amp Rack and LoopMash 2 fuel your creative imagination. Cubase 6 redefines music production software to offer a new composition and production experience that takes you to new horizons”and beyond.
What's New In Cubase 6:
Edit faster with less clicks:
Drum editing deluxe:
Developed in conjunction with recording professionals and top flight studio drummers, Cubase 6 raises the bar for multitrack drum editing tasks on all levels. Incorporating an entire new transient and tempo detection, phase stable audio quantization and drum replacement functions, Cubase 6 offers a complete toolset to perfect the rhythm, feel and flavor of live-recorded drum tracks. Whether it is about nondestructively correct timing issues or changing the tempo of a drum performance seamlessly ” a tight groove is just a few clicks away.
A new transient detection ” to slice them all:
Based on a state-of-the-art algorithm, Cubase 6 introduces a straightforward and intelligent transient detection function. Finding all drum hits is a breeze now, thanks to the intuitive preview feature and two specialized filters, called Peak and Beats. With this powerful tool on hand, you can detect single hits, rolls and ghost notes faster and more accurate than ever before. After the transients have been detected they are merged across multiple tracks by taking user definable priority of individual tracks into account. The drum hits are then cut up and grouped together ready for detailed tweaking. In this way, copying that great fill from verse 2 to verse 1 is solved with minimum effort: select one, move them all.
Straightforward drum replacement:
The bass drum needs some extra punch? The snare drum doesn't cut through the mix? With the new Hitpoint-to-MIDI function, it gets very easy to replace, double or enrich live-recorded drum sounds. When the transients have been detected, a single click on the Create MIDI Notes button creates a MIDI track containing a MIDI note for each single drum hit. From here, it's up to you which sampler or synth you want to fuel with the note. A good choice would be the powerful Groove Agent ONE drum sampler, included in Cubase 6.
Conjure the perfect take:
Cubase 6 comes with a new Lane Track concept for lightning fast multitake comping. When recording several takes, Cubase instantly creates a Lane Track for each take. From here, it's just a short way to perfection: Simply swipe across the best parts of a take and Cubase automatically creates a master take that contains all selected parts. For comfortable comping, each Lane Track sports a solo button and full editing functionality”building the perfect take has never been that easy.
Advanced tempo detection:
Cubase 6 features a newly developed tempo detection algorithm, which accurately and semi-automatically determines the tempo of any rhythmic audio material. This makes it easy to determine the tempo of a drum performance that has not been recorded to a metronome. The resulting tempo map can be used for to keep the dynamic feeling of natural tempo variations or to remove unwanted tempo changes quickly. Whatever rhythm is at hand, Cubase 6 will detect the tempo and match the track to a beat grid of your choice.
Multitrack audio quantization:
In Cubase 6, rhythmic audio material can be quantized just like any MIDI material, offering numerous possibilities to fix timing issues and to change the groove of live-recorded drums. To preserve phase relationships between tracks, the individual slices on all tracks are still grouped and moved at once. Cubase automatically creates crossfades between slices to ensure seamless transitions between them and fill gaps that might be introduced during quantization. A few clicks, and all drum tracks are matched to the bass drum, snare or whatever source or sources are desired. With the Slice Rules you can decide which sources will get a higher priority during slicing.
Bring together what belongs together”Track Edit Groups
The new Track Edit Groups tool refines the work with multitrack recordings in Cubase. This new function allows multitrack editing with single-click actions. Whether it is guitar, bass or ambient recording, professional sound engineers mix several signals to get the best results. When recording a guitar for example, it is common to record signals from different amps or microphone types on separate tracks. With Track Edit Groups activated, related tracks are tied together and can be edited at once, making this new feature a huge time-saver.
The revolution unfolds: VST Expression 2:
Maximum expression on every note:
With the simultaneous release of Cubase 6 and VST 3.5, Steinberg is taking MIDI editing to a whole new level. Note Expression is the new smart way to assign, create and edit multiple controller values directly on single note-level”all in a single handy graphical interface.
The perfect choice for demanding orchestral arrangements and creating unique sound effects, Note Expression allows controller values to be drawn directly onto single note events in the Key Editor. Because each individual note event contains its own set of controller data, even polyphonic sounding notes can now be dynamically controlled”fully independent from each other. This way, composers can access controller information such as volume or pitch bend in one place, making it easy to scale, shift or delete several values at once. Best of all, when moving or copying a note event, the associated controller data will follow as well.
Each single note event and controllers are treated as one unit, which makes working with instrument articulations faster and more intuitive than ever before. Breaking the traditional MIDI limitations opens up entirely new creative possibilities: Imagine a chord containing different filter sweeps, volume curves or dynamic expressions for every single note!
Make it dynamic:
The VST Expression set has been extended and now also sports dynamics in the Key Editor. From pianissimo to crescendo and fortissimo ” all dynamics from the Score Editor are available in the new Articulations/Dynamics Lane in the Key Editor. When using VST 3.5-compatible instruments, you get instant acoustic feedback from parts that contain dynamics. What's more, the Dynamics Mapping feature allows very fine adjustments for up to three controllers for dynamics, including velocity, volume and freely assignable MIDI CC.
From ultra-realistic instrument sounds to the most unexpected sonic spheres, VST 3.5 and Note Expression enable a whole new creative approach to composition and sound design. And it doesn't stop here. Use VariAudio together with Note Expression to bring lifeless MIDI recordings to life. With the Extract MIDI feature inside the Sample Editor you can make snapshots of the pitch and volume curves of monophonic audio recordings and paste that information into MIDI notes!
VST Expression map on call:
VST 3.5 compatible instruments such as the included HALion Sonic SE, as well as HALion Sonic and the HALion Symphonic Orchestra VST Sound Instrument Set can automatically transfer the articulation setup of each individual instrument sound to a VST Expression Map ” a great function that will speed up the setup of VST Expression maps dramatically.
Make some noise”plug-ins:
Insane tones for your guitar:
Be it jazz, rock or metal, VST Amp Rack is ready to infuse guitar tracks with drive, punch and clarity. With this tool at hand, there is no need for buying additional guitar recording gear.
VST Amp Rack is the new reference virtual guitar amplifier and effects suite, featuring the best in convolution technology. With the push of a button, VST Amp Rack delivers a comprehensive collection of outstanding guitar tones across an array of genres and styles from vintage to modern.
Designed as a customizable guitar rack waiting to be fueled, VST Amp Rack allows guitarists, bassists, engineers and producers to create complete setups, consisting of amps, classic stomp box effects, speaker cabinets and microphone models.
Based on some of the finest guitar amplifiers ever crafted, VST Amp Rack comes with seven distinct amp models that exactly reproduce the unique character of their originals. Whether it is crystal clean, creamy crunch or singing sustain, VST Amp Rack always delivers the perfect tone for studio-grade guitar tracks.
Sixteen legendary stomp boxes are available, including Wah Wah, Tape Delay and Fuzz. This, in combination with six classic speaker cabinets, two microphones and a tuner make VST Amp Rack the ultimate set of tools for authentic guitar recording.
Taste Sonic Dimensions:
HALion Sonic SE is a streamlined version of HALion Sonic, Steinberg's premier VST workstation. Incorporating the same pristine audio and synth engine as its award-winning brother, HALion SonicSE offers tight integration with Cubase 6 and more than 900 production-ready sounds and instruments. Intuitive handling, instant playability and VST 3.5 support make this new instrument the perfect choice for creative songwriting or just playing along.
HALion Sonic SE replaces HALion ONE, but all HALion ONE sounds have been refurbished and are now included in HALion Sonic SE ” together with brilliant new content.
Equipped with detailed acoustic instruments and brilliant synthesizers, the SE version is an extensive pool of sounds for everyday studio work. HALion Sonic SE supports VST 3.5, being among the first to benefit from the revolutionary VST Expression 2 technology. This includes time-saving tools for composers such as the automatic VST Expression map setup and the Note Expression features. What's more, eight intuitive Quick Controls provide fast access to the most important sound-shaping parameters. And with HALion Sonic SE, Cubase 6 also introduces a MIDI file import mode, making full use of HALion Sonic SE's 16-part multitimbral mode.
HALion Symphonic Orchestra VST Sound Instrument Set:
Cubase 6 contains a 60-day fully functional trial version of the HALion Symphonic Orchestra VST Sound Instrument Set, providing a wealth of acoustic orchestral instruments at their best. The trial version can be upgraded online to a permanent license at a very special price ” exclusive for Cubase 6 customers. Existing HSO users will be excited to find out that they can use HALion Symphonic Orchestra VST Sound Instrument Set with their existing license as a free update right away!
Capturing every nuance and detail of a full palette and dynamic range of strings, brass, woodwind and percussion instruments, this library includes an almost inexhaustible range of articulations and expressive playing technique, directly accessible in HALion Sonic SE and Cubase 6 ” thanks to VST Expression 2.
The highly evolved LoopMash 2 offers even more cool ways to remix loops and create tons of new fresh variations of your music while giving you total control over the process. Over 20 new MIDI-controllable live and slice-based effects such as scratches, stutters and tape stops will get your beats onto the dancefloors.
LoopMash 2 now sports twice the amount of scenes”a total of 24”to inject more variety into your performances. The scenes can be rearranged using drag-and-drop and renamed by double-clicking on them. With full Undo/Redo support you have now the freedom to try every parameter combination that comes to your mind without worrying about the consequences.
And that's not all, you can drag-and-drop slices from one LoopMash 2 track to another, or even into Groove Agent ONE.
Work Smarter, Flow Faster:
Plenty of eye candy and snazziness:
Cubase 6 features a significantly redesigned graphical user interface that not only looks good but also makes the huge Cubase 6 feature set even more accessible. Color and contrast optimization minimize eye strain and viewing fatigue during extended viewing sessions ” this is pivotal when working long hours to meet project deadlines.
The brand-new look for Parts, Events, Arranger and Marker tracks helps you to distinguish between what's important and what may not be so important in the Project window, while the revised Inspector and the overall new color scheme round out the fresh new design.
X64 support for Mac:
The native Cubase 64-bit support under Mac OS X 10.6 64-bit increases the addressable amount of RAM from 2 gigabytes to an astonishing 1 terabyte. In plain words, the bigger your memory, the more tracks, plug-ins and samples you can use in Cubase. This also means you can easily use all the compatible libraries available on the market today. That's what 64-bit support is all about.
Get a grip on:
Cubase 6 is all about enhanced accessibility, with all the benefits to ease-of-use and workflow that this entails. Building on enhancements engineered for the Sample Editor in Cubase 6, the Key Editor has now been extended to provide smooth and intuitive access to all pivotal parameters.
Cubase 6 provides a new command console for all the most important MIDI tools and functions in the form of the new Inspector. Expression Maps, Note Expression, Quantize, Transpose and Length are now close at hand, available from one central spot”it's all a breeze in Cubase 6.
Parameters can now be directly assigned to a Quick Control by simply right-clicking a VST 3 plug-in or instrument control. Alternatively, you can also use the Quick Control's "Learn mode" button to assign a plug-in or instrument's control to an empty Quick Control slot.
New scaling tools for controller and automation data offer a highly intuitive user experience when working with MIDI data, including simultaneous editing of several events and an dramatically streamlined look-and-feel. You are in full control: scale, rotate and move marked events up or down; all events are scaled smoothly in relation to each other.
Video tutorials included:
Cubase 6 features more than two hours of detailed video tutorials produced by the experts of Streamworks Audio. Ranging from step-by- step instructions for beginners to advanced workflow and editing techniques, there's something in store for everyone ” recorded in finest HD quality and included for free.
There's more to stay for:
Cubase 6 comes with many new and exciting features that make the latest incarnation of Cubase possibly the most comprehensive DAW to date. But it's also all the small details that have been refined or newly introduced that make the overall Cubase experience not only more powerful but truly inspiring.
Global project compatibility between Cubase 6 derivates:
Ensure seamless project compatibility between all Cubase 6 derivates and exchange projects with other studios or friends that run a smaller Cubase 6 version (such as Cubase Artist 6). The sixth version of Cubase allows for overall project consistency so users of different Cubase 6 versions can read and work on the same project ” absolutely hassle-free.
New plug-in generation:
Cubase 6 includes redesigned and extended VST 3 versions of some of Steinberg's most popular, first-class VST 2 plug-ins: the powerful De-esser, the greatly enhanced Surround Panner, Mixer Delay, SMPTE Generator, Mix 6 to 2 and the really useful Test Generator.
More Grid options:
With Cubase 6 you can now adjust the grid of the Project window and MIDI editors to your quantize settings. Simply select Use Quantize as the grid type and pick the quantize preset of your choice to get a triplets grid in the Project window, for example.
The stunning zplane algorithms in Cubase 6 have been customized for tonal, complex, single and percussive audio material. These algorithms are optimized for extreme time stretching so you will be amazed how good they sound. This is one jaw-dropping tool you won't want to miss after the first try.
Take your MediaBay with you:
With Cubase 6, you can now store the loops and samples in your MediaBay on external USB hard drives. Take your content along with you and call it up within another MediaBay with no further indexing required.
The latest MediaBay version also sports a new Mini Browser, which displays all the information you need at a glance.
Notepad track data export:
This useful feature lets you export all information stored in each track's Notepad as one consolidated text file so you don't have to open numerous files to find the data you're looking for.
Innovative Instruments That Put Creativity First
Cubase 6 delivers a rich palette of finest virtual instruments and each of them comes ready to play with hundreds of fantastic preset sounds ” amounting to over 1,900 sounds right out of the box.
HALion Sonic SE:
HALion Sonic SE is a streamlined version of HALion Sonic, Steinberg's premier VST workstation. Incorporating the same pristine audio and synth engine as its award-winning brother, HALion Sonic SE offers tight integration with Cubase 6 and more than 900 production-ready sounds and instruments that will truly inspire your creative work.
HALion Sonic SE replaces HALion ONE, but all HALion ONE sounds have been refurbished and are now included in HALion Sonic SE”together with new content taken from HALion Sonic. HALion Sonic SE supports VST 3.5, being among the first to benefit from the revolutionary VST Expression 2 technology. This includes time-saving tools for composers such as the automatic VST Expression map setup and the Note Expression feature.
With HALion Sonic SE, Cubase 6 also introduces a MIDI file import mode, making full use of HALion Sonic SE's 16-part multitimbral mode. Equipped with detailed acoustic instruments and brilliant synthesizers, the SE version is an extensive pool of sounds for everyday studio work. Intuitive handling, instant playability and VST 3.5 support make this new instrument the perfect choice for productive songwriting or just playing along.
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 (66 total)! 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 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 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 and its over 20 MIDI-controllable live and slice-based effects such as scratches, stutters and tape stops, make this instrument a powerful creative tool for any artist serious about their beats!
LoopMash is the 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 multimode 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 multimode 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 included showcasing presets. 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 6'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. The 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.
Add outstanding effects to your music
Cubase 6 comes with an impressive arsenal of high-quality VST effect processors, including EQ, Dynamics, Modulation, Reverb, Filters, Distortion and special effects. Together with the also included "Legacy Set" of original Cubase SX 3 effects, Cubase 6 offers a total of 60 real-time audio effects right out of the box, making it Steinberg's most complete plug-in set ever. More than 1.280 great-sounding presets, which really allow experiencing the excellent quality of these effects from the first moment on are waiting to be explored.
Standard Channel EQ
Full four-band parametric control with variable response curves and shelving modes.
This powerful and versatile equalizer offers full four-band parametric control with variable response curves and shelving modes, as well as analog-style peak filters.
Graphic equalizer with 10 bands; features drawing of EQ curves, an invert parameter, and seven different response types. Also features a global range control for overall amount of equalization.
Graphic equalizer with 30 bands; features drawing of EQ curves, an invert parameter, and seven different response types. Also features a global range control for overall amount of equalization.
A classic dual low and high pass filter with resonance: filters out certain frequencies while allowing others to pass through.
A pattern-controlled multimode filter that can create rhythmic, pulsating filter effects. Supports up to 16 steps for individual settings of cutoff-frequency and filter.
Tonic - Analog Modeling Filter
A versatile and powerful analog modeling filter designed to be a creative tool to add color and punch to any track. Its variable characteristics plus the powerful modulation functions make it an excellent choice for all current music styles.
Typical wah-wah pedal modeling effect”lets you emulate your favorite wah-wah pedals. Features parameters for frequency range, filter width, and gain range.
Classic compressor with auto release, auto make-up gain, hard/soft knee, RMS/Peak, and "Live" mode, which disables look-ahead for low-latency use.
Modeled after one of the most famous vintage compressors”easy to use but very effective.
The new MultibandCompressor features four independent bands with three crossover frequencies. Each band has its own independent compressor (with Threshold, Ratio, Attack, Release und Makeup Gain); it features independent Solo and Bypass per band, and auto mode for automatic attack/release control. Each compressor band has an independent automatic make-up gain.
This is the VST3 version of the classic VST Dynamics multi-effect plug-in, combining Compressor, Gate, Limiter and Soft Clipper with flexible routing capabilities.
This special type of compressor reduces excessive sibilance, primarily for vocal recordings. Close proximity microphone placement and equalizing can lead to situations where the overall sound is just right, but there is a problem with sibilants”that's where DeEsser shines.
Straight-forward low-distortion limiter with auto-release; puts a "hard ceiling" on any signal, and is also suitable for the master stage.
Hard limiter/loudness enhancer for master channel; features soft clipping and automatic attack/release.
Flexible gate with independent attack and release controls, auto-release, a side-chain input filter for ducking effects, as well as a "live" mode for low-latency use.
Classic expander; also features auto-release and "live" mode for low-latency use.
Manipulates the transients of ideally percussive input signals; offers variable attack gain and length, as well as release gain controls.
A gate effect that is not triggered by threshold levels, but instead by MIDI notes; silences audio signals depending on incoming MIDI notes and their velocity.
A combined tremolo and autopan effect which can use different waveforms to modulate the level (tremolo) or left-right stereo position (pan), either using tempo sync or manual modulation speed settings.
VST Amp Rack
Steinberg's all new reference virtual guitar tone suite, featuring seven legendary amp models, sixteen vintage stomp boxes, six classic speaker cabinets and two studio-grade microphone types. Be it jazz, rock or metal, this comprehensive collection is ready to infuse guitar recordings with drive, punch and clarity.
Guitar amp simulation with speaker simulation. Features various amp and cabinet models to choose from. Additional controls resemble a classic guitar combo. Also suitable for bass. May be used in combination with the ToneBooster if the guitar lacks output gain.
Simple volume booster with a variable filter stage for tone control. Simulates classic stomp boxes like Range Booster. Very useful in combination with AmpSimulator to adjust output volume from low-level output instruments.
Simulates the characteristic warm, lush sound of a tube amplifier.
Soft clipping with independent 2nd and 3rd harmonics controls.
Simulates the characteristic warm, lush sound of a tube amplifier.
Adds noise and static to recordings”kind of like listening to a radio with bad reception, or a worn and scratched vinyl record with a mangling distortion effect.
The perfect tool for getting into lo-fi sound. Offers the possibility of decimating and truncating the input audio signal by bit reduction, to get a noisy, distorted sound.
Reverb and Convolution
A highly adjustable reverb plug-in for creating realistic room ambience and reverb effects in stereo and surround formats. The CPU usage is adjustable to fit the needs of any system. From short-room reflections to cavern-sized reverb, this plug-in delivers high quality reverberation.
A new "light" version of Steinberg's appraised Roomworks reverb. Great sound”low on CPU load.
The world's first VST3 high end multi-channel convolution reverb processor, being capable of emulating speakers, analog gear and any natural room or hall imaginable”in stereo or surround with over 70 responses included.
A single stage chorus effect with filters.
Powerful dual-stage chorus with two identical stages running in serial; each stage also features a filter stage and a spatial parameter which creates modulation offsets between channels, also in surround configurations.
Powerful flanger with editable Lo/Hi Range, a filter stage, manual mode and a spatial parameter for multi-channel modulation offsets.
Classic phaser with variable filter stage, manual mode, tempo sync and a spatial parameter for multi-channel modulation offsets.
Classic tremolo effect with optional tempo sync and a spatial parameter to add multichannel modulation offsets.
Classic vibrato effect with optional tempo sync and a spatial parameter to add multi-channel modulation offsets.
Automatic panning effect with adjustable width, rate, two wave shapes; features tempo sync.
The Cloner simulates the effect of double-tracking by creating up to four "cloned" signals from the o
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Comments about Steinberg Cubase 6:
I've been playing with it a bit over the last 12 hours since installing,and in every way I've looked at, it's an improvement. Visually, it's certainly a step up from both 4 and 5, and functionally, it blows them both away. The tempo detection and quantization flawlessly fixed an intentionally flawed drum track and the VST amp rack sounds spectacular, and I look forward to using it it more.
Comments about Steinberg Cubase 6:
Cubase 6 is amazing. I was using Ableton Live before but I feel as if Cubase has a better workflow and has more options that I would use. The Piano roll seems better than me in Cubase. I would highly recommend this to any of my friends. And no it doesn't take a genius to learn how to use it. Its very intuitive!
Comments about Steinberg Cubase 6:
I believe that alot of people dislike Cubase because it isn't 'industry standard'.. But lets breakdown industry standard.. Industry standard isn't Protools 9 or LE or MP.. Industry standard is Protools HD WITH the HD Cards and a HD interface. So now that we have that cleared up!!!.. I am not a pro yet, but I am on my way.. The workflow in Cubase is just easier.. I have tried sonar, studio one, reaper and ableton.. all great programs!!!!.. But Cubase is just so easy to use as compared to the other programs out there.. Others have said that The mentioned DAWS are point and shoot but that is after you spend time setting up tracks and busses and master outputs... With Cubase you load it up, find your Audio interface and get to work... The reason why I haven't went to any other program in the years I have been doing this is because when I was Blonde to Cubase it took me maybe 30 minutes to set it up and start sequencing where as the other programs have taken a good day to get the hang of it.. Reaper came the closest to ease of use.. But before you go bashing Cubase because it isn't industry standard in USA.. Try the demo and how it operates.. for anyone looking for a DAW that supports EVERY third party VST and has unlimited possibilities.... Give CUBASE a shot!!!