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Steinberg Cubase Studio 5 DAW Software

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Based on the same core technologies as Steinberg's Cubase 5 Advanced Music Production System, the streamlined Cubase Studio 5 offers professional tools for composition, recording, editing, and mixing. Boasting a wealth of new capabilities unmatched in its price range, such as VST Expression and up-to-the-minute VST3 instruments and effects, like th...  Click To Read More About This Product

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Based on the same core technologies as Steinberg's Cubase 5 Advanced Music Production System, the streamlined Cubase Studio 5 offers professional tools for composition, recording, editing, and mixing. Boasting a wealth of new capabilities unmatched in its price range, such as VST Expression and up-to-the-minute VST3 instruments and effects, like the new Groove Agent ONE drum machine and Beat Designer step sequencer, as well as the new Pitch Correct intonation effect, Cubase Studio 5 offers incredible performance.

Some of the highlights of Cubase Studio 5
¢Drum sampling deluxe: Groove Agent ONE pairs powerful drum sampling with detailed sound shaping”all seamlessly integrated into Cubase. Not only does it boast import of sliced loop and MPC files, but 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 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.
¢On-the-fly pitch correction: The new Pitch Correct VST3 plug-in brings easy and automatic intonation control and scale correction of vocal and monophonic instrument recordings to Cubase.
¢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.

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: 128
  • Group channels: 256
  • FX Send channels: 8
  • FX Return Channels: 64
  • VST audio effect insert slots: 8
  • MIDI effect insert slots: 4
  • VST Instrument Slots: 32
  • VST3 plug-in support
  • ReWire support
  • Number of mixer views: 2
  • Extended Mixer view
  • Sidechain inputs
  • Automation modes: touch fader
  • Volume envelopes
  • Automation panel
  • Hardware controller support
  • Channel Batch Export function
  • Unlimited Undo and Redo functions
  • Offline Process History for built-in audio
  • Limited MediaBay and VSTSound support
  • Track presets
  • Studio connections: 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
  • Inplace Editor (MIDI Editing in Project Window)
  • Extended Track Inspector (shows VSTi channel for MIDI Tracks
  • 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
  • VST Expression support
  • Audio Warp (Realtime time stretching + pitch shifting)
  • Time Warp tool
  • Pitch Shifting/Time Stretching algorithm: MPEX4 + Realtime
  • Dithering: Apogee UV22HR
  • Key Command macros
  • Pool import/export
  • Extended Freeze for VST instruments and audio tracks
  • Track Quick controls
  • Full MP3 Fraunhofer Encoding: available as update
  • Windows Media WMA Pro Encoding
  • Sequel project import
  • Number of VST MIDI effects plug-ins included: 18
  • Number of VST audio effects plug-ins included: 39
  • Number of VST instruments included: 3
  • Number of instrument sounds included: 700+
  • Mac OS X Universal Binary
  • Multi-processing support
  • Windows Vista 64 native Cubase 64-bit version
  • Audio Plug-Ins
    • AmpSimulator
    • AutoPan
    • Bitcrusher
    • Chopper
    • Chorus
    • Compressor
    • DaTube
    • Distortion
    • DualFilter
    • Flanger
    • Gate
    • Grungelizer
    • Limiter
    • Maximizer
    • Metalizer
    • MIDI Gate
    • MonoDelay
    • MonoToStereo
    • Octaver
    • Phaser
    • PingPongDelay
    • PitchCorrect
    • RingModulator
    • Roomworks
    • Roomworks SE
    • Rotary
    • Standard Channel EQ
    • StepFilter
    • StereoDelay
    • StereoEnhancer
    • StudioChorus
    • Tranceformer
    • Tremolo
    • Tuner
    • UV22HR
    • Vibrato
    • VSTDynamics
    • WahWah
    MIDI plug-ins
    • Arpache 5
    • Arpache SX
    • Auto LFO
    • Beat Designer
    • Chorder
    • Compressor
    • Context Gate
    • Density
    • Micro Tuner
    • MIDI Control
    • MIDI Echo
    • MIDI Modifiers
    • MIDI Monitor
    • Note 2 CC
    • Quantizer
    • StepDesigner
    • Track Control
    • Transformer
    Virtual Instruments
    • Groove Agent ONE
    • Prologue
    • HALion 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
      • recommended)
      • 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
      • protection)
      • Internet Connection required for license activation
      Pro Coverage
      Manufacturer's Warranty
      Lifetime tech support. Warranty terms vary. Check with manufacturer for specific product warranty.

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      Much more stable than 4

      By Brenden

      from Portland, OR

      I was not a big fan of Cubase 4. There are definitely things that I liked about it, but I had problems with stability on my system. Not a problem with 5. Cubase takes an interesting approach to setting up tracks and routing. It has really been thought out well.

      (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


      Great Features

      By Lance Roberson

      from Saint Louis

      This software is great for the DAW experienced. I would not recommend this for the novice. I like this software but I have to wonder if Cuckos Reaper would have been a better way to go. The main reason I chose this software was because I have used Steinberg software since 1998. The learning curves is less steep for those that have used other Steinberg software. That being said if you are a novice, the price is pretty steep for the software. For those that have used Steinberg software before; you will find much of this software familiar.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)



      By Paul

      from STL, Missouri

      Cubase is the way to go. And Cubase 5 comes with so many more great features that's it's an amazing deal. My recommendation is to get the full version (not the studio). The only problem I had was that Cubase's "VST Bridge" ("bridges" 32-bit and 64-bit) can be extremely unstable. On the bright side, many Cubase users have been using Jbridge to fix this.

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