Steinberg Upgrades Cubase To Version 6

Steinberg Media Technologies upgraded Cubase to version 6 and has released several videos showcasing the new features. Encompassing refinements and new capabilities, such as extended composing features available in VST Expression 2, phase-accurate multitrack drum editing plus a wealth of effects and instruments, Cubase 6 and Cubase Artist 6 aim to position the music sequencing and recording software as the new benchmark.

Cubase 6 and Cubase Artist 6 offer enhanced workflow features within the Project window. The newly introduced Track Edit Groups option refines the work with multitrack recordings, allowing related events on multiple tracks to be grouped and edited simultaneously, while the new Lane Track offers convenient multitake comping for selecting and consolidating audio parts to form the perfect take.

The redesigned transient and automatic tempo detection, phase-accurate audio quantization and drum replacement functions incorporated in Cubase 6 help to smooth out any glitches in live-recorded drum tracks. The Key Editor has further been enhanced with an Inspector panel and the Note Expression feature for creating and editing multiple controller values on a single-note level. Also included is the new Dynamics Lane, which allows real-time listening of dynamic changes while automatically in sync with dynamic notations from the Score Editor.

Both Cubase 6 and Cubase Artist 6 feature the VST Amp Rack plug-in, which comes with seven amp models, sixteen stomp boxes, six speaker cabinets and two microphone types. A great benefit is added by the HALion Sonic SE virtual instrument, which comes with more than 900 production-ready sounds in Cubase and 550 sounds in Cubase Artist, and the second edition of LoopMash, now boasting more than 20 MIDI-controllable live and slice-based effects.

The significantly redesigned graphical user interface is customizable in its intensity, brightness and tone color settings. Both new Cubase versions offer 64-bit support for Windows and Mac operating systems, enabling a performance boost for using more tracks and bigger sample libraries. A few of the enhancements that round out Cubase 6 and Cubase Artist 6 are global project compatibility between Cubase 6 derivates, the new time-stretching algorithms and more than two hours of in-depth video tutorials in high-definition quality.

Developed in conjunction with recording professionals and top-flight studio drummers, Cubase 6 incorporates an entirely 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 non-destructively correct timing issues or changing the tempo of a drum performance seamlessly, a tight groove is just a few clicks away.

Based on a new algorithm, Cubase 6 introduces a straightforward and intelligent transient detection function called Peak and Beats. After the transients have been detected they are merged across multiple tracks by taking user definable priority of individual tracks into account. The drumhits are then cut up and grouped together ready for detailed tweaking. Cubase 6 features a newly developed tempo detection algorithm, which accurately and semi-automatically determines the tempo of any rhythmic audio material.

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 graphical interface.

Cubase 6

Note Expression allows controller values to be drawn directly onto single note events in the Key Editor. (Smells a lot like Celemony Melodyne… —Ed.) 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!

VST Amp Rack is the new reference virtual guitar amplifier and effects suite, 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.

Steinberg’s Cubase 6 is available now for $599 / €599. More information on Steinberg Cubase 6.

Author: FutureMusic

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