Steinberg announced Cubase 6 at Winter Namm 2011. Cubase is Steinberg’s computer music audio workstation for PC and Mac. Composers like Hans Zimmer (Inception, Batman Begins) are huge users of Cubase for it’s interface and work flow. It is wildly popular worldwide, and the new features in Cubase 6 look to extend its popularity.
Cubase 6 has added extensive drum editing features. Steinberg have worked to improved the transient detection of the program. These upgrades allow easier and more accurate slicing of drum recordings, and the edited resulting drum parts can be changed, quantized, removed, replaced or copied.
Along with this is the addition of group editing. This allows the user to edit a group of tracks easily. Steinberg has added new vocal comping features as well for easier vocal editing.
Cubase has added full VST 3.5 support. VST 3.5 allows individual notes to have their own midi expression data. This feature is said to benefit orchestral arrangements the most. Different articulations, volumes and many other parameters can be changed from note to note adding a lot of depth to the creation process.
Steinberg has also added guitar amp simulations called the VST Amp Rack. Looking at the pictures, it’s safe to say they’ve modeled Marshall, Fender, and many other classic and modern amps. This also comes with virtual stomp boxes and a variety of cabinet emulations to play through.
They’ve added true 64-bit support for Apple’s OS 10.6 and, lastly, some UI changes to make the program look easier on the eyes during long sessions.
They have two offerings, Cubase 6 and Cubase Artist 6. Artist 6 features less audio tracks, I/O and effects, but is the same basic program with more than enough to create music with.
Steinberg has always made an excellent recording program. The sound is very transparent and smooth. Lots of these features here, though, have already been found in competing programs, so though these are great improvements, they may seem a little lackluster to some. Cubase users should probably seriously consider upgrading when this is released, these features are great to have.
The VST 3.5 features are amazing. I’m not sure how much they would be used for a singer/songwriter or a pop musician, but I see a great use in electronic music and music scores. I’m curious how musicians will take this new ability and make new sounds.