Cubase, like Pro Tools, is another major name in the recording studio software industry. When it comes to sound editing, Cubase provides a powerful digital audio workstation that has a bunch of features, making it a great choice for musicians and business owners looking to edit and mix audio projects.
In addition to a solid sound library and some differing effects, Cubase has some unique features that allows musicians and business owners to focus more on the project at hand and less on dealing with the software.
Cubase is a Steinberg product, so it comes with solid support and is listed at a price that's on par with industry standards. Cubase is a great tool for editing and mixing audio at an affordable price.
Cubase comes in three versions: Elements, Artist and Pro. Elements is ideal for home musicians and costs $99.99, Artist is ideal for professional studios and costs $309.99, and Pro is ideal for larger businesses and operations and costs $559.99.
All three versions vary in power when it comes to what built-in sounds and features for recording, editing and producing audio projects. The Artist version compares best to the other DAWs we reviewed, and comes with a long list of features that make it worth the $309.99 price tag.
Steinberg also offers a 30-day free trial for Cubase with no software restrictions.
Cubase offers features that make it an intuitive, compatible DAW. One main feature is render-in-place. Cubase can easily render audio and alter it from one format to another, right in the window. This cuts down on export time and allows you to adjust an audio file, from MIDI to WAV for example, with ease. Cubase also makes it easy to compile and loop audio, so you can record multiple tracks and cross-fade them into a master track.
Cubase, like Pro Tools, Bitwig Studio and Ableton Live, offers the ability to share and collaborate on projects using its cloud system, VST Transit.
- Ease of use. Cubase offers an easy-to-use interface that can be used for quick and simple sound editing. For example, in Cubase, users can compare edits or adjustments with an A/B comparison mode. This allows musicians and business owners to play with different aspects of an audio project and compare quickly. It also features adapt-to-zoom, so when you need to zero in on an area of an audio project, the scale and interface adjusts accordingly.
- Sound library. Cubase comes with eight software instruments and over 2,600 different sounds. It syncs with all major file types like WAV and MIDI so you can add sounds you find online. Sounds and tracks are organized in Cubase's media bay, which allows you to easily access content while you're working.
- Plug-ins and effects. There are over 70 plug-ins and effects included in Cubase's Artist edition. It also supports integration with VST plugin formats.
- Support. Cubase provides an online forum with technical support help, a knowledge base of frequently asked questions, YouTube tutorials email and phone support. Users can live chat with experts on the Cubase website, although we didn't receive a response when we tried this. Steinberg also offers courses in Cubase, so if you're having trouble and need help beyond what is provided on YouTube and in the forum, you have an option to learn the software as well. Support is available from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- Cubase's interface is good but less visual compared to other DAWs. Its more analog approach is less of a drawback and more of something to consider when comparing other programs.
- Cubase features less software instruments compared to some competitors.
Cubase is a powerful DAW with an excellent level of support offered. Based on the several different ways you can get in touch with a Cubase representative and learn more about the program, Cubase is a great choice for musicians and business owners. Its three-tiered payment system means you can start learning on Essentials and eventually upgrade to Pro.
Steinberg's course offerings also mean you can find a certified teacher so you can take advantage of all the tools Cubase has to offer.