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Postby scw » Mon Dec 17, 2012 10:33 pm


This looks interesting, esp if you own the big brother version

http://www.steinberg.net/en/products/io ... basis.html
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Re: Cubase on the Ipad

Postby scw » Tue Dec 18, 2012 12:15 am

OK Just downloaded this. Quick first impressions:

- Great job by Steinberg in creating a usable version of Cubase on the Ipad
- The touch screen functionality is fantastic on the audio editor
- A good selection of virtual instrument sounds and audio loops provided
- I think this will be useful for writing/composing on the go and then transferring those sketches into Cubase 6.5

Will need to spend some time learning to use it but looks like a keeper.
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Re: Cubase on the Ipad

Postby BJG145 » Tue Dec 18, 2012 8:30 am

Cubasis; that's a blast from the past - I'm surprised at the choice of name. Looks neat.
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Re: Cubase on the Ipad

Postby Wimek » Tue Dec 18, 2012 11:30 am

Very smart move from Steinberg! Now you can walk the same creative route as with Garageband --> Logic om the Mac. However, Steinberg makes it possible to do that into Cubase on PC!


By the way, shouldn't this thread be in the "Apps and Other Computers/OS " forum?
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Re: Cubase on the Ipad

Postby Emmet » Tue Dec 18, 2012 9:45 pm

looks good, yep, I'd use it as a sketchpad on the move for development of stuff later but seems well worth the money.
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Re: Cubase on the Ipad

Postby TheBev » Tue Dec 18, 2012 11:24 pm

Is it me or does the guy in the video look just a tad too long at the lady?

http://www.steinberg.net/en/products/ios_apps/cubasis.html


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Re: Cubase on the Ipad

Postby Wimek » Wed Dec 19, 2012 5:34 am

wouldn't you? :)

Well, OK, maybe she indeed looks a tad too long. However, we are discussing the Steinberg ad, they could consider that a first win...
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Re: Cubase on the Ipad

Postby The Elf » Wed Dec 19, 2012 8:19 am

Hmmm...

Haven't we been able to work on the move and dump it back into Cubase back at the studio by using a laptop and, err... Cubase?

And hasn't this ability been around for donkey's years?

The app looks fine, but it seems like yet another solution looking for a problem - and only half of one at that. Dumping work from the app to Cubase is one thing, but dumping back from Cubase to the app isn't going to work very well - unlike a full version of Cubase on a laptop.
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Re: Cubase on the Ipad

Postby BJG145 » Wed Dec 19, 2012 9:04 am

The Elf wrote:The app looks fine, but it seems like yet another solution looking for a problem

It's a solution looking for a load of purchasers, and I reckon it'll find them. I'm sure they'll figure out something to do with it. If someone gave you an iPad for Christmas I reckon you'd be thinking about it yourself. ;)


TheBev wrote:Is it me or does the guy in the video look just a tad too long at the lady?


Yeah, he's a presenter looking for a date.
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Re: Cubase on the Ipad

Postby The Elf » Wed Dec 19, 2012 9:13 am

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The Elf wrote:The app looks fine, but it seems like yet another solution looking for a problem
It's a solution looking for a load of purchasers, and I reckon it'll find them. I'm sure they'll figure out something to do with it. If someone gave you an iPad for Christmas I reckon you'd be thinking about it yourself. ;)
The lady elf has an iPad, but it gets little use. I doubt another one is going to arrive!
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Re: Cubase on the Ipad

Postby Mixedup » Wed Dec 19, 2012 9:45 am

The Elf wrote:Dumping work from the app to Cubase is one thing, but dumping back from Cubase to the app isn't going to work very well - unlike a full version of Cubase on a laptop.

An iPad isn't noisy. Laptops are, at least when they get hot (eg when doing things like working with audio and video!). So there are different applications when it comes to recording. Not that that requires you to use Cubasis. But I could see that recording and a bit of editing on the hoof could work well if you already have an iPad. And then back to the studio (I've yet to find a laptop that can do the job there, and I'm certainly not taking my rackmount machines with various PCIe cards and peripherals out on the road!) for more serious work. I'm no fan of the iPad, but let's not get unnecessarily Luddite about all this!
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Re: Cubase on the Ipad

Postby Strangy » Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:02 am

iPad’s quick start-up, long battery life and silence could be convenient solution for simple stereo recording situations with a nice pair of SDC mics but unfortunately Cubasis for iPad is 16-bit recording only which puts me off slightly. I *think* this limit is from Steinberg since other iPad DAWs appear to at least advertise 24-bit recording.
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Re: Cubase on the Ipad

Postby Marbury » Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:34 am

Dang ! And I only recently purchased Nanostudio for my ideas. This looks better as I have Cubase SX3 on my PC. This is the trouble with buying apps. More and more stuff comes out, some better solutions than previous purchases rendering them unused and money wasted not to mention your ipad's limited and un-expandable drive space being filled. Still, I might still get this. With Audiobus, Loopy and Cubase it's pretty much covered everything. Why does music have to be 24 bit ? We have enjoyed great sound quality from cds for years and years ;)
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Re: Cubase on the Ipad

Postby The Elf » Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:35 am

Mixedup wrote:An iPad isn't noisy. Laptops are, at least when they get hot (eg when doing things like working with audio and video!). So there are different applications when it comes to recording.
That's a fair point, but I must say that my cheap laptop is pretty much silent. Noise has never been an issue.

Mixedup wrote:But I could see that recording and a bit of editing on the hoof could work well if you already have an iPad.
True. As I already mentioned, we have an iPad, but yet neither of us can find much use for it.

I'm no Luddite - if you asked my family and friends I'm the archetypal 'early adopter'! If I see a benefit I go for it. I really like the iPad - a lovely device, and a very nice interface, but I've yet to find anything I need it for.
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Re: Cubase on the Ipad

Postby Richie Royale » Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:39 am

Seems like this isn't worth arguing over! To each their own.

I've not got an iPad and I'll not likely get one. This looks like a great program for those who do have one and wish to record away from home and then transfer onto a main machine.
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Re: Cubase on the Ipad

Postby The Elf » Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:41 am

Marbury wrote:Why does music have to be 24 bit ? We have enjoyed great sound quality from cds for years and years ;)
And many of those 16-bit CDs were tracked at 24-bit. Why do we want to move backwards?
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Re: Cubase on the Ipad

Postby Strangy » Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:49 am

Marbury wrote: Why does music have to be 24 bit ? We have enjoyed great sound quality from cds for years and years ;)

I guess there's nothing wrong with 16-bit as such and maybe I’m being overly fussy but 24 bit is pretty standard these days? Better SNR / dynamic range / mix headroom; other competing apps are offering 24-bit for cheaper etc… On top of that CDs have often been recorded, mixed/processed and mastered at 24-bit, for aforementioned benfits then finally dithered/truncated to 16-bit.

If iPad does indeed support 24-bit recording it also worries me slightly that Steinberg have held back such a feature. Cubasis v1.5 paid upgrade in a few months maybe!? :beamup:
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Re: Cubase on the Ipad

Postby Marbury » Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:54 am

Yes but can you really hear the difference from 16 to 24 bit ? If they are recorded 24 bit and dithered down to 16 isn't something lost ? I might be (and probably am) wrong though.

My reason for getting an ipad was portability, very cheap software, audio quality, new ways of working and being able to make music anywhere other than the same small room I have at home. I just think of it as another bit of recording kit to add to what I already have. I was going to get a laptop but this seemed a no brainier (for want of a better phrase)
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Re: Cubase on the Ipad

Postby Exalted Wombat » Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:14 pm

TheBev wrote:Is it me or does the guy in the video look just a tad too long at the lady?

http://www.steinberg.net/en/products/ios_apps/cubasis.html



Or not long enough. Maybe over-compensation. Does he ping your gaydar too? :-)
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Re: Cubase on the Ipad

Postby Mixedup » Wed Dec 19, 2012 2:47 pm

24-bit converters and files will give you a lower noise floor than 16-bit (assuming the same filters and analogue stages of the ADC). So you can leave more headroom than with 16-bit while still achieving the same SNR — in other words, you don't have to track 'hot' in an effort to maximise signal-to-noise ratio as you do with 16-bit. When it comes to the final mix, most mixes use nowhere near as much dynamic range as is available from a 16-bit file. So CD is capable of storing/playing back excellent-quality 16-bit recordings — assuming the DAC is up to the job. And according to test measurement experts Lindos, the current iPad performs very well indeed a a playback device (via the line out, not the inbuilt speakers, obviously!).

The real issue here is the quality of the converters used in capturing your 16-bit files in the first place. I'd be happier doing that with one of the 'serious' iPad interfaces from, for example, RME, than I would be capturing 24-bit from something with less well-designed converters (most 24-bit converters don't actually give you the full 24-bits of dynamic range anyway - nearer 20). You just need to watch those input levels, that's all. When it comes to actually mixing, you can work in 24 or 32 (or 64 if you want) bits for a session and your 16-bit audio files will not suffer — the computer will just add empty bits.
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Re: Cubase on the Ipad

Postby Strangy » Wed Dec 19, 2012 3:39 pm

Marbury wrote: If they are recorded 24 bit and dithered down to 16 isn't something lost? I might be (and probably am) wrong though.

Some of the more technically competent have/can answer this better than me, but I’d think this just highlights a limitation of CDs rather than identifying a reason not to use 24bit for the recording/mixing. CD is however generally accepted to be adequate for distribution, see this thread for some interesting discussion (from those who know more than me:):
http://www.soundonsound.com/forum/showf ... Post995538

However, there is a small market for 24 bit distribution, see this thread regarding 24 bit FLAC albums:
http://www.soundonsound.com/forum/showf ... in=1012419

I guess another issue with Cubasis being 16-bit only is you can’t for instance load existing 24-bit Cubase projects into Cubasis for editing/arranging (say whilst on the move, away from the studio) and back out again without converting the files to 16-bit (the current handling). A look on the SB forum states supporting higher sample rates / bit depths is on the feature request list… may happen in the future then!
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Re: Cubase on the Ipad

Postby Marbury » Wed Dec 19, 2012 4:36 pm

Well I have used SX3 for years and have had no complaints about it not being 24 bit from clients. I don't think it is a real issue for me anyway.
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Re: Cubase on the Ipad

Postby Emmet » Wed Dec 19, 2012 5:10 pm

i really don't think the last of 24 bit will matter for 90% of its users. Not sure why we only have 70 Halion sounds though (is there a GM bank in there?). In app purchases in the next release?
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Re: Cubase on the Ipad

Postby Marbury » Wed Dec 19, 2012 5:29 pm

Wimek wrote:wouldn't you? :)

Well, OK, maybe she indeed looks a tad too long. However, we are discussing the Steinberg ad, they could consider that a first win...

I don't know you can't see her face.
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Re: Cubase on the Ipad

Postby Strangy » Wed Dec 19, 2012 8:27 pm

Emmet wrote:i really don't think the last of 24 bit will matter for 90% of its users.

hmmm, I still vote for versatility... for those that so choose a 24-bit recording option would be nice, for those who prefer 16-bit a simple menu to toggle would equally do the trick:)
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Re: Cubase on the Ipad

Postby Richard Graham » Sat Dec 22, 2012 9:40 am

Steinberg bring out what looks like an amazing bit of kit for the iPad, and existing Cubase users grumble that the iPad is useless because it isnt a laptop or that the recording isn't 24-bit. But nobody mentions that it costs £35 compared to GarageBand (£3) There goes 99% of Steinberg's potential market, and those 99% will never be upgrading to full blown Cubase on Mac or PC because they will be going to Logic instead. Yammerstein had better hope Justin Frankel doesn't get into the App game. :? :? :?
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Re: Cubase on the Ipad

Postby The Elf » Sat Dec 22, 2012 9:47 am

Richard Graham wrote:Steinberg bring out what looks like an amazing bit of kit for the iPad

Honestly (and I'm not just trying to be argumentative), what is 'amazing' about it? What does it do that we haven't already been able to do for years?
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Re: Cubase on the Ipad

Postby Richard Graham » Sat Dec 22, 2012 9:55 am

The Elf wrote:
Richard Graham wrote:Steinberg bring out what looks like an amazing bit of kit for the iPad
Honestly (and I'm not just trying to be argumentative), what is 'amazing' about it? What does it do that we haven't been able to do for years?

Have you ever made music using GB on an iPad? If Cubase for iPad is anything like as good, it is a totally different ball game from using a laptop. The touch screen makes a huge difference to playing the instruments, for a start. Plus, a zero-second boot time (a total of about 5 seconds from opening the Smart Cover to starting to record in GB), a much lighter weight meaning you can carry it round everywhere. Battery life, far better. Lack of PC-ish type niggles. Honestly m8 you are missing out!
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Re: Cubase on the Ipad

Postby The Elf » Sat Dec 22, 2012 10:31 am

Richard Graham wrote:Have you ever made music using GB on an iPad?

Yes I have - but I couldn't use it for anything serious.

Richard Graham wrote:The touch screen makes a huge difference to playing the instruments, for a start.

I can't play anything of worth on a touch screen - maybe it's an acquired skill. But then I never did learn to play my Stylophone properly!? :D

Richard Graham wrote:Plus, a zero-second boot time (a total of about 5 seconds from opening the Smart Cover to starting to record in GB)

Heck, I'm, not in that much of a rush(!):D, but from opening the screen and tapping the spacebar my laptop is up and running in about 10 seconds.

Richard Graham wrote:a much lighter weight meaning you can carry it round everywhere.

I carry my laptop around everywhere. I've never felt I needed anything lighter or smaller. I suppose that having a proper keyboard, USB ports and unrestricted access to full-fat applications is more important to me than size/weight. I can work on a full-spec Cubase recording anywhere, at any time - with no restrictions.

Richard Graham wrote:Battery life, far better. Lack of PC-ish type niggles.

Battery life is better, it is true. I do wish my lappy were better on that front. But it has no niggles - it just works.

Richard Graham wrote:Honestly m8 you are missing out!

:D
I'm not missing out. I do use my good lady elf's iPad. But I have to say that neither of us have much 'serious' use for it (in fact lady elf nicks my laptop rather than use her own iPad!). I do like reading my collection of comics on there (and Yellow Submarine is great fun!), and there are some good hidden object games. I tried some music apps, but the genuinely useful ones (tap metronome and tuner) I use on my iPhone, which is much more convenient.

I can admire the fact that they've got a Cubase-ish app to run on an iPad - as a technician I find that very impressive. But all it is a cut-down, reduced ability Cubase from years ago. Is that really so good?
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Re: Cubase on the Ipad

Postby Exalted Wombat » Sat Dec 22, 2012 11:24 am

The Elf wrote:
Heck, I'm, not in that much of a rush(!):D, but from opening the screen and tapping the spacebar my laptop is up and running in about 10 seconds.


Be fair though. That's from standby, not a cold boot isn't it!

I do find it interesting that Apple has priced GB for iPad as a toy, Steinberg have priced as an entry-level serious program. The Apple market tends to take pride in paying more for something "better".

Or are there loads of extras available for GB that push the price up incrementally?
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