Steinberg have today launched Cubase 9.5, which puts a clear emphasis on user-requested features and enhancements for creating, producing and mixing music.
Cubase Pro, Artist and Elements all get the update treatment with the major advancement being a new mixing engine that offers 64-bit floating-point resolution. According to Steinberg, this offers uncompromised performance when processing audio, delivering a level of detail and transparency previously unheard of in Cubase.
Further enhancing the single-window layout in Cubase, new tabs have been added to the Right Zone. The newly integrated file browser provides an easy way to access and pre-listen on media files. Exclusively available to Cubase Pro 9.5, the new metering section for loudness and master signal levels and the Control Room are now both an integral part of the Right Zone as well.
Those working with video will be pleased to hear that the new video engine is compatible with the most relevant codecs and external video cards.
One highlight in 9.5 is the new Metronome with customisable click and the possibility to assign different patterns to adjust to signature shifts in the Signature Track. Cubase Pro and Artist both add to the flexibility with Click Pattern Editor, which allows click patterns to be tailored to more detail.
Other premier enhancements include advanced automation editing, now featuring smooth transition curves and detailed automation lanes, including the new Range tool that marks a range on the automation lane for quick and easy adjustment of the selection. The 9.5 versions of Pro and Artist have also doubled their insert slots, allowing users to add up to 16 VST effects directly to each audio track. The overhauled insert section also provides a flexible means for pre-fader or post-fader positioning. Available to all three 9.5 updates, the Vintage Compressor and Tube Compressor VST processors boast a new look, while the redesigned Magneto tape saturator is exclusively available in Cubase Pro 9.5. The new FLUX wavetable synthesizer library, on the other hand, is new to HALion Sonic SE 3 in Cubase Pro 9.5 and Cubase Artist 9.5 only.
Cubase Pro 9.5 also includes Direct Offline Processing, allowing events to be processed non-destructively while keeping the CPU load to a minimum.
Rounding out the array of new features and enhancements, Adapt to Zoom is the latest zooming tool, making the grid snap adjust accordingly to the degree of zoom. Sampler Track enhancements include drag and drop of MIDI parts that are immediately rendered to audio as well as the new A/B mode for comparing different settings.
A surprising addition that’s been announced, but yet to be implemented is deep integration for Softube’s Console 1. Finally, the Production Presets offer effects chain and master track presets for productions of different music styles.
The Cubase Pro 9.5, Cubase Artist 9.5 and Cubase Elements 9.5 full retail versions are available through the Steinberg Online Shop and from resellers. The suggested retail prices (including German VAT) are 579 Euros for Cubase Pro 9.5, 329 Euros for Cubase Artist 9.5 and 99.99 Euros for Cubase Elements 9.5.
Various downloadable updates and upgrades are also available through the Steinberg Online Shop.
Customers who have activated Cubase 9 (or earlier versions) since October 18, 2017, are eligible for a free, downloadable Grace Period update to the latest versions, respectively.