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It’s been nearly nine years since Sound On Sound last reviewed Cubase 5. However, that was version 5 of the original Cubase application, the last version released before the introduction of Cubase SX. Unlike the earlier versions of Cubase SX, which added interesting tools for musicians to embrace, Cubase 4, if I’m being honest, just didn’t seem that exciting to me.
Steinberg Cubase 5
Steinberg Cubase 5 review Cubase is 20 years old this year, so it’s strange to think that it has only reached version 5. Its two-year turnover is slow, though, and a lot has happened in the two years since version 4 was launched. Steinberg has responded with a swathe of inspired new features, many of which will have a big impact on the creative process.
Pick of the bunch is VariAudio, a vocal pitch-correction editor in the style of AutoTune. This type of effect has a mixed reputation: VariAudio displays a line representing pitch, bound in a succession of boxes, one for each note. This division into discrete notes is the key to VariAudio’s power, allowing problem notes to be fixed without interfering with adjacent ones.
It’s easy to retain pitch inflections while retuning, or to deliberately iron them out. Add the ability to drag notes around the screen to change their pitch, timing and duration, and VariAudio eclipses Cakewalk Sonar ‘s V-Vocal for surgical vocal editing. Meanwhile, a new Pitch Correct effect takes a more conservative approach, processing in real-time to a preset scale. REVerence is a new convolution-based reverb effect.
Convolution uses acoustic responses recorded in real spaces to simulate reverberation authentically. There’s a strong library of responses provided, captured in locations such as studios, churches, ballrooms and tunnels, and the ability to manipulate them is greater than usual. However, there’s a problem. Convolution reverb became widely available in and has been bundled with Sonar since We can’t imagine there are many Cubase users who haven’t already invested in a third-party convolution plug-in.
REVerence is welcome but its arrival is simply too late. LoopMash takes a series of loops, chops them up into individual hits and creates hybrids out of them. Sometimes it sounds fresh and exciting, but mostly it’s more like a random succession of trendy noises. The highly graphical interface invites the user to interact intuitively rather than prescriptively, but so far our experience has mostly involved poking the controls in a bemused fashion.
Even so, we think we might grow to like LoopMash. Groove Agent ONE charts more familiar territory. It’s a drum sampler with a solid collection of acoustic and electronic kits plus reasonable scope to customise them. Best of all, any audio loop can be chopped up into individual hits, arranged across the MIDI keyboard and exported as a MIDI phrase, thereby creating an instant drum machine from a loop. It’s not a new idea but it’s great to have it fully integrated into Cubase.
Channel Batch Export simplifies the procedure of exporting a mix as a series of WAV files for import into another application. Even fellow Cubase 5 users are unlikely to be able to share projects due to the ubiquity of third-party plug-ins, so it’s good to see Steinberg focussing on it. The only hitch is that audio may be clipped when exporting in this way – some kind of clipping alert would be welcome. Elsewhere, the Tempo Track is finally integrated into the arrange window, which saves a lot of bother when restructuring tracks with tempo changes.
Cubase has also consolidated conflicts when MIDI controller data and automation data is assigned to the same parameter, with both now working in tandem. Page 1 of 2 Steinberg Cubase 5 review.
A generous helping of superb new features puts Cubase back on top for those who can afford it.
Steinberg Cubase 5 review Cubase is 20 years old this year, so it’s strange to think that it has only reached version 5. Its two-year turnover is slow, though, and a lot has happened in the two years since version 4 was launched. Steinberg has responded with a swathe of inspired new features, many of which will have a big impact on the creative process. Pick of the bunch is VariAudio, a vocal pitch-correction editor in the style of AutoTune.
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