Steinberg Cubase Pro 8 Retail
- VCA faders for complex mixing and automation workflows
- Render in-place: bounce MIDI and audio parts easily
- Chord pads: a great way to playfully and creatively compose with chords
- Mixing updates: Virgin territories automation mode, direct routing and Waves Meters
- Improved windows handling on PC, dock able rack and Media Bay plus a redesigned Track List
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Cubase — the DAW that puts creativity first
Spatious orchestral arrangements, experimental indie pop, floor-filling electronic music or enthralling metal — Cubase offers dedicated tools for all of these musical genres and many more. The world's most popular DAW lets you record, edit and mix your songs like a musician, while providing you a professional, studio-grade audio quality at all stages of the creative process.
Compose and record songs whenever inspiration strikes — Cubase bristles with a vast ensemble of creative tools that are easy to use and developed to work in a very musical way. From the very first beat to the final arrangement, Cubase assists you with intelligent composing features that put creativity first, including automatic voicing harmonization and convenient composing assistance for generating beautiful chord sequences for when you’ve hit a creative block. And you have a choice of thousands of inspiring instrument sounds and loops to help bring your ideas to life.
Whether you’re in the studio or in the rehearsal room, Cubase is the DAW of choice for composing, recording and producing your songs. The integrated MixConsole combines utmost flexibility with top-end channel strip modules for a luxurious pro- console sound and features. Thanks to the Control Room section you can provide each of your band members with an individual cue mix. And once the recording session is over, simply select the best parts and conjure the perfect take within seconds.
For countless music producers and audio engineers around the world, Cubase is an essential tool used for their daily work. With its award-winning audio engine, industry-acclaimed tools and the seamless integration with existing studio gear, Cubase is tailored to audio professionals working in the music, game and film industries. And the state-of-the-art mixing desk is unmatched in terms of flexibility and quality, combining pristine sound and top-flight features with the comfort of a modern-day DAW.
For film composers
From Hollywood blockbusters to popular TV series — Cubase is the favorite DAW of many of today’s most successful composers. With a separate video track, a scalable video window and a score editor featuring 100+ notation symbols, there’s everything on board to create professional scores. And thanks to Steinberg’s pioneering VST Expression technology you can create breathtakingly natural orchestral scores with full expression control on single-note level.
Cubase includes a complete toolset for the correction and enhancement of vocal recordings. Adjust the pitch and timing of monophonic audio signals or to harmonize your lead vocals in beautifully composed choral arrangements is accomplished in a few seconds. For more convenience, you can even edit voices from multiple tracks in one single editor. To make the most out of your vocal recordings, simply add some of the quality reverb, modulation and dynamics effects.
Guitarists and Bassists
VST Amp Rack and VST Bass Amp deliver an incredible level of quality tone for your guitar and bass tracks. Designed as customizable rack effects, this two-part virtual guitar and bass tone suite offers multiple amps, classic stomp box effects, speaker cabinets and microphone models to choose from. This plug-in suite includes signature presets crafted by world-class musicians from bands such as Meshuggah, Emperor and Accept to help you quickly dial in great guitar or bass sounds in next to no time.
Electronic music producers
With an immense arsenal of great synths and creative effects, Cubase offers an indispensable toolset for dance music producers and sound designers. From sumptuously realistic recreations of analog synth technology to a next-generation granular synths and intuitive beat creation and mangling tools, Cubase offers everything needed to create expressive dance and electronic music. Additional features such as the advanced Drum, Key and List editors, the full-on professional audio editing toolset and the seamless remote control integration have made Cubase a mainstay of some of the biggest names in dance and electronic music.
Whether you’re creating hip hop, rap, dance or techno music, Cubase has the right tools at hand: from an MPC-style drum sampler to an intuitive step sequencer over to creative beat mangling tools, there are plenty of options to produce four-to- the-floor beats and massive rhythms. And Cubase also provides a range of ready-to-go samples, sounds and loops alongside amazing-sounding EQs and effects ideal for beat production.
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Cubase Pro 8 unites technical innovation and artistic inspiration in one awesomely powerful yet instantly accessible music production environment. Sleeker, more efficient, more creative and offering new audio tools and instruments, Cubase Pro 8 will inspire the seasoned pro and talented newcomer alike. A new audio engine, window handling paradigm and automation toolset allow you to record and mix even more productively. Yet Cubase Pro 8 also offers novel ways of working with chords, superb virtual instruments and amps, outstanding FX plug-ins, and blends the latest audio technology with next-generation music tools to offer an exceptionally intuitive workflow.
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There is a learning curve and you will get lost for the first couple of day's, but watch their getting started videos on the tube and you will be amazed at what you can do with another "addition" to your audio toys.
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After using the trial version of Cubase LE and falling in love with it, I recently decided to make a switch from Logic Pro X to Cubase Pro 8. The one that I bought was the retailed version from Crazy Dave's Music (thank you guys!!!), purchased on Sunday, July 23rd and it was suppose to arrive on Friday, July 29th (using standard checkout via Amazon) but surprisingly, it arrived early instead on Tuesday, July 26th. Anyway the DVDs arrived inside a small cardbox box, brand new and the actual packaging looks exactly as seen in the picture, the size of a Twilight paperback novel.
Inside you'll get:
-two installation discs for Cubase Pro 8 (Disc 1 & Disc 2)
-a USB e-Licenser (please take care of this precious blue child or else you won't be able to use Cubase)
-two pieces of paper: one contains your activation code for Cubase Pro and the other is for trail products (don't throw these away)
-5 extra DVDs which are actually trail version of Groove Agent 4, Halion etc (didn't install them).
-and also an instruction manual for how to set up Cubase Pro & Cubase Artist (the holy grail for installation)
Now, before I decided to buy this product, I was very hesitant after I've read some bad reviews about installing the software itself. Alot of people said that this product is really hard to install and there's no real support etc from Steinberg therefore it made me cautious about buying this product. After going through the installation myself, I actually didn't find any problems with the installation process. It's not technically difficult to install this software (like math or genius IQ required) but it does take patience and a bit of time and dedication to follow precisely what the instruction says. Read the instruction manual that comes in the box because it will help you install the software as it did for me.
Installation Tip for Mac Users (this only works for Cubase that runs on both Mac & PC):
Macbook Pro doesn't come with an external dvd player drive and as somebody who doesnt own one this is a huge problem when you're trying to install Cubase via DVDs. Anyway, one way you can save money and time, is that if you, your friends, or someone in your family owns a PC with a DVD player slot built into their computer and runs on Window, ask if you can borrow their laptop, put the discs in and copy the discs (Cubase installation 1&2) onto a flash drive and then copy Cubase Installation Discs 1 & 2 from your USB onto your Mac and it works. Once you've installed Cubase Disk 1, it will ask that you complete the installation by inserting Disk 2 and when this happens, all you have to do is just double click the Disk 2 you've copied onto your Mac from your USB and it will complete the installation for you.
After you've finished installing Cubase, you'll need to activate your license (this is where you plug your USB e-Lincenser to your MAC/PC and runs the e-Licenser Control Software and activate your license as written inside the manual guide) and register your product online with your My Steinberg account (also written in the manual guide).
Overall, I find Cubase to be one of the best DAWs I've ever used and if you're switching from another DAW -- let's say, Logic Pro X or Garageband -- then I highly recommend downloading the Cubase LE trial and kind of get used to the workflow before you buy the actual product. My advice to new mixers out there who has no experience with mixing whatsoever and wanted to get Cubase is that, every DAW has a Pro and Cons but then it's the mixer's skills that really contribute to making your music sounds good. You may have a good DAW but having a good DAW or equipment does not 100% mean that your music will sound good without the skills necessary to use it. Therefore I advise that you try to practice your mix before you try to upgrade your DAW to something better, watch video tutorials, get advices and play with your effects and if you really want Cubase but has no idea how to mix then start with LE because LE actually already has what most people needs for mixing (like vocals) and then upgrade it to Artist then Pro.
The only disadvantage of using Cubase so far (hence I'm giving it 4/5) is that everytime you want to use the software, you have to plug in the USB e-Licenser and therefore please try not to lose this precious blue child anywhere. Other than that, I love it.
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