Music making is no longer reserved exclusively to those who can either play an instrument or who have a great voice – one can also create amazing tunes using solely the computer, provided they have the proper application. Such a tool is Cubase, one of the most popular software solutions for composers, vocalists, bands or producers worldwide.
It needs to be mentioned from the get-go that this application cannot be installed and evaluated unless a license key was previously purchased – also, it is especially created for professionals, as the learning curve could prove to be quite steep for novices.
Musicians can rely on Cubase to create their songs with ease, regardless of the genre they want to approach (the product includes specialized tools, like an MPC-style drum sampler and a step sequencer, along with creative beat mangling tools for generating complicated beats and rhythms).
Use multiple built-in loops and support for several DAWs
They get not only automatic voicing harmonization or composing assistance for their chord sequences, but also countless inspiring instrument sounds and loops that can enhance their tracks even more.
On the other hand, producers and audio engineers can also benefit from the functions of Cubase as the application can seamlessly integrate with various popular DAWs (digital audio workstations), while the guitarists are bound to appreciate the numerous amps, speaker cabinets, classic stomp box effects, or microphone models of the built-in virtual guitar tone.
Harmonize lead vocals and add multiple effects
As long as a vocal recording is available, Cubase can also process, correct or optimize the pitch or timing of the monophonic audio signals, and to harmonize the lead vocals so as to obtain one-of-a-kind choral arrangements.
Reverb, modulation and dynamics effects can also be applied, to ensure the output sounds as clear and as smooth as needed.
Conclusion and performance
As expected, this utility can burden your computer’s performance from time to time and it is recommended that you do not use an older machine. The response time is good, there are a large number of options and our tests did not reveal any errors, freezes or hangs.
Even if it cannot be taken for a spin without a license, Cubase comes with several pricing plans that are meant to meet the budget of its users.
Reviewed by Giorgiana Arghire, last updated on September 4th, 2014
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- The performance when importing a large number of audio files has been improved.
- The reliability of the video engine has been improved (OS X only).
Application descriptionCubase represents the cutting edge in digital audio workstations. Designed for professionals from the ground up, Cubas...