Steinberg Presents Cubase 5 and Cubase Studio 5

2/27/2009 [Music Production Tools ]

Major Update to Steinberg's Music Production System Now Available

BUENA PARK, Calif. — Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH presents major new updates to its Cubase Advanced Music Production System and Cubase Studio Music Production System products. Upgrades include new beat creation tools, an integrated vocal pitch editing toolset, extended composing features and a convolution reverb. Other workflow and technological enhancements include full support for Microsoft Vista 64-bit editions.

Steinberg Cubase 5
Steinberg Cubase 5
"This major release is a milestone in the history of Cubase," comments Kazunori Kobayashi, Steinberg's managing director. "In 2009, Steinberg can look back on over 25 years of creating software with the aim of supporting musicians, composers and producers in realizing their artistic dreams. Cubase 5 represents the apex of this development, and incorporates not only all the engineering know-how, but also the many years of working with our customers. This has been key to Cubase becoming the world's most popular music production software."

Steinberg's Cubase marketing manager, Helge Vogt, comments on the new features. "We've come up with a new set of beat creation tools that focus on beats, rhythms and grooves, which are fundamental to most genres," he said. "These include the revolutionary LoopMash VST instrument—developed with Yamaha—the Groove Agent One drum sampling plug-in, and Beat Designer. All of these cover different aspects of getting the perfect groove going."
Cubase 5 also offers a new toolset designed for working with vocals. "Our new vocal pitch editing tool is called VariAudio, which is integrated directly into the Sample Editor," said Vogt, "And we've also added a new VST3 PitchCorrect plug-in based on Yamaha Pitch Fix technology, which corrects intonation automatically."

Songwriting and composition features have also seen significant enhancement in Cubase 5, with the new VST Expression technology, which assists in controlling musical articulations, radically simplifying work with large orchestral libraries for symphonic or film scoring. The brand new REVerence VST3 convolution reverb and a new handling system for automation add additional tools for mixing.

Cubase 5 and Cubase Studio 5 also feature a range of workflow and technological enhancements. "We're pleased to offer full support for Windows Vista 64-bit editions, which allows Cubase to address up to one terabyte of RAM," said Vogt. "That's great news for anyone using larger sample libraries."

Multiple improvements to the MediaBay sound management system and editing windows, new recording features and an advanced Batch Export are among the many additional new features in Cubase 5.

For more information, write Yamaha Corporation of America, Steinberg North America, P.O. Box 6600, Buena Park, Calif. 90622; telephone (714)522-9011; e-mail; visit

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