Cubase 6 from Steinberg is a native music production system for Mac OS X and Windows 7. Like its past incarnations, the software combines full-featured audio and MIDI recording and editing, virtual instruments and powerful audio mixing, with the added flexibility of loop- and pattern-based arranging and mixing. Version 6 includes another round of significant new features and upgrades.
The software places emphasis not only on technology and precision, but also on user friendliness, usability and ergonomics. With VST Expression 2, the company raises sequencer-based composing to a whole new level and offers an intuitive and functionally complete MIDI composing and sequencing toolset.
VST Expression Maps allow for working with multiple instrument articulations (e.g. huge orchestra libraries) and introduces an editing concept that is user-customizable and fully integrated with the Key and Score Editors. Instead of handling all MIDI controllers for switching articulations, VST Expression Maps allow seamlessly and transparently integrated editing as well, as full control over multiple articulations.
The software includes a huge set of VST MIDI plug-ins, creative tools, such as the drum step sequencer, the Beat Designer, a powerful arpeggiator, a MIDI pattern sequencer and a MIDI chord processor, and more. The Cubase Sample Editor allows for almost limitless creative freedom while editing audio with a full editing toolset that offers a huge range of functions.
The list could go on and on. Instead, please refer to the feature set to get a complete overview of everything the software can do. Cubase 6 has taken the concept of a complete virtual studio (in the box) to levels that were only a dream a decade ago. The user only needs to supply a computer, an I/O interface and monitoring to have access to virtually every tool possible to create professional audio, including working with surround.