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Cubase Artist 8.5 from Steinberg is a healthy update to the company's middle-level audio software, making it even more relevant to solo artists, bands, and project studio owners. Transport and recording workflow, mixing and track handling, MIDI editing, have all been enhanced, along with the Chord Pads and symbols functions. Locating audio resources has also become easier.
The virtual analog synthesizer, Retrologue 2 takes on an additional third oscillator, new polyphonic LFOs and an additional envelope. The flexible arpeggiator and five brand-new effects, including the three-band Resonator, open up new possibilities for the over four-hundred fresh presets that show off the instrument.
For production workflows being shared between musicians or band members, VST Transit reaches into the cloud to provide a DAW-centric approach to web-based musical collaboration. Upload audio and MIDI tracks to cloud storage, continue working from another location and synchronize the changes back to the cloud. Or collaborate on shared projects with friends and band members.
With its easy-to-use interface, Cubase Artist is a perfect choice for talented newcomers and seasoned musicians alike.
What's New in Version 8 .5
Transport and recording workflow provide better visibility, smoother handling, and the added features mean a more effective workflow for even the biggest, most intricate tracking sessions
Refining the MixConsole environment and track handling tools makes mixing and manipulating audio channels more intuitive
MIDI editing toolset offers more options when manipulating MIDI data, with added tools for both the Key and Drum Editors
Enhanced Chord Pads and symbols help break through composer's block with these enhanced songwriting tools
MediaBay Racks allow for fast content locating by clicking through icons and images for VST instruments and their libraries, content packs, and preset categories
Retrologue 2 has an additional third oscillator, new polyphonic LFOs and an additional envelope
The flexible arpeggiator and five new effects, with the three-band Resonator leading the way, open up new possibilities for the over 400 fresh presets
VST Transit is an embedded DAW-centric approach to web-based musical collaboration
Upload audio and MIDI tracks to cloud storage, continue working from another location and synchronize the changes back to the cloud
Collaborate on shared projects with friends and band members
Comes with up to 750MB free storage space and 1.5GB free traffic per month, with additional options available for more demanding needs)
32-bit/192 kHz Steinberg audio engine
Record and mix 64 audio, 32 instrument and 128 MIDI tracks
32 physical inputs and outputs
32 VST instrument slots
Integrated channel strip
Full drag-and-drop support
A/B comparison and global bypass
Plug-in search function
Total scalability and full-screen mode
Extended channel visibility management
Quick Link System
Customizable View Sets
32 group channels
Upgraded Key and Drum Editor for intuitive note, chord or beat creation and editing
Basic music notation and score editing and printing feature set
Enhanced Chord pads for creatively composing with chords
Full instrument expression control on single-note level
TrackVersions for creating, renaming and managing parallel variations of tracks
Instruments and Effects
Fifty-three audio effect plug-ins, including EQs and dynamics, a virtual guitar tone suite, reverbs, real-time pitch correction, Virtual Bass Amp, Quadrafuzz v2
Eight virtual instruments with more than 3,000 presets ranging from pure analog synthesizer sounds to atmospheric pads, cutting leads, and dry beats and drums
Includes Padshop, Retrologue 2, HALion Sonic SE and Groove Agent SE 4
Eighteen MIDI plug-ins including arpeggiators, usable in four MIDI plug-in insert slots
Recording and Editing
Full audio editing toolset with transient and tempo detection and drum replacement functions
Real-time time-stretching and pitch-shifting, zplane Elastique V3 algorithms for quality time-stretching
Lanes and Comping - tools for recording and assembling perfect takes
Dedicated punch points independent from the locator positions
Full editing toolset
Edit down to the sample level
Transient and tempo detection for optimizing the timing, feel, and flavor of live-recorded drum tracks
Intuitive audio quantization
Easy drum replacement
MediaBay for organizing files and presets in a central spot and locate content faster with the intuitive MediaBay Racks
Project Assistant allows for quick startup
Supports all common audio formats and standards, plus FLAC support, direct SoundCloud export, and Fraunhofer MP3 encoding
Five plus hours of HD video tutorials available on YouTube
Professional workflow with offline process history, key command macros
Track visibility for displaying only select tracks in the Project window
Render in-place MIDI and audio parts
VST Transit cloud collaboration service
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Mac System Requirements
Intel Core CPU OS X 10.10, 10.11 8 GB RAM (4 GB minimum) 15 GB free hard drive space Compatible audio hardware 1920 x 1080 display resolution (1366 x 768 minimum) DVD-ROM dual-layer drive USB port for USB-eLicenser (license management) Internet connection required for activation, account setup and personal/product registration Additional downloads may be required for the installation
Windows System Requirements
Intel Core or AMD dual core CPU Windows 7, 8.x, 10 8 GB RAM (4 GB minimum) 15 GB free hard drive space Compatible audio hardware Graphics card with DirectX 10 and WDDM 1.1 support 1920 x 1080 display resolution (1366 x 768 minimum) DVD-ROM dual-layer drive USB port for USB-eLicenser (license management) Internet connection required for activation, account setup and personal/product registration Additional downloads may be required for the installation