Steinberg Releases Cubase Pro 8 and Cubase Artist 8

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Steinberg Releases Cubase Pro 8 and Cubase Artist 8

Dec 8, 2014 3:49 PM

HAMBURG, Germany �Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH is now shipping Cubase Pro 8 and Cubase Artist 8. The line-up of Cubase got an entire audio engine rebuild, extending the buffering ASIO-Guard to improve the audio processing performance for multi-timbral and disk-streaming featured instrument tracks.

Exclusive features of Cubase Pro 8 are VCA faders and virgin territories. The new VCA faders emulate the control of channel gain with DC voltage, moving an entire fader group through a single master fader. The Combine VCA fader automation feature combines the VCA fader automation curve with that of a controlled fader or fader groups. Another addition to automation tools is virgin territories, omitting redundant automation data between automated events.

Both Pro and Artist versions now offer render in-place capability.

Chord pads, Chord Assistant modes and MIDI tempo detection are introduced to the creative feature set in Cubase Pro 8 and Cubase Artist 8. Chord pads are an extension of the chord track introduced in Cubase 7. New Chord Assistant modes provide chord suggestions related to a specified reference chord by taking harmonic rules into account. The new MIDI tempo detection identifies recordings on MIDI tracks that are out of sync and aligns these with grid and tempo track.

UI enhancements in both new versions include window docking for the VST Instrument Rack and MediaBay, a redesigned Track List and Inspector for improved readability, a new plug-in manager for easy customization, global workspaces and a flexible window layout for PC versions.

New effects and instruments are covered by the VST Bass Amp with a collection of amplifiers, cabinets and effects pedals, the Quadrafuzz v2 distortion processor, Multiband Expander, Multiband Envelope Shaper as well as an improved DeEsser, Multiband Compressor and Tuner. Newly introduced to the Groove Agent SE 4 drum instrument featured in Cubase Pro 8 and Cubase Artist 8 is the acoustic drum kit, Acoustic Agent.

Other mixing capabilities include an enhanced EQ module on each channel strip. The Pre section now offers selectable slopes for high-cut and low-cut filtering. Available in Cubase Pro 8, MixConsole''s new direct routing section facilitates group routing for multiple channels, buses and stems. Another Cubase Pro 8 exclusive: the Wave Meters feature displays audio events as waveforms within the MixConsole, providing additional visual feedback to the user without viewing the Project window.

Next to the new Groove Agent SE 4 content comes the Allen Morgan Pop-Rock Toolbox with 30 construction kits, each with 25 to 30 audio and MIDI loops routed to predefined instruments, including channel strip and mixer settings.

VST Connect SE 3 is a Cubase Pro 8 only feature, providing remote recording capability of audio and MIDI data over the Internet. Version 3 has been redesigned and is fully integrated into Cubase.

The Cubase Pro 8 and Cubase Artist 8 full retail versions are now shipping. Various downloadable updates and upgrades are available through the Steinberg Online Shop now. Customers who have activated Cubase 7.5 and Cubase Artist 7.5 since Oct. 15, 2014, are eligible for a free, downloadable update to the latest version.