Steinberg introduces Cubase 9.5

Steinberg has announced that the 9.5 updates to the Pro, Artist and Elements editions of Cubase are now available.

Reportedly “earlier than anticipated,” Steinberg is releasing this year’s update this month, “seizing the opportunity to introduce the additions to customers as soon as possible,” according to the company.

The key advancement around Cubase’s mixing capabilities is its new mixing engine with 64-bit floating-point resolution. Other features include new tabs; a newly integrated file browser; a new metering section for loudness and master signal levels and Control Room, all a part of the Right Zone. Another highlight is a Metronome with customisable click and the potential to assign different patterns to adjust to signature shifts in the Signature Track.

Other new features include advanced automation editing, now featuring smooth transition curves and detailed automation lanes, including the new Range tool that marks a range on the automation lane for simplified adjustment of the selection. The 9.5 versions of Pro and Artist have also doubled their insert slots, allowing users to add up to 16 VST effects directly to each audio track. The overhauled insert section also provides a flexible means for pre-fader or post-fader positioning, while Cubase Pro 9.5 also includes Direct Offline Processing, allowing events to be processed non-destructively while keeping the CPU load to a minimum.

Available to all three 9.5 updates, the Vintage Compressor and Tube Compressor VST processors boast a new GUI, while the redesigned Magneto tape saturator is exclusively available in Cubase Pro 9.5. The new FLUX wavetable synthesiser library, on the other hand, is new to HALion Sonic SE 3 in Cubase Pro 9.5 and Cubase Artist 9.5 only.

The new video engine is compatible with the most relevant codecs and external video cards. Adapt to Zoom is the latest zooming tool, making the grid snap adjust accordingly to the degree of zoom. Sampler Track enhancements include drag and drop of MIDI parts that are immediately rendered to audio as well as the new A/B mode for comparing different settings. The support of Softube’s Console 1 is another highlight that will soon be available, allowing the hardware controller to integrate deeply into Cubase.

Suggested retail prices are $579.99 for Cubase Pro 9.5, $329.99 for Cubase Artist 9.5 and $99.99 for Cubase Elements 9.5. Customers who have activated Cubase 9 (or earlier versions) since 18 October, 2017, are eligible for a free, downloadable grace period update to the latest versions, respectively.