Steinberg launches Cubase Pro 9

Steinberg has announced the immediate availability of its latest DAW, Cubase Pro 9, alongside the smaller siblings, Cubase Artist 9 and Cubase Elements 9.

Cubase Pro 9 has been engineered to meet the needs of professional producers, composers and mixing engineers.

The software introduces the new ‘Lower Zone’, allowing for a dedicated area in the project window to be used for the mixer and other tool panels. Then there is the Sampler Track (pictured), a feature requested by many customers that provides an easy way to play samples chromatically and manipulate them with included filters and controls accessed through the Lower Zone. Sampler Track also has its very own Caleidoscope library with hundreds of samples.

Cubase Pro’s Frequency is the new EQ processor with eight bands, each with the new Linear Phase mode to preserve the band’s signal phase. There is also M/S support, Auto Listen to monitor adjustments, Spectrum Display and reference keyboard. Cubase Pro 9 also comes with up to ten marker tracks, providing users with more freedom to specify ranges within music projects and to use these to export individual stems and group mixes.

MixConsole History tracks all changes made in the MixConsole, allowing users to undo/redo mixing actions in a very flexible way. With the newly introduced Audio-Ins capability, users can send audio to VST 3 instrument plug-ins supporting side-chaining. Version 9 also includes cloud collaboration, VST Transit and Steinberg’s remote recording software, VST Connect SE.

Steinberg’s director of marketing, Frank Simmerlein, commented: “Due to extensive surveys throughout development and leading up to this release, we were able to prioritise and fulfil several requests originating from our customers. Take the significant customer wish to introduce a redo/undo option to our mixer for example. We did not simply want to implement this functionality limited to recent commands. Instead, we worked extremely hard to realise a complete history so that users are free to move forward and backward through the list of actions.”

The suggested retail price for Cubase Pro 9 is €579 euros, including German VAT. Customers who have activated Cubase Pro 8.5 since 26 October 2016 are eligible for a free, downloadable grace period update to the latest version.