Cubase VST 5 for PC
Music Creation & Production System
Steinberg's Cubase VST is the complete professional music recording system. It
combines high resolution MIDI recording with audio recording in either 16 or 24 bit formats.
Cubase VST is the home of the VST plug-in offering the world´s largest range of add-on
realtime audio effects. Cubase VST supports ASIO audio cards - accessing the latest low
latency audio cards - making Cubase VST the ideal base for the new range of sample
accurate synthesizer plug-ins.
Audio Recording and Mixing
Cubase VST is a not just an audio recorder, its a complete audio studio.
The audio channels are connected to the outputs of a virtual multi-track recorder.
Each of the channels has a level fader, a pan control, solo and mute switches, effects,
equalisation controls and 5-stage dynamics section.
A channel can have up to 8 auxiliary sends that can be pre or
post fader which access the VST plug-in effects rack, and 4 insert
points for internal plug-in effects. Any of the channels can be routed
to one of the 8 stereo groups which have practically the same
options as any other channel including full effects access,
equalisation and dynamics.
The complete mixing environment is saved with a song,
including effects settings and any automation data you record.
Practically every parameter in a mix can be automated simply
by moving the control concerned.
All Cubase versions can record audio at either 16 or 24 bit resolution. Cubase
VST/32 includes the ability to record, edit & export audio in 32 floating point files.
This format practically impossible to overload is especially useful for when mixing
down audi tracks.
MIDI Recording and Editing
The Arrange Window is optimized for handling the constructional aspects of a
song, but it's Cubase's editors that handle the details inside the parts. Cubase
offers event lists, piano roll and rhythm editors, editors for multiple continuous
controller information and editors for editing as standard notation. You can make
changes while the music is playing, and even edit recordings while they are being
made directly in an open editor.
Cubase VST Score and Cubase VST/32 both offer professional score layout
management & printing features. Cubase«s professional scoring is unique in its
ability to create a supremely readable score from real-life performances. This
capability, to interpret what you play, sets it apart from the rest.
Cubase VST supports not just plug-ins for audio effects, it allows the same
open technology to be used to bridge the gap between the audio and MIDI
worlds. Commonly called virtual synthesizers but actually being capable
of much more, these plug-ins receive MIDI events from either live MIDI
input, or from the playback of MIDI tracks, and generate audio which
appears direct in the VST mixer. We call them Virtual Instruments.
The advantages of this complete integration within Cubase VST are
threefold: The MIDI is converted to audio with sample accuracy, many times more
precise than any external MIDI device can be, and the complete setup including
patches and programs are saved with the Cubase song for instant recall later.
The changes made to any virtual instrument parameter can be automated to capture
the dynamic changes to the sound as part of the complete performance.
These optional virtual instruments can be purchased separately.
They recreate three classic synths - but now are all polyphonic and
multi-timbral and can be automated.
And as the audio from any virtual instrument get its own mixer channel, it has access to the
complete VST mixing environment for further effects processing.
Visual Song Processing
The reason why Cubase VST
is so successful is simple, it's so easy to learn and
use. Nowhere is that clearer to see than the visual song
processing system developed for the Arrange
window, the heart of the Cubase VST environment.
The Arrange window was developed to with the firm
belief that musicians think in musical phrases, tracks
and motifs. So a system evolved where the building blocks of a musical piece
were presented on a time line. And not just statically: as the song progresses, the
song cursor traverses the arrange window marking out the current song position
while the blocks can be freely moved, copied and edited as the song plays.
There is no great divide between recording audio and MIDI in Cubase VST. Just
select a track and press the record button. Recordings can be either continuous
tape-like tracks or composed of many smaller takes, each encapsulated in its own
block. These are the targets for further editing and compositional changes.
The fluidity of being able to freely manipulate song structures at any stage in the
recording & editing process, while being backed up with a comprehensive
undo/redo mechanism is the reason why more people chose Cubase technology
than any other.
Cubase VST doesn't need expensive specialized audio hardware: Cubase
supports any audio card that comes with an ASIO driver. This music industry
standard means that there are many complete audio input & output solutions
for any budget and connectivity requirement. ASIO is a Steinberg
technology that is enabling the next generation of super low-latency sound
cards that are absolutely ideal for integrated virtual synths.
Cubase VST is a complete solution but not a closed system. Included you will find a complete set of
studio quality effect processes created by DSP professionals, Spectral Design. They range from
the studio standards such as phaser, flanger and chorus, to the cutting edge with the Metalizer
Chopper and Transformer. And no studio would be complete without a studio
quality reverb: the Cubase Reverb is supplied with all Cubase versions and the
Cubase Reverb 32 as part of the Cubase VST/32 outfit.
But that's certainly not all. Cubase is the home of the VST Plug-in, an open
system that already means there are literally hundreds of additional effects
that can be used. The spectrum is huge, from excellent freeware plug-ins
to the creations of the best DSP designers, you will find something for
every application due to the openness of the VST Plug-in system.
Cubase VST's ability to export the complete mix as a file, incorporating
all effects and automation, make it a powerful mastering tool. All
Cubase versions can record and edit at least 24-bit audio. VST effects
work at an even higher resolution. But most people mix for 16 bit CDs
so Cubase VST now includes high quality dithering options to smooth
the transition down to 16 bits, giving a polished professional result.
Cubase VST/32 goes one step further as it includes the Apogee
UV-22 dithering algorithm - widely acclaimed as the absolute best
sounding dither in the industry.
With Cubase VST 5's InWire (TM) System you can sign up for free Internet
studio access. A free subscription at www.inwire-studios.com allows you to
take part in real-time sessions with Steinberg users around the world.
Once you have an account, you can work live on projects together. Your
changes are streamed to the other users each time you 'actualize' the
project you have open, just as their changes are delivered and integrated
seamlessly into your version. Additionally, the Universal Sound Module, a
special VST instrument with over 70 MB of sound data, means that even
while on the move you have access to a common sound palette shared by
all other studio members.
While you are working, you can use the built-in Internet chat services, or
even an Internet audio and video stream to interact with the other studio
Cubase's InWire is supported by the Rocket Network®, and offers enhanced
Cubase support including all VST parameters and dynamic mix and effects
MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS:
- Operating System : Windows 95/98 or Windows 2000
- Processor : Pentium 200MHz or better
- RAM Memory : 64MB
- Hard disk : fast E-IDE
- CDROM : 2X or better
- Graphic Requirements : 16 Bit color @ 800 x 600 pixels (SVGA)
- Other : approved MME or ASIO compliant Sound Card.