Cubase 7 Review
I’m back and today we will have a look at the new Cubase 7.
But before I start, I want to thank Steinberg for letting me do this review.
Steinberg has been providing award-winning, technologically advanced music and media production products for musicians and producers of music, video and film since 1984. Today, Steinberg is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of audio software and hardware, with more than 1.5 million users worldwide. Steinberg also provides business customers with license management and copy protection systems. The Steinberg range of products has long since found world renown in all aspects of modern digital audio processing, and form the backbone of facilities specializing in music composition and production, mastering, restoration, broadcast, sound design, audio post for the film industry among many others. Source
Introduction to Cubase
Cubase has for many years been one of the top rated DAW´s on the market and is used by many award winners around the globe. As a DAW Cubase is a complete package that comes with a huge verity of tools for creating, mixing, Scoring and mastering all sorts of music, before we go into the new features in Cubase 7 I wanted to give you who are new to the DAW world a brief introduction to the basics of Cubase and also show some less known features so below follows a list of some of the many tools and features that comes with Cubase.
Note that All images can be clicked for a larger view
Now as we have had a look at some of the many features in Cubase its time to start focusing on what’s new in Cubase 7
CUBASE 7 — THE PRODUCER’S CHOICE
With more musical features than ever, Cubase 7 delivers a truly unrivaled creative production experience. Sparkling with its entirely overhauled mixing console, a new Chord track alongside the innovative Chord Assistance, advanced VariAudio, more instrument content and an array of enhancements make Cubase 7
smarter and faster in every way.
Now Cubase has been around for what may seam like ages, during the years it has grown allot and the feature list is impressive. With Version 7 Steinberg decided it was time for a change and want to improve the workflow as well as giving the users functions that will make a difference.
As we open up Cubase 7 we are greeted with the new Steinberg Hub, It will let you know about news and updates but also comes with links to great Cubase related Videos.
From the Hub we can also get directed to the User forums and create new Projects.
The MixConsole is born
The old Cubase mixer was rely outdated and more then anything it lacked flexibility, So with Cubase 7 Steinberg listened to the users and removed the mixer and introduced the MixConsole.
The first time I opened the MixConsole I knew that Steinberg had gone full out trying to add features that the users wanted. Lets have a look at the sections of the new mixer, Remember that all images can be clicked for a larger view.
|In the Top left corner of the MixConsole we find the Setup window layout button.
Here we can setup what we want to shown in the MixConsole.
|The Channel Selector is a brilliant way to find and organize any tracks in the project.
We can also use the Channel selector to decide what tracks we want to show and create different MIX views for different Tracks in the Project.
This is very useful when working on larger projects, then you can have all drums only shown in one view, Vocals in another view and so on making it easy to keep the mixer clean and also letting you se what you want to se.
You can also in the zones tab set what channels alignment left or right in the Mix Console.
|This image shows the main section of the MixConsole with all features showing.
As you can se there is a lot of things that the MixConsole can show.
|Each channel have 9 different racks.
ROUTING: Channel routing options
PRE: Lo-cut, Hi-cut, Pre-Gain and phasing.
INSERTS: 8 Insert slots
EQ: graphical and slider based EQ.
STRIP: The new Channel strip.
Sends: 8 Send slots
CUES: Cue send Features
Quick: Quick control features.
Panel: MIDI device panels
|The Channel strip is one of the great features in the MixConsole, it holds slots for EQ, Noise gate, Compressor (Standard / Tube / Vintage), EnvelopeShaper, Tape / Tube saturator and limiter (Standard / Brickwall / maximizer).
The Strip plugins does the job extremely well and there is a load of presets for the complete Strip and for each plugin.
I also want to make clear that these Plugins / Strip slots can of course be rearranged.
|Speaking of presets, everywhere I turn in Cubase 7 there is a load of presets both new and old.
Steinberg brought in the great Allen Morgan to give the user some seriously great sounding presets.
This image shows some of the presets for the MixConsole Strip.
|The Metering section of the MixConsole features a Master Meter and a Loudness meter.
The Master meter is a multi-channel true peak meter with scales for the Digital, DIN, EBU, British, Nordic, K-20, K-14, or K-12 Standards.
The Loudness meter complies to the loudness recommendation R 128 of the European
|In the new MixConsole we can now modify the EQ curve directly, if we click on the EQ window it pops out and allows us to change the EQ curve quick and easy.|
|Steinberg also made Linking tracks together much easier, You can also set up what parameters you want to link together.|
||When I heard about the new MixConsole I was a bit worried that Steinberg would have removed the Edit Channel window.
But not only did they keep it, they enhanced it with the Channel strip and Cue Send Functions.
From here we can also tell Cubase wither we want the inserts to come before or after the Channel Strip.
|The Control room is something I have not used allot, I have it setup so I can listen to send channels without interference from the main channel.
Here is what Steinberg says about the control room.
“The concept behind the Control Room features is to divide the studio environment
The new MicConsole relay is a great Update to the old Mixer, Not only does it come with great functionality and workflow enhancements like the one mentioned above.
The MixConsole also features Drag and Drop for nearly anything even complete track settings.
One of the things I like about the Cubase GUI concept is that the users are given the ability to customize things to fit their needs, This goes for the MixConsole as well so I decided to show you a couple of setups that I have used.
|This view is for, moments when I know I will use allot of third party plugins.|
|A mix layout that focus on the use of the channel strip feature with EQ Shown directly in the mixer.|
The Chord track
If you are like me a self thought musician who haven’t been able to learn all the theoretic´s of music and chord progression that this is your savior. By using the Chord track as a start point when writing a song you soon will find that it opens up a whole new world for us and aids us to be more creative.
To make it easier to set the chords to match the sours, we can set the Chord track Voicing to Piano, Basic or Guitar. We can also tell the Chord track what sort of music your working at so it can adapt even more.
As you progress with your Song idea there might be a point when you get stuck, Head over to the Chord Assistant and it will most likely help you on your way.
Do you fell something is missing in your song? Try adding a midi track that follows the Chord track with Live Transform, then head into the midi plugins and ad a Arpache plugins and just messing around with that.
The chord track can help you find out Chords in a song AND!! also works hand in hand with the new VariAudio 2.0. Lets say you have a song nearly finished and you find something that does just not sound right, Making changes to the chord track will also make adjustments to audio via VariAudio 2.0 that is just COOL.
VariAudio is the built in Audio Warp and pitch correction tool, With Cubase 7 Steinberg enhanced the VariAudio engine to make it even more Powerful and as I mentioned earlier also work hand in hand with the new Chord track.
VariAudio can not only be used as a pitch correction tool on both single and multiple tracks, it can also be used to convert Audio to MIDI.
THE ASIO GUARD
Steinberg developed the ASIO engine ages ago, In Cubase 7 Steinberg enhanced the ASIO engine with the ASIO GUARD feature.
The VST Connect SE is a truly amazing feature, With it you and your musician friends around the world can record music without having to be in the same studio.
The little I have tested the VST Connect SE gave me a hint that making and recording music has just been simplified…
To be able to use VST Connect SE one of you need to have Cubase 7 on one computer, Both you and the person you connect with needs a pretty fast Internet connection and the one who you want to recorded needs to get the VST Connect SE Application that can be downloaded on Steinberg’s homepage.
This is the first version of the VST Connect SE but it really is amazing, cant wait to se what Steinberg can do with this in the feature.
For Cubase 7 Steinberg teamed up with Voxengo and added the their renown CurveEQ.
CurveEQ is a spline equalizer for professional music and audio production applications. CurveEQ shows you the actual filter response you are designing by means of a spline (a smooth curvy line), so you can actually see what the EQ is doing with the sound. This, in turn, allows you to get the best from your mix and your tracks. CurveEQ perfectly suits the needs of mastering. Source
Cubase 7 is a most impressive update, The new MixConsole is spot on, the channel strip with its plugins is perfect for nearly anything. Steinberg has once again showed why Cubase is among the top rated DAW´s in the world. Cubase 7 comes packed with funktionality, great sounding plugins and flawless virtual instruments, But To me the big newcomer is the Chord track that is such an impressive feature that I believe it will help many songwriters and musicians improve their music creativity and knowledge of chord progression for years to come. I also love the huge library of presets for all the plugins, Channel Strip and Instruments. It is always nice to have a good start point and Steinberg with the help of Allen Morgan has rely succeeded with giving us this!! Music is meant to be fun, and Cubase 7 makes sure it stays that way, Well done Steinberg.. Well done.
I would once again like to thank Steinberg for letting me do this review.
And to my readers…..