Steinberg has announced the immediate availability of Cubase 11, comprising Pro, Artist and Elements editions, each with the same core technologies but with dedicated tools talored to the scope and scale of individual music production requirements.
Version 11 is designed to provide workflow and performance improvements, and it has also upgraded the smaller Artist and Elements editions: VariAudio 3, ARA 2 support and unlimited audio, MIDI and instrument tracks in Artist, and side-chain support in Elements.
Cubase Pro 11 focuses on making printing stems an easier task. Exporting processes can be queued and exported in one operation, with the export selection easily aligned with the selection made in the project. Further, iti provides control of the full signal path, including channel insert effects group sends and master bus effects.
Another focus within the Pro edition is synchronization across different windows. With Global Tracks now displayed in the Key Editor, staying in sync with tempo changes or markers is possible without having to leave the editor.
The Frequency EQ plugin has also received an update, now offering dynamic response options: dynamic mode for each of its eight bands makes the filter nodes follow the input signal, and the newly introduced multiple side-chaining allows each band in Frequency to be set to an individual side-chain.
In addition, the Score Editor has a new Properties that provides instant access to matching options and notation settings, with Note Editing Overlay notes now edited as conveniently as in the Key Editor. The Score Editor now also supports the SMuFL font format, bringing Dorico’s Bravura and Petaluma fonts to Cubase for the first time.
Other new additions in Cubase Pro 11 are Eucon integration for supporting the latest Avid consoles, the remote recording plugin VST Connect SE 5 with a resizable and HiDPI-ready user interface, and 5.1 surround sound support for the MultiTap Delay signal processor.
Available in both Cubase Pro and Cubase Artist, SuperVision is a customizable, multimeter audio analyzer providing up to nine module slots for level, spectral, phase and waveform analysis,
Alongside the many refinements included in Pro and Artist, such as new Marker Lines, Pitch Visibility and improvements to the Range Selection tool and ARA workflow, additional tools have been introduced. These include Imager, the new multiband plugin designed to contribute to cleaner mixes, and SpectraLayers One, a compact version of the acclaimed SpectraLayers Pro 7. Imager offers four bands for placing audio tracks in the stereo field, and the individual scope and correlation displays are designed to facilitate easier panning to make the tracks sit better in the stereo spectrum, while SpectraLayers One lets users visualize and edit audio in the spectral domain.
The Sampler Track in Cubase 11 offers many new additions, such as the new slicing mode for loop-based samples, two global LFOs for more complex filtering sounds, and the new mono legato glide, which is ideal for bass lines. The Scale Assistant is another addition to the Key Editor, setting the scale to help ensure that all notes are played in tune. Change the view so that only the notes of the set scale are displayed or let the Scale Assistant analyze the played MIDI notes and change them to the correct scale. Further improvements to the Key Editor’s capabilities include creating ramps and curves in the CC and Pitch Bend lanes, setting pitch bend steps to semitones, copying CC edits to another MIDI track and deleting MIDI notes with a double-click.
Also new to Cubase 11 is Squasher, a tool that combines upward and downward audio compression for up to three bands, making it flexible for adjusting the dynamic range. Cubase 11 also comes with fresh-new content: six sound and loop sets have been created by hip-hop producer Beat Butcha, Hollywood sound designer Robert Dudzic and Black Octopus Sound, covering a wide range of music styles that will help to quickly jump-start any music production project.
Additional upgrades across the three editions of Cubase include variable DPI on Windows 10, with more scaling settings than ever before, optimized performance for Metal-capable GPUs, further optimization for real-time processing on systems with more than eight cores, and a new multiple side-chain input architecture.
Steinberg’s Senior Marketing Manager for Cubase, Matthias Quellmann, states, “Cubase 11 is an outstanding release, which includes many enhancements and new features to make producing music easier, quicker and, yes, make Cubase more fun to use as well. We have been working closely with producers and composers to see what developments would enhance their workflow: some have a big impact on how one works in Cubase while others are small, detailed changes that make certain processes run just that much more smoothly. Overall, Cubase 11 is an essential update for all Cubase users as well as being the ideal version for those looking to dive into the world of music production for the first time.”
Cubase Pro 11, Cubase Artist 11 and Cubase Elements 11 are available from resellers and through the Steinberg Online Shop.
Suggested retail pricing:
Cubase 11 Pro – $579.99
Cubase Artist 11 – $329.99
Cubase Elements 11 – $99.99
Cubase 11 Pro – $552.00
Cubase Artist 11 – $302.00
Cubase Elements 11 – $99.99
Various downloadable updates and upgrades, crossgrades, and education versions are also available through the Steinberg Online Shop. Customers who have activated Cubase Pro 10.5, Cubase Artist 10.5 and Cubase Elements 10.5 or earlier versions since October 14, 2020, are eligible for a free, downloadable grace period update to the latest version, respectively.