Steinberg has announced the immediate availability of Cubase 10.5, providing new features and enhancements to its Pro and Artist editions. Cubase Elements 10.5 will follow soon after.
Cubase Pro 10.5 comes with several features that are not included in Cubase Artist and Cubase Elements, including Spectral Comparison EQ, a new mode in the Channel EQ that allows users to compare the spectral components of two audio signals in order to adjust and bring balance to the mix.
Import Tracks From Projects is another completely revised feature, designed to simplify track import from other Cubase projects. Additional track types, such as Group, FX and Folder Tracks, can be selected and imported as well, while the Auto Map function aligns imported tracks with the same name as existing ones.
In addition, Video Export Render enhances the capability of working with video. With 10.5, users of Pro, Artist and Elements can now export timecoded MP4 video including 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz/16-bit audio.
Instead of normalizing by dB FS Max, Cubase Pro 10.5 now offers an alternative. Pro users can normalize with the Loudness Unit Full Scale (LUFS).
With Padshop 2, Cubase Pro and Cubase Artist now offer a granular and spectral synthesizer with more than 570 presets and 570 pre-produced samples, allowing users to import and redesign their own samples. Padshop 2 is also available as standalone instrument, purchased separately through the Steinberg Online Shop.
MultiTap Delay is the latest effects processor to be added to Pro and Artist, providing an approach to creating and editing delay, with different presets and numerous parameters ensuring utmost flexibility. Designed for projects with a high track count, Colorized Mixer Channels is a new option in the MixConsole that colorizes complete channels and provides an overview.
Another workflow expeditor is the Combined Select Tools mode, newly implemented in Cubase Pro and Cubase Artist. By switching into this mode, both selection tools for objects and ranges can be used together, making track editing easier.
Retrospective MIDI Record has also been revised, now allowing users to retrieve MIDI chords and melodies that were never recorded, placing them as stacked cycle or continuous across individual tracks.
In addition, Cubase Pro 10.5 now includes several additions and refinements to its Score Editor, such as the available Note Ruler when inserting and moving notes or the new Graphic Snap for easier positioning of rests and repeat markers in the score.
Designed to help users troubleshoot more effectively, the improved Safe Start Mode — an advanced start-up option — allows Cubase to run without loading any third-party plugins.
Apart from the various components presented in Cubase 10.5, the Macro creation window in Cubase Pro and Cubase Artist has been improved; Cubase Elements 10.5 now complements its plugin chain with the included Stereo Delay, De-esser and Roomworks signal processors, previously only available in Cubase Pro; and three editions also include refinements intended to improve the graphical performance and overall workflow.
Matthias Quellmann, Steinberg senior marketing manager for Cubase, states, “With this point five update we put a strong focus on improving the entire workflow and expanding the creative tool set based on the feedback of our global user community. You get many new, very useful features across all three editions, and at the same time, you also get an array of improvements to existing features, making the overall experience with Cubase even more streamlined, more enjoyable, simply the best possible we think you can get from a DAW.”
Cubase Pro 10.5 and Cubase Artist 10.5 are available from resellers and through the Steinberg Online Shop. The suggested retail price for the boxed version of Cubase Pro 10.5 is US $579.99; download only is available for US $552. The suggested retail price the boxed version of Cubase Artist 10.5 is US $329.99; download only is available for US $302.
Cubase Elements 10.5 will soon be available. The suggested retail price for the boxed and download versions of Cubase Elements 10.5 is US $99.99. Note that download orders are exclusive of USB-eLicensers.
Customers who have activated Cubase Pro 10, Cubase Artist 10 and Cubase Elements 10 or earlier versions since October 16, 2019, are eligible for a free, downloadable Grace Period update to the latest version, respectively.