Cubase Pro 9 condenses decades of music software development experience into the most advanced and intuitive audio production environment available today. Used by star producers and musicians for composing, recording, mixing and editing music, Cubase Pro combines outstanding audio quality, flexible handling, state-of-the-art audio and MIDI tools with a range of inspirational VST instruments and effects in a way that cements your personal approach to music production. Uniting technical innovation and artistic inspiration, Cubase Pro represents an awesomely powerful yet instantly accessible music production environment.
Nothing beats the Pro
Designed to meet the requirements of professional producers, composers and mixing engineers, Cubase Pro stands for cutting-edge technology, highly efficient workflows and unlimited possibilities. For countless music producers and audio engineers around the globe, Cubase Pro is the essential tool used when the job needs to get done.
Top key features
- Award-winning 32-bit floating-point Steinberg audio engine with up to 192 kHz, 5.1 surround, flexible routing and full automatic delay compensation
Unlimited audio, instrument and MIDI tracks and up to 256 physical inputs and outputs
- MixConsole for pro mixing desk experience and integrated high-end channel strip, VCA faders, Loudness Meter, Wave Meters
- Complete suite of over 90 high-end audio and MIDI VST effect processors, including Quadrafuzz v2, VST Amp Rack and VST Bass Amp guitar and bass tone suites, REVerence convolution reverb, Frequency eight-band EQ and many more
- VariAudio for MIDI-style note editing of monophonic audio tracks, automatic voicing harmonization and auto-tuning effects
- Intelligent compositional tools like Chord Track, Chord Pads and the advanced Chord Assistant for creative and playful composing of harmonic progressions and advanced voicings
- Comprehensive set of 8 outstanding instruments with over 3,400 sounds, including HALion Sonic SE 2, Groove Agent SE 4, Padshop, Retrologue 2 and LoopMash 2
- Full VST Expression 2 with Note Expression, VST Dynamics and Expression Maps for fully integrated workflows with musical articulations, dynamics and controller values
- Perfect integration of external hardware effect devices and instruments, such as synthesizers or signal processors, into the sequencer signal flow.
- VST Connect SE and VST Transit cloud collaboration services
The many top-of-the-line tools that come with Cubase Pro let you edit and enhance your recordings in the most convenient and efficient way. Edit multiple tracks at once with the smart Track Edit Groups, quantize your recordings with the straight-forward AudioWarp tool set and push your vocal and monophonic audio recordings to perfection with the stunning VariAudio 2.0 audio editing and pitch alteration tool.
The state-of-the-art mixing environment in Cubase Pro is unmatched in terms of flexibility, quality and workflow. VCA faders and Control Link Groups let you master even complex mixing situations. The 5.1 surround support makes Cubase Pro the first choice in many film studios worldwide. The powerful Control Room concept seamlessly integrates performer mixes and monitoring setups into your recording and mixing workflow. The list just goes on and on.
Cubase Pro adds over 80 high-quality audio effects to your mixing arsenal. The beautifully spacious REVerence convolution reverb, the series of multiband processors including Multiband Compressor, Expander and Envelope Shaper, the surgically precise Frequency EQ, Voxengo’s spline CurveEQ, the Surround Panner, and this is only to name but a few. Cubase Pro also supports the integration of external effect devices and instruments, such as hardware synthesizers or hardware signal processors, into the sequencer signal flow.
Zoning in on Cubase
Access all areas in the fastest and most convenient way. The new Lower Zone provides a
neat and tidy overview. Your tools and editors are now just a mouse click away: the Lower
Zone will enhance your workflow regardless whether you’re working mobile on a laptop or in
a multi-screen studio environment.
Do you need that extra bit of flavor to spice up your production? Are you looking for a starting
point? Enter the Sampler Track. It’s the fastest way to inspiration. Just use any piece of audio
to create a Sampler Track, play the sample chromatically, manipulate it with its on-board
filters and controls, experiment and enjoy the sonic extravaganza only the Sampler Track can
give you. And to top it off, the Sampler Track comes with Caleidoscope, a dedicated sample
library with hundreds of samples and presets to get you started right away.
EQ with Frequency*
The new Frequency EQ plug-in delivers exactly that what you’d expect from a tool that is
supposed to enhance your productions: whether it’s smooth attenuation to blend your tracks
you’re looking for or a tool giving you options of microscopic audio surgery. Frequency offers
you eight bands, M/S support and Linear Phase mode for each band, Auto Listen to listen in
on the adjustments you just made, Spectrum Display and even a musical keyboard to help
you find the right tone. Frequency has all you need from basic tracking, mixing to advanced
* Cubase Pro 9 only
MixConsole History in the making*
Ever wanted to compare different mixes with just one mouse click? Allow us to introduce you
to MixConsole History. It’s a great new feature that tracks all changes made in the
MixConsole and easily lets you choose several stages of your mixing process just by
selecting them from a list. This means you’ll be getting your basic mixer undo/redo, but it also
allows you to experiment freely with which mix suits your project best.
* Cubase Pro 9 and Cubase Artist 9 only
Comprehensive cloud collaboration… all the way*
Our world is getting smaller by the day, and cloud collaboration plays a vital role in it.
Whether you want to make remote recordings with VST Connect SE 4 in Cubase Pro or
exchange projects via VST Transit in Cubase Pro 9 and Cubase Artist 9, find collaborators
and partners all over the world, exchange ideas, get connected with others who share the
same passion and be creative! No other DAW like Cubase has this level of cloud
collaboration capabilities seamlessly integrated into your workflow. VST Connect SE 4 now
offers the possibility to find new collaboration partners in a breeze. VST Transit adds further
improvements and supports even more tracks and VST 3 third-party plug-ins.
* Cubase Pro 9 and Cubase Artist 9 only
It’s always a good idea to keep your recording and mixing levels nice and easy. But it’s a
different story when finishing your productions. To let your final mix sound “contemporary”
you won’t get around using our Maximizer. Not only did it get a new coat of paint but also an
in-depth algorithm overhaul. Choose between the classic mode and the new modern mode to
get the most out of your mixes, while keeping the result transparent, clear and brilliant.
Stability and reliability
Cubase 9 is one of the most stable and reliable DAWs on the market, allowing you to focus
entirely on what’s really important: your creativity and your productions. Cubase 9 introduces
several new features that emphasize this approach further, making the Cubase experience
even more comfortable.
- New Plug-in Sentinel scans all your plug-ins at start up to check which are valid and
which might harm your system’s stability
- Running in 64-bit only makes sure that you benefit from the most modern technology
- Plug ‘n’ play support for USB devices on Windows
Have you ever wanted to use the Retrologue filters or effects separately? Well, now you can!
The new Audio-Ins option offers you the opportunity to send audio to VST 3 instrument plugins
supporting side-chaining. This will increase your creative sound design possibilities
* Cubase Pro 9 and Cubase Artist 9 only
You can’t get enough of inspiring beats and grooves to fire up your tracks. Production
Grooves feeds your Groove Agent with over 400 drum loops and presets for all contemporary
styles of music. Whether you want to have basic drum accompaniment for a songwriting
session, hit the dancefloor with full blown epic electronica or garnish your rock with some
serious beef: Production Grooves gets you there!
Multiple Marker Tracks*
Cubase 9 allows you to use up to ten marker tracks. Imagine recording multiple instruments
on several tracks and giving every one its dedicated markers. This means you not only have
the power to structure your projects in a much more flexible way, from now you even can
export stems and mixes using the cycle marker ranges.
* Cubase Pro 9 only
The new AutoPan offers a much bigger variety and flexibility to creatively play with your
sound in space. Make use of various shapes, sync modes, panorama settings and much
more, which are all quickly accessible via the new user interface. If you like the new
Maximizer you’ll certainly be happy to see that the Brickwall Limiter, Compressor, Expander,
Gate and Envelope Shaper also have been graphically overhauled for a similar look and feel
and streamlined workflow. The improved interface and detailed representation of the
parameters will help you to get the most out of your state-of-the-art effects processors.
The VST MultiPanner replaces the former SurroundPanner V5 and features an updated GUI.
Stationary Cursor per window/editor
The Auto-Scroll buttons in the Project window and editors have been extended, allowing you
to select either the regular “Page Scroll” or “Stationary Cursor” per window or editor,
respectively, and toggle between the two settings.
Link Project and Lower Zone Editor
Available for editors in the Lower Zone, Link Project allows you to link the timelines, and the
cursor position in the Lower Zone with the cursor in the project, so that you always have the
same visual reference of position when editing and jumping between the zones.
While the zoom level is in sync with the two zones, letting you align MIDI notes to specific
positions of other events within the arrange area. This resembles the way the MIDI In-Place
Editor is used in context of the project data. You may also want to assign a key command for
this handy feature.
Score Editor with Rhythmic Notation
Rhythmic Notation allows you to transform regular score notation to be displayed in a
condensed, rhythmical notation version. This can be of great help when creating lead sheets
to just provide information about rhythmical phrasing to other musicians. The function does
not change the note data itself, just the way it is represented.
Enhanced note input for the Score Editor
In case you’re using the Score Editor frequently you’ve probably come across the “Computer
Keyboard Input” mode. Well, with version 9, this capability has been improved to allow easier
and faster input.
Note display of sharps and flats in MIDI editors
Cubase 9 now displays note names with correct sharps and flats when using the Chord
Changed preferences for Editor Work Area Color scheme
With the introduction of the Lower Zone editors in the Project window, the default appearance
of the Editor Work Area has been changed to dark colors, matching the overall dark
appearance of Cubase. This way the editors blend in nicely into the overall appearance of
the Project window. Additionally, the Editor Work Area Color scheme is automatically coupled
to the Project Work Area Color scheme. Changing the color there, will also affect the Editors.
In case you either want to work with a lighter Editor Work Area Color scheme or if you want
to customize the colors on your own, uncheck the “Use Project Colors” in the Preferences >
Appearance > Colors > Editors section.
Various other improvements
MicroTuner root key
The MicroTuner MIDI insert plug-in now features a root key setting which adjusts the cent
deviations of octave tunings accordingly to the selected root key.
Preference for “Show Edge Hints”
The overlays displayed when hovering with the mouse above screen edges (to toggle zones
on or off) are now controlled by the preference “Show Edge Hints” (see category “General”)..
Record Enable/Monitor for Link Group Settings
There is a new option for "Record Enable/Monitor" at the bottom of the Link Group Settings
window in the MixConsole.
Key command “Rename First Selected Track”
- Enabled: Record Enable / Monitor states are controlled for all the tracks at once in the
- Disabled: You can Record Enable / Monitor each channel independently, just as with
all the other settings
In the “Edit” category you can find the key command "Rename First Selected Track" to get
edit focus for track name field in the Track List of the (first) selected track. You can move the
edit focus via [TAB]/[Shift]-[TAB] to next/previous tracks to rename the respective tracks one
after the other.
Key command “Edit Info Line”
In the “Edit” category you can find the key command "Edit Info Line" to get edit focus on the
first editable item in the Info Line. Then it is possible to get to the next/previous item there