The significant new features for both Cubase 7 and Cubase Artist 7 are the completely redesigned MixConsole mixers. The Channel Settings window specifies channel/track order for the all-new channel strip. MixConsole is laid out and looks like a beautiful, easy on the eyes analog audio console mixer.
The channel strips have high and low-pass filters, a noise gate, four-band StudioEQ, three different compressors, a spectrum analyzer, tube/ tape saturation section, a brick wall limiter and a maximizer.
You get Voxengo’s studio-grade 64-band spline CurveEQ, a large, built-in mix bus meter with a choice of various standards including Europe’s EBU R128 loudness for broadcasters as well as Bob Katz’s K-System metering. There is also VST Connect SE for Internet recording sessions and the latest version of MixConvert for high quality down mixing of multi-channel surround sound mixes.
On the music composing side is Chord Track, a dedicated track within the Project window that identifies the music’s harmony structure and generates metadata about chord quality and scale. Changes in Chord Track can change the harmonic content of both MIDI sequences as well as audio tracks that have already been analyzed with VariAudio.
Chord Assistant comes with Cubase 7 and provides the ultimate tool for songwriters looking for just the right chord and/or suggesting harmonically related chord progressions.
There are many new samples, instruments, and MIDI loops for HALion Sonic SE, Goove Agent and Beat Designer products. Steinberg also announced Nuendo 6, sharing many of the same great improvements now available in Cubase 7. Cubase 7 sells for $599.99 and Cubase Artist 7, at $329.99, is cross-platform and runs 32/64- bit for Windows and Mac OS X Intel. For now, check out http://steinberg.net/en/products/cubase/ whats_new.html.
By Barry Rudolph
miniBIO: Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer with over 30 gold and platinum RIAA awards to his credit. He has recorded and/or mixed: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and Robbie Nevil. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and also teaches recording engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. http://www.barryrudolph.com