Steinberg Cubase 7 DAW Software

Mar 1, 2013 9:00 AM, Mix, By Jami McGraw

Solid Workflow Enhancements, New Mixer and More


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Steinberg Cubase 7 MixConsole screenshot

Cubase 7 offers new workflow enhancements, plus new effects and EQs with spectrum analysis.

If you’ve used the term ASIO or VST, then you are referring to a technology developed by Steinberg Media Technology GmbH, a professional audio stalwart since 1984. Whether you are an Atari platform veteran or a Cubase newcomer, it doesn’t take long to see why Steinberg’s attention to detail has served them so well, especially when it comes to the company’s latest release.

Cubase 7 offers a new MixConsole, many workflow improvements, a new channel strip, a meter that’s compatible with the EBU R128 loudness standard, support for many hardware controllers, a full version of Voxengo’s CurveEQ, and much more. But before you can get to any of those features, there’s the install, and the news is good.

Install and Boot
As a longtime integrator, beta tester and studio nerd, I have learned to always allow plenty of time to set up a DAW that you will need to use that same day. I started by booting my system and sliding in the Cubase 7 disc to begin my installation. After simply clicking next and allowing the installer to establish default locations, I was literally booted into Cubase in less than 30 minutes. At first, I thought that the installation hadn’t been completed correctly, as it seemed to go far too quickly; but lo and behold, I was ready to rock.

The first thing you will notice is that the landing page has some cool new features such as the Steinberg Hub. Right out of the gate, it gives you access to downloads, video tutorials, user forums, a knowledge base and other utilities, along with the normal Project window.

When opening Cubase 7, I was surprised to find that the interface looked quite different from the Cubase I was used to. This was by far the biggest change I’ve seen in all the upgrades. To give you an idea, I use three monitors set up in a pyramid formation. The top is a 37-inch HD monitor, while the bottom two are 32-inch HD displays. My workflow is such that I use the top monitor for my main mix window, and the bottom two for stretching my mixer/console view. One of my biggest pet peeves regarding previous incarnations of Cubase was the inability to float the Console in full screen height. As I opened the project and pressed F3 to bring up my console view, I got a full screen mixer, which introduced me to Steinberg’s new approach to mixing.

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