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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The New MixConsole
Just as its name suggests, the MixConsole is a virtual console mixer. Much like an analog console, each channel strip contains a Limiter, Gate, Compressor and EQ, as well as a Tube/Tape Saturator and Transient Envelope Shaper. The only drawback for me is that it lacks a CTRL+Z undo function, but I remain optimistic.

Besides having killer effects and EQs with spectrum analysis, each strip has a collection of presets that are spot-on. Steinberg brought in producer Allen Morgan (Taylor Swift, Nine Inch Nails) as the exclusive third-party content provider for the MixConsole presets. When Morgan and I had a chance to catch up, he said, “The content I created for Cubase 7’s new mixer consists of a combination of 300 mixer presets and audio track presets designed to be used in any project. You will find everything from a floating electronic vocal, an upright acoustic bass to master bus settings for hip-hop productions and countless variations in between.”

Work Smarter
There are plenty of great workflow enhancements worth mentioning in Cubase 7, but here are some favorites. ASIO-Guard is a caching system that provides an additional buffer to your audio to avoid pops, clicks and lockups; Mem-Zap memorizes and recalls edit positions, zooms and locations, enabling quick-changes between different track views being edited; and Safe-Start Mode lets you temporarily boot using factory preferences to avoid having to do the dreaded Trash-Preferences.

Steinberg has also improved its VariAudio 2.0 function. You can now simultaneously edit multiple monophonic voices—quantizing, correcting and even creating harmonies and background vocals, all from your original tracks. VariAudio 2.0 integrates with Chord Track and analyzes your song, providing suggestions for melodic progression and chordal variations; however, the melodic suggestions are sometimes a bit wacky.

VST Connect SE is a collaborative plug-in found in the Other section of your inserts. It allows peer-to-peer connection via the Internet so you can record and connect with musicians, clients and engineers. For example, your client downloads a free software called VST Connection SE Performer onto their computer, and from there, you can EQ, compress, add reverb and record them onto your Cubase project, all in real time with talkback while video chatting. This is, seriously, one of the coolest functions I’ve ever seen in any DAW. But, be mindful that fast Internet speed/bandwidth is a necessity.

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