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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Proof in the Pudding

After monkeying around with Cubase 7 for a few days, I threw caution to the wind and took it out for a real-world test drive, recording my band live during a gig. But to up the ante, I decided that I would also play through the house sound system live using my DAW returns at 64 samples. I then asked the other musicians to select one of Allen Morgan’s presets of their choice for their individual channel strip. We tuned, checked levels and lit up the red light. An hour later we ended our set without so much as a hiccup. I was using Cubase 7 Full version, a Steinberg UR824 and a Rain Livebook AFX running Windows 8. For our second set, I decided to throw one last curveball. I shut down, switched my interface to a PreSonus AudioBox 1818VSL, and reopened the project. We lit up the Record light again, and played through our second set—again, without an issue.

What’s the Verdict?

The toughest pill for me to swallow when I first booted up was the change to the MixConsole. However, once I got used to it, the GUI felt completely natural. I did rely heavily on the training material in the Steinberg Hub to get me going, but once I became familiar with the new features, I wondered how I ever mixed without them. For newbies, Cubase is not a platform that you are going to jump into and learn overnight. Before you get started, you best eat your Wheaties and pack a lunch, but the payoff is that Cubase 7 delivers. It’s stable, powerful and up to professional standards—it’s that simple.

Jami McGraw is the VP of Technology at Rain Computers, and a New York City-based based producer.


Company: Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH

Product: Cubase 7


Price: $499.99

Pros: Well-written software, feature-rich and super stable. MixConsole upgrade is life changing.

Cons: More features than you know what to do with. Steep learning curve. Needs a CTRL+Z undo function on the mixer.


When playing, mixing and recording live, use channel strip presets on your input/output channels. After a quick headphone monitor mix during soundcheck to get levels, you can create a mix-ready print in real time. Throw a mastering preset on the Master output, and you can literally bounce your project the moment you hit Stop.

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