Steinberg Cubase LE 4
Steinberg Cubase LE 4

General Sequencer of the Cubase series

User Reviews: 3.511

All user reviews for the Steinberg Cubase LE 4

Average Score: 3.5 ( 3.5/5 based on 11 reviews )
  5 reviews 45 %
  3 reviews 27 %
  2 reviews 18 %
  1 user review 9 %
Target: Beginners

Anonymous 's review "Cubase LE 4 & Alesis io/2: I love it"

Installation without problems.
It's easy to set up. I use Cubase LE 4 ─ don't forget to update!!! The Steinberg USB key and also the software!!!
The manual comes as a PDF in different languages on the software CD.


The software works really well with the io/2 soundcard or the Cakewalk ua-25 EX or Asio4all.
Stable software.


I've used it since March 2008, almost 4 years.
I tested other products, like Cubase SE 1.
Quality & price: 180 euros with the Alesis IO/2 soundcard.

Anonymous 's review

Well, since you are here, you probably are considering an interface that bundles Cubase with it against another interface with another program. I want to let you know right now that Cubase is probably the biggest pain in the butt that you will set up. I do not mean to sound overly sensational, but if you are considering trying to use a lite version of this program, it is likely because you are just getting started. Cubase is not incredibly intuitive to open for the very first time because of all of the menus you have to go through to start to route the audio and set up the inputs and outputs and midi devices and what not Without a doubt, just about every other program out there is easier to learn the basics of audio on than Cubase.


Cubase is in and of itself a tried and true program that does indeed get the job done once you figure out its ins and outs. That being said, Cubase is known in the industry at being particularly great at handling data from midi files and inputs. This means that Cubase lends itself well to electronic and computer musicians. The thing that makes this particular lite version of Cubase less appealing then, is that this version is geared toward the beginning recordist, which means that it is lighter on features. It has less of the plugins that make the main version of Cubase appealing, and it certainly lacks the amount of options for midi file manipulation that the main point and selling point of this digital audio workstation is gone. Did I mention that so far, all versions of Cubase are unbelievably draconian in how they handle audio resources, and tend to crash a lot if you strain the program? Well, now I have!


There is absolutely no point to this program. It is simply hands down a worse option than any of the other lite digital audio workstations because it is frustrating to beginners, and because the main version's eventual draw and appeal do not sufficiently apply to it. Stick to something else more intuitive than Cubase and focus on music instead of fiddling with your program.
paradies 03/08/2011

paradies's review "Incitation to stop using it"

Installation is a pain, like all software with their activation codes and registration codes and whatever codes...In this case it's frankly exasperating that the number of reinstalls is limited. After five reinstalls, the software is no longer usable. On a PC, five times is not much...It will simply encourage some people to look for freeware online or switch to a competing product.
On a Macintosh, however, where you don't have to reinstall it that often, it shouldn't be an issue (I've had Mac for 4 years and have never needed to reinstall anything, but on my PC I have to do it every 4-5 months).
I wanted to use cubase LE on a small laptop during holidays, but I changed my mind and installed my last re-activation code on my mac, where it will not be of much use ever...


Compared to other DAWs, I don't like the mixer nor the plug-in management, it's way too far from Pro Tools or Logic, where you can easily follow the signal. It's too colorful, full of small symbols to recall functions which only make the interface too cluttered.
Regarding MIDI, Cubase will always be one of the pioneers, VST plug-in integration is fine.
The software is not too resource-intensive (as long as you don't use too resource-intensive plug-ins...).
All in all, I don't like it much for mixing, but it's an excellent tool to write songs.
A good point is the use of VST plug-ins (created by Steinberg, by the way), which are much more widespread than Pro Tools' RTAS or Direct X...


I've known Cubase since the Ataris. I happily switched to Logic when it still wasn't available for pc. Today, I wouldn't spend a dime on a program that is such a pain to reinstall, with an average interface and a fucked up mixer.
What's more, it doesn't come with many VSTs.
Nevertheless, in many cases, the program comes bundled with some hardware. It doesn't shock me that it's a light version, but the fact that it has a limited number of installs is downright unacceptable. If I only had PC it would definitely be a deal-breaker!

My rating might seem too harsh, but it's justified: A DAW of Cubase's caliber, being a Light version it would be a useful tool providing unthinkable possibilities decades ago, but, not being too finicky about it, in a domain where other manufacturers offer state-of-the-art options, Cubase deserves no mercy!

NB: 7/10 on macintosh (value for money), where you don't have to reinstall the system as often as on Windows. It's very easy to install (except for the exasperating activation codes, but, in theory, you only need to do it once...) and it's a bit better in that regard...but there is simply no comparison with pro tools light.
MGR/DAEvo 10/04/2010

MGR/DAEvo's review "Steinberg Cubase LE 4"

Purchased as a bundle with a Lexicon Omega audio interface. 48 track, unlimited MIDI tracks, 5.1 Surround mixes, VST plug-ins and digital effects. My profile: Eclectic guitarist from Southwestern Pennsylvania specializing in jazz, rockabilly, swing, classic country, alt-country, and punk/new wave.

Obtained from Larry's Music Center (Rices Landing, PA, 724-966-8209) for around $120 for the bundle.

The software is quite powerful, offering 48- track recording, effects, mixing, and plenty of MIDI features. Cubase LE 4 features 'Instrument' tracks that come in handy for the solo musician. Input any MIDI file or track and select an instrument from the pre-loaded bank of sounds. Can be used as great sounding back-up tracks.

The learning curve is a bit steep and setting up the hardware can be a frustrating ordeal. The documentation is somewhat limited, a problem mitigated by the fantastic phone and online support.

The software is stable and boasts robust online support and plenty of updates.

More features than I could possibly need at home, this software does everything I need it to do and then some. Worth putting the time in to learn how to use it effectively.

This review was originally published on
fjohn 06/17/2010

fjohn's review "Nice"

Cubase is a breeze to install. The synchrosoft activation is a real pain. And forget about Windows on an imac 24 with bootcamp: 1. Not officially supported by Steinberg. 2. If you lose the license because it got screwed up, it's your fault ...

That said, Steinberg's support is really responsive.


Cubase L3 4 is very stable. Nothing to remark. This version is more than enough to make very nice demos.


I've been using it for 4 months, but I'm a fan of versions SX 1,2 and 3.

Which feature do you like the most / the least? = Awful activation.

Based on your experience, would you buy this product again? ... = No, I have decided to boycott this software due to its lousy synchrosoft activation process.
Dvr1973 04/25/2009

Dvr1973's review

The installation went smoothly, it's not easy to configure, I've had Cubase SE 1.
After 4 years, I have studied the software and I had some problems,
the drivers of my Edirol UA-1EX soundcard and UM-1EX Midi interface malfunction all the time.


Dell Inspiron 6400 PC. The software doesn't work well, it's a piece of shit, it
doesn't sound stable.


I tested Magix Music Studio Deluxe, which is a little better, except for the Vst plug-ins, it doesn't have too many. I also tested Cakewalk's Music Creator 4, but I had problems with the soundcard,. I also tested Magix music Samplitude Studio 2008, it ran smooth with the soundcard, but I had some crashes with my synth, a ROLAND E-50, and Cubase LE 4.
I'm a 35-year old handicapped musician.
Talk to you soon???

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French) " I love this software: 10/10."

Installation without problem, the configuration is not easy at the beginning, but it is necessary to read the PDF Cubase LE 4 In French, I understood several times to understand the software Cubase LE 4.
No incompatilibilit with FL Studio Fruity Edition Imageline, MakeMusic Finale 2011 Sauve with Cakewalk Sonar X1 Essential !!! which supports a sound card with software is, I have the case with the kind of problem, Dommange pouur Sonar X1 Essential, this is a good software, but many stall Audio ??? Cakewalk sorry ??? But for the Cakewalk VST, no problem: 10/10.
The Manual is sufficiently ventilated to me anyway, over me as it is necessary for an inteligent no problem anyone, but people are problem SEVERAL years since 2005 I use Cubase SE .. .dropoff window


My home computer installation 2x1 tera Hard Drive for the rest ... I know more ...
Windows 7 Professional ... Sound Card Alesis io / 2, very happy, save a small trus Potart the creaking when you turn the knob !!!
The configuration is running very well, no problem, I'm glad Assais especially for Midi Keyboard Arranger with my Yamaha PSR-S710 travaillis with: 10/10, I have just a little bored, know my sound out of my Yamaha PSR-S710 Keyboard, but I order a pair of monitor Prodipe Pro 5 2 x 75 Watt, we'll see, I think its going to work ...
The software is stable, no problem ...


I use since March 2009, I have them First Cubase SE 1 in 2005 for 4 years, but the updating is diser me to a Steinberg Cls for continuous travaillis with Cubase, I did not understand all suite, cls listen The 30 Euro !!!
I tried other software like Magix Music Studio V2000,2007 and 2008,15,17 & Samplitude Music Studio and Magix Music Maker 2006,2007,2008, Prmium 17 three times, but when I asked Magix if we had used the midi synthesizer, c'tais yes, but use the sound of my synthesizer Roland E-50, C'tais not, shame !!! I also essaiy Magix Notation 2, but I did not like at all, Cakewalk Music Creator, 4 & 5, Sonar Home Studio XL 7 & Sonar X1 Essential, I do not like at all, especially for d crochage Audio, Cakewalk sorry !!!
Also I used ArpgeMusique Pizzicato Also, as Pizzicato Composition, Pro, Professional, too, I do not At all.
I like to do everything with this software Cubase LE 4, the South, VST, Audio ...
My Next cera Cubase 6 & Sequel 3 ...
For Price: 180 Euro With the Sound Card Alesis io / 2 is not chre I referix my choice ... Thanks AudioFanzine, thank you ... Musician-Composer-Arranger-instrumentalist. ..dropoff window
Luneral 02/04/2010

Luneral's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

No problem for installation is quick and hassle-free. However, the transfer of the license is messed up, so I was unable to activate the software for months. I tried again recently, I removed the transfer messed up (I had not have noticed the option to remove previously), I reinstalled the license and everything went perfectly.
No inconsistency on my side.

The manual is extremely clear and complete for my taste, with several useful tutorials for beginners who want to know as confirmed by the core software.


I turn on Windows XP Pro with 2GB of RAM and an AMD Athlon Dual Core 4400. It's very stable, no crash and the software works very well.


I use Cubase LE 4 active recently, but I am very satisfied. Before its acquisition, I tested VST32 Cubase and Cubase SX and Cubase SX3 finally. Cubase LE 4 is the newest of 4, I find it more ergonomic, clear, and clearly better thought best. In comparison, other seem more "draft". However, SX SX3 and are much more extensive: LE 4 is a version very "light".

-The features I like most: its simplicity, clear manual, automation, design and the fact that he was offered (with ESI ESU 22).
-The features I like least: not enough integrated VST plugins in my view, can only handle little VSTi (8), no change in pitch or tempo via the submenu "Processing" ...
However, this is a really light version, and offered at that. Should not expect to have the equivalent of 5 in Cubase for free, either. No, any software, it's a bomb. But paying, there's better, necessarily.

Also note that the upgrade to Cubase 5 is possible, and we did at the same time save around 100 euros on the price of one.

The quality / price génialissime, and yes, I would do this either with experience. However, as two Cubase LE 4 will be useless to me, I turn instead to upgrade to Cubase 5 in the future.
Edit: After some months of use, I come here not to change my opinion but to state the limits of software:
Maximum number of audio tracks: 48 (mono or stereo)
Maximum number of instrument tracks: 8
Maximum number of MIDI tracks: 64
Maximum number of tracks FX: 8
Maximum number of tracks groups: 100
A single automation track displayed by both track
No Remote, and impossible to use Cubase LE 4 with Ableton Live (for example).
Francisjurdan 04/19/2009

Francisjurdan's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

- Installation is it without problem?

No problem, except for the license if it was not the net (which should be the case for our PC music).

- Have you experienced any incompatibility?

No, on the contrary with respect to my cubase VST 32 tlcomandes the South are better reconues.


But there are VERY BIG hics for me.
you lose 32-bit recording so hot.


A single stereo output on the VST instrument. a real scandal ca.
can not import the old songs cubase
and impossible to see the input levels. recording software for a c packed.
chimpanzéantarctik 05/05/2008

chimpanzéantarctik's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Sequencer recovered free with the purchase of my sound card Native Instruments Audio Kontrol.
That's good since I switched to Mac and I was looking for a sequencer well not too expensive ...
Since I was on the PC front, with Fruity Loops 5, I was used to a certain simplicity of interface ... With Cubase LE 4, a small adjustment period and afterwards, I realize that it is more ergonomic! Simplissime what ... later, I have not explored in every corner, but I'm already very happy!


I'm on the latest version of the Macbook (2GB RAM, intel clocked at 2.2GHz) and I have an external hard drive for databases, plugins and other programs ... knowing that I'm not just music on my computer, it is useful ... So, no conflict (for now, I hope it will last) with my current config .... is stable, it turns, it does not jump, no bug to note ... an excellent working basis in fact.


It cost me nothing, it is ergonomic and efficient and I have not seen the end of its capacity after 6 months of use ... if I see something wrong, I would put my opinion to date, but for now ... no comment! after all, Cubase does not become a reference for anything ... ^ ^
  • Page: 1
  • 2
  • Next page
  • Last page