Steinberg Cubase Essential 5
Steinberg Cubase Essential 5

Cubase Essential 5, General Sequencer from Steinberg in the Cubase Essential series.

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Average Score:4.2( 4.2/5 based on 8 reviews )
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Steinberg Cubase Essential 5
Newer audio interfaces which I, by the way, really need to get around to reviewing, often bundle themselves with Steinberg with the venerable Cubase suite of software. In keeping with using only the previous version of the current professional version, the current budget audio interfaces come bundled with Cubase 5 Essential, a program that can get you started in ten minutes if you have used Cubase before, or maybe half a day if you have not. Let me get into my gripe with Cubase, Steinberg needs to make it easier and more accessible to get started, instead of burying it underneath a sea of features geared toward professionals, which, by the way, are largely stripped away in the lite version. Routing audio and setting up inputs and outputs is a pain in the butt if you have never used this program before.


On the subject of performance, while I have found that every version of Cubase, save for the latest version, tends to be a little bit uncooperative on my computer with me. So let me start this section off by saying that I was strangely surprised with how well this performed. Unlike the full version of Cubase 5, this was not as bloated, so I am going to assume that Cubase 5 Essential just does not come with everything that I complained about in the full professional version. Wait. That is a problem. Cubase never in history won any points for the general way it functioned and flowed. It won points for its comprehensive features, especially in midi manipulation, which, being an essential and lighter version, this particular instance of Cubase seems to not have. So, considering the fact that Cubase 5 Essential lacks what makes Steinberg's software special, it is hard to recommend it. It, however, performed well enough for me to consider it an acceptable digital audio workstation.


Steinberg is staying afloat because it seems to own the rights to a million different features that professionals nowadays claim to not be able to live without. Of course, when these features get stripped away in an essential version, the simple truth is there is nothing terribly appealing about Cubase 5 Essential, or any of the non comprehensive professional full versions, for that matter. In the end, if the digital audio workstation is the fulcrum on which you are making your decision, you are best sticking with another.

Ijk's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Functional, practical and effective"

Steinberg Cubase Essential 5
Simple installation and configuration. It just happens basically. after some incompatibilities encountered with LE4 comes with a multi-purpose zoom, it's good to use an app that lets fly quietly.
As usual, I did not read the manual.


my config: iMac OS X 10.6.8 / Intel Core i5 2.5 Ghz / 4GB DDR3 1333 Mhz ...
This is not the most powerful ordis range but it does turn your Essential 5 without coughing.
Only problem, insert the included effects created "POP" and other CRACs when we reached 7 to 8 playback tracks export as mixing.
But there is always a solution anyway with the range Steinberg.
Wholesale in essential Essential 5 turns pretty well.


I had Cubase SE. A computer that scorched a new computer that does not accept the old software and is blocked.
So I had to buy Essential 5 2 years ago and from SE to E5, we say "B # @ $ €! # Of & £ @%!, I miss applications!"
But we quickly realized that in other shop that are just as effective, and even completely replacing those we supposedly lost.

In passing, attention to version download demos other apps and plugins for the brand.
I'm stuck because of my soft Sequel Trial 1. Problem solved through the sav. We do not take over me.

But in enssemble, I recommend Essential 5.

MangoSound's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Cubase essential 5 is all in the title"

Steinberg Cubase Essential 5
no pb to be careful to install download e LICENSE
Existence video tutorial on cd rom


iMac motif rack xs Yamaha 01x monitoring coupled hs 50 ad other vsti guitar ring 5, additive drumed ... , Low latency inexistent with good integration with mLAN gear yamaha


2 years in my possession, I had version 3SX pending the years, that I like the least c is the number of track automation clamped in display that has a single inconvenient when we used to mix
Conclusion c is essential to say the bare minimum to start upgrade possibility but relatively expensive

Burnog's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Not bad"

Steinberg Cubase Essential 5
Assisted installation very simple and relatively quick.

Constraint? The USB plug to use software which charges an entry on the computer (laptop in my case).


I used it on Macbook Pro (only 2 USB ports!!). I had a big Intel Core 2 Duo with 4G Ram a 250GB hard drive in Sata.

The program does not rowed. Low latency sound card M-AUDIO Fast Track Ultra.


I used 2 years and came back to PC with Cubase 5 full version because I criticized the essential not to have some tools like VariAudio.

I do not exactly redeem this product now that I'm back on the PC.

cc.torres's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" computer music super cheap."

Steinberg Cubase Essential 5
Install W7 on a PC and Mac Osx 10.6 without pb. The manual electro .... yeah!
Despite an update, the driver ASIO E-MU 04040 (I / O audio & MIDI ext.) Plant constantly on W7, No problem with the Mac driver.


PC: W7 - 500GB HD - 4GB RAM - Intel Core 2 Duo - 3.2GHz
Mac mini 120GB HD + 320GB Ext / Firewire - 1GB ram (ss pbs) - 2Ghz intel (runs 2 times better than the PC with 5-8 and 5-8 VSTi VST

97Khz external soundcard, ASIO latency almost 0-E-MU 0404 USB (included i / o noon) (impossible to use on PC)

Yamaha DX7 keyboard connected to Midi

Never had a crash on Mac


1 year and a half
- Cakewalk and Cubase Sonar6 used before
- The MOST: The rich functionality and plugs (VSTI HALionOne + Synth)
- The LESS: The rich functionality and plugs
- Q / P excellent (qq with fewer elements (not necessary) Elements 6 to 99 € a lot too).
- At my level really excellent choice (piano, midi, guitar, backtracks, and partition MIX Cam YT)

luluvietvo's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Ideal for embarking on MAO"

Steinberg Cubase Essential 5
Typical installation of Windows 7.
No incompatibilities or instability noted.
The grip is rather easy for the basics.
No printed documentation, which is a shame but at the other hand, are made of paper savings for the planet.
Documentation are available in PDF in French and very well explained all the possibilities of this famous software.


I use it with a portable HP dv6 - HHZ 2 - 4 GB of RAM under Windows 7.
I utlise very simply with a midi controller AKAI MPK mini to a few small pieces using VST instruments and that's it.

For recording live audio, a dedicated sound card music is needed to correct the latency.

The software is very stable. You are limited to 16 MIDI instruments but I have never been beyond six instruments. So it is quite sufficient for my use.

Virtual instruments included with (Halion one and Prologue) have the advantage of providing a first set of banks and various sounds are enough to make some pieces. After that depends on your musical tastes and it will probably not consider buying or sound banks meet your expectations. Included effects seem unnecessary at this time given my lack of experience in audio processing. I'll pass for now.


I use it for over a year and I can say that this software remains the standard for computer music. To start, I recommend buying it in Elements version (99 €). Be aware that you can then purchase upgrades to full versions Artist or a discount.

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

Steinberg Cubase Essential 5
The installation is done it without problems?
No worries, update from Cubase SE 3 downloaded from Steinberg (50 €) if I remember right 30 minutes later it worked!

The general configuration is easy?
Well yes, it's cubase, you click ok and it installs!

Have you experienced any incompatibilities?
No inconsistency, or Vista, or under 7!

The manual is clear and sufficient?
I'll tell you when I have read lol


What is the configuration of your computer?
HP Pavilion - Windows Vista Home Premium - Intel Core 2 Duo (2x2.2 GHz) - 3 Gb Ram

This software + hardware is stable?
No problem until we asked him not to treat 150 audio tracks with effects lol

The software works he correctly on this configuration?
Perfect, nothing to say!


For how long have you been using it?
1 small months now

Did you try many other models before getting this one?
Yes, Cubase Se 3 for two years before this upgrade

What thing do you like most/least about it?
Nothing special, it's Cubase, those who use them know!

What is your opinion about the value for the price?
€ 50 maj, we will not complain!

Knowing what you know now, would you make the same choice?
Obviously, for 50 € I got a synth and vst halion one! nothing that I've won lol!

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

Steinberg Cubase Essential 5
the installation is done it without problem?

update to download on the site of Steinberg, I record the license of the key
I install on the PC and the bottom (no internet, or other frills!)
Vista SP2.
in 10 minutes c'tait loop, knowing that the four can still be used (in case!)

Gnrale configuration is easy?
no problem for CA, I use Cubase / Nuendo for some time

Have you experienced any incompatibility?

for the PC in it not even just a small problem I had once
ASIO my pedalboard Zoom G2 (to save the scratch) that would not activate.

The manual is clear and sufficient? ...

no problem I have in PDF format pretty clear throughout


What is the configuration of your computer? (Motherboard / CPU / Ram / Disk / sound card ..)

HP Pavilion 2x1.86Go CPU 4GB RAM, 320GB HDD for one another DD sound bank (eastwest)

sound card MOTU 2408 audio interface more.

This software + hardware configuration is stable?

no worries of the cot, consider a tip box, "free asio driver in background"
story of a little free ram ...

The software works he correctly on this configuration?

I had a desire to crash or two but it's my fault ... I duplicated a midi track for EWQL SC with world builder (both loaded)

obviously he has not appreciated!

What performance? (If quantifiable)

since it is the only squenceur I used I completely agree ... I miss him just for a REAL DD + sound bank draft for the move without concern (the current must be too slow so when I have my project 50 audio track with reverb and all cracked sv ca re ...)


How long have you use it?

I use it for 15 days, I had cubase 4 essential before.

Have you tried many other models before acqurir?

I only had 4 Cubase essential.

What is the particular feature you like best and least?

I love the pitch correction, for the price not much not apprcier.

How do you report qualitprix?

An update was 50 for a more comprehensive program, level qualitprix I can not say much.
Exprience with, you will do again this choice? ...
Plutt twice that.