Steinberg Cubase Essential 5
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Steinberg Cubase Essential 5

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

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luluvietvo 02/23/2012

Steinberg Cubase Essential 5 : luluvietvo's user review

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Value For Money : Correct
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.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

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.

OVERALL OPINION

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.