Steinberg Cubase 5
Steinberg Cubase 5

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

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Average Score:4.2( 4.2/5 based on 35 reviews )
 14 reviews40 %
 12 reviews34 %
 3 reviews9 %
Value For Money : Excellent
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Anonymous 's review

Steinberg Cubase 5
Steinberg's Cubase is an incredibly powerful program that, quite frankly, needs a bit of a face lift. More and more features enter its clutches and the program reaches a point to where I was not able to figure out how to begin setting things up without a bit of a romp on the internet and a downloading of extra drivers. That is odd that I seemed to have to do that. This is in my opinion the biggest problem that Cubase has. It is a fantastic MIDI sequencing program and has so many different parameters and comprehensive controls for MIDI data, and something like that can be gotten into immediately. However, the general audio configuration is just absolutely horrendous the first time. Granted, this is not terrible since once it is figured out, it becomes quite simple. So do not take this rating too badly.


Cubase is fantastic for MIDI, but when it comes to audio, it is not really a slouch either. That said, none of its offerings compare to its competitors like Pro Tools and Logic. I even prefer Reaper's built in things over Cubase's. That is quite silly, considering that Steinberg pioneered the VST format.

However, for MIDI, which is honestly the very first thing one should consider when working with Cubase or considering buying Cubase, it is absolutely superb. Never before have I seen a program that can so easily and intuitively process MIDI data. The problem again comes in its graphical user interface, which is dated and bloated, and not all that inspiring to someone attempting to choose a digital audio workstation.


Overall I like Cubase. I worked with it for a while, and the expression of the MIDI parameters is the one hook that Cubase should be more aware of. Even with the more recent Cubase 6, Cubase is not a terribly inspiring program to work in unless you already know all of the insides and outs. The only reason you are reading reviews on a website is because you do not know the ins and outs, so unless you are a huge MIDI buff, I suggest not even considering Cubase right now.

ericthegreat's review

Steinberg Cubase 5
Steinberg cubase 5 is a great midi production software program, I have been using cubase for years and now I use 6. I love it, it is exactly what I would want out of a software of this type. It can be hard to understand at first, but you will get the hang of it in no time.


I have been using Cubase since SX3. I was not using it by choice, but because I did not have the money for Pro Tools and did not know about Logic. After going through a few different DAWS I settled in Logic Pro and loved it. Still had Cubase on my Mac but was having so many problems with it crashing and freezing that I stopped using it. They issued a 6.5.3 update and it's been running smoothly on my iMac so I took the plunge into Cubase 6 because I am primarily a midi sequencer rather than Hardware user.


I am so glad I made this upgrade. LoopMash 2 is simply ADDICTIVE! There should be a reality rehab show on LoopMash 2 addicts. They made some much needed improvements on that. The Drum replacement feature is the quickest and most seamless experience I have had with wanting to audition deferent drum sounds but still keep the original groove of the loop that was recorded or imported. Halion Sonic SE is finally the right primary sound source for this DAW. Halion One of the previous two versions was well intended but fell short. However, with Halion Sonic SE the sounds programmed by the Yamaha sound designers and the VST expressions integration and other Motif workstation like features I can finally have a pallet of radio ready sounds to use out the box without having to always pull in 3rd party plugins, not that it's a bad thing. The new layout takes some minor getting used to, but it all makes sense for those who have been using Cubase and it all flows. The drag and drop features using Media Bay and it's integration with LoopMash2 and Groove Agent One. I could go on and on about what I am impressed with .
DJ Henny09/24/2011

DJ Henny's review"Great DAW."

Steinberg Cubase 5
I was completely sceptical to Cubase at first. I thought it was just another DAW that people used as a cheaper replacement for Pro Tools. At the end of the day it really doesn't matter what you use though. Cubase is a very strong competetor for Pro Tools. It is a very stable and quick to use DAW that is marketed at a brilliant price too. I had no compatability issues with it at all, it installed sweetly on both of my computers. The main setup is very simple, allowing you to set up midi channels based off VST instruments or add in Audio channels for sampling or sample loops that you want to use in your song creation.


Cubase is a very good DAW for doing what it says on the tin and more. Plugins such as HalionSonic come with it and are brilliant additions to any producers arsenal. Cubase is very good with memory usage and CPU usage, a lot better than FL studio is during a high level project with lots of plugins running. I haven't been using cubase for a long time as I have only just encountered it during college.


The stock plugins that come with Cubase are some of my favourite features. It is very accessible and can allow PC keyboard usage if you do not ahve a midi controller. Obviously a midi keyboard does help any ventures but it isn't really neccesary as you can use your PC keyboard. I am a huge fan of the mixer that Cubase offers, it looks a lot more professional than any other DAW I have used. The mixer is superb and even the stock effect plugins that come with it are near to industry standard with some tweaking of the presets that come with them. Cubase is easily overloaded though. You should save regularly in cubase and set the project folder to be somewhere you will not forget about. I reccomend an entire new folder on an external hard drive for all folders and projects relating to cubase as it can be a nightmare to find lost work. Knowing what I know now, I would pick Cubase as a DAW to learn as it offers professional results at a much more modest price to Pro Tools.

Mac88104's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Ergonomic"

Steinberg Cubase 5


Works without pb on a laptop. Which is limited by the PC, this is the VST sounds in 32-bit mode.


Pulsieurs used cubase since SX versions. What I like most is that ergonomics can focus on the work of composition.

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" cubase vst and cubase 5"

Steinberg Cubase 5
Tested under windows seven and xp.Pas particular problems.


I do not know if it comes from my pc, but when windows XP ago
too much MIDI data stored on large numbers of measurements publishers operation becomes too slow and it is very annoying for a long working session ... vst on cubase I can work on thousands of measurements with as much data as I want without any problems, I should mention that I only work with MIDI, no audio (I know it's cheesy but it suits me perfectly! ).


As I said above I only work with MIDI, so I do not judge here
the MIDI part, well at the risk of a retrograde old, the point of view I prefer cubase VST MIDI too many nice things have disappeared on cubase 5: toolbar with the ability to assign any what preset logic editor to an icon, the ability to enter notes by velocity in the editor keyboard that on cubase 5 ternary values ​​ultimately do not really exist and are defined in relation to binary values ...
I could go on, however the useful thing to use as
one hand as a model in terms of velocity and force power any hand to adopt the same velocity without having to rework the velocities for each share that would be a huge time saver, that, that is still not.
To conclude, if you want a good MIDI sequencer simple and effective if you do not want to ruin because cubase 5 is still quite expensive, try to find cubase VST 5 used or if you keep it!
Signed an old fogy retrograde still finds that MIDI is not dead and is a fabulous tool work at a time when no one swears by the audio!!
A final remark on the lack of flexibility in terms of backups:
on cubase VST could save the units, arrangements or complete song, it offered great flexibility on cubase 5 finished it all: the one size projet.Je really think this choice made by Steinberg since the abandonment of cubase VST and the transition to new versions is a choice too limiting and too rigid.
And contrary to what I've read here and there cubase VST 5 which dates from 1999 if I remember correctly works perfectly under windows seven after the tests I have done.

yoshi303's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" TOP! pro."

Steinberg Cubase 5
(Make sure to configure the driver "ASIO" to make music (and get sound ..)


intel 17 ... 8 GB RAM
Saffire PRO 24, emu esi 4000, waldorf blofeld ..
3xdisque drive (system 100 GB, 1 TB programs, the sound 1to ~ ~ ~)

a 4-core processor required if you use VSTi mostly ..
(Mac PC .. I know)


best to build / produce / mastring ..

(Ah I utlise for about 10-15 years ...) but not on atari ...

if you want to do live, go to Ableton Live! or Build And lifer and on 2.

for the creation cubase is perfect. (Very pro) ... but beware it looks like a "factory", but actually it's quite simple, just check his videos:
-How to insert a VST instrument in Cubase
- ".." ..... "...." ... an effect on a VST ........
-How to insert a "limiter / compressor" TO PREVENT MY CABINETS BOUZILLER .. or "when I listen to my CD ds car the volume is too low compared to the volume of the cd or réadio ........"


after you have a soucy consult the manual if necessary,
700 pages in French it is doing very well .. dessuite found!
(There's the PDF if not in English too ..)


if I had to make that choice? ... Mmmmmh ...

must see .. version 6 is already out and looks like + to "a bugfix / improvement of functions" k'a an ACTUAL EVOLUTION .. (Certe there are new VST ..)


but for cubase 4 and cubase 5 ... without hesitating, yes I referrais the same choice!

everything is done with. "Simply"

papimusic's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" I"

Steinberg Cubase 5
Easy installation
Simple configuration
No incompatibility of my knowledge. Cubase 5.5 now with my old sampler Voklsampler still works!
Manual clear and in French.


OS: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3
Asus P5GD2 Premium motherboard
Intel Pentium 4 540, 3200 MHz
3072 MB (DDR2-533 DDR2 SDRAM)
Maxtor 6B200M0
Sound card ESI Juli @ de
Video card NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT (512 MB)
Problem-free operation you conf mat + software trs stable


Using 6 years
I tried the "gteau works" (cakewalk) without success and Ableton Live
I like the interface and fawn Defines keyboard shortcuts.
There are too many windows and there must be a big step for a global view.
Good qualitprix.
I do it again without hsiter this choice, but in some cases a j'achterai deuxime squenceur type reaper.
dany rogan12/04/2011

dany rogan's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" a good product"

Steinberg Cubase 5
Installation is no problem
configuration is a bit compliqubr /> rather compatible
the manual is clear but it lacks vidos on dvd


I'm on PC and I use a Yamaha n8


for 1 year but j'itilise cubase for over 20 years
is an inexpensive
Mr Pitch12/02/2011

Mr Pitch's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Following SX3, no real "plus""

Steinberg Cubase 5
Installation without any problem, I'm used Cubase since SX1 ...
Gnrale configuration very easy, I could install my FaderPort without any worries. No incompatibility notes today. Manual and assistance than enough (again, for someone who is used it is almost optional, if not for a nophyte is nickel)


started dating my config: Pentium 4Prescott, CM ASUS P4P800SE / 2GB of DDR2 Ram / Disk Systm Raptor 36 GB / 1 TB Seagate drive datas / sound card Echo MIA MIDI

The perfs to show up for a project about 50 audio tracks + insert plugs into any kind. I prcise that the PC is not that and that was running Windows XP with optimization for computer music (no games, MSN, etc ...)

In this context, Cubase is running without any problem, never crash and remarkable stability.


I am a Cubase user since 2003, this version More precisely since September 2011.

I test Ableton Live before going in SX3 version 5 but not sure ... May be I am too used the Cubase environment ...

What I like most? : Its interface and its ability to paramtrage (I doubt that the softs competitors offer the same thing nanmoins). The Device Panels that you can find a and l are also friendly and I like also the editor Intgr audio and MIDI effects Submitted few, adpanne often. ReWire protocol is excellent, perfect example with Reason

What I like least? : I'm kind of books by the standard VST instruments or effects. Do not expect to complete a project with. This seems more cot Logic provided (but exclusive worldwide MAC). Time strech its algorithm seems prfre perfectible and I often use Sound Forge for this kind of manipulation. Reverence, convolution reverb I also left on my hunger ...

The ratio quality / price (nine) is okay. I expected a possibly offer better quality in Contents of plug-ins software is fournis.Le trs good job but its actually quite small cots mdiocre and still does not justify the price . However, on occasion, impeccable!

I do it again this choice with the exprience, nanmoins, I would soon evolve as a platform for MAC is an opportunity to test Logic! But it is true that Cubase will always have a special place in my set.

FeeL-31's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Cubase 5, almost complete ..."

Steinberg Cubase 5
installation without problem, n'tant not interrested I have not loaded Halion Symphonic Orchestra.
the file size VST expression "(1CD alone) is not behavior and negligible I loaded all the same ...

configuration quite easy even if I had touched a cubase for over 15 years, the era which was only manage MIDI

manual clear and specific on, very large, multilingual, excellent surprise by opening the box!

Incompatibility can not run some VST, even rcent, it may be to the fact that I did not upgrade the 5 5 1 makes me crash (not always resolutely )
for example in the Arturia Minimoog / 5 Modular, ARP and Prophet pass very well, but the Jupiter 8, Analog Factory, Brass and CS 80 does not pass and make me crash in the opening or they covered but open the window of the instrument is empty (Jupiter 8 and CS 80)

I t also of the Halion because I expected the possibility of using it "function sampler" well no
So I tried the SampleTank VST that comes out in October beginners free version but it makes me crash too ...

my opinion is mixed and give rise July 1


Used with Windows 7 (64 bit) on a PC assembled "on top" based Quad Core Intel I980 P. 8 GB of RAM and very good SSD 160 GB, part of my problem plugin vst, everything is very stable and even with a piece of 10 min. 28 tracks of which at least 15 with VST plugin's "additions" (ie those not included) and 1 3 effects per track on average + 2 / 3 master effects, nothing bronchus and Asio support is very very low, the level in the transport bar debonding of the minimum penalty! superb, but we Specifies that my PC is very sturdy ...


I use it for over a month and despite my problem with some plug-in compatible VST's I'm pretty happy, it still lacks even a "real" sampler, it Some progress Halion do with (the version should be included Halion Sonic, too bad ...)

I tried Live and Acid Pro 9 prfr but I am leaning towards a brand I knew dja (even if c'tait 15 years ago) especially as I'm on heating and Sequel 2 demo version of Cubase 5 before ;-)

I REFERRED certainly raise this choice but the price more ngociant taking Halion Sonic 2 / 3 other plug-in's with ...