[tabs] [tab title="Get Cubase"]Cubase 7.5 adds new features that support musical creativity and enhance workflow: create alternative TrackVersions, keep focused at all times with the track visibility management system and explore the new sonic possibilities of Groove Agent SE 4, HALion Sonic SE 2, LoopMash FX, the REVelation reverb — and much, much more.
- Plug-ins: 66 real-time audio effects
- 64 Audio and 128 MIDI Tracks; 32 Instrument Tracks
- MixConsole features: flexible channel layout, 12 dB boost and dedicated processing power per channel
- Extraordinary workflow improvements include A/B comparison and global bypass for all audio effects, a plug-in search function and drag-and-drop support throughout
- Features the Channel Strip and Channel Central
- Chord Track allows for easy working with chords within your Project window
- Create your harmonies with VariAudio 2.0
- Remote Control Editor supports many hardware remote controllers
- Integrated loudness meter that is fully compatible with the EBU R128 loudness standard
- Key Editor is the place where melodies, chords, arrangements and performances take shape
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Finally. New version of DAW Cubase 7.5 is here. Let's see if version 7.5 offers enough to be worth buying. New features can be easily divided into two types - those related to the essential functions and those introduced in this new version for the first time.
Hiding channels in the sequencer
Each program has its simply a user often incomprehensible qualities and this was the case in Cubase definitely one of them. It is a definitely very welcome change for users with complex projects. This is so because after we had in version 7 the ability to edit the visibility of channel mix using a dedicated part of the window, we have this opportunity now and in the sequencer, the control box shares space with sections Inspector (the panel on the left side). Thus, we have the ability to hide and display channels independently on display mix. In addition, added a section where you can manage the display with additional functions (display only tracks containing data in the selected range, hide the "mutant" stop and others).
Track your version
In the previous versions of Cubase, there was a lacked functionality for switching the whole composition variations (playlists in ProTools, Logic). Now we finally have this option and is tackled by Inspector section where we have a list of all versions and functions needed to manage them. I like that you can browse tracks and have a clear view of how many versions of the tracks we have, unlike ProTools, where we produce playlists using the pop-up menu.
"Tab to Transient" navigation
This also known as the ProTools function is now available in the sequencer Cubase. When any audio material is added directly, Cubase will calculate the crossover points (hit points) in the background and with their help we can also move within the project. We can still change the threshold settings specific hit points and move the way we were used to do before.
Presets to work with the Quick Controls
Definitely an interesting feature for regular users of Quick Controls. To load and hide the whole combination can significantly speed up the work, of course. I admit that although I have long been saying that I should really start Quick Controls to use yet it did not happen 🙂
From the introductory promo materials, I wasn't able to understand exactly what is this function all about. The ability to switch back to the beginning of playback or recording we did have there before, and in the case of the abortive attempt, we can simply to press the record button again. The real change that has occurred, it is the expansion options that we can use while recording. Earlier switches for recording have been extended to the choice between mode Punch In / Out and ReRecord. The new mode offers the possibility of immediate reparation of the material, or the system returns to the state in which the recording began. Certainly it can save removal clearly useless attempts and it can also help to keep your project clean from useless files. A good feature is that there is no immediate deletion of the material, but only removes it from the sequencer and throw into the trash.
Instrument (t) rack 2.0
Introduction of Instrument track was for me very simplistic element. When working with simple instruments (one MIDI input and one stereo as the audio output) was the way of constructing virtual instrument via VST Rack unnecessarily complicated. Now it has become much easier. Steinberg solved this part really well. A key innovation, however, is that the limitations for the instruments placed in the track have been removed. Window rack is no longer just a place to create new tools, but can also be a kind of center for their control.
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New features of Cubase 7.5
Groove Agent SE4 and EDM Toolbox
The new version extends the Groove Agent One. We all knew it - Groove AGent was not definitely the newest piece from the Steinberg. GUI has been significantly improved and advanced features were added. Another good example of integration into the Cubase is, that Drum Map can be now loaded directly from the instrument. However, despite the many improvements it is still not entirely Native Instruments Battery 4, but as part of your DAW it is more than an interesting tool and this kind of integration can save a lot of work.
HALion Sonic SE2
Simple sampler supplied with Cubase was also refreshed. I admit that the only time I used the HALion Sonic SE, was while loading general MIDI file for playback. The GUI looks at first glance like in the previous version. Anyway now it includes 150 new sounds and 8 new effects, which of course can come in handy.
It is always handy, when new plug-in to work with creative effects is introduced. I personally like it: is very clear and short oscillograph is a nicegraphical "thing".
In new version of Cubase there is also new version of the HTC plug-in modeling saturation Cassette tape. This is, of course, currently a big hit: we have therefore Magneto 2 with new graphical user interface that looks more like a tape recorder and the sound isnot bad at all.
New reverb plug-in that complements pre-existing collection (convolution and algorithmic Roomworks REVrence) is again algorithmic, as described, focusing on rich and dense echoes. REVerence is among one of my favorite reverberation processing, particularly for video post-production. According to the above mentioned promo materials, a new plug-in was developed in collaboration with experienced guys in the field, both in the music and film sound and should aim to mimic the famous hardware units.
Conclusion and final thoughts
New features are more likely "small fishes" rather than major improvements, however all together they form a useful piece of software. Users with more and more equipment can again appreciate the improvements in the base Cubase, which is particularly important for those who work on large projects with large amounts of virtual instruments. If you are planning to stay with Cubase, there is no reason not to purchase the update, because certainly it opens up new possibilities and in many ways makes your workflow easier.
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