I have been using Cubase for quite some time now, all the way back to the old Cubase 2.0! The software has certainly seen plenty of changes, including the big crossover to SX back in 2002. Today I’m going to be looking at the latest upgrade you can make which is up to 7.5. The lowest version of Cubase that you can upgrade from is 4, and it gives you a lot more functionality and tools than older versions. If you’re thinking of upgrading to a higher version of Cubase then now is a great time to do it – 7.5 packs some serious punch!
I use Cubase because I know it so well. I know how to do everything I need to very quickly, which is the main reason why I have never moved over to Logic or Pro Tools. I regularly compose and produce music for various production libraries, as well as composing music for horror films. Cubase has everything I need and more, sometimes I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface of what I can do with the software! Installation was not the easiest of things, but it never really is with a DAW. Various updated patches, registering iLok accounts with the software, e.t.c. – it’s quick to install the software, but registering and setting it all up is what takes the time!
The patches that are included with Cubase are OK. There are some great drum patches on the drum VST’s (Maple Kit being my favourite on Groove Agent), and some really interesting things on Loop Mash that can act as a great starting point to a composition. The bundled synth’s do feel a little out dated now compared with products such as Massive, Reaktor, e.t.c.
Check out the video below which gives you a great idea of the new sounds and instruments in Cubase 7.5:
New Cubase 7.5 Features
Ok so let’s start with some of the new features available in 7.5 (I’m assuming that if your reading this you are a Cubase user and you know all about it’s main features and functions!)
Track Versions – For creating, renaming and managing parallel variations of tracks. I am finding this very useful to use, if you don’t know what Parallel compression (sometimes called ‘New York’ compression) is then check this video tutorial made by Steinberg
Track visibility – Great new feature from Cubase meaning you can simply hide channels quickly and easily, so get rid of all those pesky compression busses or multiple instances of channels when all you want to control is the master volume for a group of channels.
HALion Sonic SE 2 – I tend not to use the bundled free instruments with Cubase, but it’s can sometimes be helpful to have some basic ‘lite’ patches that don’t take too much processing power!
Groove Agent SE 4 – Plenty of new presets and drum kits in this great drum sampler.
REVelation – A great little reverb unit that gives Cubase users a little more in the Reverb department. If you don’t want to use the heavy processing power of convolution reverb then REVelation is what you need. A lovely smooth reverb that is based on old hardware models. I think this one is going to be very useful in the future of my productions, and it certainly beats the old ‘Reverb A’!
Magneto 2 – A useful emulator for adding warmth and a bit of ‘dirt’ to your tracks. Works wonders on drums and vocals, or for applying on any group busses to warm things up!
A big feature that was introduced since version 6 was the mix console, a complete overhaul of the mixer with new layouts and functionality. I must admit I did find this a little tricky to navigate at first (but this was probably based on me being comfortable with the old mixer and not necessarily anything to do with the layout of the mixer). You need to come to this with an open mind and a fresh mind set. The mix console is a great piece of kit, and once you know your way around you will find the old mixer lacking in features! It’s like anything new – it just takes a bit of time getting used to it!
On the new mix console I have found quite a few new functions that I wasn’t using before. I encourage you to give this mixer a go. It will take a little getting used to but it’s quite well laid out, and more importantly it’s really easy to customize everything exactly how you want it!