Cubase Pro 9

Cubase Pro 9


“Nothing beats the Pro

Designed to meet the requirements of professional producers, composers and mixing engineers, Cubase Pro stands for cutting-edge technology, highly efficient workflows and unlimited possibilities. For countless music producers and audio engineers around the globe, Cubase Pro is the essential tool used when the job needs to get done.

Pro editing

The many top-of-the-line tools that come with Cubase Pro let you edit and enhance your recordings in the most convenient and efficient way. Edit multiple tracks at once with the smart Track Edit Groups, quantize your recordings with the straight-forward AudioWarp tool set and push your vocal and monophonic audio recordings to perfection with the stunning VariAudio 2.0 audio editing and pitch alteration tool.

State-of-the-art mixing

The state-of-the-art mixing environment in Cubase Pro is unmatched in terms of flexibility, quality and workflow. VCA faders and Control Link Groups let you master even complex mixing situations. The 5.1 surround support makes Cubase Pro the first choice in many film studios worldwide. The powerful Control Room concept seamlessly integrates performer mixes and monitoring setups into your recording and mixing workflow. The list just goes on and on.

Outboard inside

Cubase Pro adds over 80 high-quality audio effects to your mixing arsenal. The beautifully spacious REVerence convolution reverb, the series of multiband processors including Multiband Compressor, Expander and Envelope Shaper, the surgically precise Frequency EQ, Voxengo’s spline CurveEQ, the Surround Panner, and this is only to name but a few. Cubase Pro also supports the integration of external effect devices and instruments, such as hardware synthesizers or hardware signal processors, into the sequencer signal flow.

Top 10 key features

Award-winning 32-bit floating-point Steinberg audio engine with up to 192 kHz, 5.1 surround, flexible routing and full automatic delay compensation
Unlimited audio, instrument and MIDI tracks and up to 256 physical inputs and outputs
MixConsole for pro mixing desk experience and integrated high-end channel strip, VCA faders, Loudness Meter, Wave Meters
Complete suite of over 90 high-end audio and MIDI VST effect processors, including Quadrafuzz v2, VST Amp Rack and VST Bass Amp guitar and bass tone suites, REVerence convolution reverb, Frequency eight-band EQ and many more
VariAudio for MIDI-style note editing of monophonic audio tracks, automatic voicing harmonization and auto-tuning effects

Intelligent compositional tools like Chord Track, Chord Pads and the advanced Chord Assistant for creative and playful composing of harmonic progressions and advanced voicings
Comprehensive set of 8 outstanding instruments with over 3,400 sounds, including HALion Sonic SE 2, Groove Agent SE 4, Padshop, Retrologue 2 and LoopMash 2
Full VST Expression 2 with Note Expression, VST Dynamics and Expression Maps for fully integrated workflows with musical articulations, dynamics and controller values
Perfect integration of external hardware effect devices and instruments, such as synthesizers or signal processors, into the sequencer signal flow.
VST Connect SE and VST Transit cloud collaboration services

Music production with Cubase

Cubase condenses almost three decades of Steinberg expertise into the most cutting-edge digital audio workstation anywhere. The users of our flagship DAW are among the most successful artists on the globe — from engineers recording and mixing rock albums to dance DJs, hip hop producers, songwriters creating pop hits or film composers scoring for Hollywood blockbusters. Cubase combines industry-leading sound quality, intuitive handling and a range of advanced audio and MIDI tools for composition, recording, editing and mixing.

Composing music with Cubase

Steinberg has pioneered many aspects of MIDI sequencing on a computer, and tools such as the Score, Drum and List Editors have become indispensable to modern music production. With easy-to-use editing and innovative composing and notation tools, Cubase offers the most complete MIDI composing and sequencing toolset available today.

Powerful MIDI editors

Key Editor

At the heart of MIDI sequencing in Cubase is the Key Editor: a breathtakingly powerful yet transparent tool that opens up virtually limitless possibilities for songwriters and composers. The Key Editor is the place where melodies, chords, arrangements and performances take shape and where ideas are sketched out, developed and taken to their full potential. Based on more than three decades of experience, the Key Editor comes with an ultra-intuitive handling and highly accurate tools.

Drum Editor

The Drum Editor is a highly intuitive yet powerful place for constructing and reworking beats, rhythms and grooves, offering a plethora of features to let you come up with the perfect rhythm for your song or production.

Score Editor

The Score Editor is a professional notation environment with full support for just about all symbol, display and editing options that this entails, including support for lyrics and remarks as well as drum notes, guitar tablature and lead sheets. Simply select the tools needed to create fully professional score layouts for others including soloists, orchestras and choirs. The Score Editor includes more than 100 professional notation symbols and supports the import and export of Music XML files.

List Editor

The List Editor is a advanced MIDI editing tool that gives fast access to every single aspect of a MIDI note and can be a huge timesaver in complex projects.

VST Expression 2

VST Expression is a groundbreaking technology by Steinberg that provides an ultra-intuitive way of working with instrument articulations, dynamics and multiple controller values. Its second generation is based on three core technologies: Note Expression, Expression Maps and VST Dynamics. Expression Maps help you work with musical articulations, while VST Dynamics allow for highly intuitive handling of dynamics.

On top of this, Note Expression offers a revolutionary approach to create and edit multiple controller values in a single graphical interface, directly on the note they belong to — an invaluable feature for demanding orchestral arrangements as well as cutting-edge electronic music.

Sampler Track

Just use any piece of audio to create a Sampler Track, play the sample chromatically, manipulate it with its on-board filters and controls, experiment and enjoy the sonic extravaganza only the Sampler Track can give you. And to top it off, the Sampler Track comes with Caleidoscope, a dedicated sample library with hundreds of samples and presets to get you started right away.

Intelligent compositional tools

Chord Track

Cubase features a global Chord Track to facilitate working with chords in a project context and enables transform and harmonize functions throughout the application. Advanced voicing options are used to reflect any changes made to the Chord Track to both MIDI and audio tracks processed with VariAudio in a harmonically correct and ear-pleasing way.

Chord Assistant

You don’t have to be a musical genius to lay down beautiful harmonies when you’re using Cubase. The powerful Chord Assistant helps you to generate everything from simple pop to complex jazz chord sequences that just sound great. Want to specify both the first and final chords but have no clue how to get there? This, also, is possible. The Chord Assistant lists chord suggestions from which you can choose.

Chord Pads

Chord pads are a great way to playfully and creatively compose with chords. Jam with chords and patterns in real time and remote control multiple parameters to change chords on the fly. The chord pads are playable via a MIDI keyboard and real-time parameters allow you to easily improvise chord performances by changing voicings, tensions and more as you go.

Audio recording with Cubase

Steinberg’s wealth of engineering experience in digital audio stretching back over nearly three decades provides the basis for its state-of-the-art recording capabilities. With its emphasis not only on technology but also on user friendliness and ergonomics, Cubase provides everything you need to record your audio with ease and utmost quality.

Next-generation audio engine

The award-winning Cubase audio engine delivers a crystal-clear 32-bit floating-point resolution and 192 kHz sample rate, with a pristine sound quality that is the hallmark of the Cubase music production experience. And the Cubase audio engine also includes true surround capability throughout, with each track and channel offering up to six discreet channels, ready for 5.1 surround.

Retrospective Record: no take ever gets lost because record mode wasn’t engaged in time
Exemplary FX handling: any VST plug-in can be recorded with the signal, or simply used for monitoring while the untouched, pristine signal is recorded in Cubase
Intuitive user interface supports even the largest recording rigs, with easy-to-use folders, customizable Track views and custom color schemes for Tracks that differentiate track types at a glance

Effortless I/O handling: the VST Connections window allows you to not only setup custom I/O setups and customize port names but also switch between different I/O setups on the fly
Re-record mode: simply hit the record button again and the recording will start from the original position preserving the original pre-count and metronome settings

Control Room

Engineered exclusively for Steinberg’s audio production systems and unavailable on any other software workstation, the Control Room is a unique recording and monitoring environment seamlessly integrating performer mixes and monitoring setups into your recording and mixing workflow.

Cubase allows you to create and manage up to four unique studio mixes feeding performers their own tailored mix, to use the integrated talkback function, manage audio sources feeding from tape, CD or DVD — all seamlessly integrated in the Cubase MixConsole.

Audio editing with Cubase

A powerful sample editor, smart multi-track editing, fast take-comping, totally integrated vocal editing and pitch alteration of monophonic signals — Cubase provides all this and much more, allowing you to edit audio with peerless precision and unprecedented speed.


The Sample Editor allows you almost limitless creative freedom while editing audio. A full editing toolset offers a huge range of functions that not only cover common editing tasks right down to the sample level. Cubase is the complete production environment for fast, intuitive and qualitatively outstanding audio tools that allow you to manipulate your recordings in almost any way imaginable.

State-of-the-art transient and tempo detection: optimize the timing, feel and flavor of live-recorded drum tracks
Intuitive audio quantization
Easy drum replacement

Extended pitch correction and creative audio manipulation

VariAudio offers completely integrated vocal editing and pitch alteration of individual notes in monophonic vocal recordings and can solve intonation and timing problems with a few clicks. Editing vocal lines in the Sample Editor is just as seamless and quick as if editing MIDI notes in the Key Editor.

The full integration with the Chord Track ensures correct pitch to your harmonies at all times! This interaction also lets you harmonize your lead vocals in beautifully composed choral arrangements. Plus, you can even edit multiple VariAudio parts across multiple tracks within one editor only. And yes, the popular autotuning effect is no big deal!

Drum recordings and drum loops

Transient and tempo detection

Cubase comes with a state-of-the-art transient detection. With this powerful tool at hand, you can detect single hits, rolls and ghost notes faster and more accurate than ever before. Best of all, hitpoints are automatically calculated in the background as soon as audio material is recorded or imported into the arrangement window.

Plus, the tempo detection algorithm accurately determines the tempo of any rhythmic audio material. The resulting tempo map can be used to keep the dynamic feeling of natural tempo variations or to remove unwanted tempo changes quickly.

Straightforward drum replacement

The bass drum needs some extra punch? The snare drum doesn’t cut through the mix? With the Hitpoint-to-MIDI function, it is very easy to replace, double or enrich live-recorded drum sounds. When the transients have been detected, a single click creates a MIDI track with a MIDI note for each drum hit. From here, it’s up to you which sampler or synth you want to fuel.

Multi-track editing

Smart multi-track editing

Simple and efficient — Track Edit Groups tie together what belongs together. When recording a guitar for example, it is common to record signals from different amps, microphone types or distances on separate tracks. With Track Edit Groups activated, related tracks are tied together and can be edited at once, making this feature a huge time-saver in the studio.

Warp quantizing

Cubase also allows you to warp-quantize multiple audio tracks at once using the convenient Quantize panel. By creating warp markers straight from hitpoints, both single audio loops as well as the entire arrangement can be non-destructively quantized with a single mouse click — just like MIDI parts! And because the audio events are warped instead of sliced, they automatically follow any tempo or pitch changes of your project while remaining unclutterd for easy arrangements.

Conjure the perfect take

Ultra-fast take comping

Building the perfect take has never been that easy — with the intuitive Lane Track concept. When recording several takes, Cubase instantly creates a Lane Track for each take. From here, it’s just a short way to perfection: simply swipe across the best parts and Cubase automatically creates a master take that contains all selected parts. In addition, the Comp tool offers handy click-and-drag features for immediate results.


Create, rename and manage parallel versions of the same track or tracks and use them to compare takes or create alternative versions of your recordings while keeping all track settings. Interfacing perfectly with existing track handling features like lanes, the flexible new TrackVersions feature will significantly speed up your workflow when working not only with audio but also MIDI, instrument, chord, tempo and signature tracks.

Direct file exchange with WaveLab

Use WaveLab’s mighty feature set from within Cubase. Open WaveLab directly from within Cubase and use WaveLab’s powerful restoration, editing, analysis and mastering functions to polish your audio material even during the mixing process. After editing and processing the audio file in WaveLab, the file can be updated automatically in Cubase by just a single mouse click in WaveLab.

Render in-place

The new render in-place function allows you to bounce MIDI and audio parts easily. You can define exactly on what to include and for example render-in track FX in the newly created events. Trigger the command and a new audio track is created with all effects settings copied over from the original source track plus your rendered audio event, including intact event boundaries.

Professional mixing in Cubase

Cubase provides a complete mixing environment that not only equips you to produce stunning mixes in stereo or surround, but allows you to tailor your mixing workflow to suit your own personal artistic and creative vision. MixConsole is dedicated to professionals working regularly with the mixer.

Cubase MixConsole

Stellar mixing with MixConsole

Cubase’s MixConsole excels not only in terms of usability, look and feel, but also sounds better than anything before it — it’s in the mix! Here are some of the features that let you cut down on mixing time and zero in on getting creative.

32-bit floating-point mixing engine with 128 physical inputs and outputs, 8 inserts per channel, 64 FX sends, 256 groups/busses and unlimited routing between audio channels, busses, groups and FX
Entirely scalable and dedicated full-screen mode
View Sets and Channel Zones for utmost flexibility
VCA faders for complex mixing and automation workflows
Control Link groups and Quick Link system for channel parameters
Customizable track icons and track notepad
Drag-and-drop support throughout the mixer

Direct routing with one click
Dynamic inserts and sends provide streamlined overview
A/B comparison and global bypass of all audio effects
Wave Meters: upcoming audio events are displayed with the respective waveforms
Plug-in & channel search function
Full Control Room integration, including talkback and four different cue mixes
Optimized for mouse-free operation: virtually all channel elements are accessible by blind reader software & through the computer keyboard

MixConsole History

Ever wanted to compare different mixes with just one mouse click? The MixConsole History tracks all changes made in the MixConsole and easily lets you choose several stages of your mixing process just by selecting them from a list. This means you’ll be getting your basic mixer undo/redo, but it also allows you to experiment freely with which mix suits your project best.

High-end channel strip for every channel

Integrated into each single Cubase channel and carefully crafted in close collaboration with seasoned mixing engineers, the channel strip modules offer that epic pro-console sound that lets you turn your songs into a hard-hitting, radio-ready production.

Epic pro-studio sound built right into every channel
High and low-pass filters plus 4-band StudioEQ with spectrum analyzer, noise gate and 3 compressors
Enveloper Shaper fully controls attack and release
High-end channel strip for every channel modules
Includes over 300 presets by US producer Allen Morgan

Workflow for professionals

Track visibility management

Cubase offers a track visibility management feature that greatly expedites working with huge projects by dynamically displaying only the tracks you actually want to see. Various View Agents help you by instantly bringing the right tracks into focus; this powerful feature will help you maintain a full overview of your project at all times.

Import tracks from projects

Pull in tracks from other projects on the fly in seconds! You’ve spent ages tweaking that little synthetic kick drum sound into an earth – shattering boom, or meticulously building a monumental wall of guitar. Now you want to bring that into your current song — and it’s so easy and quick in Cubase 8.5. Import the entire track with all its settings and content, either as new tracks or replacing existing tracks with the same name. And Cubase will even create new TrackVersions automatically when replacing existing tracks, allowing you to change back to the original track layout with one single click!

Remote control support throughout

The Remote Control Editor lets you visually customize the parameter layout of individual effects and instruments on your control surface. It supports many different controllers right out of the box. As simple as it sounds — just select a hardware knob or button and chose which parameter to control.

Plus, with the intuitive Quick Controls you get a set of eight user-definable realtime controllers that can be assigned to any parameter on the current track.

Needless to say, Cubase can be fully controlled via the elegant and technological thought-after surface of the Nuage controller hardware.

Surround mixing

Cubase puts extensive surround capabilities at your command. All included VST 3 audio effects are fully surround-ready, intelligently adapting their I/O configuration as required for mono, stereo or surround. With its complete multi-channel audio signal path from input to output and the ability to export to the MP3 surround format for convenient delivery and distribution, Cubase offers a consistent end to end surround workflow.

Full automation

Cubase provides a dedicated automation panel for quick access to all automation functions. The enhanced transparency and flexibility gives professionals the capability to set up a complete automation within minutes and control the session clearly. Smart scaling tools offer a highly intuitive user experience when working with automation data, including simultaneous editing of several events and an dramatically streamlined look-and-feel.

Total export — to almost any audio file type

Cubase supports almost all standard formats, including AIFF, Sound Designer II, Wave, Wave 64, Broadcast Wave, MP3 and MP3 surround and Windows Media Audio Pro. Plus, the Channel Batch Export feature allows the export of a multiple selection of mixer channels to audio files. Channel Batch Export is also an ideal way to free up system resources — with all files and VSTi tracks exported to audio tracks.

Collaboration around the world

Our world is getting smaller by the day, and cloud collaboration plays a vital role in it. Whether you want to make remote recordings with VST Connect SE 4 in Cubase Pro or exchange projects via VST Transit in Cubase Pro 9 and Cubase Artist 9, find collaborators and partners all over the world, exchange ideas, get connected with others who share the same passion and be creative! No other DAW like Cubase has this level of cloud collaboration capabilities seamlessly integrated into your workflow.

VST Transit – Collaboration in the cloud

Embedded into Cubase, VST Transit is Steinberg’s new cloud collaboration service. Upload audio and MIDI tracks to cloud storage, continue working from another location and synchronize the changes back to the cloud. Or collaborate on shared projects with friends and band members. VST Transit comes with up to 750 MB free storage space and 1.5 GB free traffic per month. VST Transit Premium Accounts and Trafiic upgrades are available for all users with more demanding needs of traffic and storage.

VST Transit feature list

VST Connect SE

VST Connect SE is your entry into the world of remote recording. Easily set up in just a few clicks, the SE version of Steinberg’s remote recording solution is a fast and easy way to collaborate with musicians around the world. Video chat, live talkback and support for lossless audio quality make online collaboration with other Cubase users quick and creative.

Virtual instruments & effect plug-ins

Cubase comes with a set of outstanding virtual instruments and a complete suite of high-end audio and MIDI VST effect processors. Here you can get an overview on all included instruments and effects and listen to some audio demos.

Retrologue 2 virtual analog synth for fat and funky lead & bass sounds
Padshop granular synth for spacious spheres and evolving textures
HALion Sonic SE 2 offers more than 1,300 production-ready sounds based on the acclaimed HALion technology
Groove Agent SE 4: Powerful drum sampler; now with Acoustic Agent for ultra-realistic acoustic drum sounds
LoopMash 2: First-of-its-kind interactive loop synthesizer

Effect highlights

Channel strip modules for epic pro-console sound, including top-end compressors, analog tape saturation and brickwall limiter
REVerence: Top-end multi-channel convolution reverb processor
Frequency 8 band EQ for microscopic audio surgery including M/S support and Linear phase mode
VST Amp Rack and VST Bass Amp: infuse your guitar and bass tracks with drive, punch and clarity
PitchCorrect for automatic intonation control of monophonic audio sources
Quadrafuzz v2, Multiband Expander, Multiband Envelope Shaper

Cubase delivers a rich palette of finest virtual instruments and each of them comes ready to play with hundreds of fantastic preset sounds — amounting to over 3,400 sounds in the Pro version right out of the box.

Retrologue 2

Retrologue 2 is more than a tribute to the classic analog heavyweights of the past. Packed into a straightforward interface, Retrologue brings back the sound of analog circuitry and vintage warmth, but with a modern twist. From raw analog lead and bass sounds to ephemeral, delicate pads and structures, dark drones and ultra-aggressive comps, Retrologue 2 is a stunningly powerful yet versatile subtractive synthesizer with loads of sonic personality and that is potentially highly addictive.


Padshop introduces a new way of granular sound design. Get yourself ready for out-of-this-world atmospheres, far-out effects and a user interface that’s a breeze to work with. Padshops features two independent layers that are based on an individual oscillator source and generate up to eight different grain streams. The edit section gives you access to parameters that really matter, including the high-quality low, high and band-pass as well as band-rejection filters with an integrated distortion unit. Two envelopes, two LFOs and the Step Modulator can be used to modulate a large number of target parameters. And with the built-in modulation and delay effects you can drive the pace for high tension atmospheres.

HALion Sonic SE 2

HALion Sonic SE 2 is a compact version of the next incarnation of Steinberg’s acclaimed HALion Sonic sample player and synthesizer, and delivers a range of sumptuous new sounds and instruments for Cubase. The new Trip virtual analog synth included in HALion Sonic SE 2 features an arpeggiator module with four variations and over 150 ultra-dynamic sounds that will propel you to arp-heaven. Eight new effect types are also on board, including Tape Saturator, Wah Wah, Auto Filter, Step Flanger, Ring Modulator, Octaver, Vintage Ensemble, Envelope Shaper and an improved Rotary Effect.

Groove Agent SE 4

Groove Agent SE 4 is a massively featured MPC-style drum sampler including a wide range of effects, pattern playback functions and comfortable sample editing. Add the crispy vintage vibe to your beats with one of the new playback modes, emulating the character of the 12-bit era. And thanks to the deep integration in Cubase, you will be able to see the instruments mapped automatically as drum maps into the Drum Editor and Beat Designer. Groove Agent SE 4 includes a variety of drum kits and ready-to-go grooves. From crackling vinyl beats to ultra-realistic acoustic drum sounds, Groove Agent SE 4 has it all covered.

LoopMash 2

LoopMash is a revolutionary virtual instrument that offers a unique and innovative way of working with loops and beats to create stunning new rhythms and grooves. Seamlessly blendable variations of both the included loops and any loop from your library open up myriad new creative possibilities. Its revolutionary audio analysis/synthesis engine, developed in collaboration with Yamaha, matches similar elements across loops and beats, generating fresh and inspiring mash-ups from any rhythmic audio material — entirely synced to the Cubase Tempo. Integrated editing and the powerful live performance mode with user-definable scenes and automation support and its over 20 MIDI-controllable live and slice-based effects such as scratches, stutters and tape stops, make this instrument a powerful creative tool for any artist serious about their beats!


Prologue is a polyphonic subtractive synthesizer with great sounding multi-mode variable resonance filters, powerful modulation capabilities and cranking onboard effects. Powered by VirSyn technology, this punchy virtual analog synthesizer is fed by hundreds of great sounding presets covering a wide range of sounds reaching from traditional analog to indescribable. Prologue’s intuitive user interface provides full editing capabilities with access to its three oscillators, powerful multi-mode filter, four envelopes, two LFOs, a powerful modulation matrix, and on-board effects.


This unique instrument is based on two extremely colorful and versatile spectrum filters and can utilize up to six oscillators per voice with two different waveforms each. Separate independent spectrum filters process each of the two waveforms. Creating new, unique sounds by simply drawing new filter curves and then shifting or morphing the two filter’s spectrums is as much fun as browsing through the included showcasing presets. Identical to Prologue, Spector offers four envelope generators, two LFOs, a powerful modulation matrix and on-board effects. With access to all sound parameters, Spector provides full editing capabilities.


Mystic is a very unusual but inspiring instrument with lots of personality, making it the perfect complement to Cubase 6’s other integrated instruments. Its synthesis uses a combination of physical modeling and comb filtering to generate unique and colorful sounds and is based on three parallel comb filters with feedback. The sound source is an “impulse sound” based on physical modeling technology. The harmonic spectrum of this sound is based on one of six waveforms and a set of two spectrum filters. The sound can be shaped with a filter (damping), by adding an offset to the comb filters (detune), or by adding a noise component (crackle).


Cubase comes with an impressive arsenal of high-quality VST effect processors, including EQ, Dynamics, Modulation, Reverb, Filters, Distortion and special effects. Together with the also included “Legacy Set” of original Cubase SX effects, Cubase Pro 9 offers a total of 74 real-time audio effects right out of the box, making it Steinberg’s most complete plug-in set ever with thousands of great-sounding presets included.


Frequency EQ

Frequency offers you eight bands, M/S support and Linear Phase mode for each band, Auto Listen to listen in on the adjustments you just made, Spectrum Display and even a musical keyboard to help you find the right tone.

Standard Channel EQ

This is a full four-band parametric control with variable band- width and shelving modes. Standard Channel EQ is also available as channel strip module.

Voxengo CurveEQ

An extremely versatile 64-band spline EQ with linear and minimum-phase modes and a spectrum analyzer for comparison and matching purposes.


This powerful and versatile equalizer offers full four-band parametric control with variable response curves and shelving modes, as well as analog-style peak filters. Studio EQ is also available as channel strip module.


This graphic equalizer boasts 30 bands; features drawing of EQ curves, an invert parameter and seven different response types. It also features a global range control for overall amount of equalization.


This graphic equalizer comes with 10 bands; features drawing of EQ curves, an invert parameter and seven different response types. It also features a global range control for overall amount of equalization.


DJ-EQ is an easy-to-use three-band equalizer with the typical kill switches you find on professional DJ mixers. It was specially made to recreate the atmosphere of a live floor performance right in your studio.



MultibandCompressor features four independent bands with three crossover frequencies. Each band has its own independent compressor (with Threshold, Ratio, Attack, Release und Makeup Gain).


This is a straightforward low-distortion limiter with auto-release which puts a “hard ceiling” on any signal, and is also suitable for the master stage. Limiter is also available as channel strip module.


This is a hard limiter/loudness enhancer for master channel that features soft clipping and automatic attack/release. Maximizer is also available as channel strip module.

Multiband Expander

Multiband Expander allows you to modify the dynamic range of your tracks. Choose different settings for each one of the four available frequency bands independently to create a broader dynamic range or simply reduce unwanted noise.

Multiband Envelope Shaper

The Multiband Envelope Shaper helps bringing out the details on a drum mix, mastering tasks and creative sound (re-) shaping. It splits the incoming audio material into a maximum of four frequency bands and allows you to freely alter the attack and release characteristic of each band.

Tube Compressor

This warm compressor not only shapes the dynamics of your signals very precisely but also colors them nicely — just as you would expect from a tube compressor! Tube Compressor is also available as channel strip module.


VintageCompressor is modeled after one of the most famous sought after vintage compressors. It is easy to use but super effective. Vintage Compressor is also available as channel strip module.

Even more plug-ins:

Brickwall Limiter
Gate, MIDI Gate
Expander, Envelope Shaper

Reverb & Delay


The world’s first VST3 high-end multi-channel convolution reverb processor, being capable of emulating speakers, analog gear and any natural room or hall imaginable — in stereo or surround with over 70 responses included.


Coming straight from HALion’s engine, this algorithmic reverb sounds super-smooth and silky and brings back the memories of those old fancy hardware units.


This is a highly adjustable reverb plug-in for creating realistic room ambience and reverb effects in stereo and surround formats. The CPU usage is adjustable to fit the needs of any system. From short room reflections to cavern-sized reverb, this plug-in delivers high quality reverberation.

Roomworks SE

This is a “light” version of Steinberg’s appraised Roomworks reverb: great sound, low on CPU load.


StereoDelay is a dual-channel delay with separate and independent left and right delay stages. It features variable filters and tempo sync for each channel.


This is a mono delay with automatic L/R bounce for the classic ping-pong delay effect. It also features a filter stage and tempo sync.


MonoDelay is a monophonic delay processor with filter stage and tempo sync — the Steve Reich of delays!


VST Amp Rack

Steinberg’s all new reference virtual guitar tone suite, featuring seven legendary amp models, sixteen vintage stomp boxes, six classic speaker cabinets and two studio-grade microphone types. Be it jazz, rock or metal, this comprehensive collection is ready to infuse guitar recordings with drive, punch and clarity.

VST Bass Amp

VST Bass Amp delivers a comprehensive collection of amps, cabs and stomp boxes that deliver those classic crunchy rock tones or nuanced, funky creamy tones — and everything in between.

Quadrafuzz v2

Letting you dial in anything from a dark, fat fuzz with huge amounts of bit-crushing distortion and delay, to a bright, almost acoustic-sounding warm crunch, Quadrafuzz v2 is your go-to distortion unit for just about any instrument or sound.


AmpSimulator is a guitar amp simulation with speaker simulation. It features various amp and cabinet models to choose from. Its additional controls resemble a classic guitar combo. AmpSimulator is also suitable for bass and may be used in combination with the ToneBooster if the guitar lacks output gain.


This is a soft clipper with independent 2nd and 3rd harmonics controls.


The perfect tool for getting into lo-fi sound, Bitcrusher offers the possibility of decimating and truncating the input audio signal by bit reduction, to get a noisy, distorted sound.


Distortion can add a nice palette of crunch effects to any track.
Even more plug-ins:


Filter, Pitch & Spatial


Filtering is an art all its own and we just cultivated it: the new MorphFilter effect brings the superior filter types of Steinberg’s HALion sound creation system to Cubase. MorphFilter allows you to blend between the classic low, high and band-pass filters heard on countless records.

Pitch Correct

Designed for vocal and solo instrument recordings, the Pitch Correct VST 3 plug-in brings easy and automatic intonation control and scale correction of vocal and monophonic instrument recordings to Cubase.


This is a simple volume booster with a variable filter stage for tone control. It simulates classic stomp boxes like Range Booster and is very useful in combination with AmpSimulator to adjust output volume from low-level output instruments.

Step Filter

This is a pattern-controlled multimode filter that can create rhythmic, pulsating filter effects. It supports up to 16 steps for individual settings of cutoff-frequency and filter resonance.

Magento 2

After a long-term hiatus we brought Magneto back to life — and it sounds better than ever! Add flavor and personality to your tracks using this tape saturation sound processor.


This is a sub-octave pitch shifter that creates two additional signals, one and two octaves below the input signal, each with variable level.


StereoEnhancer can enhance the stereo width of a stereo input signal. It features controls for “color” and “delay” to further enhance the effect.

Even more plug-ins:

Dual Filter



StudioChorus is a powerful dual-stage chorus with two identical stages running in serial; each stage also features a filter stage and a spatial parameter, which creates modulation offsets between channels, also in surround configurations.


The Cloner simulates the effect of double-tracking by creating up to four “cloned” signals from the original input source. Cloned signals have variable delay, detune and panning. Very useful — not only for creating thick backing vocal performances from single tracks.


This is a rotor speaker cabinet effect with very powerful editing capabilities. Features independent Lo/Hi cabinet control, overdrive, slow/fast/stop modes.

Loop Mash FX

Torture, tweak and mash your sounds in real time using this new sonic blender. LoopMash FX rejuvenates your music by adding modern style breaks, tape-stops, stutters and more.


AutoPan is an automatic panning effect with adjustable width, rate, two wave shapes and features tempo sync.


This is a powerful flanger with editable Lo/Hi Range, a filter stage, manual mode and a spatial parameter for multi-channel modulation offsets.


This is a classic phaser with variable filter stage, manual mode, tempo sync and a spatial parameter for multi-channel modulation offsets.

Even more plug-ins:


Mastering & Tools

SMPTE Generator

SMPTE Generator sends out SMPTE time code to an audio output in order to synchronize other equipment to Cubase. This can be very handy in case there is no access to a MIDI-to-time code converter.


The UV22 HR is a dithering plug-in, based on an advanced algorithm developed by Apogee.


This is an instrument tuner plug-in with hardware-like accuracy.

Mixer Delay

If you need to delay certain signals in your audio system this is your plug-in to go.

Test Generator

Test Generator generates an audio test signal for measurements and testing purposes of various kinds. The audio signal is based on a waveform generator which can generate a number of basic waveforms such as sine and saw and various types of noise.


Multiscope can be used for viewing the waveform, phase linearity or frequency content of a signal.

Surround Panner

This is used for positioning the sound source dynamically in the surround field.

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