Cubase VST 5.0 for Macintosh supports 128 channels of digital audio, eight FX sends, four Channel inserts each and four Master inserts.






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July 19
Steinberg Releases Cubase VST 5.0 for Mac
New version boasts graphical makeover, 32-bit sound recording

by David Nagel
Executive Producer
[email protected]

Steinberg North America has announced three new products in the Cubase VST 5.0 series for the Macintosh. The Cubase VST 5.0 Series boasts a complete graphic makeover with new features like analog warmth with Magneto technology and 32-bit recording, output and mixdown in the top of line, Cubase VST/32. The Cubase 5.0 series is optimized for Power Mac G4 with Velocity Engine.

"The Mac's ease-of-use and advanced media capabilities have always made it the computer of choice for musicians," said Steve Garth, CEO of Steinberg North America, in a prepared statement. "Today the Power Mac G4 provides the raw power that Virtual Studio Technology needs, while Apple's PowerBook is the ideal all-in-one mobile solution for the professional touring musician. It all adds up to make Macintosh the perfect platform for the Velocity Engine enhanced native audio processing and virtual instruments in the new Cubase VST 5.0."

All three products in the series, Cubase VST, Cubase VST Score or Cubase VST/32, share Cubase's digital recording engine and have scalable recording modes—up to 32-bit floating point resolution in Cubase VST/32. It records in 96 KHz and is equipped with Apogee's UV 22.

Cubase VST/32 has 128 channels of digital audio, eight FX sends, four Channel inserts each and four Master inserts.

Cubase VST/32 5.0 features several new technologies, including:

  • TrueTape Mode which uses Magneto Tape Saturation technology and can pump tape-compression-like characteristics into an audio track.
  • Linear Time Base technology, which provides precision MIDI timing. Used in conjunction with the new Midex 8 USB MIDI Interface, Cubase VST 5.0 offers accuracy to 300 microseconds.
  • CubaseVerb. Handling of FX and Plugins within the program has been completely redesigned, emphasizing ease of use. The new FX-rack hosts new control elements and the new channel EQs can now either be edited graphically or with the familiar virtual pots.
  • InWire Studio, the protocol for the realtime Internet studio network using Rocket Network's Internet technology.
  • Universal Sound Module, the new virtual sound module with more than 70 MB of sounds with general MIDI compatibility.
  • The new MIDI Track Mixer offers VST-style control over any connected MIDI gear. Cubase VST 5.0's editing resolution of up to 15380 ppq coupled with the new Groove Control browser allows for realtime, precise positioning of audio events and makes for ultra-fine MIDI groove shaping.
  • Custom Window Sets, which lets users save their favorite work mode including the position of their windows and settings. Users can then recall a saved Window Set either through menu or key commands.
  • Track Folders: Cubase VST 5.0's Arrange Window now features Track Folders where users can put an infinite number of MIDI or audio tracks. The folder can be flipped shut, showing just the overview of its contents, and stashed out of the way. Track Folders can also be nested.
  • Drag and Drop Capability, allowing single notes, phrases, parts, groups of parts or entire ranges to be selected, moved or copied from window to window within the program or even to the desktop.

The upgrade price from any previous version of Cubase is $129. Otherwise, pricing remains the same. For more information, visit

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