New Features

The following list informs you about the most important improvements in Cubase and provides links to the corresponding descriptions.

New Features in Version 12


FX Modulator Plug-in
  • This new multi-effect modulation plug-in combines several modulation effects that allow for extensive sound shaping, from classic ducking effects to exciting rhythmic patterns. You can create custom shaped LFOs and modulate up to 6 integrated effect modules at once. The LFO can be triggered via MIDI or separate side-chain inputs, where the envelope of the side-chain signal is added to the LFO. The plug-in is described in the separate document Plug-in Reference. See FX Modulator.

  • Verve is a felt piano with a beautiful and warm sound, enabling you to tell a new story with every single key you play. The VST instrument is described in the separate document Verve. See Verve.

Sample Accurate Volume Automation
  • The new Volume Automation Precision function allows for volume automation that is 100% sample accurate, regardless of the buffer size. You can set the number of samples after which a new volume automation event is processed. The automation curve between the processed events is interpolated. This smoothens transitions between automation events and prevents sudden jumps which may lead to crackles. See Audio System Page.

Editing Workflow Improvements
  • The new nudge grid options let you edit independently from the project grid. This allows you to work with a musical Bars+Beats grid for all mouse operations while fine-tuning positions and lengths of events and parts using Nudge key commands. See Setting up a Snap Grid for Nudge Operations.

  • You can now move event ends to the project cursor position. See Move Submenu.

  • We have extended key-command-based operations for creating and adjusting range selections. It is now possible to also increase/decrease the vertical direction to span range selections across multiple tracks. This way, you can entirely rely on key command support to adjust and move a range selection in all four directions. See Adjusting the Size of Selection Ranges.

Scale Assistant for VariAudio
  • Whether you want to get creative with melodies or correct the pitch of your recordings, the Scale Assistant in VariAudio brings two powerful tools together to make pitch editing a breeze. Just set the scale and follow the chord track or let the Scale Assistant suggest the scale, based on your recorded notes. You can then instantly quantize the pitch of your recording or snap the VariAudio pitch editing to the scale. See Selecting a Musical Scale for VariAudio Segments.

Permanently Applying Extensions
Sampler Track Improvements
  • You can now use your AudioWarp and Quality settings for slice playback. See Playback Section.

MIDI Remote Integration
  • MIDI controllers are essential to every music production setup and, in Cubase, integrating them has reached a new level. Built around the new concept of MIDI remote scripts, Cubase will automatically detect your device and map the controls. If there is no script for your device yet, you can easily create your own with the MIDI Controller Surface Editor. You can then conveniently connect controls and parameters with the Mapping Assistant. See MIDI Remote.

Logical Editing Improvements
  • The user interface and the layout of the Track Input Transformer have been modernized and made consistent to the overall application look & feel, and the Preset Browser has been renewed. See Track Input Transformer.

  • The user interface and the layout of the Project Input Transformer have been modernized and made consistent to the overall application look & feel, and the Preset Browser has been renewed. See Project Input Transformer.

Creating Chord Events from Audio Events
  • You can now drop your audio recording on the chord track and Cubase will lay out the chord progression for you. And if the detection does not match your scale, the Chord Assistant can suggest the nearest alternatives based on the following chords. See Creating Chord Events from Audio Events.

AudioWarp Improvements
New Performance Meter

More New Features

Lin One Dither Plug-in
  • Lin One Dither is a dithering plug-in that uses advanced algorithms and offers additional noise shaping to increase the apparent signal-to-noise ratio by altering the spectrum of the low-level audio signal. The plug-in is described in the separate document Plug-in Reference. See Lin One Dither.

SuperVision Plug-in
  • The fully customizable multimeter audio analyzer comes with new modules: A classic VU meter, Spectrum Keyboard, Balance, Level Histogram, and Loudness Histogram. The plug-in is described in the separate document Plug-in Reference. See SuperVision.

  • The new Markers window gives you a better overview of the markers used in your project and facilitates editing. See Markers Window.

Sample Editor Editing Improvements
  • The Sample Editor toolbar now comes with several improvements for displaying, zooming, and editing clips and events. See Sample Editor Toolbar.

Extensions on Audio Track Level
Logical Editor Support
  • Cubase Artist now also features the Logical Editor that allows for extensive search and replace functions on MIDI data. See Logical Editor.

Last but Not Least

StepFilter Plug-in with New Randomize Parameters
  • StepFilter now allows you to apply a certain deviation of the base cutoff and base resonance parameters with each new cycle of the pattern. The plug-in is described in the separate document Plug-in Reference. See StepFilter.

WinRT MIDI Support
  • Cubase now supports the Windows Runtime MIDI API, WinRT MIDI, that allows for native support of bluetooth MIDI in Windows, better plug and play, and better handling of multiple identical devices. See MIDI Port Setup Page.

Move the Project Cursor in Fixed Steps via Key Commands
  • You can now assign additional key commands that allow you to move the project cursor in fixed steps of 5 s, 10 s, and 20 s, forward or backward. See Setting the Project Cursor.

Fades Command Extensions
Improved Silence Detection
  • The new audition function allows you to directly preview any position in the analyzed audio event. Furthermore, you can apply fade ins and fade outs to the resulting audio events. See Detect Silence Dialog.

Event Display Improvements
New Application Scaling Menu for Native Windows Scaling for HiDPI
  • You can now scale the Cubase user interface relative to the Windows system scaling setting. See General.