New Features

Cubase comes with many new features. The following list informs you about the most important improvements and provides links to the corresponding descriptions.

New Features in Version 10.5.20

Improved Range and Event Editing
Remove Multiple Busses
  • You can now remove multiple input or output busses at the same time in the Audio Connections window. See Removing Busses.

Enhanced Direct Offline Processing
Plug-in Report
  • The VST Plug-in Manager now allows you to create an extensive plug-in report with detailed information about the installed plug-ins on your system. See VST Plug-in Manager Window.

Adjustable Event Opacity
  • The new preference Event Opacity allows you to customize the visibility of the event background. See Event Display.

Improved Editing for Level Meters
  • You can now customize the appearance of level meters for all available scales. See Metering - Appearance.

Colorize Selected Channels

New Features in Version 10.5.0


Padshop 2
  • Steinberg’s highly acclaimed granular synthesizer Padshop now comes with even more creative tools and sonic inspiration. At its heart, the new spectral oscillator opens the door to unheard soundscapes and lets you turn your own samples into fascinating sonic sculptures. Add motion to your sounds with the new arpeggiator section and use the effects section to add the finishing touches. Get inspired by the 100 new presets or start creating your own unique sounds right away. See Padshop 2.

MultiTap Delay
  • Providing the rhythm for your echo, the new MultiTap Delay gives musicians all the inspirational creative options that they need. Up to eight taps per delay loop can conveniently be created and edited. You can add effects with a simple click — to the complete output, just the delay loops, or even to individual taps, while different character presets deliver the sound of clean digital delays or classic vintage echo units. This plug-in is described in the separate document “Plug-in Reference”. See MultiTap Delay.

Import Tracks from Projects
  • Exchanging data between projects, creating new project templates, or using the same mix settings for multiple projects has never been easier. With the new track import functionality, you can import multiple track types from other projects, for example, group, FX, or folder tracks, select the track attributes you want to import, and automatically match the imported tracks to existing tracks with the same name. See Track Import.

Combine Selection Tools
  • The new Combine Selection Tools mode speeds up your editing workflow by combining the two most frequently used tools in one powerful feature. Activate the new tool mode to use the selection tools for both objects and ranges at the same time without the need to change tools. If time is critical, the Combine Selection Tools mode will be your new best friend. See Combine Selection Tools Mode.

MIDI Retrospective Recording
  • Do you always deliver your best performances when not recording? The completely revised MIDI Retrospective Recording feature can help you to bring your A game to every project. Cubase tracks your MIDI input even when you are not recording and brings back your chords and melodies as a stacked cycle or a continuous performance with just one click. Even better, your performance is captured on multiple tracks. So no more worries — Cubase has your back. See Recovery of MIDI Recordings.

Colorized MixConsole Channels
  • Maintaining a clear overview while your project is growing is essential for a fast and efficient workflow. With the new option to colorize complete channels in the MixConsole using track colors, you can focus on your mix by intuitively finding the tracks you are looking for. Even if you are sitting several meters away from the screen, you will not get lost in your mix. See Applying Channel Colors to Channel Controls.

Spectral Comparison EQ
  • Cleaning up frequencies to create room for each instrument is the key to a good mix. The new channel comparison mode in the channel EQ helps you to identify where action is needed. Just route a second signal from any track into the EQ and compare the spectral curves within the EQ display. Toggle between the EQ controls of the source and comparison channel and adjust the mix without losing focus on what you are doing. See Comparing Channels.

Video Export
  • Export videos including audio for your clients and collaborators directly from Cubase. The new video export feature lets you render videos as MP4 with H.264 video compression and 16-bit stereo audio in 44.1 or 48 kHz. Export the whole video or just footage within the locator range, adding the timecode to the video export for the next production process. See Export Video.

More New Features

Score Editor Improvements
  • Cubase Pro only: The Score Editor has been refreshed with powerful improvements. You can now show bars and beats positions when inserting or moving notes, while the new Event Movement Restrictions help you to place rests or repeat markers in the score. The mouse wheel can now be used to quickly and easily transpose selected notes. See Score Layout and Printing.

LUFS Normalization
  • As an alternative to normalizing by maximum peak level, you can now use the integrated loudness value as reference, according to EBU recommendation R 128. See Normalize.

Easier Macro Creation
  • The Macros section now comes with new functionality. Resize the Macros section for a better overview, move key commands up and down in the macro, and duplicate macros with just one click. See Macros Section.

Safe Mode
  • The new Safe Mode allows you to initiate Cubase without any third-party plug-ins loaded. See Safe Mode Dialog.

Enter Track Name When Adding Folder Tracks
New Preference for Cycle Activation
  • The new preference Clicking Locator Range in Upper Part of the Ruler Activates Cycle allows you to disable the function to activate/deactivate cycle mode when you click the locator range in the upper part of the ruler. See Transport.