Steinberg has announced the next generation of their music production systems, Cubase Pro 8 and Cubase Artist 8. The new Cubase gains a huge performance boost due to a complete audio engine rebuild, with extended ASIO-Guard to improve the audio processing performance of multitimbral and disk-streaming virtual instruments. Also new in Cubase Pro 8 are VCA faders, and the ability to combine VCA fader automation with automation from controlled faders or fader groups. Another new feature, “virgin territories,” eliminates redundant automation data between automated events.
Both Cubase Pro 8 and Cubase Artist 8 now offer render in place, for flexibly bouncing audio and MIDI parts. Creative tools, such as Chord Pads, Chord Assistant, and MIDI tempo detection provide intelligent support for composers and songwriters, enabling fast, efficient creation of parts and songs. User interface enhancements included window docking for the VST Instrument Rack and MediaBay, a redesigned Track List and Inspector, a new plug-in manager, global workspaces, and flexible window layout for PC versions.
Version 8 also introduces new effects and instruments, such as the VST Bass Amp, the Quadrfuzz v2, Multiband Expander, Multiband Envelope Shaper, and improved DeEsser, Multiband Compressor, and Tuner. New to Groove Agent SE 4 is the Acoustic Agent acoustic drum kit with 20 style patterns, and the Allen Morgan Pop-Rock Toolbox with 30 construction kits.
The EQ on each channel has been enhanced, direct routing allows group routing for multiple channels, buses, and stems, and Wave Meters display waveforms within the MixConsole.
In Cubase Pro 8, VST Connect SE 3 provides fully integrated remote recording of audio and MIDI data over the internet.
All in all, this looks to be huge upgrade for Cubase! Cubase Pro 8 and Cubase Artist 8 are available for pre-order now, and Steinberg will begin shipping the new versions on December 8, 2014.