Cubase: a long-established DAW
A fully-featured digital audio workstation
Cubase was one of the first DAWs to make a mark on the music scene and has all the features you would expect. You can use Cubase to sequence MIDI and record audio, as well as manipulate that audio to suit your needs. The software also supports the use of audio plugins and virtual instruments, also known as VSTs. These allow you to do things like simulate hardware, add effects, and recreate the sound of instruments using MIDI sequencing.
Visual editing and audio alignment
One of the most crucial features of Cubase (and tools like it) is audio alignment, which allows you to accurately and consistently place your audio so that the timing is right. Another extremely useful aspect of the software is the visual nature of the editing, allowing you to see waveforms, EQ curves, and much more.
Cubase 10 may not be the latest version of the software, but it is still very capable and should be up to the task of most hobbyists or independent music producers. If you need the very latest and fully featured DAW, Cubase 10 may not be the best option, but it should be noted that getting the latest and fully featured DAW would be considerably more expensive.
Should you download it?
It is a good idea to download Cubase and try the 30-day free trial, as DAWs are not the cheapest software, and there are plenty to choose from. For example, Audacity is another paid alternative, while LMMS is a free DAW. If you are new to using DAWs, trying a selection of different options before settling for one specific application is advisable.
- Interface is clean and stylish
- Supports audio plugins and VSTs
- Audio alignment works very well
- Uses USB e-Licenser
- Features are not all universal across platforms