Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH has released Cubasis, the portable version of the company’s widely popular Cubase music creation software. Cubasis is a streamlined sequencer with multi-touch controls for quick and easy recording, editing and mixing.
Going well beyond Apple’s GarageBand or Image Line’s FL Studio Mobile, Cubasis offers the ability to insert unlimited audio and MIDI tracks and presents music makers with over 70 virtual instrument sounds and 300 audio and MIDI loops.
The Mixer boasts 10 effect processors (inserts and sends) and users can employ sample and key editors, virtual keyboards and virtual drum pads.
Projects can be easily exported to the desktop version of Cubase. Users can also upload their works to cloud services like Dropbox, SoundCloud, and email.
Cubasis supports Core Audio and Core MIDI hardware and can sequence other CoreMIDI apps as it runs via background audio, simultaneously.
Importing audio from iTunes is possible, as is file sharing via AudioPaste and even through a Wi-Fi server (which you can set up in Cubasis).
“With Cubasis you can record tracks in CD audio quality and edit your music with the key and sample editors, while the included mixer and effects polish your song to perfection,” says Steinberg.
“The app comes loaded with dozens of virtual instrument sounds, which can be played in real time using the virtual keyboard and drum pads. Best of all, the projects can be opened in Cubase under Windows and OS X!”
“Specially designed for quick and easy operation, Cubasis makes recording, editing and mixing a breeze,” according to the developer
“Cubasis places touch-intuitive production tools in your hands, opening up a new world of possibilities for your creativity.”
Don’t jump to the download just yet. First of all, the software is quite expensive – $49.99 / €44.99.
Second, if you don’t own an iPad capable of running iOS 5.1, you’re out of luck. iPhones and iPod touch players are not supported, and the original iPad is also out.
You’ll need an A5-powered device (or newer), such as the iPad 2, or one of the iPads with Retina displays. Steinberg fails to specify whether the iPad mini is compatible.