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Steinberg Cubase Pro 8.5
What's new in the well-loved
flagship DAW of the Steinberg line?
by Paul Vnuk Jr.

...where we bring you follow-up articles
with application hints and upgrade news
about gear already reviewed in Recording

The most significant new hover feature is available in both
the MixConsole and Project windows. It's called Edge Zones
and is akin to hot corners on a Mac; by hovering close to
the edge of either the Project or MixConsole windows,
Cubase brings up a list of selectable check boxes for pulling
up windows and features like the Media Bay, Control
Room/Meter section, Channel Inspector, and more.
I admit that at first I found this new feature annoying, as I
was prone to bringing it up accidentally when moving my
mouse around to make sizing changes to tracks and such.
Now that I'm used to it, though, I find it to be faster and
more handy than pulling up these windows from the dropdown menus at the top of the program.
Media Bay, punching, transport, and MIDI
Media Bay, Cubase's central database of VST synths, loops,
effects, track presets, and more, continues to improve. It now
offers a brand-new dockable pane available in the Project window, where you can select from most of the various media
types, complete with pleasing new "app style" graphic icons.

Keeping with tradition here at Recording, in
June 2014 we looked at Cubase 7.5, in June
2015 at Cubase Pro 8, and here we are in June
2016 with Cubase Pro 8.5!
This time around I would consider Cubase 8.5 a
solid interim update which focuses on enhancements,
multiple-user applications, collaboration, and streamlining workflow. In other words, this is not a major
redesign, and it's also not filled with new plug-in toys
(although there is one new synth update). For owners of Cubase 8,
the 8.5 update comes with the modest price of $50.
On track in the Project window
Cubase 8.5 continues to update the way we work with tracks
in the Project window. Now, when choosing to add a track not
only do you get naming options, but also output routing options
as well. When adding group and effects channels, you can
specify which folder they are added to. This may seem minor,
but for my workflow it's these little enhancements that add up to
a significantly faster user experience.
Duplicating tracks has also been streamlined. In the past,
when duplicating a track it would automatically be named
"Copy of..." which could lead, in involved edits, to "Copy of
Copy of Copy of..." You get the idea. Now, duplicated tracks
just get a (D) at the end of the track name. Once you've created
the duplicate, there are different ways to work with it, thanks to
Track Versions (introduced in Cubase 7.5).
In the past, importing tracks could be a messy experience. You
had to activate the Session in question, copy and paste, or import
the file manually into the Pool of the new Project and place it in
your Session by hand. In 8.5, it's a simple and painless experience.
Tracks can now be easily imported from other Cubase Sessions
directly from their Project folders. It's as easy as adding new tracks.
Click, hover, select
Cubase 7.5 and Cubase 8 streamlined the look, feel and
handling of the MixConsole, and Cubase 8.5 continues this
with some minor graphic symbol changes in the Mixer racks,
and with inserts that can toggle between name and controls
with a simple mouse hover.
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Back in the Project window, further enhancements are available for both Cycle markers and punching in and out. Effectively
you get a second loop point for your punch points, that can be
set independently of your main Cycle loop. This allows for precise lead-in and lead-out times for punches and Cycle recording.
The Transport bar has received a significant face lift. Graphic
symbols for punch and loop points have been simplified and
the jog/shuttle wheel is gone for good. The way Tempo is handled in the Transport Bar and sessions has also been improved.
New on the MIDI front is expanded double-click editing
functions and streamlining in the Key and Drum editors. Also
new: in the Drum Editor you can select and hide unused
drum parts/keys, similar to how one can select and hide
audio/MIDI tracks in both the Project and MixConsole windows. Chord functionality is also improved in handling, and
with new and improved nomenclature choices.
Share-in the cloud or on a single computer
Collaboration options within Cubase have been greatly
expanded; VST Transit takes Cubase into the cloud. You can
now share Projects to the cloud, then invite friends privately
or open yourself up to collaboration with folks around the
globe. All registered Cubase-Transit users start with 500 MB
of free storage space and 1 GB free traffic per month. If you
want a Premium account you can boost those numbers to 5
GB of storage and 20 GB traffic per month. Audio files from
a project are converted on the fly to FLAC to save space. Of
course, MIDI data takes up very little room at all; it's certainly the most space-efficient way to use this feature at this time.
When you are finished with a Session, sign in to your VST
Transit account, create a new project, hit Sync, and you are good



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