Cubasis for iPad – v.1.5 update

Download from iTunes App StoreCubasis logo appCubasis for iPad has been updated to v.1.5 this week. Steinberg have added some significant new features to the app and it’s great to see the development continuing. Key additions in this release are a new virtual analog synth called Micrologue and 16 new drum kit sample sets provided by Allen Morgan.

Micrologue is an excellent new addition to Cubasis and includes a good collection of virtual analog preset sounds.

Micrologue is an excellent new addition to Cubasis and includes a good collection of virtual analog preset sounds.

Micrologue – which is based upon the Retrologue synth that is part of the desktop Cubase package – is a pretty neat virtual analog synth. It’s supplied with 50 presets as a sonic starting point and offers a fairly straightforward editing environment in which you can also create your own sounds. While it is not going to complete with the likes of Nave or Thor for programming choices or shear sonic power, what it lacks in bells and whistles, it make up for in a relatively low CPU overhead. For sketching out synth-based song ideas, it is a very respectible tool.

Steinberg have also added a track freeze function for tracks based upon any of the internal software instruments. Given that one of the key constraints in building more complex musical ideas within an iPad DAW is often CPU grunt, this is also a welcome addition and means you can use multiple instances of Micrologue without your iDevice running out of steam.

The new collection of drum samples are also a very useful addition.

The new collection of drum samples are also a very useful addition.

The new drum kits are also very useful. They cover a range of musical styles including electro, hip hop, pop, ambient, house, rock and vintage. The sample detail is not what you mmight expect in a dedicated top-of-the-range virtual drum instrument but, again, for basicc song construction on the fly, they are more than up to the task and, as with Micrologue, very CPU efficient.

As someone for whom Cubase is my desktop DAW of choice, the iPad version makes an excellent musical scratch pad while on the move and these new features are very welcome additions that simply improve what can be achieved with Cubasis.

As I’ve commented before, next on my personal wish list would be some automation functions. Let’s hope Steinberg can deliver something in that area soon. Even so, until then, Cubasis v.1.5 is still a brilliant iOS recording environment.

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    1. Hello, I make sampled based hip hop beats with BM2. I was wondering if i should just which to cubasis? can it do the same thing as beatmaker 2 and more?

      thank you

      • Hi Glen,

        Good question but one that is probably not too easy to answer. The two apps make for an interesting comparison. Cubasis brings an approach very familiar to users of Cubase (or, indeed, other mainstream desktop DAWs); it’s very much a ‘mini’ version of the flagship product and works in a similar fashion. I guess ‘conventional’ is the right word and this makes it easy to learn if you know the desktop version or easy to move projects between the iOS and desktop versions. In contrast, for me at least, BM2 does things in a slightly less conventional way. It absolutly gets the job done and, if anything, in the current versions at least, probably has a longer feature list than Cubasis.

        For me, as a Cubase user, the choice is easy as I need the ease with which I can move projects between my iPad and desktop system. Cubasis therefore suits me best. That issue might, of course, be less important to others (yourself included). I’m sure you can create beats/hip hop tunes in both apps (perhaps BM2 is more self-contained even) but Cubasis provides a very neat sequencing/audio recording hub and I just then hook that up with other apps via Audiobus if I need features/sounds that Cubasis itself doesn’t have.

        Not sure if that helps at all? :-)

        Very best wishes,

        John

    2. Thank you, yes this helps. I guess there is two benefit for me to stay with BM.
      1) I know the app very well
      2) the iphone version is helpful.

      Thx!

    3. Can you import your own audio into the drum pad ad keyboard on cubasis?

      • Hi Ajay,

        as far as I’m aware, this is not currently possible – which is a shame – but there are other apps you could use with Cubase (via Audiobus) where you could easily create your own sample-based drum kit. I suspect you could also then trigger those samples from the pads within Cubasis via MIDI.

        Hope this helps?

        John

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