Cubasis update – Steinberg bring iOS8 support to their iPad DAW

Download from iTunes App Storecubasis logo 3And, as if by magic after my post earlier today about iOS8, and in which I mentioned the upcoming Cubasis update that would be at least one reason while I would hold off putting iOS8 on to my main iPad Air, up pops v.1.8.2 of Steinberg’s iPad DAW on the iTunes App Store….  yay!

Of course, the key elements of the update are full iOS8 compatibility and support for the new Audiobus 2.1.3 SDK so, when you now run Cubasis you no longer receive the rather dire warnings about issues surrounding Audiobus.

While I’m still going to hold back for a few more days yet with my iPad Air, having installed iOS8 on my older iPad 3, v.1.8.2 of Cubasis does seem to run very nicely now under iOS8 both with and without Audiobus. I haven’t done any extended tests but, having played through a couple of quite busy projects and recorded both audio from a mic and a couple of other iOS synths, all seems to be behaving very well.

Cubasis v.1.8.2 is now fully iOS8 and Audiobus 2.1.3 compatible :-)

Cubasis v.1.8.2 is now fully iOS8 and Audiobus 2.1.3 compatible :-)

Incidentally, the update also brings a number of routine fixes for other issues. For example, a problem with the swing quantization has been resolved and ‘punch out’ of recording now works as it should….  All these things are, of course, items that should work anyway (i.e. bugs) but it is very welcome to see Steinberg addressing these kinds of minor issues to tighten up the overall functioning of the app.

I also had no problems working with IAA in Cubasis under iOS8 on my iPad 3.

I also had no problems working with IAA in Cubasis under iOS8 on my iPad 3.

While the update has only been available for a few hours, there are already a few users posting in the Steinberg Cubasis forums about issues over the display of the Audiobus mini-transport controls in various apps. Having installed v.1.8.2 on my iPad Air (under iOS7.1.2, I experienced this also; you get the usual Audiobus quick switching panel to move between apps but not the additional small set of Cubasis transport controls. This is not something that will stop you woking altogether but it’s surprising how much you discover you used a simple (but very effective) feature when you no longer have access to it. Hopefully, this is something that can be resolved for those that decide to stick with iOS7 for a little while longer.

Under iOS8, I saw all the usual Cubasis transport controls within the Audiobus control strip (as shown here) but not when running Cubasis 1.8.2 under iOS7. Hopefully, there is some sort of fix possible for this for those that choose not to upgrade to iOS8.

Under iOS8, I saw all the usual Cubasis transport controls within the Audiobus control strip (as shown here) but not when running Cubasis 1.8.2 under iOS7. Hopefully, there is some sort of fix possible for this for those that choose not to upgrade to iOS8.

I haven’t, however, had this problem on my iOS8-equipped iPad 3; the standard Audiobus transport controls appeared in all the apps I tried so I was able to control playback in Cubasis even when I had another app in the foreground.

The last few days have seen a whole flurry of iOS music app updates and I expect this will continue over the the coming week as all the active developers do their best to ensure compatibility with iOS8 and Audiobus. Hopefully, before too long, we will all (well, those of us with suitable hardware at least) be able to push the button and update to iOS8. However, Cubasis is, for me at least, the major app in my usual workflow…  so it’s great to see that now available….  Now it will be a question of a bit of will power to see how long the tech-head in me can resist giving 8 a shot on my iPad Air :-)

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    1. Hi again, yes good news. Also Nave updated and I used them both in another iOS8 Audiobus test on the iPad-mini and all worked well. While there I pushed it a bit and ran iSem as IAA input with Nave, Cotracks and Aufx:Space coming in thru the Audiobus. That was sweet!!! And the iSem track was MIDI…I forgot how slick Cubasis and IAA can be. Froze the track and it rendered to audio just fine. I did hear a couple of glitchy sounds at the very busiest part of the tracks but that did not get recorded, and it does not reoccur on playback…thankfully. Well it is good to go into the weekend with more available tools to explore.

      Cheers,
      Ted

      • I forgot my #1 rule in posting…review before touching the post button. Oh my gosh I need to turn off the auto-spell function… I thought I typed Toz but it shows as Ted, weird!
        Cheers,
        Toz

    2. I don’t know if it is a problem with Audiobus or Cubasis but when I insert Cubasis as input and output in Audiobus, I’m not able anymore to record a track with Cubasis as the audio input. This used to work well before last update. I’m still under iOS 7.

      • I’ll check this on my own system when I get a chance…. and post back here to confirm if I have the same behaviour. Best wishes, John

        • Just tried it under iOS7 on my iPad Air and the behaviour has certainly changed…. With Cubasis in both Input and Output slot, whether I can hear anything going through the Effects slot (and being processed by another effect app, for example) seems to depend upon the app I put in the Effects slot. Some seem to pass audio while others do no (although you have to engage the monitoring button of the track in Cubasis also for this to work). However, even when I do hear some audio, it sounded very glitchy. I tried tweaking the latency settings in Audiobus and/or Cubasis but things didn’t improve…

          I’ll try under iOS8 when I get a chance… That said, I’m using this option much less often since IAA became widely available for audio effects apps… so I tend to do much of my audio effects processing directly within Cubasis via IAA…. best wishes, John

          • Hmmm… same behaviour for me under iOS8 on my iPad 3. Clearly there is something different about how this type of audio routing works under the latest combination of Cubasis/Audiobus and that is not specific to which version of iOS you are running…. When I get a chance, I’ll perhaps do a little more experimentation and see if I can find a workaround of any sort. best wishes, John

    3. BTW, Steinberg have posted about the transport control issue I mentioned in the news post…. This has apparently been resolved via some settings that needed tweaking on the Audiobus website…. Good to hear :-) best wishes, John

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