Cubasis update – Steinberg bring iOS9 support to their excellent iOS DAW/sequencer

Download from iTunes App Storecubasis logo 3Cubasis is, for my money, the best ‘all round’ DAW/sequencer we currently have under iOS and, while I’ll be happy to have my view changed as and when Auria Pro arrives, Cubasis offers a slick interface and a well focused feature set that lets you get on with the core tasks of recording and mixing audio/MIDI music productions.

Steinberg added some useful new features in the previous v.1.9.5 update at the end of June and this included the MiniSampler instrument (see the video embedded below). However, a further update has been released to Cubasis this morning – the app now stands at v.1.9.6 – and, while this does address a couple of minor bugs (now squashed), the welcome sight for the existing user base will be that the update brings ‘full iOS9 compatibility’ so, if you do decide to take the plunge later this week and move up to iOS9, then at least Cubasis is going to come with you :-)

Cubasis 1.9.6 brings compatibility for iOS9.

Cubasis 1.9.6 brings compatibility for iOS9.

The Audiobus SDK has also been updated in this version and you now get audio device information within the Setup screen. There are no new features this time around but it is great to see Steinberg doing their best to keep things running smoothly through the transition from iOS8 to iOS9.

Cubasis offers a brilliant combination of slick interface and a well-thought-out feature set.

Cubasis offers a brilliant combination of slick interface and a well-thought-out feature set.

I purchased Cubasis on the first day it was launched at the full price and, as I’ve also been a Cubase user for many years on the desktop, Cubasis is pretty much my go-to DAW/sequencer on my iPad. Perfect? – no, not yet, but it is very good indeed and I’d have no hesitation in recommending it even at the full price. This latest update is another welcome step forwards….  and I’m already wondering what Steinberg might have in store for v.2.0 when it eventually appears :-)

Anyway, if you have pondered Cubasis but not yet taken the plunge, it’s nice to know that you are buying into one of the leading music tech brands and that your investment looks pretty secure for the next iteration of our favourite mobile OS :-)


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    1. Is anyone getting along with Cubasis’s Piano Roll editor? It is so quirky I find it tedious to use. Any tips would be most welcome.

    2. For composers, it is worth mentioning MultiTrack Studio, which, while not sporting a very snazzy GUI, has very powerful features and allows more advanced content work than ANY other sequencer for iOS.

      If your work is limited to 4/4 and 16th notes, then there are plenty of DAWs that will entertain you.

      If you want to change tempos or time-signatures in realtime within a piece of music, MTS does this well. The developer is very available and continues to add improvements with great regularity.

      • I keep hoping that at least ONE of the iOS DAWs I already own will become everything—or close to everything—I need. I can think of six or more desktop DAWs off the top of my head that have the tools and workflow I’m looking for, but nothing on iOS has nailed it yet. I’ve got so much invested already that I hate to sink more on apps that I don’t own, and MTS is one I don’t have. I may change my mind if the others leave me unsatisfied for much longer.

        I don’t mean to complain too harshly, since I can get things done by using my different DAW apps for different tasks. For instance, I find MusicStudio’s MIDI editor adequate, which I can’t say for Cubasis (see post above) or Auria (which has no MIDI editor—yet).

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