Cubasis 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 :-)
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.
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 :-)