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.
A further update has been released to Cubasis this morning; the app now stands at v.1.9.7. This is very much a maintenance update with some minor bug fixes (always welcome) aimed are ironing out a few graphical wrinkles and a smoother workflow. The AudioCopy SDK has also been updated.
Performance fine-tuning of a favourite app is always going to be a good thing but perhaps more interesting is the launch of a new ‘lite’ version of Cubasis; Cubasis LE. The app is free to download but requires the user to have some supported hardware connected to their iPad for it to be fully functional (otherwise it remains in demo mode). If you have such a device then Cubasis LE provides four audio and four MIDI tracks, can support two audio inputs and outputs and comes with a cut-down collection of the effects and virtual instruments included in the full version of the app. There are also IAP purchases available that can unlock the same feature set as found in the full Cubasis version.
Steinberg have some details on their website that indicate that the various UR audio interfaces that support iPad connectivity will all work (and unlock) the ‘lite’ features of the new Cubasis LE app. This includes the new UR22 mkII that was announced just a couple of days ago. The spec of this 2-in/2-out audio + MIDI interface is actually pretty good and it would obviously make a very respectable first-choice audio/MIDI interface for many iOS musicians.
There are other selected interfaces from Yamaha, Tascam and Line 6 that will also ‘unlock’ the LE feature set from demo mode, including the Line 6 Sonic Port. I have not yet had a chance to try my own Sonic Port with Cubasis LE but reader Charlie Sorrel was in touch earlier today to say that this had worked with his own Sonic Port so that’s good to know….
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’ll be really interested to see just what Steinberg might have in store when the app eventually ticks over to v.2.0 :-)
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 :-)