Cubasis is, for my money, the best ‘all round’ DAW/sequencer we currently have under iOS and, while Auria Pro most certainly provides a more desktop-style feature set, 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. And, as a Cubase user on the desktop, Cubasis makes a perfect platform for capturing initial ideas that can then easily be moved across to the desktop if they make the grade as something worth developing further.
A further update to both Cubasis and Cubasis LE has arrived on the App Store today and taking the apps to v.1.9.9. While the previous update added an important new feature – support for Audio Units (AU) plugins – this is more of a maintenance update with some minor bug fixes (always welcome) aimed are ironing out a few graphical wrinkles and a smoother workflow.
That said, the full list of tweaks is quite extensive. Perhaps most welcome are some further refinements to the AU support. This includes support for the AU preset system within Cubasis. With AU slowly gaining some traction, this is good to see. Having given this a spin with a number of AU apps within Cubasis (as shown in the screenshot for iSEM) this seems to work well….
The update also brings some fine-tuning to the MIDI support in various ways so, for example, port mappings are now handled better. The IAA support has also been tweaked so connections between Cubasis and the IAA app are less likely to get broken.
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 of UK£39.99/US$49.99. This latest update is another welcome step forwards…. However, as Steinberg now seem to be running out of numbers before they finally reach v.2.0.0, I’ll be really interested to see just what they might have in store when the app eventually ticks over to that milestone :-)
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 would, therefore, be a pretty secure one. Top notch stuff…..