Steinberg Cubase 13 Now Available, With New Channel Tab, Vocoder Effect & More

The new version of the popular DAW software introduces a bunch of exciting significant user interface redesigns, new features and workflow enhancement. A streamlined workflow promises a more pleasant music-making experience.

Steinberg has announced the immediate availability of Cubase 13, with significant user interface redesigns, new features and enhancements including a new Channel Tab, revised Mix Console, new Vocoder effect and more, which they say make the music production software more streamlined and inspiring than ever.

Cubase users will doubtless be feeling rather happy when they learn that their DAW of choice has just been updated to version 13.

Matthias Quellmann, senior product marketing manager for Cubase, told us, “Cubase 13 is the result of many conversations and interactions we had with our user base in the last years. Our primary goal was to help our users to stay in the flow when they are creative and we are very happy about the balance of workflow improvements and new creative features in Cubase 13.”

The MixConsole has been revised to make it easier for you to focus on your mixing. Indeed, there’s a new channel tab in the Project window that offers direct access to the most important mixing parameters of each channel, so you can tweak them without leaving the arrangement.

VocalChain is a new plugin that promises to serve as a one-hit vocal processing processor, with its VoxComp compressor also being available as a separate plugin in both Cubase Pro and Cubase Artist. Tailored for vocals, this is designed to provide gentle compression without hampering clarity, transients or expression.

Fans of MIDI editing will have reason to smile, with the addition of the Range Selection tool enabling Cubase Pro users to view and edit multiple parts. There are enhanced Step and MIDI Input functions as well.

The Chord Pads have also been given revised, while a new compact orchestral library packs 140 articulations for 34 instruments into a 5GB bundle. The Iconica Sketch tool promises straightforward score creation for all; this is also available standalone priced at $120/€119.

The previous Steinberg Vocoder plugin returns to Cubase 13. The Steinberg Vocoder plugin that was available in previous versions of the DAW but later put out to grass. There are also two new EQs (EQ-P1A and EQ-M5) and a tube compressor known as Black Valve.

And there’s much more to discover:

  • New Spectral Warp modes in the Sampler Track for extreme manipulation and powerful envelope creation.
  • Five exclusive new sample packs by Grammy-winning producer Beat Butcha, creative mastermind Sharooz, and acclaimed sample boutiques 91Vocals and Touch Loops.
  • New Track Versions for the Video Track to make working with new video edits more convenient.
  • Much more flexible configuration of where playback starts.
  • A new Tap Tempo feature on the Transport Bar.
  • One-click change of mono to stereo and vice versa channel type.
  • New options for more flexibility and control when importing tracks, events, and time ranges.
  • Many new key commands
  • Readiness for widespread adoption of MIDI 2.0
  • Windows-compliant multi-window handling and an improved Windows video engine, including GPU hardware decoding for H264 and better overall performance.

You can find out more on the Steinberg website. While all of the new features are available in the Pro version of Cubase 13, which costs $580/€579, you’ll find a reduced number in the Artist ($330/€329) and Elements ($99.99/€99.99) versions.


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