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Steinberg Cubase feature comparison chart
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The table below shows a comparison between the versions of Cubase, It is reproduced from a document created by the creators of this industry-standard brand of sequencer. There is an update to this page pending.

The excellent budget version, Cubase SE is now available separately.

The mid-range version, Cubase SL is a very capable package at an affordable price.

Cubase SX is the fully featured professional version of the application.

Feature Cubase SE Cubase SL 2.0 Cubase SX 2.0
Native audio - no additional DSP hardware required x x x
Simultaneous playback of hundreds of audio tracks 48 x x
Unlimited number of MIDI tracks x x x
Physical Inputs/Outputs 8 128 256
Inserts 5 5 6+2
Group channels 8 128 256
FX channels 8 128 256
VST Instrument Slots 16 16 64
MIDI insert plugins 2 4 4
Rewire 2 support (number of channels) 8 256 256
Adaptive and configurable track mixer o o x
Number of mixer views 1 2 3
Extended Mixer view o o x
Automation modes touch fader touch fader touch fader, x-over, autolatch, trim, overwrite
New VST 2.3 audio engine o x x
Surround: True multichannel audio path o o x
24-bit/96 kHz audio resolution x x x
32-bit floating point audio resolution o x x
Unlimited Undo and Redo functions 1 x x
Offline Process History single undo for built-in audio processes for built-in audio processes and all plug-ins
VST System Link x x x
New Look & Feel o x x
Configurable Toolbar & Track Controls o x x
VST Connections Window o x x
User-Definable window layouts o x x
Project Browser o x x
FX Return Channels o x x
Video Thumbnail track and preview x x x
Recording Modes: Mix, Overwrite, Normal, Merge, Stacked excl. stacked x x
Editors: Key, Drum, List, SysEx, Score x x x
Logical Editor o x x
Audio/Tempo analysis and Audio/Groove analysis x x x
Slice & Stretch for audio loops, automatic tempo matching x x x
Professional Score layout and printing functions o o x
Improved handling of multiple parts (audio and MIDI) o x x
Musical Timebase x x x
Linear Timebase o x x
Soft Quantize x x x
Time Warp Tool o x x
Spectral Analysis o o x
Statistics functions o o x
Pitch Shifting/Time Stretching algorithm
3 modes 3 modes 3 modes plus MPEX
Apogee UV22 Apogee UV22 Apogee UV22/UV22HR
User-definable macros o x x
Pool import/export o x x
Cubase VST 5.x song import x x x
Freeze for VST Instruments o x x
Hardware Controller Support Houston, Generic & Tascam US-428/224 only x x
Supports LTB for high-precision MIDI Timing (w/ Midex 8) x x x
MTC/MMC support
send MIDI clock only x x
CD audio grabbing x x x
Full MP3 Fraunhofer Encoding available as update available as update x
Windows Media WMA Pro surround encoding o o x
A1, LM7, VB1 VST instruments included o x x

All information subject to change without notice. All rights reserved. Steinberg Media Technolgies GmbH, September 2003

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