Steinberg Cubasis & Dorico for iPad

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Mobile music making sounds better than ever with the arrival of a suite of high-quality virtual instruments in Steinberg’s mobile DAW, Cubasis, available through the App Store and Google Play Store and its mobile music notation app, Dorico for iPad, available through the App Store. For the first time, the powerful and high-performance engine behind Steinberg’s HALion sampler workstation has been brought to mobile devices in Dorico for iPad and Cubasis, providing new creative possibilities for musicians working on iPhones, iPads, Android smartphones, tablets, or Chromebooks.

Cubasis 3.6 adds four exciting, unique instruments, which are powered by Steinberg's HALion engine and will take compositions to a whole new level. The beautiful LoFi Piano is included for free. Optional in-app purchases comprise the all-new HALion Sonic Selection music workstation for creating epic tracks, while users can explore FM synthesis in depth with the outstanding FM Lab-based Neo FM and FM Classics instruments. Based on an upright acoustic piano, recorded with carefully selected vintage gear, LoFi Piano provides a gritty blend of contemporary and vintage piano sounds, with the option to instantly tweak them via six simple effects. Every Cubasis user can enjoy these uniquely beautiful sounds, as they’re included for free. Available as a separate in-app purchase, HALion Sonic Selection is the ultimate music creation workstation for Cubasis. This cutting-edge XXL library of more than 1,100 world-class, pro-grade instruments is suitable for any genre. Users can instantly tweak their instruments’ sounds to perfection, via eight fast and easy-to-use controls.

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Neo FM provides a superb library of next-generation FM synthesis sounds, covering earth-shattering basses, crystal-clear leads, atmospheric pads, arpeggiated pulsating sounds, and much more. FM Classics provides access to the sounds of the all-time great synths, Yamaha’s DX7 and TX81Z, paired with a beautifully crafted and easy-to-use DX-like user interface. Both these instruments are based on Steinberg’s acclaimed FM Lab instrument and are available within Cubasis as separate in-app purchases.

“The new HALion-powered instruments in Cubasis add boundless possibilities for musical expression. More than a thousand new presets in the HALion Sonic Selection, and the incredible Neo FM and FM Classics packs, allow you to create professional-sounding productions using just your tablet or phone, as we continue our drive to make Cubasis the best mobile digital audio workstation available,” says Cubasis Marketing Manager Lars Slowak.

Dorico for iPad 5.1 includes new HALion-powered General MIDI-compatible sounds for free, and with an optional in-app purchase of a monthly or annual subscription, or a one-off Lifetime Unlock, users can add the sounds of Iconica Sketch, a complete orchestra with 34 different instruments and 140 articulations, optimized for iPad. “Being able to bring the same great-sounding orchestral sounds to Dorico for iPad that users can enjoy in Dorico for macOS and Windows is a huge step forwards,” says Dorico Product Marketing Manager Daniel Spreadbury. “These new sounds provide much greater expressive possibilities and will allow composers and arrangers to enjoy writing music on their iPads more than ever.”

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From December 18, 2023, an introductory offer celebrates these milestone releases: Cubasis 3.6 and the new HALion-powered instruments will initially be offered at a 25% discount on the regular price. The Lifetime Unlock in-app purchase in Dorico for iPad will also be available to purchase at a 25% discount on the regular price. These introductory offers end on January 8, 2024. After January 8, 2024, Cubasis 3.6 will be available at its regular price from the App Store for 59.99 euros or 49.99 US dollars. Through the Google Play Store, Cubasis 3.6 will be available for 29.99 euros or 29.99 US dollars. This update is free for Cubasis 3 customers.

HALion Sonic Selection will be available as an in-app purchase within Cubasis 3.6 for 19.99 euros or 19.99 US dollars. Neo FM and FM Classics will also be available as in-app purchases within Cubasis 3.6 for 13.99 euros or 13.99 US dollars. Dorico for iPad 5.1 will be available from the App Store as a free download. Iconica Sketch is a premium feature available with an optional in-app subscription purchase, at 4.99 euros or 4.99 US dollars per month, or 49.99 euros or 49.99 US dollars per year. Premium features can be unlocked permanently with the purchase of a one-off Lifetime Unlock in-app purchase for 139.99 euros or 119.99 US dollars. Prices may vary according to the region.

Cubasis Key Features:

  • Unlimited number of audio and MIDI tracks
  • 24 assignable physical inputs and outputs
  • 32-bit floating-point audio engine
  • Audio I/O resolution of up to 24-bit/96 kHz
  • Real-time time-stretching and pitch-shifting featuring zplane’s élastique 3
  • Micrologue virtual analog synthesizer with 126 ready-to-go presets
  • MicroSonic with over 120 virtual instrument sounds
  • MiniSampler to create your own instruments (includes 20 factory instruments)
  • Mixer with studio-grade channel strip per track and 17 effects processors
  • Audio Unit multi-out and sidechain support
  • Fully automatable DJ-like Spin FX effect plug-in
  • Over 550 MIDI and time-stretch-capable audio loops
  • Virtual keyboard with chord buttons, plus chord and drum pads with intuitive note repeat
  • Audio editor and MIDI editor with MIDI CC support
  • MIDI editor for programming and editing MIDI tracks quickly and efficiently
  • MIDI auto quantize and time-stretching
  • Track duplicate
  • MIDI Learn, Mackie Control (MCU) and HUI protocol support
  • Automation, MIDI CC, program change, and aftertouch support
  • Core Audio and MIDI-compatible hardware supported
  • Keyboard shortcut and mouse support
  • MIDI over Bluetooth LE support
  • Audio Unit including Instrument Multi Out support, Inter-App Audio and Audiobus 3 support
  • Ableton Link support
  • Import audio via iTunes, iCloud Drive, Files app, AirDrop, or use AudioPaste
  • MIDI clock and MIDI thru support
  • Export to Cubase, iCloud Drive, external hard drives, wireless flash drives, Dropbox, AudioCopy, and email

Dorico for iPad Key Features:

  • Best automatic engraving of any software
  • Write for up to eight players for free, or an unlimited number with in-app purchase
  • Easy note input using on-screen keyboard, MIDI keyboard, or external keyboard
  • Intelligently adjusts notation as you write
  • Any number of movements or pieces in a single project
  • Automatic layout of instrumental parts
  • Expressive playback using included sounds and effects
  • Includes production-ready General MIDI sounds powered by HALion technology
  • Full Iconica Sketch orchestra library available (with in-app purchase)
  • Supports Audio Unit virtual instruments and effects processors (with in-app purchase)
  • Key Editor, with piano roll, velocity, and continuous controller editors
  • Sophisticated chord symbols, unpitched percussion, and drum set notation
  • Unbarred music, tuplets across barlines, etc. all handled correctly - no workarounds
  • Fully compatible with Dorico for macOS and Windows
  • Transfer to and from other apps via MusicXML, MIDI, PDF, etc.
  • Built-in reader mode for performing directly from the project, using a single tap of the screen or Bluetooth foot pedal to turn pages
  • Freehand annotations with Apple Pencil (with in-app purchase)