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Cubase AI

Building on the same core technologies found in Steinberg’s Cubase Pro advanced music production system, Cubase AI is a special compact version that provides all the basic tools for recording, editing and mixing everything from the initial idea to the final masterpiece. The perfect entry ticket into the world of computer-based music production, Cubase AI offers powerful, yet easy-to-use software tools for a large range of music styles — exclusive to customers of selected Steinberg and Yamaha hardware products.

Award-winning 64-bit floating-point Steinberg audio engine

Cubase AI uses the same professional audio and mixing engine as Cubase Pro. With a resolution of up to 24-bit and 192 kHz, as well as 64-bit floating-point internal processing, Cubase AI delivers fantastic sound quality even to the home studio.

Up to 32 audio tracks with 24-bit/192 kHz and 48 MIDI tracks

Cubase AI is ready to meet the demands of songwriting and production projects. Offering up to 32 audio tracks, up to 48 MIDI tracks to control external instruments, as well as up to 16 instrument tracks to control virtual instruments, Cubase AI has enough power to record as many as 16 audio channels simultaneously.
Stereo mixes can be recorded back to disk in either WAV or AIFF format. Exporting stereo mixes as MP3 is also possible.

Superb audio and MIDI editing tools

The easy-to-use Key, Score and Drum Editors included in Cubase AI help to get the job done quickly without blocking the creative process when writing or producing a song. Cubase AI also includes support for Steinberg’s real-time audio time-stretching and pitch-shifting technology called AudioWarp, allowing audio files to be played at a tempo or in a key different from the original file without any offline processing. Cubase AI’s powerful audio editing functions include a state-of-the-art transient detection, which is particularly useful for slicing and manipulating drum or percussion loops. The Chord Track facilitates working with chords in a project context and enables transform and harmonize functions throughout the application while the Chords Pads allow an easy way to play chords or try out different arrangements.

Complete suite of 28 audio VST effect processors

Cubase AI not only features powerful recording and editing tools, it also includes a complete set of great-sounding VST 3 effects plug-ins covering everything from EQ to dynamics to reverb. In addition to the included plug-ins, Cubase AI is compatible with hundreds of additional virtual instruments and effects available to the VST platform today. 

Outstanding virtual instruments and amps included

Cubase AI comes with a set of powerful instruments and awesome sounds. HALion Sonic SE and Groove Agent SE provide a vast array of high-end sampled instruments, uplifting acoustic and electronic drums and grooves. And with the acclaimed AmpSimulator, all the amps you need stand right by your side to give your music that very individual tone.

MixConsole with up to 4 inserts and 4 sends per channel

The mixer section in Cubase AI offers everything musicians need to create professional-quality mixes, with sample-accurate timing and full plug-in latency compensation across the entire signal path. Boasting up to four insert effect slots and four effect sends and returns as well as eight group channels, this powerful virtual mixer offers a lot of flexibility. The four-band fully parametric EQ features exact control of any signal’s frequency response, and every knob or function can be automated. 

System requirements



OS X 10.11 / macOS 10.12 / macOS 10.13 64-Bit Windows 7 / 8.x / 10
64-bit Intel or AMD multi-core processor (Intel i5 or faster recommended)
4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended)
12 GB free HD space
1366 x 768 display resolution (1920 x 1080 recommended)
Graphics card with DirectX 10 and WDDM 1.1 support (Windows only)
OS-compatible audio hardware*
An internet connection is required for activation, account setup and personal/product registration. Additional downloads may be required for the installation.

Note: This software version does not support 32-bit plug-ins.

 * ASIO compatible audio hardware recommended for low-latency performance.