Celebrate The 30th Anniversary Of Steinberg's Cubase With 50% Off!

9th May 2019

Celebrate The 30th Anniversary Of Steinberg's Cubase With 50% Off!


Steinberg Cubase is a world class Digital Audio Workstation which allows you to record and sequence music on your computer.  It features integrated audio recording and editing functionality, mixing tools and MIDI squencing in addition to comprehensive support for a wide range of audio plugins and virtual instruments.

If you are just beginning or you are looking to step up from a smaller home recording setup, the choice as to which version of Cubase you need can be confusing.  On initial inspection there seems to be a number of versions plus educational versions and a miriad of update and upgrade options.  In this article we contrast the features of each product so you can choose the most appropriate solution for your studio setup.

The Basic Differences

Cubase Pro 10
Cubase Artist 10
Cubase Elements 10
Ideal for: Professional producers, mixing engineers, composers Ideal for: Seasoned musicians, project studio owners, bands Ideal for: Home recordists, bands, singer/songwriters, creative musicians
32-bit/192 kHz Steinberg audio engine with 5.1 surround support 32-bit/192 kHz Steinberg audio engine 32-bit/192 kHz Steinberg audio engine
256 physical inputs and outputs 32 physical inputs and outputs 24 physical inputs and outputs
Record and mix unlimited audio, instrument and MIDI tracks Record and mix up to 64 audio and 128 MIDI tracks Record and mix up to 48 audio and 64 MIDI tracks
Unlimited instrument tracks 32 instrument tracks 24 instrument tracks
64 VST instrument slots 32 VST instrument slots 16 VST instrument slots

So Which Version Of Cubase Is Going To Suit Me?

If you are choosing a sequencer for a home studio then Cubase Artist 9 is likely to be the best choice.  You sacrifice some high end functionality such as 5.1 surround mixing and advanced notation support but you still get a very capable sequencer with lots of audio effect and virtual instruments. You can invest the money you save into a better pair of studio monitors or a midi controller.

However, there is a reason that the full version of Cubase 9 costs almost twice as much as Artist 9.  Features such as Mixconsole History,  Cloud Collaboration, Plug-in Sentinel & much more make the extra cash spent more than worth it.

If you are purchasing the software for a professional environment or if you are not phased by the price tag then choose the full version of Cubase 9 because it has features that define it as one of the market leaders in the Digital Audio Workstation market.

Cubase Elements 9 is aimed at begginers and priced for begginers.  It is a fantastic introduction into recording and sequencing audio.  You do not get much content (i.e only 16 VST Slots) and there are limits put in place that may affect your project but you can layer up to 48 tracks of audio which is more than enough for anyone starting out.  If you do begin to feel confined by what Cubase Elements 9 offers then there is an upgrade route available direct.

Below are some important points that you need to consider while you are trying to choose a version suitable for your needs.

What are the Education Versions?

Steinberg are very supportive of people in the Education sector.  If you are a full-time student or a teacher at a public or private school then you will be eligable to purchase one of the Cubase versions at a discounted price. This only applies to full versions, there is no education discount for updates and upgrades.  Although we do not require any proof of eligibility Steinberg may request this proof when you register the software.