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Quick Overview

You can now Crossgrade from Avid Pro Tools HD/HDX versions 7/8/9/10/11/12 (Retail or Education) or Pro Tools Native versions 9/10/11/12 (Retail or Education) to Cubase 8 Pro at an exceptional price.

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Steinberg Cubase 8 Pro Crossgrade (Free update to 8.5 upon activation) Product Description

Improved Windows Handling

Cubase Pro 8 introduces a new windows handling paradigm including a new workspace organizer that makes for a more efficient workflow. Windows can be freely placed on any display and maximized, restored, minimized, tiled and cycled through by using standard Windows OS commands. Windows will now also group Cubase windows in the taskbar, preview window content and show mini icons. The 'Always On Top' mode now organizes smaller plug-in windows even when working with maximized windows such the MixConsole.

VCA Faders

On analog consoles, VCA faders enabled the control of channel gain by using DC voltage, allowing the movement of a group of faders using a single master fader. VCA faders in Cubase Pro 8 not only assist you creating complex mixes, it also enables more advanced automation workflows using the Coalesce VCA fader automation feature: merge the automation curve of a VCA fader with the automation curve of a controlled fader or fader groups.

New Render In-Place Function

The new render in-place function allows you to bounce MIDI and audio parts easily. You can define exactly on what to include and for example render-in track FX in the newly created events. Trigger the command and a new audio track is created with all effects settings copied over from the original source track plus your rendered audio event, including intact event boundaries.

ASIO Guard 2

ASIO Guard 2 uses low latencies just on the tracks where latency matters while using a larger latency that saves performance for playback tracks. It now supports instrument tracks including multi-timbral and sample instruments that feature disk streaming as well as all live-input independent channels. The internal ASIO-Guard buffering was extended to improve the audio processing performance. Simply record and monitor in real time even on CPU demanding projects.

VST Bass Amp

VST Bass Amp delivers a comprehensive collection of amps, cabs and stomp boxes that deliver those classic crunchy rock tones or nuanced, funky creamy tones and everything in between. VST Bass Amp comes with six amp models and four classic speaker cabinets recorded with eight different microphones and microphone positions to reproduce the unique character of their originals. Create complete setups, consisting of amps, over 20 classic stomp box effects, speaker cabinets, microphone models and position.

Plug-In Manager

The new plug-in manager lets you arrange, sort and group your effects and instruments either at the top level or in custom submenus, making finding your plug-ins easier and letting you focus on what's really important. Create multiple collections as sub-sets of all installed effect and instruments and switch easily between them!

VST Connect SE 3

VST Connect SE allows you to record audio and MIDI data over the internet. To make VST Connect SE even better, it now sports a redesigned graphic user interface and is fully integrated into Cubase, reducing the setup time and connection effort dramatically. Based on your feedback, we implemented a convenient key transfer via email, Twitter, Facebook and more as well as the possibility to transfer files via drag-and-drop. The new Eco mode allows disabling the video stream during recording sessions to spare bandwidth.

Improved Channel Strip EQ

The channel strip EQ module provides additional mouse-over value readouts for gain, frequency and the equivalent in note pitch. Enter pitch notes or cent values instead of Hz frequencies for each band. The Pre section now offers selectable slopes of 6, 12 (default), 24, 36 and 48 for high-cut and low-cut.

Multiband Expander

Multiband Expander allows you to modify the dynamic range of your tracks. Choose different settings for each one of the four available frequency bands independently to create a broader dynamic range or simply reduce unwanted noise. Multiband Expander also features a latency-free live mode that enables the use of the plug-in in a live environment.

Waves Meters

With the new Waves Meters in Cubase Pro 8, upcoming audio events are displayed with the respective waveforms, scrolling though the mixer pane below the volume fader. No longer switch back and forth between the Project window and MixConsole to find out the current song position and check upcoming audio events within the project.

Upgraded DeEsser, Multiband Compressor & Tuner

DeEsser is now available as channel strip module, and adds full side-chain support, allows you to constrain the high and low frequencies, and a very handy preview function that plays only the signal that gets removed. Multiband Compressor now supports dedicated side-chaining with the ability to adjust and monitor trigger frequencies individually for each of its four bands. The updated Tuner plug-in now features strobe tuning mode, a customizable base frequency and a bigger display for better readability.

Redesigned Track List & Inspector

The redesigned Track List and Inspector offer now better readability. Track names are easier to find and the reduced set of track controls in the track list reduce clutter. And with the new configuration tabs below the track list you can switch instantly between different track controls configurations. This displays only what you need to see in a specific workflow situation.

New Allen Morgan Pop-Rock Toolbox

Allen Morgan has come up with new pop and rock style construction kits to help you get the most out of your new instruments and to help you overcome the much-feared composer's block. Allen Morgan's Pop-Rock Toolbox comes with 30 construction kits, each with 25 to 30 audio and MIDI loops routed to predefined instruments including channel strip and mixer settings. Perfect for when you're looking for inspiring new material!

Virgin Territories

Virgin territories in automation lanes improves handling of automation data: when activated, no automation data is written between two automated events on the same track, making it possible to freely use the space in between two automations for parameter adjustments.

Direct Routing

Cubase Pro 8 includes a new direct routing section in MixConsole that allows you to set up group routing destinations for multiple channels, buses and stems at once with a single click. Create different mix versions of any session at once.

New Circle of 5ths and Proximity Chord Assistant Modes

You can visually select chords in the circle of 5th view or the new Proximity Assistant.* The new Proximity Chord Assistant mode provides suggestions from a defined reference chord, taking a set of harmonic rules into account. The distance and colours of the suggestions from the reference chord (at the centre bottom of the window) convey a sense of how complex a suggestion is, in comparison to the reference chord. The circle of 5th mode shows you the chord relations as a classic circle of fifths visualization. Best of all, these new visual modes of the Chord Assistant are also available directly from the new chord pads!


  • State-of-the-art music production system used by thousands of professionals around the world
  • Award-winning 32-bit floating-point Steinberg audio engine with up to 192 kHz, 5.1 surround, flexible routing and full automatic delay compensation
  • Unlimited audio, instrument and MIDI tracks
  • MixConsole provides the ultimate mixing experience with unmatched flexibility and integrated EQ/Dynamics channel strip modules for epic pro-console sound
  • Comprehensive set of 8 outstanding instruments with over 3000 sounds
  • Complete suite of 73 high-end audio and 18 MIDI VST effect processors
  • VCA faders for complex mixing and automation workflows, TrackVersions for playlists-like editing, and render in-place for simplified editing tasks
  • VariAudio for MIDI-style note editing of monophonic audio tracks, automatic voicing harmonization and auto-tuning effect
  • Chord track and pads for easy chord management and reharmonizing plus intelligent composing assistance
  • VST Expression 2 for unique instrument articulation management and expression control on single-note level
  • Professional music notation and score printing

Technical Specifications

  • Intel Core or AMD dual core CPU
  • 8 GB RAM (minimum: 4 GB)
  • 15 GB free HD space
  • 1920 x 1080 display resolution (minimum: 1366 x 768)
  • Graphics card with DirectX 10 and WDDM 1.1 support (Windows only)
  • USB port for USB-eLicenser (license management)
  • OS compatible audio hardware**
  • DVD-ROM dual-layer drive

System Requirements


  • Windows 7/Windows 8.x


  • Mac OS X Version 10.9/10.10

Steinberg Cubase 8 Pro Crossgrade (Free update to 8.5 upon activation) Additional Information

SKU 45540-CG
Brand Steinberg
Condition New