Issue 93


Ableton Live 12
What’s in. What’s out. What to expect.


Cubase 12 Releases

Steinberg’s latest iteration offers feature additions and improvements to ensure smooth workflows when composing, recording and mixing music.


7 March 2022

Steinberg announces the immediate availability of major new updates to Cubase, its award-winning music production software. With version 12, every member of the Cubase family, from the high-end Pro edition to Artist and the entry- level Elements edition, introduces significant new features and workflow enhancements.

MIDI & Pitch Control

One of the highlights in Cubase 12 is enhanced controller support. All three editions integrate MIDI controllers seamlessly into the world of Cubase 12 by automatically detecting selected controllers and providing enhanced options for mapping external devices. Working with the Chord Track has also been improved by allowing audio events to be dragged and dropped to provide MIDI chord progressions for audio. Other new features introduced both in Cubase Pro and Cubase Artist are the Scale Assistant in VariAudio for easy pitch edits and timing corrections, as well as the brand-new FX Modulator which comprises an array of effect modules alongside a comprehensive envelope editor.

New Effects

Exclusively available in Cubase Pro 12, the new Raiser limiter is the latest addition to the arsenal of dynamics processing tools that Cubase has to offer. AudioWarp improvements, on the other hand, are shared across both Pro and Artist, with the included Free Warp tool for making timing corrections for multiple tracks simultaneously within the Project window. Common to the entire Cubase family are editing workflow improvements and near sample- accurate volume automation, which is no longer affected by the set buffer size.

Access professional standards

With new improvements and presets, the Logical Editors allow users to create and customise the powerful logical capabilities available in Cubase Pro. Other additions include Dolby Atmos support (available soon in an upcoming Cubase maintenance release) and several features previously only available in Nuendo, such as providing two video tracks and more. Now also in Cubase Pro 12 and Cubase Artist 12, Verve is the new felt piano recorded at the Yamaha Studios in Los Angeles.

Cubase 12 uses the recently introduced, identity-based Steinberg Licensing system that offers significant new flexibility. Customers sign in with their Steinberg ID to run Cubase 12 on up to three computers, without the need for a physical copy-protection device.

Cubase 12 now runs natively on Apple silicon-powered computers, with improved processing times for many operations.

Other features and capabilities new to Cubase 12 include:

  • More performance improvements, including enhanced navigating and zooming within huge projects
  • Import tempo and signature tracks from other projects and track archives
  • New smooth waveforms for accurate audio editing
  • Bluetooth over MIDI in Windows 10 or higher
  • New SuperVision modules, including VU meter, spectrum keyboard, phase balance, level and loudness histograms
  • Audio export with sidechain support
  • Advanced crossfade editor for more fade control and improved editing
  • ARA Extensions can now edit all events within a track


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Ableton Live 12
What’s in. What’s out. What to expect.