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Pro Powerful range of audio editing tools
Pro Great summing engine
The summing engine is responsible for processing tracks and combining them into the correct output. In comparison to other DAWs, Cubase's summing engine is excellent.
Pro Supports chord tracks
Pro All takes can be shown in a single track
When in stacked mode, all of your takes can be shown in a single track side by side. You can then select what parts of which take you need. If you are recording MIDI, the Cubase DAW allows creating a pattern that can overlap and be re-used as many times as needed.
Pro Great MIDI editing options
Pro Large selection of time stretching methods
The Cubase DAW offers 11 different kinds of time stretching methods.
Pro Quantize can automatically tighten MIDI inputs
Automatically tightens your MIDI inputs to be on time. Quantize has two modes. Hard Quantize will adjust based on strict settings (precisely on beat by default) and Iterative Quantize will adjust in increments. Excellent for keeping the human element in recordings.
Pro Powerful, time-saving Logical Editor
Logical Editor allows customizing MIDI data according, in order to set rules to save time.
Pro Recent updates have added some great features
Pro Incredible and well integrated EQ
Pro Pro edition is exellent for audio mixing also.
It provides all the industry requirements and features an optimized workflow for mixing
Pro Batch export
You can pick separate tracks to export in one pass. You can even have them open up a new project or drop in the same project automatically. Huge time saver and DSP Saver.
Pro Allows changing a pattern in one place to effect each instance of it
Using Parts, the Cubase DAW allows creating patterns that can be re-used as many times as needed, and can be edited in a single place.
Pro The industry standard for MIDI sequencing and arranging
Pro Sampler Track
Has an awesome and easy to use sampler.
Pro Superior sample editing
Lot's of options to edit samples on the fly with direct offline processing you can apply effects without sacrificing performance. You can even use Wavelab as an external wave editor.
Pro ARA2 implementation of plugins
Plugins that use the ARA2 technology can be implemented into the DAW for seamless and "native" like editing.
Pro More features than any other DAW
Con Annoying dongle
Not unlike Pro Tools, you have to have a dongle containing your license plugged into your computer or you can't use the software.
Con Quite expensive
This costs significantly more compared to other DAWs.
Con Confusing pages
The Cubase DAW displays pages that tend to confuse users.
Con Non-free software
Con Not the most stable of DAWs; crashes relatively often
I have worked with Cubase since Version 5, and I have found the software to be relatively unstable. It is quite temperamental and can crash at times, especially when you're working on big projects.
Con Installs third-party software on your computer (e-licenser)
Con Poor sample editing
The sample editor isn't too great and there's no option to launch external sample editors.
Con Not what it used to be
The new updates kind of ruin the old classy feel.
Con Runs poorly
Con Lack of built-in noise reduction
There's no built-in noise reduction FFT profiler like you might see in some other DAWs. There's noise gate but it's not the same. If you're on Windows, then you can get around this by downloading ReaFir.
Con No sampler
To many producers, sampler is one of the most important tools in a DAW. Cubase does not come with a sampler tool.