When comparing Cubase 10.5 vs Bitwig Studio, the Slant community recommends Cubase 10.5 for most people. In the question“What are the best DAWs? ” Cubase 10.5 is ranked 7th while Bitwig Studio is ranked 9th.
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Pro Great MIDI editing options
Pro Powerful range of audio editing tools
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 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 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 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 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 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 Sampler Track
Has an awesome and easy to use sampler.
Pro The industry standard for MIDI sequencing and arranging
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 More features than any other DAW
Pro Supports expressive MIDI - MPE
Makes use of the Seaboard, Linnstrument, Continuum and other modern expressive controllers.
Pro Cross platform and highly compatible
The Bitwig DAW runs on Mac, PC, and, Linux. This DAW also has the distinction of being one of the only DAWs that can run 32 bit and 64 bit plugins at the same time.
Pro Highly modular
Pro Very intuitive/user-friendly
Pro Touch screen support
This software has big, responsive, easy-to-handle controls that work really well on a touchscreen. Additionally, it has a tablet mode that re-organizes the UI to make it much simpler and perfect for smaller screen devices. This is both a mobile touchscreen app and a DAW at the same time! It even has a built-in keyboard/drumpad.
Pro Supports multiple midi instruments on one track
Being able to add multiple midi instruments on the same track is a nice feature. It allows for much easier setup for VSTs like Cthulhu. It's also nice to be able to have multiple instruments setup that can be toggled.
Pro Great modulation system
Pro Open multiple projects
Pro Very efficient preset browser
Pro Supports sf2 samples out of the box
There is an instrument called Sampler which can correctly load sf2 instruments as a multisample preserving all individual sub sample settings and zoning. You do NOT need a VST to play soundfonts and you don't need to extract the sf2 samples! This is unique among all popular DAWs.
Pro Powerful devices/presets/sample browser
Pro Very active development
Pro Ableton Link Support
Pro Many high quality free sound packs
Pro Very good integration with Eurorack
Pro You can write your own controller support in Java
Pro Very powerful voice stacking mechanism
Pro Plugin Crash Protection
Plugins can be sandboxed
Pro State of the art time stretching
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 Installs third-party software on your computer (e-licenser)
Con Confusing pages
The Cubase DAW displays pages that tend to confuse users.
Con Runs poorly
Con Not what it used to be
The new updates kind of ruin the old classy feel.
Con Poor sample editing
The sample editor isn't too great and there's no option to launch external sample editors.
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.
Con Not the DAW for tech savvy users
Con Unreliable for professional production
Full of random bugs. Bad performance when using many tracks.
Pricey in comparison with other major DAWs.
Con Very bad performance when working with several tracks
Con UI gets frozen, VSTs crash all the time
Very frustrating to work with.