Submitted by thewhippinpost on Tue, 10/10/2006 - 18:21.

Sequencers for Digital Audio And Midi for Computer Music work

In the Sequencers category, Steinberg are offering up the Cubase SX4  for our consideration... What's it all about then?

Steinberg Cubase SX4
Steinberg Cubase SX4

Steinberg's new Cubase SX4, once again, takes music production to new levels.

With SX 4, Steinberg premiers the brand-new VST3 plug-in architecture with four new integrated software instruments (HALion One, Prologue, Spector and Mystic.) containing more than 1000 sounds.

HALion One is based on the same renowned Yamaha sample content used in its famed Motif series of synths.

Prologue, Spector and Mystic are powered by VirSyn technology.

Cubase SX4 also sports a re-designed interface with many new features that speed-up your workflow considerably.

VST3 - New Powerful Plug-in Architecture

A nice new feature of the VST3 architecture is its ability to conserve your computers resources by completely staying out of the way when silence is detected on the channel it is assigned.

It also allows VST3 plug-ins to automatically adjust their number of audio busses to match the channel they are operating in (for example, stereo, mono or surround 5.1 etc...).

Steinberg (now part of Yamaha, don't forget) present another native music production system combining fully-featured audio and MIDI recording environment complete with editing, virtual instruments and powerful audio mixing... not to mention the added flexibility of loop and pattern-based arranging and mixing.

Cubase SX4 supports Windows XP, Mac OSX, and works with a multitude of audio interfaces.

With seamless integration of external audio and MIDI hardware, Cubase 4 redefines virtual studio technology.

Cubase 4 is available to buy now.

Sequencers for Digital Audio and Midi

All your favourite sequencers for making and managing your chart-busting compositions can be found below, whether audio, MIDI or both. These days, sequencers (especially the leading brands like Cubase, Logic etc...) try to be everything a full-blown recording studio provides... as well as be the musician!

Be aware though, that what you get with all this power often means more resource-intensive software (though Pro Tools is slightly different). So consider carefully what you actually think you'll need/use. I've yet to find a sequencer that does absolutely everything I want, as easily as I want. Conversely, I've yet to find a sequencer that doesn't come with stuff I don't want either.

Remember in all this though; that even paying top-dollar for the top dawg sequencer is still ridiculously cheaper than building a full-blown studio, equipped with instruments!

What others are saying:

"No need to look further than Cubase SX for your DAW recording/composing platform."

In my humble opinion its the best DAW out there, especially for VSTi midi orchestration and mockups.

I have compared them all. This is the best. Rule of thumb, don't buy a DAW for its plugins and other "throw in the box" gimmicks and giveawya like other companies do. Plugins are a dime a dozen and should be purchased on their own. This is a recording platform and it is the best one on the market.

Simply the best audio engine, midi editing, audio editing and work flow. VST implentation is the best there is.

Its got the best lookinhg interface out of all the DAWs on the market.


Ease of Use:
You need to become familiar with any DAW. I have used several and this is the most intuitive.

I haven't had a need to use it yet but the forum is fantastic.

Totally happy. I have used other DAWs

More Details

If that's not enough then check out the following link for the full specifications - Cubase SX4