Musicians entering the world of Mac-based music production face plenty of challenges, including the daunting task of choosing from a group of very capable sequencer and digital-audio software packages. The Cubase VST/32, from Steinberg, doesn’t make that choice any easier, offering all the features you would expect from a modern audio-recording and -production package: graphic, list, and score editing; EQ and plug-in effects; and support for numerous MIDI and audio tracks. New to the program are support for high-resolution 32-bit audio files, improved VST effects, and a TrueTape process that adds analog warmth to your audio tracks. The program also adds an important new VST instrument-the Universal Sound module, a software-based General MIDI synthesizer that allows Cubase users who collaborate online to hear the same set of sounds in their sequences. Although you can comfortably play the module “live,” there was a tiny delay between the time I struck a key and the time it sounded on my 400MHz Power Mac G4.
The Sound of One Mac Clapping: Cubase VST/32’s virtual instruments include an analog synthesizer, sampled bass, a drum machine, and a General MIDI module.