This december must go down in history as a milestone in the iOS music community as Steinberg surprised many with the release of Cubasis for iPad today. Where Auria paved the way as the first serious DAW for iOS, Cubasis ups the ante with an impressive feature listing, including unlimited audio and MIDI tracks (depending on which iPad you own of course). Furthermore there’s support for a wide variety of import and export options, including Dropbox, AudioCopy, iTunes file sharing and export to the the larger brother, Cubase. No Audiobus yet, but I heard conversations are already taking place to make this happen.
Here are the key features:
- Unlimited audio and MIDI tracks (depends on the device used)
- Over 70 virtual instrument sounds based on HALion Sonic
- MixConsole with over 10 effect processors
- Over 300 MIDI and audio loops
- Virtual keyboard and virtual drum pads
- Sample Editor and Key Editor
- Export projects to Cubase, Dropbox, SoundCloud, AudioCopy and email
- Core Audio and Core MIDI compatible hardware supported
- Sequence other CoreMIDI apps (MIDI recording only) and run Cubasis simultaneously via background audio
- Audio import from iTunes music library, AudioPaste, Wi-Fi server and iTunes file sharing
- Audio mixdown and MIDI export
All of this will set you back $49.99, which puts Cubasis in the Auria range of DAW-apps, but if it can deliver a full DAW performance that’s not very much for a potential centerpiece of your iOS studio.