The update introduces new features such as video rendering and export features, spectral comparison EQs, new coloured mixer channels and an update to Steinberg’s Padshop 2 granular synth. While users will have to splash out some cash to download the upgrade, for what it brings to the table, it seems like 10.5 is a pretty worthy investment here.
Steinberg have obviously caught onto the fact that a lot of Cubase users also dabble in video production, and 10.5 reflects this heavily – you can now export videos with H.264 compression and 16-bit audio without needing any extra plugins. Similarly, Cubase have also added the ability for users to import a range of tracks from other projects, including mixer settings, channel settings and automation data, while the new coloured mixer channels feature lets you clearly label your tracks to give you a better overview of what’s going on.
The new Spectral Comprasion EQ update also makes Cubase 10.5 a handy mixing tool, letting you shine up those muddy frequencies and route secondary signals into your EQ to compare spectral curves. There’s also a new MultiTap Delay plugin that looks to make you think outside the box when using delay effects – it’s kind of similar to Logic’s Delay Designer if you’re familiar with that, while the updated version of the Padshop 2 granular synth now features a spectral oscillator, arpeggiator and 100 new presets.
Other minor tweaks include a new score editor update, a retrospective MIDI record feature, combined select tools and a safe start mode to deactivate third party plugins when using the DAW.