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Famous Producers, Composers, and Musicians Who Use Cubase!

For more than 30 years, Steinberg has been at the forefront of music software development. Through Cubase, which began as a MIDI sequencer, Steinberg introduced an entire generation to the block-based arrange screen that is now used in the bulk of modern DAWs. And throughout the past 30 years, many well-known producers and musicians have made use of this programme as their primary tool for creating music.

Let's look at these well-known music producers, songwriters, and performers who use Steinberg's Cubase DAW software to find out more about what's new and cutting-edge in the most recent Cubase Pro 12!

Hans Zimmer

There is a no bigger name in film scores than Hans Zimmer. He has scored more than 200 projects across all mediums, which, combined, have grossed more than 28 billion dollars at the worldwide box office. Zimmer has been honored with an Academy Award, two Golden Globes, three Grammys, an American Music Award, and a Tony Award. Zimmer’s work highlights over the past few years include Widows, which reteamed the composer with director Steve McQueen; Blade Runner 2049 which earned him and co-scorer Benjamin Wallfisch Grammy, BAFTA, and Critics' Choice nominations; and Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk which earned Academy Award, Grammy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA Award, and Critics' Choice Award nominations.

Other notable scores include Gladiator, The Thin Red Line, As Good as It Gets, Rain Man, The Dark Knight trilogy, Inception, Thelma and Louise, Black Hawk Down, and The Last Samurai. Zimmer most recently scored the live-action remake of The Lion King, for which he received a Grammy nomination. The film, which was released by Disney on July 19, 2019, grossed over $1.7 billion at the box office.

New & upcoming projects include Wonder Woman 1984, Hillbilly Elegy, James Bond: No Time to Die, Dune, Top Gun: Maverick, and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run. In 2019, Zimmer completed highly successful Hans Zimmer Live tour stops across Asia and Australia and will embark on a European tour in February 2022.

Hans is the head of the film music division at DreamWorks studios and one of many music professionals and recording artists worldwide who use Cubase. Zimmer uses Cubase Pro mainly to compose and edit his midi tracks. Cubase was created by fellow germans Manfred Rürup and Karl “Charlie” Steinberg, the founders of Steinberg. Zimmer has used Cubase since it first arrived on the scene.

Cubase is the main DAW, the sequencer, where Hans creates his individual cues. It is in Cubase all the actual music creation and experimentation is being done.


Ian Kirkpatrick

Ian Eric Kirkpatrick is an American record producer based in Los Angeles, California. In collaboration with artists like Dua Lipa, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Jason Derulo, and Birtney Spears he has been awarded multiple platinum records and gold records. Ian is not a stranger within the pop, alternative rock, and indie rock genres as he has produced a vast number of tracks with releases on major labels like Universal, Warner Records, Interscope Records, and Virgin EMI Records.

During the past five years, songwriter & producer Ian Kirkpatrick has emerged as a top hitmaker in pop music. Impressively, he co-wrote & produced pop star Dua Lipa’s current Top 10 hit, “Don’t Start Now,” which was nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Solo Performance at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards. He also co-wrote & produced Lipa’s 2017 breakthrough hit, “New Rules.”

In addition, Kirkpatrick has collaborated on hits for Selena Gomez (“Bad Liar,” “Back to You,” “Look at Her Now”), Jason Derulo (“Want to Want Me”), and Justin Bieber feat. Halsey (“This Feeling”).

Based in Los Angeles, Kirkpatrick is a multi-instrumentalist who specializes in creating fresh, cutting-edge music tracks and hooky melodies, and he works closely with songwriters & artists who write lyrics and melodies. In most cases, he co-writes the song and produces the recording, although in some cases he’ll also work solely as the producer.


Ludwig Göransson

Known for his vibrant, often playful orchestral music for film and television, Ludwig Göransson is an Oscar-winning Swedish composer based in Los Angeles. Also recognized for his Grammy-winning work as a producer and songwriter in genres including rap, pop, and R&B, he often performs and records his own music unless an orchestra is warranted.

Some of his earliest lead composer credits came on television sitcoms such as Community (2009-2015) and New Girl (2011-2018). Early in Community's run, he also began collaborating with cast member Donald Glover on his rap music as Childish Gambino. Göransson was recognized by several film critics associations for his music for the 2015 boxing film Creed, and in 2019, he won the Academy Award for Best Original Score for Black Panther (2018). That same year, he took home Grammy Awards for Record and Song of the Year for Childish Gambino's "This Is America" as well as for his Black Panther score.

Emmy trophies followed in 2020 and 2021 for his work on The Mandalorian series, and the next year's Turning Red (Disney-Pixar) featured Göransson's score alongside songs by Billie Eilish and FINNEAS.


Cirkut

Henry Russell Walter, known professionally as Cirkut, is a Canadian record producer and songwriter. He has produced almost every song by American singer Ava Max and has worked with many popular stars such as Katy Perry, Rihanna, The Weeknd, Britney Spears, Jessie J, Kesha, Shakira, Nicki Minaj, B.o.B, Lil Wayne, and Miley Cyrus.

Songs Cirkut has written and produced include the Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 singles "Part of Me", "Roar" and "Dark Horse" by Katy Perry, and "Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus. His production credits on The Weeknd's album "Starboy" won him the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album. Most recently, Cirkut was nominated for the 2022's Grammy Awards in the Album of The Year & Best Rap Album for his co-writing and producing Kanye West’s album “Donda".


Alan Silvestri

In his ongoing, decades-long career as a composer, Alan Silvestri has blazed an innovative trail with his exciting and melodic scores, winning the applause of Hollywood and movie audiences the world over. With a credit list of over 100 films, Silvestri has composed some of the most recognizable and beloved themes in movie history. His efforts have been recognized with two Oscar nominations, two Golden Globe nominations, three Grammy awards, two Emmy awards, and numerous International Film Music Critics Awards, Saturn Awards, and Hollywood Music In Media Awards.

Alan Silvestri is perhaps best known for his early work with director Robert Zemeckis. They followed their first collaboration, 1984's Romancing the Stone, with many more blockbuster classics, including the Back To The Future franchise, Forrest Gump (1994), and The Polar Express (2004). The latter earned Silvestri an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song for "Believe."

Silvestri's success has also crossed into the world of songwriting. His partnership with Six-Time Grammy Award winner Glen Ballard has produced hits such as the Grammy-winning and Oscar-nominated song "Believe" (Josh Groban) for "The Polar Express", "Butterfly Fly Away" (Miley Cyrus) for "Hannah Montana The Movie", "God Bless Us Everyone" (Andrea Bocelli) for "A Christmas Carol" and "A Hero Comes Home" (Idina Menzel) for "Beowulf".

Most recently, Alan has composed the music for Marvel's "Avengers: Endgame." The film is the culmination of a partnership with Marvel that began in 2011 with Alan's dynamically heroic score for "Captain America: The First Avenger" followed by "Avengers". Since 2011 Alan's collaboration with Marvel helped propel "The Avengers" and "Avengers: Infinity War" to spectacular worldwide success.


Check out other notable producers, composers and musicians who also use Cubase!

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Why do people prefer Steinberg's Cubase DAW software?

For more than 30 years, Steinberg has been at the forefront of music software development. Through Cubase, which began as a MIDI sequencer, Steinberg introduced an entire generation to the block-based arrange screen that is now used in the bulk of modern DAWs.

A class-leading audio editor (WaveLab) was also created by the company along the way, and it managed to survive the dark days of software piracy.

Cubase is unquestionably the most formidable DAW when it comes to MIDI, therefore it should come as no surprise that renowned cinema composers like Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL choose it. Cubase has a tonne of terrific features that make it a fantastic choice for MIDI composition, whether you're producing music for television, video games, or movies.

It's simple to construct a template that works for you with Cubase's workflow customization. This allows you to quickly and easily construct a new project with a large number of tracks that are already arranged. For quick, seamless switching between tracks and sessions, keyboard shortcuts can also be used. This is a significant time saver for composers who need hundreds or even thousands of tracks for each song.

Cubase offers one of the fastest and easiest-to-use MIDI editors available, which is why composers love it so much for its MIDI functionality. In contrast to the majority of other DAWs, you can even edit numerous MIDI sections at once. The Logical Editor, a standout MIDI function exclusive to Cubase, is another. With the help of this tool, you may configure filter criteria to trigger custom actions, such as coloring a track red if the name contains the word "Strings" or adding random velocity changes to particular MIDI notes to give the music a more human quality.

In addition to having all these sophisticated features, Cubase is cross-platform and compatible with both Windows and Mac devices. This DAW can perform all tasks that the leading brands are able to achieve, and its audio and mixing tools are no slouch either. Since Steinberg invented the well-known VST plugin format, free VST plugins work quite well with it, especially on Windows.

Cubase continues to lead the DAW pack in spite of rising competition. The most recent upgrade, Cubase 12, is a strong improvement that broadens its product line on a number of crucial fronts.


What's New in Cubase 12?

With more control customization options than ever before, new instruments like the Verve felt piano, and innovative features and plugins like mixing support for Dolby Atmos and tools directly taken from Steinberg's potent Nuendo post-production software, the company simplified workflows for Cubase Pro 12. A vast selection of VST processors, instruments, and a helpful cache of sounds and samples are all included in Cubase Pro 12. Steinberg Cubase 12 Pro is an unquestionably top-notch software suite that provides you with everything you need to turn musical creativity into productions of studio-caliber.

MIDI Remote integration

MIDI controllers are essential to every music production setup and, in Cubase 12, integrating them has reached a new level. Built around the new concept of MIDI Remote Scripts, Cubase will automatically detect your device and map the controls. If there is no script for your device yet, you can easily create your own with the MIDI Controller Surface Editor. You can then conveniently connect controls and parameters with the Mapping Assistant.

VariAudio with Scale Assistant

Whether you want to get creative with melodies or correct the pitch of your recordings, the Scale Assistant in VariAudio brings two powerful tools together to make pitch editing a breeze. Just set the scale and follow the Chord Track or let the Scale Assistant suggest the scale, based on your recorded notes. You can then instantly quantize the pitch of your recording or snap the VariAudio pitch editing to the scale. Pitch editing has never been so easy!

Audio to MIDI chords

Have you forgotten what you just played? Don’t worry. Just drag your audio recording to the Chord Track and Cubase will lay out the chord progression for you. And if the detection does not match your scale, the Chord Assistant can suggest the nearest alternatives based on the following chords. The new Create Chord Events from Audio feature in Cubase blurs the borders between audio and MIDI, letting you focus on the music. Just like it should be.

FX Modulator

You can really breathe life into your sounds with the advanced, multi-effect modulation of FX Modulator. From classic ducking effects to exciting rhythmic patterns, it offers brand new ways to get creative. Create custom shaped LFOs and modulate up to six integrated effect modules at once. The LFO can also be triggered via MIDI or use one or more side-chain inputs, letting the LFO follow the incoming signals. And if you don’t want to create your own styles, you will find inspiration in many carefully designed presets.

Goodbye dongle

For many years, the USB eLicenser has been ever-present for the Cubase community. But no longer. Cubase 12 ushers in a new era with a licensing system that doesn’t need a physical copy protection device and also lifts many restrictions of the past.

ARA improvements

ARA Extensions can now be applied at track level, letting you conveniently edit all events within that track.

Advanced crossfade editor

The advanced crossfade editor offers more control, new operations and advanced editing, to help you create the perfect blend.

New SuperVision modules

They have added several amazingly useful new modules to SuperVision, including a VU meter, spectrum keyboard, phase balance, level and loudness histograms. Monitoring every aspect of your projects is now even better!

AudioWarp improvements

You naturally want to create perfect recordings… but we are all human! The Free Warp tool lets you now edit your audio recordings and correct timings directly in the Project window. You can adjust multiple tracks at once in Group Editing, while the new phase-coherent AudioWarp mode helps you avoid phase issues. We have improved the editing workflow in the Sample Editor with new grid options and zoom modes, and streamlined the user interfaces - all helping you to get closer to perfection.

Editing workflow improvements

When deadlines are tight, you need to work fast. Steinberg has improved the editing workflows with new functions and key commands to help. The new nudge grid options let you edit independently from the project grid. Additionally, they have added key commands to the Range Selection tool for easier navigation. There are also new key commands to slip event content, adding fades, and sizing events with fades. So there are no more excuses for not meeting deadlines!

Raiser

Raiser is the latest of Cubase’s dynamic processing tools and we think it might quickly move to the top of your signal chain. Its ultra-fast attack times let you dramatically increase the loudness of your projects, without compromising on transients or transparency. It excels in aggressive limiting for drums and guitars, as well as in smooth processing of vocals and even full mixes. Raiser is a versatile powerhouse that will add the final touch to your mix.

Sample accurate volume automation

Volume automation is now near sample accurate and completely independent from the buffer size.

Import tracks from project improvements

You can now import tempo and signature tracks from other projects and track archives, making for seamless exchange between projects.

Bluetooth MIDI in Windows

Cubase now supports MIDI over Bluetooth in Windows 10 & above.

Audio export with sidechain support

Audio export of individual channels or stems now allows you to print audio, including taking side-chain input from tracks outside of the stem group into account.

Logical Editor improvements

Thanks to Cubase’s powerful logical functions, you can customize and build your workflows in many ways. They have improved the project and MIDI logical editors, the input transformer, and the transformer MIDI plug-in with new user interfaces, new preset browsers, and many new functions and filters. We have also created a full set of new presets to get the most from the new features and inspire you to customize your own with ease.

Verve – a sonic masterpiece

A felt piano that is so beautiful and warm, so dreamy and melancholic, so detailed and pure. Recorded in the Yamaha Studios in LA, Verve was created to create a sonic masterpiece that allows you to tell a new story with every single note you play. You can give Verve a new tone by layering it with additional textures, creating never before heard sounds for your compositions. Verve is not just a piano; it is sonic emotions and stories.

Pro improvements

For audio professionals, they have added several new features from their advanced postproduction system Nuendo. These include the option to add a second video track, a fourth MixConsole, and export multiple selected events at once. Thanks, Nuendo!

Dolby Atmos® music creation

Dolby Atmos is taking the music industry by storm and, in Cubase 12, you can now produce immersive music for Dolby Atmos completely “in the box”. Assign bed and objects from tracks in existing projects or create entirely new Dolby Atmos projects from scratch. Featuring native integration of the Dolby Atmos Renderer, Cubase 12 allows you to author, mix, and deliver Dolby Atmos compliant immersive source files and, at the same time, the final stems in different surround configurations.

Performance improvements

They are constantly working on the overall performance of Cubase and, with Cubase 12, and proud to present significant improvements in several areas. They've upgraded its performance when navigating and zooming within huge projects. Cubase 12 is faster and snappier than ever before.

Smooth waveform drawing

Cubase 12 introduces a new smooth waveform drawing. It’s easier on the eyes and makes it even easier for you to edit audio with pinpoint accuracy.

Native Apple silicon support

For those using the latest Macintosh computers, Cubase 12 introduces native Apple silicon support.



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