Google’s mobile OS gets a major addition to its music-making app catalogue with Steinberg’s Cubasis 3.1. The mobile DAW has been around on iOS for seven years now, alongside the likes of GarageBand and FL Studio Mobile. Android has been lacking in comprehensive mobile DAWs, mostly due to hurdles in creating apps compatible with the vast range of Android devices.
Cubasis 3 might be a long-awaited step in the right direction, then, with Steinberg ensuring that the app is as fully-featured as possible. You can hook up MIDI controllers, plug in your instruments via audio interface, jam on internal instruments, arrange individual parts, mix your projects and more.
According to the specifications, you can create an unlimited number of audio and MIDI tracks, with instruments like Micrologue, MicroSonic and MiniSampler onboard to get you producing right off the bat.
Micrologue is Cubasis 3’s virtual analogue synth, featuring 126 presets to deploy and tweak. MicroSonic, meanwhile, is preloaded with over 120 virtual instrument sounds to be your own one-person band. MiniSampler will let you create your own sampler instruments, with 20 factory instruments included. There’s also real-time time-stretching and pitch-shifting with zplane’s élastique 3.
A virtual keyboard, chord and drum pads with note repeat are built-in to get hands-on with your sounds. Alternatively, MIDI over Bluetooth LE support will let you remotely hook up MIDI controllers, along with the usual audio and MIDI hardware support.
Mixing your project is made possible with a studio-grade channel strip per track and 17 effects processors. Cubasis 3’s MIDI editor will let you programme MIDI tracks quickly, with a MIDI auto-quantise function to keep things in strict time. With Export to Cubase, you can transfer your ideas to your desktop to make use of your favourite VST plug-ins and add the finishing touches to your track. Find out more about the new Master Strip Plug-in Suite in Cubasis 3.1 below.
Currently, Android has no equivalent third-party plugin format such as Apple’s AUv3 for iOS, so you’re limited to the instruments and effects within Cubasis 3 – although these may be just enough to keep you inspired.
Steinberg’s Alexander Gross says: “Developing a creativity tool that is used by people all around the world for bringing their musical ideas into reality is a big pleasure as well as a responsibility. As lead developer of Cubasis, I’m proud that the team’s exceptional effort for creating a cross-platform codebase finally sees the light of day with the release on Android.”
Cubasis 3 for Android is available now on Google Play for €55. Find out more at steinberg.net