Cubase 9 boasts several new features, many of which are workflow related.
We've been collecting useful information on changes that have been made to the new iteration, to make the transition as smooth as possible when updating from previous Cubase versions.
Cubase scans your plug-ins when you launch it the first time or if you install new ones.
With Cubase 9 we introduce the Plug-in Sentinel, who has taken on the job to scan all VST plug-ins on startup.
The most notable improvement of the Plug-in Sentinel is that, if a plug-in crashes during the initial scanning, Cubase won’t be affected and hence won’t crash too. These problematic plug-ins will then end up on a blacklist.
As a result, the start-up procedure is now really smooth. All 32-bit plug-ins will also get blacklisted since Cubase 9 only supports 64-bit plug-ins.
All this, results in a much more stable experience while using Cubase 9.
Plug’n’play USB-MIDI devices (only Windows)
It is now possible to plug and unplug USB-MIDI devices while Cubase is running.
In other words: it’s no longer necessary to restart Cubase when you plugged in or unplugged a USB-MIDI controller.
In previous versions, that was only available on Mac computers.
Plug’n’play while Cubase is running only works reliably for MIDI devices running on the “Windows MIDI” protocol. That’s why the “Direct Music” protocol for MIDI is disabled by default. “Direct Music” MIDI is only used by older MIDI devices though, so usually you shouldn’t need to worry about that.
If you are indeed using an older device (like our discontinued Midex interface) you can re-enable the “Direct Music” protocol, although in many cases you will be sacrificing the plug’n’play functionality.
To re-enable the “Direct Music” MIDI protocol, please open Cubase and go to:
- Devices ▸ Device Setup… ▸ MIDI Port Setup ▸ Use Device ‘DirectMusic’
Double-click opens the editor in Lower Zone
The newly introduced Lower Zone now hosts the Key, Score and Sample Editors.
By default double-clicking on a MIDI or audio event will open the corresponding editor in the Lower Zone.
If you would rather like to open the editors in a separate window with a double-click,
like you are used to from older Cubase versions, you can make the appropriate change in the preferences.
To do so, please open Cubase and go to:
- File ▸ Preferences ▸ Editor
It is also possible to open the editor, which is currently displayed in the Lower Zone, within a separate window without changing the preference.
To open an editor in a separate window, click the button in the top right-hand corner of the Lower Zone:
Sampler Track presets = track presets
(the Sampler Track is only available in Cubase Elements, Artist & Pro)
Unlike presets saved for VST instruments, Sampler Track presets are actually track presets and not VST presets. So if you are searching the MediaBay for presets that you have saved for the Sampler Track, make sure you are not filtering so that only VST presets are displayed.
Also please be aware that the presets saved for the Sampler Track do not contain the sample itself, but just a reference to the location of that sample:
Updates required for Steinberg UR, MR and CI interfaces
If you are using a Steinberg interface, it is necessary to install the latest drivers and tools before working with Cubase 9 to ensure full functionality of the tightly integrated features of our interfaces.
The downloads can be found at: