a) Cubasis is a Cubase for Android phones & Iphone and Tablets Android and Ipad. Purchase Cubasis app from Google Play Store or Apple App Store and also pay there. - You can't purchase Cubasis from Steinberg homepage!
If you can't find the app in your Google or Apple store, means that your device is not compatibel with Cubasis - The device as to support 64 bit apps for Mobile / Tablets. (Tablets need to support an arm64-v8a ABI).
For a reference my mid range Android 11 mobile Samsung A52 6GB/128GB, about $400 working fine for me.
b) I highly recommend to immediately connect a wireless Blutetooth mouse from day one when you start using Cubasis. It is much easier to navigate around and get to know Cubasis with a mouse, everything goes so much faster. There are Bluetooth mice for about $ 20. I recommend to add a miniature Bluetooth Type-writer keyboard** and to start using shortcuts to speed up the Cubasis workflow.
c) After a while using the Cubasis you will find out that you need the mouse less and less, but there are stiil times where the mouse is superior, for example working in the Key editor.
d1) To connect a Microphone Easiest is to use an USB micophone*. You can also use a USB audio card interface for Mic & guitar & MIDI-keyboard** via the USB-C socket on the phone / tablets. It may requires a dongle so-called OTG cable*** for devices whish lacks C-USB interface. I use USB microphone from "Nikabe M-3 or M-5",midle range microphones for $80 - $120.
d2) My experienceis to setup audio path input in Android devices is little bit unpredictable (tested on Andorid ver 11). It is try and error. For example, I has to restart Cubasis to get back audio signal path to it was before, even when I have changed audio path back as it was before.
But when you have found correct setting it working very well!
d3) Set up microphone sensitivity. Mic sensitivity input is set in Setup menu - Audio. Compared to the knop on a soundcard. ie you has to first adjust Mic sensitivity level in the setup for not distortion (clipping).
The Mic fader in the mixer adjust volume only, not input sensitivity.
There is a clipping indicator in the Mixer fader, it show the level before the fader (that is good), but it newer light up the clip indicator if using a USB, beacuse an USB mic as 0dB as highest level output.
A work around to be know if you are near to 0 db limit is to set the mic sensitve to +3dB (in the Setup- Audio) then the clip indicator will ligth up at level -3dB. Unfortunately, is that the mic sensitivie is not stored, so when closing the Cubasis (ver 3.3.2) is set back to 0 dB. To Cubasis the development guys! Two colors for the clip indcator, Yellow light on say at -6 dB and red at 0 dB would be a great help.
d4) Recording Takes (best takes) & Microphone monitoring (loop recording). Add a Audio Track and select mic input (often as defualt when add a audio track). You may have to change a deafult setup - Audio - "Play audio tracks while Recording" = OFF.
Monitotor is controlled by "Loudspeaker icon" in the mixer.
Blue = ON usually set to on while Rec i.e. for monitor mic sound.
Set OFF in Play.
e) Import Audio / MIDI files. One trap to fall into is you can't understand why import external Audio / MIDI don't work. - The answer is in Cubasis you has to first place the file in Cuabsis Media Bay, then recall Media Bay and locate the file to import to a track.
Use the File Manager in your mobile and place the file in // Cubasis - Audio - My Files Audio. Then create an audio / MIDI track, and go to Media Bay (the four-category icon in the left corner) and select the file.
f) Export Cubasis project (cbp files) - import to Cubase (cbp files) to Cubase you has to install a software (Click here to download) into Cubase. After installed the software "Cubasis" will show up in the Cubase Menu Tree - File - Import - Cubasis
The project directories tree for Cubasis: "Project name" with children directories "Audio" and "Backup". The Project file extention for Cubasis is .cbp
Note! If you use Android environment I recommend changing the Cubase Preferences settings for importing audio: Menu - Edit - Preferences - Audio - Editing "On Import Audio Files" to: "Use Settings", and check two boxes "Copy All files to Project..." and also box "Convert to Project Settings..."
The reason is that Android records audio in 48 kHz samples, and many users use 44.1kHz in Cubase.
*) An USB microphone has a audio card built-in inside the microphone.
**) I recommend to connnect a miniature Bluetooth type-writer keybord to using shortcuts then it will be easy to set Left / Right Locators at same size as an envent with shortcut "p". Zoom with "g" and "h", Arrows to navigate etc. If don't use shorcuts the built-in type-writer keyboard working fine.
***) An OTG cable is short cord with two USB connectors in each end used to connect wired devices to Cubasis.The USB-C (male) end connect to Mobile/Tab and USB (female) end to connect MIDI keybord, vocal USB microphone and an USB audio card interface for guitar. For mouse I recommend wireless Blutetooth mice. An OTG cable costs about $ 15.
My best tip: Watch Dom Segals's turorials video # 1 below. It will save you a lot of time. Plus, the video is fun and entertaining!
- Good Luck with your Cubasis projects! -
"I think Cubasis is an excellent complement to my Cubase. It's great to have a miniature "Cubase" in the mobile".
Very Best Jan Karlqvist
Note. Jan Karlqvist is composer and band member in HardDiskMusic & Creator of CubaseINDEX
How to use Cubasis Hosted by Dom Segals. Very nice show and fun video too.
I know the video is long, but trust me, it will safe you a lot of time and probblems and the video is fun too.
Dom Segals smiles and happy as a little boy who has just received a new toy. Video time 35:00
Show how to edit an exiting project. Video time 3:32
Exporting songs with Cubasis is quick and easy, with a number of different options like exporting using MP3, Wave file or MP4 file formats. Video time 3:38
Now you can composing in the forest or on the fly.
Video time 2:38
This video looks at recording an electric guitar with an audio interface. Video time 3:31
It's easily export your project to your computer. This video looks at how easy exporting a project from Cubasis and into Cubase is. You just need to download the latest project importer to your computer. Video time 3:35
Imortant! Read my tip f note in the above section!
To export the Cubasis project (cbp files) to to Cubase you install a software into Cubase. After installed the software "Cubasis" will show up in the Cubase Menu Tree - File - Import - Cubasis
*) You can't buy Cubasis from Steinberg's homepage
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