Steinberg Cubase Elements 10.5 Music Production Software


Steinberg Cubase Elements 10 offers a streamlined music production environment with fast and intuitive tools, high-quality audio, and a multitude of possibilities for composing, recording, editing, mixing, and mastering music.

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Designed for home recording artists, bands, singer/songwriters, and creative musicians, Steinberg Cubase Elements 10 offers a streamlined music production environment with fast and intuitive tools, high-quality audio, and a multitude of possibilities for composing, recording, editing, mixing, and mastering music.

The software accommodates up to 24 physical inputs and outputs and utilizes a 64-bit audio engine compatible with resolutions up to 192 kHz to deliver pristine sound quality. Cubase Elements 10 includes 48 audio, 64 MIDI, and 24 instrument tracks with full automatic delay compensation and flexible routing. The integrated MixConsole offers a high-end channel strip complete with EQ and dynamics, automation with precise adjustment curves, and a mixing workflow that can be quickly tailored to suit your artistic vision.

Cubase Elements 10 features a set of three virtual instruments that includes HALion Sonic SE 3, Trip, and Prologue, plus a suite of 45 high-end VST audio-effect processors. Also included is the Groove Agent SE 5 drum production instrument with a large library of samples, grooves, and patterns. Sampler Track allows you to turn any imported or recorded audio file into a playable instrument with full filter, pitch, and envelope controls for sound design flexibility. You can also drag any MIDI part into the Sampler Control window and start experimenting with the instantly rendered audio file. Intelligent tools like Chord Track and Chord Pads provide a playful and creative way to compose a song by jamming with chords and patterns in real time.

Giving you the freedom to collaborate and produce with musicians or band members even when you’re not in the same studio, town, or country, VST Transit reaches into the cloud to provide a DAW-centric approach to web-based musical collaboration. Upload audio and MIDI tracks to cloud storage, continue working from another location, and synchronize the changes back to the cloud.

Note: A Steinberg USB-eLicenser is required for software authorization (available separately)

What’s New in Version 10

New Channel Strip
  • Completely redesigned Channel Strip significantly extends the functionality and usability of its modules with additional controls
  • New metering elements offer direct visual feedback for each of the modules, with detailed views for the compressors
Groove Agent SE 5
  • All-new user experience, gigabytes of new sounds, and workflow improvements
  • Fully resizable interface
  • Acoustic drum kit named appropriately The Kit
  • 20 new Beat Agent kits for electronic productions
  • One-click routing setup
  • Pad presets
  • In-kit preview in the new content browser, and more
Fresh Sounds and Loops
  • Comes with 5GB of fresh sounds and loops, exclusively produced by some of the most acclaimed producers in their genres
  • Analog Techno Library: Deep, grooving sounds by Berlin-based Florian Meindl with his modular synthesizer setup
  • The Hip Hop Vault: Great-sounding drums and unique loops by The Beat Butcha, whose production credits include Jay-Z, Beyonce, Mobb Deep, and many others
  • Soul Assembly: A collection from Soul Surplus, with a vibe perfect for the foundations of new creations
  • Raw Ambience: Highly aesthetic sound library perfect for electronica, ambience, and dubstep by drum & bass duo Rawtekk
  • Blockbuster Library: Produced by Nashville-based producer Allen Morgan, the perfect inspiration for electronic music film trailers
  • Mystic Spaces: A collection of extraordinary experimental sounds produced by musician, sound designer, and instrument builder Ferdinand Försch
32-Bit Integer and 64-Bit Audio
  • High-quality audio engine supports recording, importing, exporting, and converting audio files with bit depths of 32-bit integer and 64-bit floating-point
MixConsole Latency Monitor
  • Latency Monitor section shows total latency and latency for each plug-in within the effects chain
HiDPI Support
  • User interface supports HiDPI for high-resolution displays with macOS computers
Effects in the Media Rack
  • Assign effect plug-ins to a track by dragging them directly from the Media Rack
  • Drag any VST instrument plug-in directly into the project to create instrument tracks
  • All plug-ins are displayed as tiles
Redesigned Plug-Ins
  • Cubase plug-ins now have a new look, with a modern user interface that improves your workflow

Top 10 Features you Need to Know

  • Award-winning 64-bit / 192 kHz Steinberg audio engine, flexible routing, and full automatic delay compensation
  • Simultaneous playback of 48 audio tracks, 64 MIDI tracks, and up to 24 VST instrument tracks
  • 24 physical inputs and outputs
  • 3 virtual instruments include HALion Sonic SE 3, Trip, and Prologue
  • 45 VST audio-effect plug-ins including Pitch Correct for vocal editing
  • 16 group channels
  • MixConsole with integrated high-end channel strip for pro mixing desk experience
  • Intelligent compositional tools like Chord Track and Chord Pads for creative and playful composing of harmonic progressions and advanced voicings
  • Groove Agent SE 5 drum production software
  • Sampler Track lets you import any audio to create a sampler track, play the sample chromatically, manipulate it, and have fun experimenting
  • Drum Editor provides an intuitive beat-making tool
  • Thousands of MIDI construction kits, audio loops, and samples that can be used as building blocks to create sketches, play-alongs, or even full songs with just a few clicks
  • Full upward compatibility with Cubase Pro and Cubase Artist for seamless upgrading to the next level
  • Applications include composing, sequencing, beat making, recording, audio editing, vocal production, mixing, mastering, and collaborating


Next-Generation Audio Engine
  • Audio engine with 64-bit floating-point resolution at 192 kHz sample rate delivers crystal-clear sound
  • True surround capability, with each track offering up to six discreet channels for 5.1 surround mixes
Softube Console 1 Support
  • Full integration with Softube Console 1 hardware controller
  • You can select tracks and control various track parameters like volume, pan, or sends through this intuitive controller
WaveLab File Exchange
  • Allows you to open an audio file in WaveLab directly from within a Cubase project and use WaveLab’s restoration, editing, analysis and mastering tools to polish your audio material, even during the mixing process
  • The MediaBay helps you to find and organize your content
VST System Link
  • VST System Link is a network system for digital audio that allows you to have several computers working together in one large system
  • Each channel in the MixConsole window has its own Notepad, which allows you to enter notes and comments about each channel
Disabling Tracks
  • System resources can be conserved at any chosen time by disabling audio, instrument, MIDI, and sampler tracks, which you may not want to play or process
Track Icons
  • Identification of tracks is made very easy by the ability to add pictures to each one
  • Track pictures are available for audio, instrument, MIDI, FX channel, and group channel tracks
  • ReWire is a special protocol for streaming audio between two computer applications, developed by Propellerhead Software and Steinberg


Chord Track
  • The global Chord Track facilitates working with chords in a project context, enabling transform and harmonize functions throughout the application
  • Advanced voicing options are used in a harmonically correct and melodic way to reflect any changes made in the Chord Track to both MIDI and audio tracks processed with VariAudio
Chord Pads
  • Chord Pads are an inspiring tool to help you compose music quickly and creatively
  • Jam with chords and patterns in real time and control multiple parameters to change chords as you go
  • The chord pads are playable via a MIDI keyboard and real-time parameters allow you to easily improvise chord performances by changing voicings, tensions, and more
Arranger Track
  • The arranger functions in Cubase let you work in a non-linear fashion
  • Using an arranger track allows you to specify how and when specific sections are played back even in live performances, meaning you do not need to move, copy, and paste events in the Project window
Chord Assistant
  • Chord Assistant helps you generate chord sequences in styles ranging from simple pop to complex jazz
  • Specify the first and final chords and the Chord Assistant lists chord suggestions from which you can choose
Hermode Tuning
  • Hermode Tuning dynamically retunes the notes you play
  • Retuning only affects individual notes and maintains the pitch relationship between keys and notes
  • The retuning is a continuous process that takes the musical context into account


Audio Prerecord
  • This allows you to specify how many seconds any incoming audio that you play is captured in buffer memory during playback or in stop mode
Punch In / Punch Out
  • The punch in and punch out points are a pair of markers that determine the record start (punch in) and record stop (punch out) positions
Marker Track
  • You can use marker tracks to add and edit markers, to help you quickly locate certain positions in your project
Retrospective Record
  • Retrospective Record allows you to capture any MIDI notes that you play in Stop mode, or during playback, and turn them into a MIDI part
  • In this mode, recording is reinitiated, the events are removed, and recording is restarted from the same position


Key Editor
  • The Key Editor is where melodies, chords, arrangements and performances take shape and where ideas are sketched out, developed, and taken to their full potential
  • The Key Editor comes with an intuitive user interface and very accurate tools
Drum Editor
  • The Drum Editor is a tool for constructing and reworking beats, rhythms, and grooves
  • Designed to help you come up with the perfect rhythm for your song or production
Drum Maps
  • Different MIDI drum instruments often use different key assignments, which can be troublesome if you have created a drum pattern using one MIDI device and then want to play it on another
  • Drum Maps help you solve this problem and simplifies several other aspects of MIDI drum kits, such as using drum sounds from different instruments in the same drum kit
Chord Editor
  • The Chord Editor allows you to define, change, and add new chord events

Audio Editing

Hitpoint Detection
  • Hitpoints mark musically relevant positions in audio files
  • Cubase can detect these positions and create hitpoints automatically by analyzing onsets and melodic changes within the audio
Time Stretch
  • This function allows you to change the length and tempo of the selected audio without affecting its pitch
Sample Editor
  • The Sample Editor delivers a comprehensive set of tools for a wide range of functions, from common editing tasks down to sample-level adjustments
Audio Parts
  • Audio Parts are containers for audio events
  • Use Audio Parts to treat several audio events as one unit in the Project window


  • MixConsole is designed to play and sound like a high-end analog mixing console
  • Optimized for mouse-free operation with virtually all channel elements accessible via the computer keyboard and screen reader software for the visually impaired
  • Scalable, dedicated full-screen mode
  • View Sets and Channel Zones for flexibility
  • One-click direct routing
  • Customizable track icons
  • Drag-and-drop support
  • Plug-in / channel search function
Channel Strip Modules
  • The channel strip modules are integrated into every Cubase channel
  • Includes high- and low-pass filters, EQs, noise gate, de-esser, compressors, and more
  • Modules are carefully crafted in close collaboration with seasoned audio engineers
Precise Automation Curves
  • Precise automation curves allow you to create and edit smooth transitions while keeping mouse clicks to a minimum

Virtual Instruments

  • Sampler Track: Use any piece of audio to create a Sampler Track, play the sample chromatically, manipulate it with its onboard filters and controls
  • HALion Sonic SE 3: Sample player and synthesizer. Features an arpeggiator module with four variations and over 150 dynamic sounds. Effects include tape saturator, wah-wah, auto-filter, step flanger, ring modulator, octaver, vintage ensemble, envelope-shaper, and rotary
  • Trip: Virtual analog synth that comes with three oscillators, a sub oscillator, a ring modulator, and a noise generator
  • Spector: Based on two colorful and versatile spectrum filters, it utilizes up to six oscillators per voice with two different waveforms each
  • Groove Agent SE: MPC-style drum sampler includes a wide range of effects, pattern playback functions, and comfortable sample editing. It emulates the character of the 12-bit era and comes with a variety of drum kits and ready-to-go grooves, from crackling vinyl beats to realistic acoustic drum sounds
  • Prologue: Polyphonic subtractive synthesizer with great sounding multimode variable resonance filters, powerful modulation capabilities and cranking onboard effects

Sounds, Loops, Presets

  • Production Grooves: Feeds Groove Agent with over 400 drum loops and presets for all contemporary styles of music including basic drum accompaniment for a songwriting session, epic electronica, or serious rock beats
  • Allen Morgan Signature Drums: High-quality percussive sounds in 30 drum kits with 150 intricately grooving MIDI Loop patterns. All Beat Designer patterns were produced by Allen Morgan, whose artist credits include Taylor Swift, Nine Inch Nails, and more
  • Production Presets: FX chain presets for all kinds of instrument and vocal tracks, and mastering for different types of production
  • Caleidoscope: Dedicated sample library for the Sampler Track, with hundreds of samples and presets to get you started immediately
  • Allen Morgan Rock-Pop Toolbox: Includes 30 construction kits, each with 25 to 30, audio and MIDI loops for contemporary music productions
  • The EDM Toolbox: Comes with 30 construction kits in groups of 25 to 30 MIDI loops, routed to predefined instruments (including mix settings) to deliver immediate inspiration.


  • Standard Channel EQ
  • StudioEQ
  • DJ EQ
  • Brickwall Limiter
  • Compressor
  • Vintage Compressor
  • Tube Compressor
  • Channel Tube Saturation
  • Channel Tape Saturation
  • VST Dynamics
  • Limiter
  • Maximizer
  • Gate
  • Envelope Shaper
  • Chopper
Reverb and Delay
  • Roomworks SE
  • MonoDelay
  • PingPong Delay
  • AmpSimulator
  • VST Amp Rack
  • ToneBooster
  • Distortion
  • DaTube
  • Grungelizer
  • Bitcrusher
Filter, Pitch, and Spatial
  • Dual Filter
  • Step Filter
  • Morph Filter
  • Wah Wah
  • Pitch Correct
  • Octaver
  • Stereo Enhancer
  • Mono To Stereo
  • Chorus
  • Flanger
  • Phaser
  • Tremolo
  • Vibrato
  • Auto Pan
  • Rotary
  • Transformer
  • Ring Modulator
  • Metalizer
Mastering and Tools
  • UV22HR
  • Tuner


VST Transit
  • Cloud distribution service that allows you to upload audio and MIDI tracks to the cloud, continue working from another location, and synchronize the changes back to the cloud
  • Collaborate on shared projects with friends and band members

Audio for Video

Video Import
  • Compatible video files can be imported into a project, creating a video track with a video event
Video Player
  • Video Player window provides different size options for video playback on your computer screen
Extract Audio from Video
  • When video is imported, the audio stream can be extracted
  • It is added to the project as a new audio track and can be edited like all other audio material
Video Track
  • The video track is used to play back video events
Video Formats
  • Supports MOV, MPEG-4, and AVI video formats

Additional information

Software Version

Full Retail, Educational

Software Delivery Format

Download, Boxed


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