Steinberg announces Cubasis 3.6 and Dorico iPad 5.1 updates

Steinberg has announced the rollout of iPad 5.1 updates for Cubasis 3.6 and Dorico.

The update sees Steinberg’s HALion sampler workstation brought to mobile devices in Dorico for iPad and Cubasis, providing new creative possibilities for musicians working on iPhones, iPads, Android smartphones, tablets, or Chromebooks.

Version 3.6 of Cubasis adds four instruments, which are powered by Steinberg’s HALion engine and are designed to take compositions to a new level. The LoFi Piano is included for free. Optional in-app purchases comprise the new HALion Sonic Selection music workstation, while users can explore FM synthesis in depth with the FM Lab-based Neo FM and FM Classics instruments.

Available as a separate in-app purchase, HALion Sonic Selection is a vast library of more than 1,100 pro-grade instruments suitable for any genre. Users can instantly tweak their instruments’ sounds via eight easy-to-use controls.

Neo FM provides a library of next-generation FM synthesis sounds, covering basses, clear leads, atmospheric pads, arpeggiated sounds, and more. FM Classics provides access to the sounds of synths such as Yamaha’s DX7 and TX81Z, paired with a DX-like user interface. Both these instruments are based on Steinberg’s FM Lab instrument and are available within Cubasis as separate in-app purchases.

“The new HALion-powered instruments in Cubasis add boundless possibilities for musical expression. More than a thousand new presets in the HALion Sonic Selection, and the incredible Neo FM and FM Classics packs, allow you to create professional-sounding productions using just your tablet or phone, as we continue our drive to make Cubasis the best mobile digital audio workstation available,” said Cubasis marketing manager Lars Slowak.

Version 5.1 of Dorico for iPad includes new HALion-powered General MIDI-compatible sounds for free, and with an optional in-app purchase of a monthly or annual subscription, or a one-off Lifetime Unlock, users can add the sounds of Iconica Sketch, a complete orchestra with 34 different instruments and 140 articulations, optimized for iPad.

“Being able to bring the same great-sounding orchestral sounds to Dorico for iPad that users can enjoy in Dorico for macOS and Windows is a huge step forwards,” said Dorico product marketing manager Daniel Spreadbury. “These new sounds provide much greater expressive possibilities and will allow composers and arrangers to enjoy writing music on their iPads more than ever.”

From December 18, 2023, an introductory offer celebrates these milestone releases: Cubasis 3.6 and the new HALion-powered instruments will initially be offered at a 25% discount on the regular price. The Lifetime Unlock in-app purchase in Dorico for iPad will also be available to purchase at a 25% discount on the regular price. These introductory offers end on January 8th, 2024.

After January 8th, 2024, Cubasis 3.6 will be available at its regular price from the App Store for 59.99 EUR or $49.99 USD. Through the Google Play Store, Cubasis 3.6 will be available for 29.99 EUR or $29.99 USD. This update is free for Cubasis 3 customers. HALion Sonic Selection will be available as an in-app purchase within Cubasis 3.6 for 19.99 EUR/USD. Neo FM and FM Classics will also be available as in-app purchases within Cubasis 3.6 for 13.99 EUR/USD.

Dorico for iPad 5.1 will be available from the App Store as a free download. Iconica Sketch is a premium feature available with an optional in-app subscription purchase, at 4.99 EUR/USD per month, or 49.99 EUR/USD per year. Premium features can be unlocked permanently with the purchase of a one-off Lifetime Unlock in-app purchase for 139.99 EUR or $119.99 USD.

Prices may vary according to the region.