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  1. Gabi
  2. Sherlock Holmes The Voice
  3. MONTAGE
  4. Friday, 10 May 2019
Hi, since Cubase is half price right now I am thinking about upgrading from Elements 10 to Pro 10. So I am trying to figure out if I really actually need the Pro features. What are the advantages for the Montage that are really very useful? I know there is a sysex track, that is only in the Pro version, but I don´t really know what I can do with this sysex track. Can I for example edit recorded superknob automation in this track? Or draw in my automation later? Or what else?
Any other mindblowing advantages for the Monatge in Pro?

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Gabi
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Thank you, I´ll probably upgrade since it´s a real deal right now. I think the upgrade from Elements is also 50% right now. It is showing me 224.- instead of 449.-. Full version is 279,50.- instead of 559.-
  1. more than a month ago
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Neither Elements nor AI has a reduced cost for the upgrade - so you'll not be upgrading likely but purchasing a full version outright.

The upgrade from any of Cubase Elements, LE (4 or higher), AI, Essential, Studio, SX, SL or Sequel is $225 vs $280 for the full version.

The Crossgrade deal is even better at $170 from any of Ableton Live Standard / Suite, Logic Pro, Cakewalk Sonar Platinum / Professional, Digital Performer, FL Studio Signature / Producer, Pro Tools / Pro Tools HD, Reason (from Version 6), Studio One Professional.
  1. more than a month ago
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Hi, since Cubase is half price right now I am thinking about upgrading from Elements 10 to Pro 10. So I am trying to figure out if I really actually need the Pro features. What are the advantages for the Montage that are really very useful?
These will differ from user to user. If you find yourself wondering what advantage Pro has over the entry level AI/LE/Elements, you probably are not quite ready. But the elegance of operation and the features in Pro will have different appeal based on what else you do. If vocal recording is a thing for you, living without “Vari Audio” becomes impossible... this is the pitch correction software built-into Cubase Pro.... you can correct pitch, create vocal harmonies as easily as dragging and dropping notes. Multiple levels of undo (I cannot stress enough, when working with any vocal processing, pitch correction tools, experimenting is important, the way Undo works makes Vari Audio superior to plug-ins that do pitch correction, in my opinion.

The “Chord Track” (which I believe is available in AI) allows, especially when you record with Arpeggios, the software to suggest chord changes based on your ideas. In fact, the Chord Track feature used with the chord intelligence of eight Arpeggiators, I’m finding can become a massively useful tool when composing songs. The Chord Track is also crazy useful in turning your vocal into harmonies... (Vari Audio + Chord Track becomes essential).... you can even add/remove vibrato from sung notes, it will create harmony parts based on your chords... too much fun!!! ...it can even “make suggestions” - (that blew me away)... you played a bunch of tracks, you can have Pro change all the musical tracks so it shifts the notes to the chord quality — say at Measure 36 you want to change the tense of the chord you played from Fm7b5 to F9, you can have it adjust all the tracks to accommodate the change... including the chords you played, the lead line, the vocals, wow, so cool.

The “Arrange Track” lets you develop a workflow where you create a Multi Part Performance using MONTAGE Parts... transfer your basic groove to Cubase Pro, Setup several different combinations of instruments and grooves... record your ideas... the Arrange Track lets you quickly grab the “best of” sections (regions of measures) and create Play Order commands. Turn long jams into tight arrangements quickly, easily... with the draw pen.

“Groove Agent” arguably one of the best drum track creation tools, ever is built in...

The event “List Editor”... I find that I use this often. Some prefer the piano roll Editor, but often seeing the Event List is helpful.

I know there is a sysex track, that is only in the Pro version, but I don´t really know what I can do with this sysex track. Can I for example edit recorded superknob automation in this track?
I could just answer yes here, because you can... but that’s only something you ask about doing when you don’t understand the impact of the Super Knob and the data trail it creates.

The Super Knob itself, in theory, could be changing 1 or more parameter destinations (as many as 128 Destinations simultaneously). You don’t wind up “fixing” things at the DAW end, by editing the Super Knob movement (although, you can)... you more likely wind up editing the synth (so much more musical)... Example: _ if the Super Knob is panning, changing volume level, and closing the filter (simultaneously)... if you don’t like the speed of the pan movement, you’ll actually want to edit the synth’s (MONTAGE) response to the data, rather than the changing the DAW data itself.

What having the Sysex on a separate Track does for you that is so very useful... is you can independently have the Sysex Track *active* along with any individual Part’s Track. Say you have the Super Knob changing multiple parameters across multiple Parts. It’s opening the filter on your Keyboard Sound, and morphing your strings from small ensemble to large ensemble, etc., etc., ...simultaneously. Say you want to hear just the Strings... if you solo just the String Track, you’ll hear just the Strings but no movement of the Super Knob... by having the Super Knob Sysex on a separate Track, you can isolate the Strings + the Sysex Track... allowing you to hear the just Strings as they morph from small to large ensemble. Invaluable. And when you solo the Keyboard sound + the Super Knob you’ll be able to hear what movement is caused to the Keyboard sound... it’s very elegant. And once you have it, you’re spoiled.

Without this Sysex Track, in order to ‘hear’ the Super Knob playback, you’d need to keep Track 1 always active — because typically all the Super Knob and Scene change messages are merged with Channel 1 Data. (so it’s always Strings + whatever is on Track 1 + the Super Knob movement).

You’ll really appreciate the workflow when you are transmitting on multiple MIDI Channels, simultaneously. Each Part goes to its own Track (without the routine of recording to one track set to “Any”, then using DISSOLVE PART by channel to separate the data).... everything goes nice and neatly to its own Track automatically and the Super Knob and Scene events appear on that separate Sysex Track.... ah, heavenly. (This will spoil you right away)! Oh yeah, SCENEs, having the Scene commands on the Sysex Track means you can hear any Play FX (timing, swing Quantize, or other offsets you are applying) when soloing a Part. By soloing both the Sysex Track and the Part’s MIDI Track you can hear how the Scene changes affect that Part isolated from the rest of the Tracks!!! Invaluable when truly using the Motion Control Engine.

“External Instrument” feature: Advanced VSTi audio routing... allowing you to use multiple instances of your MONTAGE. When recording MIDI if you wish to use more than 16 MONTAGE Parts in a MIDI session, only Cubase Pro lets you setup the External Instrument routing scenario where you can utilize the external synth hardware in the same manner you do plug-in VSTi synths... multiple instances (by using the Freeze function) you render temporary audio tracks, you get to reallocate your hardware for 16 more Parts... you can open a second, a third, a fourth MONTAGE. Each having 16 Part multi-timbral capability. The advantage here is that you have all your MIDI tracks so you can make changes — invaluable on large projects. If ever you wished you had a second or third MONTAGE, “External Instrument” routing is the way to go!

This routing scenario allows you to process your MONTAGE Parts with plug-Ins (not possible otherwise when the synth is external)... since Audio is returned to Cubase via a virtual Audio Lane, you are free to process its audio same as you would a VSTi soft synth. You can use Freeze, Export Audio Mixdown and other features usually reserved for plug-in synths!

Or draw in my automation later? Or what else?
Any other mindblowing advantages for the Monatge in Pro?
Elegance of operation. A car can get you from point A to point B. And that’s cool, you really feel alright about everything while on the trip. But when you are taking a long trip cross country, and you get that luxury car, you get from point A to point B, but now you’ve got the good seats that don’t make you stick to the upholstery, you’ve got air conditioning, great shock absorbers, a smooth elegant ride. You wind up challenging yourself to do more because you have more tools in the arsenal.

Hope that helps. If all you do is Record, Playback, you probably don’t need Pro... but if/when your ready to expand... the Pro version is like having a musical partner... you can “ask it’ll for assistance (the first time it offers you a suggestion for a possible chord change and it’s one that makes you smile, you’ll never regret upgrading to Pro. It depends on where you’re at... when you’re ready, you’ll know...

Visit YouTube (Steinberg Channel) and explore Cubase Pro... there’s so much more that Pro does....
  1. more than a month ago
  2. MONTAGE
  3. # 23
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If you have Elements and not AI - then you've already invested and upgraded from what comes "free" with Montage. Unfortunately, the upgrade option to Pro doesn't see Elements any different than what came free (AI). Although I think the cost to upgrade AI to Elements was a relative drop in the bucket. Neither Elements nor AI has a reduced cost for the upgrade - so you'll not be upgrading likely but purchasing a full version outright. This is the only way you'd see a 50% discount of anything.

As for differences - I usually look here:

https://new.steinberg.net/cubase/compare-editions/

The chart summarizes the differences between the various levels. It'd be nice if there would be some "blurb" about each feature when you hovered over the marketing name for the line. There isn't - so you can guess or look it up elsewhere.

Feature: Pro vs Elements
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MIDI Tracks: unlimited vs 64
Audio Tracks: unlimited vs 48
VST Instrument Tracks: unlimited vs 24
VST Instruments: 8 vs 3
Instrument Sounds: >3000 vs >1000
VST audio effect plugins: 75 vs 43
VST MIDI effect plugins: 18 vs 0
Physical I/O: 256 vs 24
Audiochannel Insert Slots: 16 vs 8
Group channels: 256 vs 16
FX send/return channels: S=8/R=64 vs S=8/R=8
Rack Instruments: 64 vs 24
MIDI plugin insert slots/sends: 4 vs 0

and so on (you can do this) ...

Some of this stuff doesn't involve Montage at all but you may want it. For me, under "Sequencing" is "Tempo Detection Panel" - some of these tempo features would help me when using the DAW to auto-recover the tempo and use it to easily time stretch using a tempo track and save a new/adjusted (scaled) tempo track to the audio track. That's one example from my own interest of Pro.

You see on most fronts that limit you (or not) for direct use with MODX that the Artist level is very capable. Unlike the Pro level - the Artist level gives you both a 50% discount on the upgrade (to Artist from AI or Elements) and the Elements level gives you a $25 discount (vs AI) so it rewards you for your previous investment.

You'll have to sort through the Artist vs. Pro differences to see if there's anything in the chart that stands out as a dealbreaker. For me - it MAY be this tempo stuff. I have various tools for this. Even Cubase AI can be used although you have to do things the "hard way" vs. the nice helpers in Pro. Ultimately, my time is probably worth the additional cost. I'm personally grappling with which version I should land on and Artist goes in and out of favor.
  1. more than a month ago
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