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Cubasis 2 equals ease of use and is as powerful as a fully featured iOS-based music production system can be pushing your capabilities out of limits. Whether you’re capturing simple ideas or complex musical masterpieces — It ships with outstanding, touch-optimized tools carrying you into the fun of recording, editing, mixing and sharing your music with the world right away. Get fascinated by the brand new features that Cubasis 2 comes with such as real-time time-stretching and pitch-shifting, a studio-grade channel strip, pro-sounding effects, massive instrument refills, a refreshed MIDI Editor and many more powerful features. Put hands on three internal instruments, numerous loops and instrument sounds to creatively lift your music to perfection using the included mixer and effects. Once recorded, share your music with the world via a simple tap or transfer it directly to Cubase.

Key features
• Unlimited number of audio and MIDI tracks
• 24 assignable physical inputs and outputs
• 32-bit floating point audio engine
• Audio I/O resolution of up to 24-bit/96 kHz
• iOS 32- and 64-bit support
• Real-time time-stretching and pitch-shifting featuring zplane’s élastique 3
• Micrologue virtual analog synthesizer with 126 ready-to-go presets
• MicroSonic with over 120 virtual instrument sounds based on HALion Sonic, HALiotron and Allen Morgan drum kits
• MiniSampler to create your own instruments (includes 20 factory instruments)
• Mixer with studio-grade channel strip per track and 17 effect processors
• Super-versatile RoomWorks SE* reverb effect providing uniquely professional sound and an intuitive graphical display for instant visual feedback at slightest parameter changes
• Fully automatable DJ-like Spin FX effect plug-in
• Over 550 MIDI and time-stretch-capable audio loops
• Virtual keyboard, chord and drum pads with intuitive note repeat control
• Sample Editor and Key Editor with MIDI CC support
• Refreshed MIDI Editor with ultra-intuitive, lightning fast and accurate handling to edit MIDI tracks and compose music easier than ever before
• MIDI Auto Quantize
• Track Duplicate
• Automation, MIDI CC, program change and aftertouch support
• Export to Cubase, iCloud Drive, external hard drives, wireless flash drives, Dropbox, SoundCloud, AudioCopy and email
• Core Audio and Core MIDI compatible hardware supported
• MIDI over Bluetooth LE support
• Full Audio Unit, Inter-App Audio and Audiobus 3 support to use compatible apps as insert/send effects and virtual instruments or simply record their audio output
• Import audio from your iTunes music library or iCloud Drive or iTunes file sharing, use AudioPaste or set up a Wi-Fi server in Cubasis
• Audio mixdown and MIDI export
• MIDI clock and MIDI thru support

"Probably the best iPad-based DAW in terms of usability and flexibility, and it links up with Cubase on your desktop, too."
— MusicTech.net

"So all in all Cubasis is a hands down victory. Everything supplied here works and works perfectly. If you are a Cubase user and own an iPad, this is simply a no brainer, you have to have it."
— askaudiomag.com

Technical support

48 voices: iPad 2, iPad mini
128 voices: iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Pro

*User registration required to unlock RoomWorks SE reverb effect.
Audio Unit extension requires iPad Mini 2, iPad 4 or newer model.
Audio Unit and Waves plug-in (in-app purchase) automation requires iOS 10 or higher. Audio Unit MIDI and Files app require iOS 11 or higher.

Project export to Cubase requires Cubase Pro 9/Pro 9.5, Cubase Artist 9/9.5, Cubase LE/AI/Elements 9 or higher.

Cubasis project importer extension must be installed and is available at http://www.steinberg.net/cubasisimporter

Please check the Steinberg End User License Agreement on this website:

What’s New

Version 2.8.1

This supplemental update includes improvements and is recommended for all Cubasis users. 
For the complete list of improvements, issues and solution please visit us at www.steinberg.net/cubasisforum.

If you like Cubasis, please support us by rating this app on the App Store!


What's New in Cubasis 2.8

・Classic Machines Refill*
Be truly inspired when programming your beats with two beautiful, sought-after drum kits, each in two tasty variations and with a range of ready-to-go MIDI grooves, newly added to Classic Machines in-app purchase. As an existing user you can grab the Classic Machines update for free, or get more bang for your buck if you’re a newbie.

Use the great new notepad feature to display lyrics within Cubasis and easily adjust them to your needs. You can also write down track-based information or any other notes you need. Just make your choice and Cubasis follows.

・AudioShare support*
Tap the new AudioShare button to instantly import the audio files you want to use in your project or share audio files with the rest of the world. Cubasis makes it simple to keep your focus on what's most important.

・Track Freeze refresh
Track Freeze quickly converts tracks (including their settings) into new audio tracks. In 2.8, easily normalize tracks on the go while freezing them, or set locators to limit track freeze to single events or dedicated regions.

・Full grid lines support in Arrange Window
Benefit from an even better user experience and razor-sharp precision that makes use of full grid lines support in the Arrange Window, including newly added support for triplet and dotted notes.

・Full grid lines support in MIDI editor
Whether you are composing new MIDI parts in the MIDI editor or polishing existing tracks - grid lines support provides you with great new options to snap notes to the beat with total accuracy, speed and efficiency.

Cubasis 2.8 includes several user-requested improvements, which assure the best possible performance with the utmost stability. For the complete list of improvements, issues and solutions, please visit www.steinberg.net/cubasisforum.

We hope you find the latest new features useful.

If you like Cubasis, please support us by rating this app in the App Store! Thank you.

*Classic Machines Refill requires Classic Machines IAP, AudioShare support requires the AudioShare app.

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
73 Ratings

73 Ratings

Adam Strong ,

This is the DAW if you like Garageband, Studio one etc...

OK so first up the Pro’s -
Time-stretch - Thank you, Impressive algorithm!
Simple and easy to use interface that one can learn quickly. Useful feature set as standard, eq, reverb, room reverb (have to register for that freebie), delay, phaser and more.
IAP’s seem a reasonable price too even for a few Waves plugins.

The cons and quirks - Pinch to zoom in and out only works horizontally not vertically, should work both ways please, not as a separate function over the track names, Not sure why this isn’t as standard...
Also need a way of making the mixer panel show more tracks on screen at once - maybe a narrow and expand view button...
When exporting a FLAC file (haven’t tried others yet) I get a peak right at the end of the track, have to edit it out in mastering.
(I do miss the smart instruments from GarageBand though... can’t have it all)

Other than those that’s it, if your looking for an upgrade from GarageBand this is it, there is one other DAW that might come close to this but looked more complicated and dated. Looking forward to see what plugins will make the leap to Au3 format.

EDIT - Just found something else that would improve workflow, would it be possible to add a search function for the audio/midi area, as when you have lots of folders it can get a bit tricky finding individual files.

Keep this alive Steinberg! ✌️🤘

Developer Response ,

Hi Adam Strong, Many thanks for your Cubasis review and rating - greatly appreciated! We'll make sure to have your cons and quirks topics shared and discussed within the team! Best Lars

T_Dogg235 ,

Just wow!

This has been an revelation! I haven’t made music since I used to use cubase 4 on my old white MacBook around 8 years ago. Now I can set up in a few mins and start recording and making music it’s really familiar and easy to use but it’s so much more tactile, I have even found the on screen keyboard useable when I haven’t been plugged in.

I have had a few performance issues when working with low latency but that has mostly been when using several IAA amp sims which I wouldn’t expect given the power the 2018 iPad Pro. I don’t think this is Cubasis’s problem but it’s great that the app gives you the flexibility to try this stuff and push the hardware and the limits of what iOS will allow.

The only other thing that’s slightly awkward is editing midi pitch shift data is a bit of a mess as it’s very difficult to center it back to zero if you move the wrong node, any improvements here would be appreciated.

Really though I can’t complain, this is such a polished and awesome app and gives you so much more than GarageBand it’s well worth the cost and the effects packs and drum machines are really nice too.

Given the confines of iOS I think this is an incredible app, I can’t wait to see what comes in the next update!

Developer Response ,

Hi T-Dogg235, Thank you very much for rating and reviewing Cubasis! We're glad to hear that Cubasis helps you to make music in just a few minutes - that's what the app is made for. If you want to share issues with us, please let us know about them in our Cubasis forum at www.steinberg.net/cubasisforum. Thanks again! Best wishes, Lars

Fruitbat1919 ,


Needs a few more features, but has been one of the most reliable so far. Very easy to use.

Update for V2

The new channel strip is a god send.
The time stretch takes the app into a new league.
The extra sounds are always nice to have.
I've upped it from four to five stars, as now the app is one of the smoothest scratch pads for arranging tracks quickly and with little fuss.
Cubasis 2 gives you a lot more than the basics of GarageBand. While still lacking the mixing prowess of Auria Pro, Cubasis 2 is my preferred choice for recording tracks.
Well done Cubasis team.

Update for V2.3
The Waves plugins are cool, but it’s AU automation and presets for AU and FX that’s really got me happy!

Update for V2.6
Full screen AU - top notch and well needed.
Roli Noize app keyboard and pads - this will probably change my musical direction it’s that big a deal!

Update for V2.7
More AU midi slots helps, but would still like to be able to see two AU midi apps onscreen at once to be able to use AU midi keyboards and AU midi sequencers at the same time or an update in the features of the built in keyboard.
Nice update though!

Developer Response ,

Hi Fruitbat1919, Thank you for constantly updating your review - greatly appreciated! We are very happy to hear you like the app that much! Thanks Lars

In-App Purchases

Micrologue ARP
Boost up Micrologue with a great Arpeggiator!
Classic Machines
Most wanted iconic drum machines of the '80s!
Waves Plug-in Bundle
Polish your tracks with 3 classic plug-ins.
FX Pack 1: Reverbs & Delays
Six great-sounding reverb & delay effects!
FX Pack 2: Vintage FX
Six great-sounding vintage effects!
Waves L1 Ultramaximizer
Maximize levels – make your tracks stand out.


Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH
1.2 GB

Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
© Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH, 2019
In-App Purchases
  1. FX Pack 1: Reverbs & Delays £2.99
  2. FX Pack 2: Vintage FX £2.99
  3. Classic Machines £2.99


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