Advantages Lots of features, easy to use, stable
Disadvantages quite expesive, eats up memory
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Ive been making music for well over ten years now and started off like many did on an atari. Back then i used a great little sequencer called sweet sixteen, which was based loosely on another type of well know sequencer. Over time, as i progressed i got a p.c with cubase. It was awful! It hardly ran at all on my 200mmx and the timing was very poor. I realised that the software must have been at fault because it ran so well on an old atari with a fraction of the power. After a few more years I decided to upgrade my system again and get a more powerful p.c running an updaded version of cubase vst, version 5.
This time I wasnt dissapointed. With more memory and power the software was rock solid stable, the timing was solid and it enabled me to change the way I made music completely. Gone were my rack of albeit expensive rack of equipment.. Samplers, Fx, and mixers as i was able to do it all on cubase. So in that respect it was well worth the 300 quid i payed for it. The makers of cubase claim it is a "studio in a box" and it almost is. I say almost because if you want to throw away your rack of outboard equipment you have to remember that only a limited amount of virtual synths and effects come with it. They may not be as powerful as stand alone equipment, but if you search around the internet you can getg more instruments and effects for free and some are very good. Once you have all that you can start making some really professional sounding pieces of music with just your p.c and cubase, oh and a midi keyboard of course!
I have tried other sequencers as well as cubase but for me nothing beats its power, vst instuments and effects and ease of use. The other leading cubase rival Logic is an other extremly powerful sequencer with great, similar features, but for me it is rather difficult to use. So overall i would reccomend cubase to anyone who knows how to make music. If your just starting out or dont know too much about sequencing maybe you should check out loop-based sequecers like fruitly loops, and e-jay.
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