Cubase 5 iC remote control app for iPhone available free

Hamburg-based Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH has released a remote control app for Cubase 5 and Cubase Studio 5 (the company's popular music sequencing software) that allows the user to control the software using an Apple iPhone or iPod Touch.

Cubase iC provides control of essential functions from anywhere within a Wi-Fi network’s range. The user can access basic transport functions for monitoring playback position and control Cubase 5's Arranger Track.

With Cubase iC, for example, a user can control a recording session without having to sit by the computer - a useful feature for home recordists or rehearsal rooms. Without putting down their instrument, the user can start and stop recording and playback within Cubase 5.

For live performance, Cubase iC can control Cubase 5's Arranger Track feature, which allows the user to jump between predefined sections of a song, creating a new arrangement on the fly.

Cubase iC will work whether the computer being controlled is accessing the local Wi-Fi network wirelessly or is directly connected to the router via ethernet cable. Cubase iC is based on the Steinberg Kernel interface (SKI) technology for close integration into the Cubase software core.

Helge Vogt, product marketing manager for Cubase, said: "This attractive application is a service to all our Cubase 5 and Cubase Studio 5 customers who own an iPhone or iPod Touch. Cubase iC is a very useful tool for anyone who wants to use Cubase while not in front of the computer, for example when using Cubase live on stage or playing and recording an instrument at the same time."

Describing Cubase iC, Vogt noted: “Cubase iC supports a large range of functions, including comprehensive transport control, as well as the unique Cubase Arranger functionality, allowing iPhone and iPod Touch owners to play segments of a production live, display the song position and chain status and use the Jump control to skip to a predefined song section.”

Third-party iPhone/iPod Touch apps dedicated to control of music software applications are already available, offering greater control over a wider range of parameters than iC's current focus on core features. Far Out Labs' Proremote app, for example, can control 32 channels of a Pro Tools mix remotely - from anywhere in the world, in fact - but costs $149. A cut-down eight-channel version is available for $39.99.

Cubase 5 iC early adopters are now eager to see if Steinberg continues work on its inaugural iPhone app to extend iC's functionality to keep pace with other developers.

Angus Baigent, PR Manager for Steinberg, responded to E&T's questions, stating that: "This is our first application in the iTunes Store, so we're testing the waters and awaiting feedback from customers and the market before we make a decision about future developments for iPhone/iPod touch apps. But the first days have been very positive indeed!"

Cubase iC is available as a free download from the Apple iTunes Store. It requires Cubase 5 or Cubase Studio 5 to work and is available for both Mac OS X and Windows platforms.

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