Join Mark Struthers for an in-depth discussion in this video Installing and connecting Cubase, part of Up and Running with Cubase Pro 8.
- On the whole, this course is designed for those people that have a working knowledge of Cubase. However, I do appreciate that some of you will be brand new to the program. So, it's essential I talk to you about installing Cubase and ensuring it runs properly. So with that in mind, here I'll talk through ensuring that you do have the latest drivers for the eLicenser that is required to run Cubase. And then, we'll look at installation and maintenance options, too. So that Steinberg can financially protect its investment and development of Cubase, it incorporates a USB stick, known officially as the eLicenser and colloquially, as the Cubase dongle.
Whatever you call it, you need it to be up to date to avoid any issues with Cubase. Let's start by updating the eLicenser to the latest version. You'll only need to click here on latest downloads to then choose to grab the Windows or the Mac version. You'll see the latest version number, too. So, once you have chosen and installed the relevant eLicenser drivers, you'll then be able to run your eLicenser control center. This holds a record of all the licenses for your Steinberg programs.
If you haven't downloaded the latest drivers, or if you just want to run a maintenance check on your dongle, then click on the Perform Maintenance Tasks button here. A few moments will pass as the updates or the maintenance occurs. Once complete, you'll see what the process has done. All good here, so I'll click on Close. Incidentally, it's here that you can enter any new Steinberg program activation codes that you might have. Your already active licenses will appear in this panel on the righthand side, and that's it really.
Although, if you want to subsequently run the maintenance check again, then click on this maintenance button. That's our eLicenser sorted out. We'll move over to the installation part of Cubase now. When you bought Cubase you'll have got an installation disc or at the very least, a download installation option. Once you fire it up, you'll start with this screen, where you will choose your preferred language. I think I'll go with the English option. Once you have chosen your preferred language, then you'll see this screen with three tabs across the top.
Choose the installation tab if it doesn't default to that, and then click the Install button centrally located here. Once you do, this prompt will pop up. It's here because your installation disc might not contain the very latest release, and therefore, it's probably wisest to choose the Yes, search for updates button. And this will, of course, search Steinberg's website. Make sure you are connected to the internet, and this will search for the latest Cubase 8 version. As it is here, I know I have the latest version.
So, I'll choose to install from the installer saved locally on my hard drive. From this point, it's just a simple case of clicking through the next buttons as the installer does its stuff. For example, you would need to accept the terms and conditions, and then you would choose to install either a 32 or 64-bit version, dependent on your PC's operating system. I'll choose 64-bit, and then hit Next once more. Now at this stage, if you've not already installed Cubase, you'll see all the categories on the left indicate will be installed.
Now, I do have Cubase 8 already installed, so that's why it indicates that. However, you'll see the Groove Agent SE Rock Pop Toolbox Drums component hasn't been installed, and the EDM Toolbox MIDI Loops will be updated. This installer program has worked all this out for me, but if you want to change this manually, well, the righthand column has three radio button options that allow you to modify the installation as desired. For example, with this Retrologue synth, even though it is installed, I can choose what I'd like to do with it, either keep in installed, uninstall it, or modify it.
Anyway, once you've decided what you'd prefer, hit Next again. And when you do, Cubase starts and opens up, and then, this Steinberg hub is displayed. We'll talk about this next.
- Installing and connecting Cubase
- Organizing assets and tracks
- Recording audio and MIDI
- Inserting effects
- Quantizing and processing tracks
- Integrating virtual instruments
- Developing song ideas with chord pads
- Using the Mix Console