Cubase music software has gone through many versions and today comes with most of the features you need to make your own music on your computer.
Cubase, created by Steinberg, first showed it's face in 1989 and has since become one of the most popular Digital Audio Workstations available to you.
I won't tell you the 80% "nice-to-knows" about Cubase such as the history and various versions for which you can check Wikipedia. You'll find the 20% "need-to-knows" below...
Cubase Music Software - Renegade 20% Quick Facts...
You can use Cubase
can record, edit, arrange, play back and mix both Audio and Midi as you
would expect from any professional DAW.
You can also use Cubase
as a host for many software synths, software samplers, effects and and
other virtual instruments and plug-ins in various formats including of
You can export your mixes to most of the industry
standard audio formats which include: Wave, Wave 64, MP3, AIFF,
Broadcast Wave, Sound Designer II and Windows Media AudioPro.
uses copy-protection in the form of a dongle which you plug in to a USB
port on your computer so keep this in mind should you have limited
Cubase supports the VST standard for plug-ins
which was created by Steinberg to allow people to write plug-ins for
Cubase. Most other DAW's now support VST as a standard.
don't have to worry about whether you have PC or Mac as Cubase works on
either platform as long as your system specs meet the system
requirements noted on the Cubase page on the Steinberg website.
has a large, dedicated user-base and there are many educational
products and videos available to help you learn how to use and master
Overall you cannot really go wrong with Cubase as it's right up there with Logic, Sonar and Pro Tools when it comes to DAWs.