Steinberg Museum

If you read this blog you would believe I’m a Ableton Live fanatic. That is true however I once loved another. After my early days with Dr. T’s KCS on Ataris and Amigas I went Mac and Cubase VST. Cubase VST was the biggest revolution in music tech that mattered to me personally. It enabled me to start recording vocals direct to hard drive. It’s the reason in 1996 I start my own record label Things to Come Records. With VST (Virtual Studio Technology) I was able to create what I thought was fairly new and unique at the time: techno electronic mixed with 80s style New Wave and EBM.

Enter the 00s and Cubase became too buggy for me to use. It got to the point I was hitting save after each change I made. I was also rendering “safety” versions of songs in case project files would stop loading. Once Ableton Live came out it was over for my friend from Hamburg. That all said, I have friends that use Cubase today and they tell me it’s more stable. I also give credit where do and Steinberg brought so many innovations to the space it’s really amazing. Most importantly I wrote mountains of music using Cubase.

Steinberg has put up an interesting website called Steinberg Museum where you can see the history of the company. There are some tasty flashbacks in the building. Screenshots, interviews and old adverts are all fun for sequencer geeks like me. Check it out now:

“Come in and tour this virtual museum which documents the story of Steinberg from its beginnings in the early 1980s.” –

Are you or were you ever a Cubase user?

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Oliver Chesler

"Hello my name is Oliver and I'm going to tell you a story." I have been recording music since 1989 under the name The Horrorist. I have released over 60 singles and 4 full length albums. To hear my music please go to:

5 thoughts on “Steinberg Museum”

  1. My midi experience started off with cubase on an Atari 1040 st-fm and a Kawai K4. I stuck with Cubase through an Akai S950 and then with a Yamaha A3000. I moved over to Cakewalk when I got a second hand PC, and after dabbling with Reason I tried Ableton and I’ve never looked back. Back when I was in XP8 we’d use Pro Tools, but for what I want to do, I’m happy with Ableton, though my humble PC is only happy with Live 5. I don’t notice the limits much, well, apart from the biggest limit which is me.


    Now if we want to talk about how I started sequencing then I am very happy to say I still have my SH101 and my TR606.


  2. i also started out with that version called Cubasis – it was midi-only and great! i kept up with all the versions and i made it up to Version 4. at some point i had to come to grips with just how unstable it is, and i’m not upgrading to version 5. the final nail in the coffin for me was how assenine they are about dongles – not only do we use dongles but when i lost my install cd they didn’t make it available on the website.

    as of 2010 i can comfortably say i’ve switched to ableton live. the midi editing isn’t as groovy but i’m getting the hang of it.

    the steinberg museum is cool but i must say the navigation is horrible. the elevator wears off after a while.

  3. HI

    I too have used Cubase since the Atari days (MIDI only) … through a stint with Cubase Audio (any one remember the Yamaha CBXD5 with audio and FX over SCSI?) …then Cubase VST (almost gave up then … even bought an Akai DSP12 track recorder) but came back with more powerful machines and SX …. Swiitched to Mac and then back to Cubase 4 and now V5. Phew!

    Along the way I’ve looked at Logic (just can’t get into the flow of it), glanced at Reaper (coming along nicely BTW) got fleeced by digidesign… and heard of Abelton Live LOL.

    I’d love some comments here (not a war…) about how well Live *really* works for multitrack recording, MIDI, virtual instruments etc. What *is* it about the interface that I hear is so intuitive?
    Given a prod I might even try it!



    1. Ableton has a free demo version with a built-in tutorial section and operation manual. I say go and give it a real whirl! The key is Session View… you get to play around on one “side” before getting to the stress of finding the perfect arrangement.

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