Take It SE

Future Music - - REVIEWS -

For those who mainly use third-party plug­ins or con­tent, it’s easy to over­look what ac­tu­ally comes bun­dled with your DAW. Un­der Ap­ple’s own­er­ship, Logic be­gan to be bun­dled with a huge se­lec­tion of loops, pre­sets and in­stru­ments. Cubase was slightly later to the game, but now has a solid line-up that in­cludes HALion Sonic SE and Groove Agent SE along­side var­i­ous synths, ef­fects and au­dio loops. HALion Sonic be­gan as a sam­ple play­back in­stru­ment, but has since evolved to in­clude syn­the­sis el­e­ments, which have been handed down to its cut-down ‘SE’ sib­ling bun­dled with Cubase. Sim­i­larly, Groove Agent SE has seen its fea­ture set grow over the years, and with an ever-ex­pand­ing li­brary of bun­dled con­tent strad­dling both elec­tronic and acous­tic styles. Cubase 10, and the ar­rival of GA SE 5, brings more con­tent (in­clud­ing the Laser Beam set), but also adds some fea­tures. The num­ber of ve­loc­ity lay­ers has in­creased, along­side more in­di­vid­ual out­puts and an im­proved file browser, that makes pre­set and con­tent se­lec­tion eas­ier. The big win­ner here though, is a re­size­able plugin win­dow.

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