A question on System Requirements - Cubase 11

Hi there,

I visited the Steinberg website, in particular, the system requirements.

It only shows Cubase 12 system requirements.

I am on 11 but I think some of the requirements remain the same (?).

I am not quite sure what this means:

Hard disk free space (core installation): 1 GB

I take it this is the required space to install Cubase?


Hard disk free space: 70 GB

I don’t quite get that, what does that mean?

Does it mean that Cubase needs the drive which it is installed to have at least 70 GB free space?


Cubase itself and the required prefs files and so on, takes about 1.5GB. With this you can do anything you need to, as with any DAW Host.

Content (of which not all are really required but is very useful and some are kind of essential), can take anything from a few more GB up to 100+GB

Oh and all content can be installed on a separate drive. I have over 120Gb of Cubase and Nuendo content on my F drive for example.

To get a rough idea of some content sizes etc. look here:

Sound Content Downloads | Steinberg

But better to look at the Download Manager, which I am presuming you don’t have yet.

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Cheers for this info!

I do have the download manager, cheers.

Just trying to get my head around the system requirements, to maximize performance quality.

I was unsure if the disk that runs CB for instance plays a huge role in it having plenty of free space.

OK pretty easy:

  • It doesn’t matter where you put the Cubase application itself, at best you may improve start up of the application by a few seconds fwiw.
  • For the content if you use it then faster drive etc. will improve load time (of that content) quite a lot.
    For other libraries that you may wish to use that stream samples in real time etc., again faster drive will help.
  • Use your fastest drive for your current projects / audio etc.

Even if you only have small external SSD for example, use that for your current project and move unused projects to a backup (to create space).

Obviously in an ideal world, all your drives would be at least SSD (I have 6 here and many folks will have even more).

So my list above is kind of ordered from least important, upwards.

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Thanks so much!

On SSDs at the moment. I am running separate SSDs for my projects and VSIs run from a separate SSD.

Cubase 11 had a few bugs lately, and was wondering if I am doing anything wrong.

Also, would you know if Windows 10 21H2 would make a difference in performance? (I am running Windows 10 21H1 currently)

In addition,

I was advised to move to m.2 cards, which will do in due course.


It is easy to advise you to move everything to faster and more recent and expensive gear haha.

This is why I gave a list of priority above.

So again, if you are going to go m.2, just one for projects will help you for sure.

I always use the latest available versions of anything tbh and have never had an issue. But I am used to testing and troubleshooting and of course, daily DAW housekeeping.

(I haven’t moved to W11 yet purely because of my current system.)

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Thanks , makes sense.

I appreciate that, always a little cautious of updates, will give it a go. :+1:

Hey, my pleasure :slight_smile: