Cubase 13 stability on Windows 11 pro

Hi everyone, I want to upgrade my PC and upgrade to Cubase 13. Can someone please tell me if it’s safe to upgrade to Cubase 13 running on windows 11 pro as of today 18th February 2024? I’ve read many posts reporting bugs and graphic issues, project size limitations! Ive also read Steinberg have solved many bugs. But I would like a definitive yes or no, if anyone knows? Also, is there a ’ Steinberg official recommended system ’ for PC?


Download Cubase 13 Trial and test it at your specific system.

No, there is not a system recommended by Steinberg. There are companies specialised to make DAW PCs, which I would recommend to go for.

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Thank Martin, good idea!

Darren Wharton

I think a lot of this is because people rarely post when things are stable and fine.

For me, Windows 11, C13 is a winner.

A few minor tweaks helped with performance (but not required tbh).

System specs in my profile.

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Cubase is rock solid on Windows 11 here!

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Would you mind letting us know what those tweaks were?

I’m in the same boat as the author of this thread, and wondering if I should use v13 to start my new album, or use another program.

It’s good to see that someone is using it without serious problems.

My tweaks?

Here’s my system:

2016 Dell XPS 8900 (i7-6700K 6th Gen)
48Gb DDR4 (2x8,2x16) RAM
4Tb NVMe SSD (OS - C:)
2Tb ATA SSD (Libs - D:)
2Tb ATA SSD (Projects - F:)
NVidia GT-1660 Ti
FireWire 800 Card (no-name brand)

BIOS - latest. No tweaks.
Windows power profile setting set to ‘performance’.

MOTU 89Mk3 Hybrid via FW800 (as low as 64 sample buffer)
MOTU Microlite - 4port MIDI i/o
NI Kontrol S61 MK3 Keyboard
Behringer X-TOUCH
M-Audio BX8a deluxe Monitors

The X-Touch and Microlite share a USB hub. There’s an MU-100 Rompler hooked up to the Microlite. The Kontrol S61 sits on its own non-shared port directly.

Now per Microsoft, the Skylake processor isn’t eligible for Windows 11 - that stated, it does support TPM 2.0 and uses UEFI booting. Why MS didn’t approve Skylake processors is beyond me since those processors support the two things that MS never fails to emphasize: TPM 2.0 and UEFI. Go figure.

I decided to give Windows 11 on this hardware a whirl and am extremely glad I did. It’s more stable than Windows 10 in my humble opinion.

The important thing to note is the conservative ‘vanilla’ aspect of this configuration. There is nothing pushing the limits here (Excepting the OS - and that’s another story altogether). No overclocking - nothing. I would recommend against any overclocking on the CPU or the DRAM. Better to be safe than sorry, it’s a stable latency that’s important, not raw speed.

My audio interface has the FireWire 800 bus all to itself. No click and pops.
FW isn’t popular these days, but it’s super-stable and just works and won’t be going anywhere for a long time - and I prefer it over USB with my old 896HD since it sits alone on that bus. If I were to use USB, I’d put it on its own non-shared hub connection,

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Wow,good to know that FW still working in W11

Wow,good to know that FW still working in W11

Yeah, it’s funny that people think that FW 400/800 is going away. Really, it’s just like USB 2.0 - a ‘mature’ i/o interface. With millions of existing peripherals out there using these connections, it’s not likely to be ‘unsupported’ by the OS for many, many years.

Basically, Window’s driver “model” isn’t changing any time soon and USB 2.0 and FireWire class driver support costs were long, long ago amortized. You can pick up a brand new Firewire card cheap as chips because that’s long amortized technology as well.

No new gear comes with FW, But if you have some fantastic older FW gear that still kicks it for you, there’s no need to cry. I picked up that 896Mk3 Hybrid about 6-7 years ago for $300 from FleaBay, in mint condition, less than a year old. Major, (criminal?) steal of a price. I assume the guy I bought it from sold it because it was too much for him. You can still get them brand-spanking new at $995, if you look around.

*Pounced on those Bx8a monitors at $100 for the pair, with a pair of stage stands included, from a guy who decided they weren’t for gigging. Ya think? Used one time - might as well be new. His loss.

I also have an Ultralite Mk3 lying around. It needs the display fixed (the LED backlight went out on it). I have a replacement display for it laying about (it’s a bog-standard part) - just haven’t gotten around to putting it in. Some folks just put in a new LED on the existing display (has to be a surface mount type) as the LCD itself rarely goes bad.

Cubase 13 and Windows 11 pro work for me. With bugs still recurring for a very, very long time. I would say that Cubase 13 is more stable than Cubase 12.

I’m still with Win 10, however…
Cubase 13, when released last year, was a pile of you-know-it.
But, for me at least, Steinberg have fixed it. Not a single glitch, error crash, since the .21 update. (Except when I was editing a video in VEGAS at the same time, but that was down to my AMD card, according to the crash dump.)

Upgrading your PC and moving to Cubase 13 is an exciting step! As for its stability on Windows 11 Pro, it’s generally been positive, especially with recent updates from Steinberg addressing many initial bugs. However, like any software, individual experiences can vary based on your system’s specifics.