Free version of Cubase

Steinberg, when are we going to have a free version of Cubase? The reason i’m asking is that i’ve been a Cubase user for years and value this software a lot. I also know that there’s a lot of beginners who would like to have a dedicated DAW to get into the world of audio recording. Im aware that the full version of cubase can be trialed out for 30 days but this would not be as helpful and useful to any beginers out there if they would have a free version of cubase that they could be using/learning for more than 30 days. The competition, Avid for example, already has their free version of protools (Intro) up and running. So why can’t Steinberg do the same?

Who will pay for the development and maintenance of this free product?

Well, there already is a free version. The AI and LE versions that come with some hardware.

It’s just not freely available for everyone.

If you pay money for something, it is by definition not free. I.e. bundled software is not free software.

1 Like

Yeah why not?

Cubase LE would make an excellent free DAW, much better than Pro Tools Intro or Studio One Prime.

Yep, why restrict LE to an being an audio interface addition? The product is there, they could make it available to everyone.
Sure, a completely free LE version might mean more support requests, but seeing that Steinberg support is pretty much non existent anyway, wouldn’t make much difference.
But other companies also offer their lite versions as bundled software (Ableton, Bitwig), so there must be some reason behind it that we might not know…

A post was split to a new topic: UR22 didn’t come with Cubase AI code