Is Ableton Better than Cubase?

There is always this question of which one is better than the other one. Even when there are no definite answers to these questions if both of them are almost equal to each other it’s really interesting to look at each of them and compare what they can do and what they can’t do when compared to each other.

The war between digital audio workstations has been there for over 30 years. Cubase was built by Steinberg around 1989 in a way that nobody would have thought after thirty years it stands as a strong competitor to most other digital audio workstations in the market.

While looking at the functions of Cubase it’s a complete recording solution whereas Ableton is considered to be a live performance recording solution. You can spot a clear winner by looking at what each of them can do. Sometimes one software does something much better than the other one.

Yes, Ableton is better than Cubase because of the functionalities it offers in terms of live performance whereas you can use Cubase only as a recording solution. Ableton also offers a session view which very unique in terms of digital audio production.

In this article let’s look at how good is Ableton and Cubase as well as compare them head to head on how they stand against each other. Let’s get started, shall we

How good is Cubase

Cubase is one of the reputable software producers for music production. They are known for their flexible tools for creating music quickly and intuitively. It comes packed with a wide range of instruments, effects, and thousands of sounds.

The new Cubase 10.5 follows up the highly anticipated landmark release with many significant improvements, additional inspiring tools, and major workflow refinements. Whether you are looking for creative inspiration or new ways to speed up your professional workflow, the new features in Cubase 10.5 specifically cater to your needs.

Scoring to picture is one of the main strengths of Cubase when compared to other digital audio workstations. The new video export feature lets you render videos in the MP4 format with H.264 video compression and 16-bit stereo audio in 44.1 kHz and 48 kHz.

The one feature I’m excited about is the feature to import tracks and data from other projects in Cubase. You can do this in Ableton easily by saving the particular track as a device while other software’s are trying to mimic this, it’s interesting to see how Cubase allows users to import other project data.

One more feature of Cubase that I like is the retrospective midi record feature whereas in Ableton it’s called a midi capture feature. Basically what it does is that it allows users to retrieve midi data even when they are not recording. This is very useful to feature so that you can recover all your ideas without having to reproduce them at all.

I wish all the software’s had the safe start mode that Cubase has which is very useful sometimes if a plugin error leads the digital audio workstation to quit loading and to crash.

Macros started to come into play with Ableton live and everyone in the digital audio workstation industry started to copy them but it is a great addition to Cubase.

The price of Cubase is almost similar when compared to Ableton.

The top tier pro version of Cubase comes around at 780$

The medium version or the middleman called artist version comes at about 450$

Cubase elements or the entry-level version costs around 130$

How does Ableton compare to Cubase

the comparison between Ableton and Cubase is going to hard to put together because the main reason why they were built in the first place are very different even though now they both can do the same thing when it comes to music production.

Ableton excels and thrives at live performance whereas Cubase holds the ground when it comes to studio recording and composition.

Session view is one of the features in Ableton that I adore the most when it comes to Cubase, the live features are not that great.

The mixing and mastering console integration is widely talked about feature in Cubase of how powerful it is.


It doesn’t matter if you use Cubase or Ableton. Mastering the software to make amazing music is what matters in the end.

There are so many reasons why a music producer fails and one of them is not mastering their digital audio workstation. You should know your tool Inside out.

Ableton wins in terms of live performance but when it comes to composing music as studio software the prize goes to Cubase.

Which one should you choose is entirely up to you but what matters is the time and effort you put in to learn the software.

If you are interested check out my article on how long does it take to learn music production here?

As well as my other article on how long does it take to learn Ableton Here?

Hustle harder folks

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