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Likelihood to Recommend

Pro Tools

Pro Tools is great for recording multiple different tracks of audio at the same time with live inserts that you can later remove/edit if they do not suit the track. It always makes a backup of any file you copy in which is essential when working with original copies of files for clients, and you can rest easy knowing that any changes made can be reverted without having to start over or having any work be lost. You can compile many different tracks for larger-scale projects and group or bus them together with ease. The software is very user-friendly for beginners and is a great tool overall for anyone looking to edit audio. The only instance it is less suited it would be if you're only making small audio edits with any adobe video software. Also if your business is not heavy on audio editing or recording it may be a costly investment.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cubase

While Cubase is great at editing audio, and songwriting, it's a champ at creating music to video. It's easy to import the videos into a session, and syncing up the music to the video is very easy for even a beginner. And Cubase can be used all the way through the process - writing, recording, mixing and mastering, and exporting back out is practically a one-step process!
Cubase is also really adept at MIDI, something that was lacking for me in Pro Tools at the time, and allows you to render MIDI to audio in place at a high speed rate, saving you tons of downtime.
Rob Gokee | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Pro Tools

  • Integration with UAD - I have used Pro Tools with a number of UAD devices over the years and it always integrates perfectly, and saves CPU resources by offloading effects processing to dedicated Digital Signal Processing (DSP) chips on external hardware. Plus, UAD effects sound great!
  • Multitrack Recording and Arrangement of Music - This is really the big one for Pro Tools. It's for recording and arranging, and that's really its focus.
  • Import and Export - Pro Tools is great for its ability to import and export multitrack files in a way that mimics traditional analog multitrack recording.
Jonah Dempcy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cubase

  • Writing music to video
  • Quick rendering
  • Easy learning curve
  • Moderately priced for anyone starting out in the industry
Rob Gokee | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Pro Tools

  • MIDI production
  • Pricey Add-ons
Rob Gokee | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cubase

  • Shortcuts aren't easy to learn
  • Can be a bit of a resource hog
  • Upgrades don't necessarily have enough features to make the worthwhile
Rob Gokee | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Pro Tools

Pro Tools 7.0
Based on 1 answer
This is a hard question - I'd give it a 10 for having so many options but a 5 for being user friendly - as it has so many options.
JEFFREY HAZLITT | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cubase

No score
No answers yet
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Support Rating

Pro Tools

Pro Tools 8.7
Based on 6 answers
They take too long to get back to you, but they try to answer your questions and fix your issues
Krisstina Hawks | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cubase

Cubase 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Any time I've had to reach out to customer support, they've been fast to respond and answered my questions to the best of their ability. Authorization of the software is easy, and the company is great about emailing you promptly. Overall, they do a great job.
Rob Gokee | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Pro Tools

In my opinion, ProTools is the best audio editing tool currently on the market. It's very user-friendly, incredibly intuitive and has so many different functionalities that would take weeks to learn how to use them all and well if you needed them. It is far better suited than Audition, Garageband or Audacity for single-track editing as well as multiple track music recording/ editing, and provides you with far more features and benefits. The only real downside to ProTools is its price- it's fantastic for what you get but may not be worth the cost if all you are doing is small audio edits along with side video projects made or edited in the Adobe Suite. For sound effect layering, creating music tracks (where the midi controls are far superior to its competition), or multiple track recording, ProTools is without a doubt the best software on the market.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cubase

While Pro Tools is the industry standard when it comes to recording and audio mixing, I've found Cubase to be superior when it comes to writing with MIDI. Also, it comes with a lot of features (MP3 exporting, time code) that Pro Tools charges you extra for. They're both about the same price to buy, but learning Cubase is much easier than Pro Tools, which can be a bit cumbersome because it does so much.
Rob Gokee | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Pro Tools

  • Positive - Industry standard, gives image of professionalism and reassurance to clients that they are in good hands.
  • Positive - Great integration with UAD means in certain configurations, you don't have to spend as much on a computer to get a large amount of processing power.
  • Negative - The cost and tie-in with hardware is prohibitive. Although it is possible to use Pro Tools without hardware, that is a less supported use case, and generally speaking, you will want to use the Pro Tools software with hardware together.
Jonah Dempcy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cubase

  • Overpriced upgrades
  • Can be a resource hog with RAM when you have a large session
Rob Gokee | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Pro Tools

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Pro Tools Editions & Modules

Edition
Pro Tools - FirstFree
Pro Tools29.992
Pro Tools - Ultimate79.992
  1. Per User / Per Month
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Cubase

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Cubase Editions & Modules

Edition
Starting Price$579.90
    Additional Pricing Details

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