Cubase 5 Requirements

Cubase is an application from Steinberg for creating music on Windows and Mac computers. Singers and songwriters use it to record vocals, prepare playback and create songs; composers use it to create professional score layouts; performers use it for rehearsing and recording songs; and producers use it to combine virtual synthesizers and a variety of effects to produce a rich spectrum of sounds.


Operating System

Cubase 5 requires Windows XP SP2, Vista or Windows 7 on a PC, and Mac OS X 10.5.5 and 10.6 on a Mac.


A 2 GHz CPU on a Windows PC or a PowerPC G5 processor is needed for Cubase 5.


Cubase 5 requires at least 1024 MB of random access memory on both Windows and Mac computers. The more RAM a computer has, the more efficiently it can work, storing data instead of having to read it from a hard drive.

Hard Drive

A 4 GB hard drive is the minimum size required to operate Cubase 5 on a Windows or Mac computer. The more storage space on the hard drive, the more data can be recorded when playing, recording and producing music.


Cubase 5 requires a DVD-ROM drive with dual-layer support in order to install on a Windows or Mac computer.

USB Port

A USB port is needed on Mac and Windows computers to plug in the USB-eLicense/Steinberg Key copy protection device. If you donโ€™t plug in the device, the computer will not be able to run Cubase 5.


An Internet connection is required to activate the Cubase 5 license for both Mac and Windows computers.