Composer Michael Kurek Engineers Billboard-Topping Classical Album Entirely with Steinberg Cubase

Composer Michael Kurek, with Steinberg Cubase. (Photo credit: Michael Kurek)

“With Cubase’s flexibility I was able to set up a screen that had just what I needed on it,” Kurek said.

American composer Michael Kurek’s recent music has garnered critical and popular praise alike, not to mention been performed in 15 countries on five continents and broadcast on National Public Radio. His curriculum vitae brims with prestigious accolades including the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ highest-level lifetime achievement award. Earlier this year, his latest album “The Sea Knows” (Navona Records) debuted at Number One on the Billboard Traditional Classical chart, and stayed there for two weeks.

Recording classical music conjures up images of high-end mics and preamps, large sound-stages, and sometimes esoteric and proprietary recording systems. Mr. Kurek, however, found that capturing the dynamic and harmonic subtleties of his lush neo-romantic style was best served by a tool used by thousands of musicians in all genres the world over: Steinberg Cubase. And while it’s forgivable to assume a classical composer might have luddite leanings, Kurek himself produced, edited, and mixed all five compositions on “The Sea Knows” in Cubase, “mainly because in classical I often don’t have the budget to hire someone to do this for me,” he laughs. He also tracked three songs by himself, and worked with acclaimed Nashville engineer Kevin Edlin on the string-trio “Savannah Shadows” as well as the fully orchestrated title track.

Kurek first encountered Cubase through colleague Paul Deakin, “who suggested I check it out before purchasing anything else,” he recalls. “Once I got it he was kind enough to do a quick tutorial in person. I was up and running within an hour or two.”

Speaking further to the ease of use was the fact that Kurek found Cubase to be accommodatingly agnostic with regard to musical styles: “Since some other programs are designed with the pop musician and terminology primarily in mind, you have to work around those things, or they’re just a bit in the way, or the instruction manual seems geared that way. Since I’m not so much trained in pop mixing and am not tech-savvy about it,…

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