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Mark Roos

Learn why Steinberg products are this composer’s secret weapon.

Mark Roos has written music for many of today’s top TV shows, including The Blacklist, Murder One, Keeping Up with the Kardashians and Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. His tools of choice are Steinberg Cubase and WaveLab, paired with UR824, UR44 and UR22 audio interfaces. In this video, he explains why this all-Steinberg chain helps spark his creativity and facilitate his workflow, and also demonstrates a couple of his favorite production tricks.

Inspired by famed film composer Hans Zimmer, Roos began using Cubase in 2006. “I use it for all my audio recording and all my MIDI, then I [import the files] into WaveLab,” he explains. “I have mastering presets there that I use on everything.”

“The Steinberg engine sounds amazing,” Roos enthuses. “There is an audible difference between the Steinberg sound and [that of] other DAWs. I can actually tell what DAW has been used [on a score], based off of just the sound. My clients notice the difference too. There’s no boominess to the bass, nothing brittle about the way the highs are sounding — something that can be truly atrocious in digital — so, really, Steinberg products are my secret weapon.”

Because he does a great deal of field recording, Roos has amassed a library of over 300,000 custom samples, all meticulously organized in MediaBay. This allows him to freely import any of his sounds directly into the Cubase Project window or via the Steinberg Padshop Pro granular/spectral synthesizer plug-in or Caleidoscope sample library.

Roos attributes the speed of his workflow to the seamless integration between Steinberg software and hardware. “It means that I’m able to focus on creating and delivering the very best product to my clients,” he says. “Steinberg is an integral part of my sound, and they are the reason why [clients] keep coming back.”

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