Steinberg’s CMC modular controller system now released

September 24, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Steinberg’s CMC modular controller system now released 

The CMC series is the world’s first modular controller system for Cubase. Consisting of six unique USB controllers, CMC gives you all the control options you’re looking for — along with utmost flexibility and great ease of use.

From yesterday’s announcement:

Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH today released its new CMC controllers. Dedicated to Steinberg’s Cubase advanced music production system, the six USB-powered CMC units offer an integrated control solution that provides a desirable degree of flexibility and configurability.

The CMC controllers are equipped with a combination of control elements that provide tactile control over certain Cubase functions. Each unit can be used separately or hooked up together with the included joint plate, resulting in a control desk that leaves no wishes unfulfilled.

“The CMC controllers are ultra-portable and the design’s perfect, but more importantly, the units offer a mind-blowing array of control options. Without a doubt, the CMCs are the perfect complement to Cubase, and Nuendo too,” commented Stefan Schreiber, Steinberg’s product marketing manager for hardware.

The CMC-CH channel controller houses 16 illuminated rubber push-buttons, one rotary encoder and a touch fader. The multi-colored buttons provide access to VST instrument settings, solo and mute tracks, bypass EQs, sends and inserts and channel freeze. Eight of the 16 buttons can also be assigned to a second function. The Channel Select button browses through the entire Cubase mixer, while the rotary encoder is used for panning. The LED-based touch fader controls the volume level while displaying the fader position.

The CMC-FD fader controller features four high-precision touch faders with LED-based metering and solo/mute function. The touch faders offer simultaneous control over four channels in Cubase. With the Channel Select and Bank Select buttons, users can jump to individual channels or select entire channel groups in the Cubase mixer. Up to four FD units can be combined together for 16-channel control.

The CMC-QC quick controller boasts 13 illuminated buttons and eight rotary encoders in three different modes: EQ, Quick Control and MIDI. In EQ mode, the rotary encoders reflect the channel EQ controls in Cubase, while the QC mode maps Quick Control capability onto the encoders for controlling effects and other parameters. The MIDI mode turns the unit into a freely configurable MIDI controller. Eight of the 13 push-buttons can be assigned to random Cubase functions. The included CMC-QC editor allows users to adjust MIDI control change parameters through the computer.

The CMC-PD pad controller features 16 highly responsive backlit pads and one rotary encoder. The pads change their background color according to the pressure exerted. Depressing the pads triggers MIDI notes or selects volume response curves. In 4Velocity mode, the pads are used for easy step recording. The rotary encoder browses sounds and presets in Cubase. The included PD editor software is used to assign MIDI notes to each pad.

The CMC-TP transport controller houses 17 buttons and a touch slider. The slider allows users to jog or shuttle through the project, tap in the tempo, scroll, zoom and browse. All major transport functions, including play, stop, record, cycle, fast forward and rewind, are controlled via the CMC-TP. Other buttons are used, for example, to insert markers, set the locator range or insert new tracks. The top four buttons can each be assigned to a second function, for even more control in Cubase.

The CMC-AI controller highlights Steinberg’s universal AI Knob, together with its ten function buttons. The AI Knob allows users to control any control element in Cubase by simply moving the mouse cursor over it. In Volume mode, the AI Knob turns into a high-precision master volume control whereas in Jog mode, the AI Knob is used to jog through the project. The AI Knob also doubles as a browse button to search and select presets. The four function buttons can be assigned to further control parameters.

CMC accessories comprise the CMC Studio Frame 4 and the CMC CC121 Extension Frame. The CMC Studio Frame 4 is a durable construction for housing up to four CMC units. The CMC CC121 Extension Frame can hold up to two CMC units and one CC121 controller.

Availability:

The CMC controllers and accessories are available through the Steinberg Online Shop in October. Shipping of the CMC controllers and accessories to dealers in Europe begins in October; however, the exact time of availability at certified Steinberg dealers is subject to regional variations.

Cubase 6 Tutorial – Creating an Acid Bassline

August 3, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Cubase 6 Tutorial – Creating an Acid Bassline 

In this Cubase tutorial Danny J Lewis (Defected, Enzyme Black) gives you a quick demo of the classic acid bass sound using the Monologue synth and step designer in Cubase 6.

For more information:

http://www.pointblankonline.net/cubase-course.php

Tribute to Spectralis 2

July 27, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Tribute to Spectralis 2 

The Spectralis 2 hybrid synth, fueled by the latest DSP- and true analog technology, delivers maximum tonal capabilities and leads you into a radical new world of sounds full of life and animation. The Spectralis 2’ oscillator section takes sound design to new extremes. The 4 oscillators offer continuously variable waveshapes plus time linearity modulation, FM, PM, oscillator synchronisation, bit reduction and independent pitch and volume envelopes. The self resonating filters, a 4 pole lowpass and a 2 pole multimode filter with LP, HP, BP and notch outputs, use two highly improved true analog circuit designs to overcome the restrictions of modelling based synths. The way players can interact with the destinc-tive user interface makes the Spectralis 2 hybrid synthesizer a killer live instrument with unbeatable richness and stunning flexibility. The synthesis engine takes advantage of a sophisticated step sequencing system – 32 independent parameter control lines with up to 192 steps let you explore an universe of previously unheard rhythmic effects and atmospheric textures. Punchy high resolution envelopes, are the cutting edge of todays synthesizer technology. They are the perfect weapon for the creation of floor pounding kicks, state of the art sequencer staccatos and numerous percussion effects.

In this video:

This was a test-run for midi-clock syncing, done with a Spectralis 2, Cubase 4, a Midex Steinberg and an old Apple G5, my main problem with the new compstuff is that it forgets that a lot of musicians like to work with midi and external gear, not only with plug-syns….my one cent

Telemark filter modulated by 2 Doepfer A-155 sequencers

May 4, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Telemark filter modulated by 2 Doepfer A-155 sequencers 

The wonderful Analogue Solutions Telemark filter modulated by 2 Doepfer A-155 sequencers, gate by Telemark, triggered by Cubase 6;
accompanied by a pad from the Roland JX 8-P, bass by A-100 modular and drums by Vermona DRM1 MKIII.
All done with a friendly wink at rezfilter who inspired me a lot …. (still waiting for my Oberkorn)

Release of Cubase Artist Plus Pack

April 7, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Release of Cubase Artist Plus Pack 

Steinberg has announces the release of Cubase Artist Plus Pack , a bundled deal comprising the Cubase Artist 6 music production system and the CI2+ USB audio interface.

Steinberg has announces the release of Cubase Artist Plus Pack, a bundled deal comprising the Cubase Artist 6 music production system and the CI2+ USB audio interface.

“Following the recent successful release of Cubase 6 and Cubase Artist 6, we at Steinberg would now like to offer our customers a very attractive limited bundle that offers immediate access to the world of digital music production,” comments Frank Simmerlein, Steinberg’s marketing director.

Based on highly acclaimed technologies and the award-winning Steinberg audio engine, Cubase Artist 6 features a wealth of effects and VST instruments, such as the new VST Amp Rack plug-in with exhilarating amp emulations and the HALion Sonic SE workstation with over 550 quality sounds. The take-comping system, its commendable user interface and Windows/Mac 64-bit support make Cubase Artist 6 the perfect choice for talented newcomers and seasoned musicians alike.

Powered entirely via USB, the CI2+ offers a professional digital audio recording standard with 24-bit resolution and a sampling rate of 48 kHz. Both its two microphone inputs consist of balanced XLR/jack combo connectors and high-quality microphone preamps with onboard +48 V phantom power. The dedicated high-impedance switch on the first input channel allow for connecting an electric guitar or bass directly with the CI2+. The ultra-precision AI Knob controls virtually all main functions of Cubase and facilitates browsing through the Project Assistant for easy project setup, while its dedicated transport push-buttons control playback and recording.

By packaging Cubase Artist 6 and CI2+ together, Steinberg customers now receive an all-in-one Advanced Integration system for recording and editing vocals and instruments on any computer as long as stocks last.

The Cubase Artist Plus Pack is available from the Steinberg Online Shop and certified Steinberg dealers in selected countries for 379 EUR* /

Halion 4 and Cubase Elements 6 unveiled at the show in Frankfurt

April 6, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · 1 Comment 

Steinberg has unveiled HALion 4, the latest and most powerful incarnation of their VST sampler. Here’s what they have to say about it..

With a cornucopia of innovations and improvements, including a state-of-the-art sample engine, a complete synth section and inspiring tools and effects, HALion 4 is set to be the new global standard for professional sound design.

The core of HALion 4 is driven by a future-proof sample engine with 32 stereo outputs, 6-channel surround support and an unlimited number of audio buses with flexible routing options. A collection of 44 studio-grade effect processors, comprising everything from jaw-dropping modulation to high-end reverberation, is provided to fuel the internal mixing desk.

Among the highlights of HALion 4 is the ultra-flexible user interface, featuring scalable and moveable windows, function tabs and saveable window layouts — a time-saving approach when it comes to dealing with large-scale projects. The efficient Quick Controls, an undo history and on-the-fly mapping functions further streamline your workflow.

For those seeking for more creative headroom, HALion 4 holds a complete virtual-analog synth section. Plus, advanced sound creation tools, such as MegaTrig and FlexPhraser, enable you to create authentic instrument articulations and sophisticated playing styles, while a top-notch sound library with more than 1,600 presets complements the sound designer’s toolbox. On top of this, HALion 4 features the most comprehensive VST 3.5 integration available today, making this new tool a truly universal sound creation system for the most exacting demands.

Pricing and Availability:
HALion 4 will start shipping in June 2011

More information:

Steinberg has announcedCubase Elements 6. Here’s what they have to say about it…

The latest addition to the Cubase product range offers the core technologies of the world’s most popular music production software at a very competitive price.

Based on the award-winning audio engine of Steinberg’s flagship workstation Cubase 6, the streamlined Elements edition offers easy-to-use tools for creating and recording music along with a range of professional instruments and effects. Highlights include the HALion Sonic SE workstation, the Groove Agent ONE drum machine, and the PitchCorrect vocal correction tool. Cubase Elements 6 comes with 64 MIDI tracks and 48 audio tracks in 24-bit/96kHz quality as well as a total of 33 high-quality audio effects for brilliant mixes and experimental sonic landscapes.

By offering a brand-new Cubase version, Steinberg is meeting the demand of many hobby musicians and songwriters for an affordable and intuitive entry-level recording solution. With the release of Cubase Elements 6, the Cubase Essential range is discontinued.

Features

  • Based on proven Cubase technology used by professionals around the world
  • Award-winning 32-bit floating-point Steinberg audio engine with flexible routing and fully automatic delay compensation
  • Supports up to 64 MIDI and 48 audio tracks simultaneously in DVD quality (24-bit/96 kHz)
  • Includes outstanding virtual instruments: HALion Sonic SE workstation, MPC-style Groove Agent ONE drum machine, Prologue synthesizer
  • Comes ready with 33 audio effect processors, including PitchCorrect for vocal intonation correction and the great-sounding AmpSimulator
  • Cross-platform 32-/64-bit for Windows and Mac OS X Intel

 

Pricing and Availability:
Cubase Elements 6 will be shipping end of May, 2011, and will be available as a boxed version as well as a download version from the Steinberg Online Shop.

More information:

inGRIDible Inspired by MC Escher’s Cubic Space Division

March 12, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on inGRIDible Inspired by MC Escher’s Cubic Space Division 

Pretty col video :-)

Generated with POVray 3.62 , the fantastic freeware-raytracer.

Music: MIDI Loop (Microsoft GS Wavetable Synth) and two guitars (Sqier Telecaster and Epiphone Les Paul Custom) recorded with Cubase 5 Le
and some additional free VST-plugins (Kjaerhus Classic).

Cubase 6 – New Features and more

January 28, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · 1 Comment 

Nice Cubase 6 promo video

January 19, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Nice Cubase 6 promo video 

  • Enhanced transient and tempo detection for easier, glitch-free drum editing and more musical detection
  • Phase-accurate audio quantization and drum replacement. (Actually, a key point here – without phase accuracy, you can create some nasty artifacts quantizing audio.)
  • Track edit groups turn comps quickly into tracks. That we’ve seen before, but Cubase does have a nice feature for editing those groups simultaneously.
  • A built-in set of guitar effects called VST Amp Rack.
  • 64-bit support on both Mac and Windows.
  • New time-stretching algorithms.

The only limitation is your imagination. Well, that and you do need a VST-compatible instrument. But remember, we invented VST, so we’ve got you covered.

Finally Cubase 6 is out

January 14, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Finally Cubase 6 is out 

Cubase 6 and Cubase Artist 6 offer enhanced workflow features within the Project window. The newly introduced Track Edit Groups option** refines the work with multitrack recordings, allowing related events on multiple tracks to be grouped and edited simultaneously, while the new Lane Track offers convenient multitake comping for selecting and consolidating audio parts to form the perfect take. The redesigned transient and automatic tempo detection, phase-accurate audio quantization and drum replacement functions incorporated in Cubase 6 help to smooth out any glitches in live-recorded drum tracks.

The Key Editor has further been enhanced with an Inspector panel and the groundbreaking Note Expression feature for creating and editing multiple controller values on a single-note level. Also included is the new Dynamics Lane, which allows real-time listening of dynamic changes while automatically in sync with dynamic notations from the Score Editor

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