Nuendo Live – the DAW for recording live performances has now been released

July 17, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Steinberg has announced the immediate availability of Nuendo Live, a new version of Nuendo, designed specifically for multitrack recording live performances.

Nuendo Live offers a single-window user interface, designed to let you focus on recording. Transport control, marker insertion and recording options can be accessed with just one click. And a convenient Record Panel gives you an instant overview of all relevant parameters. Other highlights include on-the-fly session setup, a 60-second pre-record buffer and auto-save functionality.

Features:

  • Advanced live recording system featuring a straightforward single-window operation, a record panel, a pre-record buffer and more
  • Seamless integration with Yamaha CL-series consoles for controlling essential Nuendo Live functions straight from the live console
  • State-of-the-art recording quality based on Steinberg’s award-winning audio engine with up to 192 kHz lets your production stand apart from the competition
  • Nuendo Live Record Panel shows all essential session information at once — creating confidence in demanding live situations
  • Advanced Session Management with auto-naming of recorded files, multiple folder creation, easy-to-use marker track, auto-save and notepad
  • Zero setup time thanks to automatic track creation function that make Nuendo Live record-ready in less than a minute
  • 24+ hours recording time thanks to EBU-compliant RIFF 64 broadcast wave format in standard recording mode
  • Virtual Sound Check allows for easy use of previous recordings for sound check, including marker recall and 1:1 output
  • Deliver with confidence due to standardized rendering formats and Nuendo
  • Editing on the road: Nuendo Live includes essential editing functions, making it possible to create a rough edit of the recordings right after the show

Nuendo Live is available now for US $329.

More info here >>

Steinberg Dark Planet review

May 8, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Nice review of Steinberg’s Dark Planet:

http://soundsandgear.com/steinberg-dark-planet-review checking out a new vst instrument expansion set from Steinberg called Dark Planet for Halion, Halion Sonic, and Halion Sonic Se. It is a cinematic sound design type library with some really great sounds at a crazy good price

Specifications:

The Dark Planet VST Sound Instrument Set is loaded with hundreds of creepy sounds, shattering loops and eerie instruments, including leads, basses, drums and effects that will inspire and give you the shivers at the same time.

Dark Planet’s earth-shattering sounds are equally suitable for impactful cinematic scores, massive industrial tracks and spacious dark ambient productions.

The integrated MorphFilter and the onboard effects provide everything needed to add spine-tingling ingredients to your productions and fuel your fantasies with the gloom of the Dark Planet.

Touch down on the Dark Planet and be prepared!

Cubase 6.5 with two new software synthesizers, new effects and other enhancements

March 1, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Steinberg has released Cubase 6.5, an update that adds two new software synthesizers, new effects and other enhancements.

Here’s what’s new in Cubase 6.5:

  • Two new synths: The brand-new Padshop granular synth and the Retrologue virtual analog synth provide more than 700 extraordinary presets.
  • Supersonic sidekicks: Check out the DJ-EQ and MorphFilter effects and VST Amp Rack 1.5 with new stomp boxes and signature presets made by world-class guitarists.
  • New comping and audio quantizing tools give you the results you want in a more intuitive and faster way.
  • Intercommunication 2.0: Export your mixes directly to SoundCloud, save up to 60% disk space while recording with the new FLAC support and connect ReWire client applications to Cubase in a pure 64-bit environment.

Pricing:

  • Updates to Cubase 6.5 and Cubase Artist 6.5 are available for 49.99 EUR.
  • Customers who have activated Cubase / Cubase Artist 6 after January 1, 2012 are eligible for a free update.
  • The Cubase 6.5 and Cubase Artist 6.5 full retail versions are available for 599 EUR (Cubase 6.5) / 299 EUR (Cubase Artist 6.5). All prices incl. German VAT.

Retrologue features two oscillators, each with a maximum of eight widely detunable voices, one sub and one noise oscillator, alongside 300 presets and sounds.

Padshop features two individual layers in granular textures that are mixed and processed with a dozen high-quality filters, modulation and delay effects. Each layer consists of two LFOs, two ADSR envelopes and one oscillator together with new control parameters for generating up to eight grain-streams, plus 400 quality onboard presets for immediate inspiration.

Padshop – new VST Granular Synthesizer from Steinberg

February 11, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Coming straight from the Steinberg sound lab, Padshop is a state-of-the-art granular synthesizer that provides out-of-this-world atmospheres and far-out effects — and a user interface that’s a breeze to work with.

Granular synthesis is one of the most fascinating fields of experimental sound design, but the conversions for programming sounds based on granular synthesis algorithms have always been too complex for every-day sound design or too shallow for serious in-depth sound manipulation.

With Padshop, Steinberg offers a granular synthesizer that raises the standard in terms of handling, flexibility, musicality and sound.

Top features:
• Advanced granular synthesis engine with 2 independent layers and individual oscillator, edit and FX sections
• Up to 8 grain streams per oscillator for impressively rich and spacious structures
• Intuitive user interface for effective usability and direct accessibility
• More than 400 presets dedicated to atmospheric pads and evolving textures
• SoftGrain Wave ROM with hundreds of sounds for custom presets

The Padshop VST Granular Synthesizer will soon be available as a download product from the Steinberg Online Shop. So, fasten your safety strap and get ready to expand your universe with this high-class virtual synth.

Find out more and listen to audio demos on www.steinberg.net

Features at a glance

  • Advanced granular synthesis engine with 2 independent layers, each with individual oscillator, edit and FX sections
  • Up to 8 grain streams per oscillator for impressively rich and spacious structures
  • Intuitive user interface for effective usability and direct accessibility
  • More than 400 presets dedicated to atmospheric pads and evolving textures
  • SoftGrain Wave ROM with hundreds of sounds for custom presets and individual tweaks
  • 10-stage Modulation Matrix with Note Expression support for unlimited flexibility
  • 12 different high-quality filter types for each layer
  • Step Modulator for rhythmic triggering of oscillators, filters, amp and pan
  • 2 LFOs and ADSR for filters and amp envelopes
  • Mono and Poly Mode with Legato and Glide
  • FX Section with high-class modulation and delay effects
  • VST 3 compatible host application support

New HW/SW bundle from Steinberg

January 31, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Steinberg has launched a new hardware/software bundle – the CI2+ Production Kit.

The kit combines the CI2+ audio interface with the music production software Cubase AI 6 and the audio editing suite WaveLab LE 7.

Features:

  • Hardware: The CI2+ unit is interface and controller in one. It offers two phantom-powered microphone preamps, one with Hi-Z for direct guitar connection, and two TRS outputs. The controller section features the AI Knob and dedicated transport buttons. It also gets its power supply via USB.
  • Software: The CI2+ Production Kit comes with Cubase AI 6, plus WaveLab LE 7. Together, the CI2+, Cubase AI 6 and WaveLab LE 7 present a complete system solution.
The CI2+ Production Kit is available now for $229.99.

Steinberg revives Model E and VB-1 as free downloads

November 29, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Throughout the long history of Steinberg, many products have come and gone, many have been superseded by new variants and others have been dropped completely. Once in a while, however, some of our developers like to dig up one of these long forgotten gems and polish it ready for current operating systems.

As these revived products remain discontinued, their updates are not officially supported. Updates for discontinued products are sporadic as these are voluntarily provided by our engineers in their free time.

Today, Steinberg would like to share with you the following:

Model E — classic analog synth with ultra-low CPU load

VB-1 — virtual bass emulation with selectable pick position

Get them here >>

Steinberg puts out an updated version of Cubase

November 21, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Steinberg has released the previously announced and officially supported 6.0.5 maintenance update for Cubase 6, Cubase Artist 6, Cubase Elements 6, Cubase AI 6 and Cubase LE 6. Including refined automation handles, full support for two WK-Audio remotes and improved decoding performance under Windows, the 6.0.5 update integrates several enhancements and fixes.

The 6.0.5 maintenance update introduces the following improvements:

  • Automation handle visibility: Automation handles are now displayed independently from any zoom level as soon as the mouse cursor is placed over an automation lane. If automation handles are selected, handles on all other automation lanes are displayed as well.
  • Support for WK-Audio ID-Console / ID-Mix-VU: Cubase 6 now fully supports the WK Audio ID-Console / ID-Mix-VU to ensure seamless integration.
  • Video engine optimizations: Under Windows OS, Cubase 6.0.5 features further improved decoding performance for Motion JPEG OpenDML video in AVI containers as well as Photo JPEG material.

The following issues that have been resolved in this version:

  • Project: “Delete time” command now works properly if signature track is enabled.
  • Record: Sample rates different than 44.1kHz no longer lead to multiplication of lanes due to wrong overlap resolution on project load.
  • Record: Recording MIDI in “merge” mode no longer creates additional MIDI parts instead of merging.
  • Comping: Copying comped audio events no longer leads to moving instead of copying the events.
  • MIDI: Reloading a previously saved project in Cubase Artist no longer disables the input transformer of MIDI Tracks.
  • MIDI: Dragging a part no longer leads to inaccessibility on newly created MIDI tracks.
  • VST Expression: When playing back in cycle mode all VST Expression commands are executed entirely.
  • MediaBay: Enabling the “Align beats to project” and “Wait for project play” options no longer leads to playback issues with loops in the MediaBay previewer.
  • MediaBay: Naming folders with dots no longer leads to cropped names in the result view.
  • MediaBay: Deleting multiple attributes for an item no longer affects other attributes than those selected.
  • MediaBay: When the preference “Scan unknown file types” is active, audio files without file extensions are now properly recognized when scanning.
  • VST Bridge: VST 2 32-bit plug-ins in Cubase in 64-bit mode under Mac OS X Lion are now displayed properly.
  • VST-Bridge: Under OS X certain plug-ins no longer show up as bridged even though they were updated to support 64 bit.
  • Plug-in: The range scale of the Micro Tuner MIDI plug-in now reflects +/-100 Cents accurately.
  • Plug-in: When using HALion Sonic SE in GM mode and exporting MIDI tracks, the resulting Standard MIDI files include all program changes.
  • Plug-in: Using REVerence as an offline process plug-in now works properly.

Steinberg’s Yamaha Vintage Plug-in Collection

November 15, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Steinberg has released the Yamaha Vintage Plug-in Collection. Announced at this year’s Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Germany, the Yamaha Vintage Plug-in Collection comprises three groups of plug-ins: the Vintage Channel Strip, Vintage Open Deck and Vintage Stomp Pack. Based on Yamaha’s Virtual Circuitry Modeling (VCM) technology, each plug-in can be used in multi-instances and is compatible with VST 3, VST 2.4 and AU plug-in formats.

The Vintage Channel Strip consists of the EQ 601, Compressor 260 and Compressor 276, reproducing the sound characteristics of several classic Yamaha hardware equalizers and compressors from the 1970s.

The Vintage Open Deck recreates the analog circuitry and characteristics of four legendary tape recorders: Swiss ’70, Swiss ’78, Swiss ’85 and American ’70. For an even wider range of variation, the characteristics can be individually applied to the record and playback decks.

Vintage Stomp Pack features the Dual Phaser, Yamaha Phaser and Max 100 phaser plus one Yamaha flanger and one first-class wah-effect, providing effects processors for the typically 1980s’ rock sound.

A 30-day evaluation copy of the Yamaha Vintage Plug-in Collection is available through the Steinberg website.

 

Vintage Channel Strip features at a glance

  • Yamaha EQ 601: six-band vintage EQ based on a legendary hardware model
  • Compressor 260: replicates the trademark sound of a sought-after 1970s’ compressor
  • Compressor 276: delivers classic-style compression with analog punch and fatness
  • Brings the classic sound of top-end studio staples to your DAW
  • Based on the popular VCM add-on effects for Yamaha’s digital mixing consoles

Vintage Open Deck features at a glance

  • Four different machine types: Swiss ’70, Swiss ’78, Swiss ’85 and American ’70
  • Various tweaking options: tape speed, tape type, bias, EQ settings, distortion and saturation characteristics
  • Different machine types and parameters can be individually applied to the record and playback deck
  • Faithfully replicates the unique sonic characteristics of legendary open reel tape recorders
  • Based on the popular VCM add-on effects for Yamaha’s digital mixing consoles

Vintage Stomp Pack features at a glance

  • Phaser galore: Max 100, Vintage Phaser and Dual Phaser for beautifully evolving phaser sounds
  • Vintage Flanger provides authentic, ’70s-drenched flanger tones for every taste
  • Vintage Wah brings back the distinct character of classic wah-wah stomp box effects
  • Faithfully replicates the trademark sound of classic analog stomp box effects
  • Based on the popular VCM add-on effects for Yamaha’s digital mixing consoles

Pricing and Availability:

 

The bundled versions of Yamaha Vintage Plug-in Collection are available through the Steinberg Online Shop and at certified Steinberg dealers. The exact time of availability is subject to regional variations. The plug-ins of the Vintage Channel Strip can be purchased individually and are exclusively available through the Steinberg Online Shop.

The suggested retail price for the Vintage Channel Strip bundle is EUR 379, including German VAT, and GBP £320, including British VAT. The suggested retail price for the Vintage Open Deck and Vintage Stomp Pack bundles are EUR 199 each, including German VAT, and GBP £168, including British VAT.

The suggested retail price for the Yamaha EQ 601, Yamaha Compressor 260 and Yamaha Compressor 276 plug-ins, also available as bundle in the Vintage Channel Strip, are EUR 149 each, including German VAT, and GBP £126, including British VAT.

More information:

Steinberg’s CMC modular controller system now released

September 24, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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.

Tribute to Spectralis 2

July 27, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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

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