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.
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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
HALion 4 is the latest and most powerful incarnation of the industry-acclaimed VST instrument. With a cornucopia of innovations and improvements, including a state-of-the-art sample engine, a comprehensive synth section and inspiring new tools and effects, HALion 4 is a truly universal sampler and sound creation system for the most exacting demands.
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
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.
- 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.
Steinberg today releases LoopMash, a mind-blowing music app for creatively mixing and rearranging beats, tunes and effects. Now available for your iPhone and iPod touch, this inspiring mobile instrument lets you choose from over 40 presets and 250 addictive loops ranging all the way from ethno to disco.
With its innovative approach to mixing music, LoopMash simultaneously merges up to four two-bar loops by matching and replacing comparable elements. By using the included studio-grade effects, you can easily spice up your performance and make your music sound even gnarlier.
Quality content, intuitive control and 3-D navigation for effortless page browsing make this app a must-have for party-goers, music aficionados and pretty much everyone in between.
- More than 250 addictive audio loops included
- Over 40 presets to get you started right away
- Intuitive 3-D swipe-page navigation
- Load and play with up to 4 loops per scene
- 8 scenes available per preset
- 4 studio-grade effects for more sound control
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
Brief tutorial from Steinberg on track arrangements
Let’s say you have prepared a number of audio files that form the base of a typical pop song, with introduction, verse, chorus and bridge. Now you want to arrange these files. The first step is to create an Arranger track. On the Arranger track, you define specific sections of the project by creating arranger events.
VST Expression allows seamless, transparent and most importantly integrated editing of articulations, with full control over multiple articulations in the Key and Score Editors. Articulations noted in the Score Editor can be played back immediately by sample-based orchestra libraries — in real time.
SonicProjects OP-X PRO-II software VSTi synth – the new flagship. Introduction trailer.
The soundtrack of the video trailer has been exclusively done with OP-X PRO-II and Steinberg Groove Agent for drums. No external effects or treatment (except for drums) have been used, mixing just included levels and pan. All involved sounds are factory presets of OP-X PRO-II.
According to SonicProjects, the Virtual Oberheim OB-X XPander is “the perfect dream synth”:
OP-X PRO-II is the new top flagship of the OP series and is the continuation of the development of OP-X PRO, based on many collected wishes of customers and too own new ideas, in order to make it the perfect dream synth. S
Some of the obvious new features include doubled polyphony, an included patch browser, an effects unit, midi learn and a completely new arpeggiator.
But there are also a lot a lot of hidden new features that can be accessed by active GUI zones or multiple button states. This keeps the GUI clean and familiar. Once you’ve got to know these features you’ll see that despite this density the general operation is extremely intuitive and streamlined. A bunch of new one-click quick button calibration features saves a lot of work to handle voice-based settings like tuning trimpots or pans.
All of this is based on countless hours of real working experience, to give as streamlined and intuitive handling as possible.
Here’s the entire list of the used presets and settings, in chronological order:
MATRIX BANK 9 SyncNotch Sweep FXPM
DEFAULT BANK 1 Matrix Softstrings II
MATRIX BANK 6 BP Stereomod Pad
EFFECTS BANK 15 Filtereffect Water Down
Deep Timpani Doublehit:
MATRIX BANK 88 Matrix Fmod Bumbs NS
BASS BANK 12 Signs Of Life Bass
Filter Selfreso Sweep:
EFFECTS BANK 14 Filtereffect Blobs (Envelope edited)
Warm Mono Sweeps:
SYNTHEX BANK 5 Synthex MM Sweep
DEFAULT BANK 125 Sawsolo Ultra Wide Bend (Portamento set a bit slower)
BASS BANK 1 Fretless Bass
DEFAULT BANK 1 Matrix Softstrings II
PADS BANK 2 Supersoft Slowmod Pad
ARPEGGIOS BANK 21 Jupiter Techno ARP
DEFAULT BANK 125 Sawsolo Ultra Wide Bend (Portamento set a bit slower)
BRASS BANK 13 Prophet Brass Stab
Prophet Sync Sweep:
DEFAULT BANK 60 Prophet Unisync II (Pitch Osc2 set higher)
PROPHET BANK 76 Prophet Perc Solo
OBERHEIM BANK 3 Poly Portamento (Portamento set a bit faster)
Sample Hold Pad:
SAMPLEHOLD BANK 3 Moving SH Arpeggio
Distorted Guitar Tone:
DEFAULT BANK 13 OB Rock Unison
DEFAULR BANK 15 OB Syncsolo Damped (Filter Sustain set higher)
DEFAULT BANK 125 Sawsolo Ultra Wide Bend
Slow Portamento Solo:
PROPHET BANK 33 Prophet Ultrawide Bend (Portamento set slower)
Steinberg Groove Agent:
Hip-Hop Kick (eq boost: 100hz 14.4 dB low-shelf)
Hip-Hop Snare (pitch set deeper, a bit Reverb A)
Electro Hihat (a bit Cubase Double Delay 1/16 sync)
Steinberg is proud to announce the release of WaveLab’s latest incarnation, WaveLab 7. Adding new facilities to its previous versions for Windows, the seventh version now also sets a benchmark for audio editing and mastering under Mac OS X.
Its feature list includes the revamped graphical user interface which provides eminently convenient handling of audio material across multiple windows, montages and podcasts with an intelligent docking and scaling system. Brand-new VST3 plug-ins and restoration tools, the new, future-proof burning engine and its flexible multiprocessing capabilities are further highlights. WaveLab 7 is available as boxed version in the Steinberg Online Shop and from authorized Steinberg resellers for EUR 599*/GBP 497*. The stripped-down version, WaveLab Elements 7, is available as boxed and download version for EUR 99*/GBP 82*.
“By releasing WaveLab 7, Steinberg’s range of products now encompasses an A-to-Z solution on PC and Mac computers that offers industry-standard tools all the way from music creation, production and mixing right straight down to the final master,” comments Timo Wildenhain, Steinberg’s product marketing manager for WaveLab. “This milestone release reflects Steinberg’s commitment to cross-platform support, closing the circle to offer its current product range to both the Windows and Mac OS X platforms,” Wildenhain continues.
Reengineered from top to bottom, WaveLab 7 introduces several novelties to its user interface which makes working with audio much more intuitive as well as expediting workflows in audio editing and mastering with a convenient, completely customizable window and toolbar management system. WaveLab 7 also includes a restoration tool package encompassing specialized DeNoiser, DeBuzzer and DeClicker plug-ins by leading plug-in manufacturer Sonnox plus 30 new VST3 plug-ins for further processing, expanding the depth of WaveLab’s vast range of functionality. DDP support and the entirely new CD and DVD-A burning engine are features that round out the functional additions to WaveLab 7.
WaveLab 7 is the comprehensive audio editing and mastering software application which may be used to record, edit, restore and publish audio by hobbyists and professional mastering engineers alike.