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Steinberg releases Nuendo 6

Steinberg has released Nuendo 6, the latest version of the state-of-the-art production environment tailored to post and audio production studios.

Steinberg Nuendo 6

“Nuendo 6 has undergone intensive development, and we are proud to make this solution available to our customers,” comments Timo Wildenhain, product marketing manager at Steinberg.

Nuendo 6 provides new mixing facilities featuring full-screen mode and scalability, Insert View for displaying activated insert slots, plug-in and channel search and integrated Control Room. The brand-new channel strip comprises high-pass and low-pass filters, a noise gate with sidechain support, various compressors and a brickwall limiter while the overhauled Channel Settings window provides immediate access to channel parameters.

Further highlights of Nuendo 6 are the EBU R128 standard compliant loudness metering with RMS metering scales, the Loudness Lane for tracking and editing loudness efficiently and the new ADR taker system including on-screen dialog for dialog recording and language dubbing.

Prominent plug-ins are MixConvert v6 for individual downmixing, Voxengo’s 64-band CurveEQ and IOSONO’s Anymix Pro 1.3 for automatic EQ and loudness adjustments to surround sound signal panning and upmixing up to 8.1 surround sound.

MemZap stores and recalls zoom settings and positions within the project, VST Connect SE plug-in allows for online collaboration and the Remote Control Editor is utilized for easy mapping of effect and instrument parameters to external controllers.

Other newly implemented features include a redesigned user interface, VariAudio 2.0, ASIO-Guard with drop-out prevention algorithms, a 1.5 GB library by Pro Sound Effects and 90 minutes of free online video tutorials.

The optional Nuendo 6 Expansion Kit (NEK) comprises features that turn Nuendo into a fully fledged composing application. Included are the new Chord Track, which detects and modifies the harmony structure of MIDI and audio tracks edited in VariAudio, and Chord Assistant, newly introduced to bridge chords and generate harmonic chord progressions. The feature set is complemented by Hermode tuning for dynamic retuning in real time, 300 new instrument sounds for HALion Sonic SE as well as the Retrologue virtual-analog and Padshop granular synthesizers.

Nuendo 6 is available to purchase for MSRP 1,699 EUR. The Nuendo 6 Expansion Kit is MSRP 249 EUR. Prices including German VAT. Various boxed and downloadable updates are also available from resellers and through the Steinberg Online Shop.

Customers who have activated Nuendo 5 since November 14, 2012, are eligible for a free, downloadable Grace Period update to the latest version. Restrictions may apply.

More information: Steinberg / Nuendo 6

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ESI releases MAYA44 USB+ USB audio solution

ESI MAYA44 USB+

Time+Space has announced that the ESI MAYA44 USB+ audio interface is now available to purchase.

The ESI MAYA44 USB+ is a perfect solution for home recording and, with a width of just 12cm, is also ideal for mobile live and recording applications.

Besides standard recording and playback functionality, MAYA44 USB+ provides everything that is needed for professional music production. In its compact case measuring 12 x 7 x 2 cm, MAYA44 USB+ provides 4 analog input and 4 analog output channels with RCA connectors and a combined optical S/PDIF digital output / stereo headphone output. The headphone output provides a separate stereo output signal, making it perfect for DJs.

With support for ASIO 2.0, CoreAudio and MME / WDM, MAYA44 USB is compatible with all major music and DJ applications like Cubase, Logic, Sonar, Reason, Reaktor, MixVibes, Traktor DJ Studio, BPM Studio and much more.

MAYA44 USB+ comes bundled with a license of Deckadance LE from Image Line Software, a powerful DJ software that was written by DJs for DJs.

The MAYA44 USB+ is available from Time+Space at RRP £82.95 GBP.

More information: ESI MAYA44 USB+

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eaReckon updates BloXpander to v1.4.0

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eaReckon BloXpander

eaReckon has updated its BloXpander host software to version 1.4.0.

This VST host has been designed to meet the requirements of musicians and sound engineers in live situations.

As a serious musician, you surely need a complete DAW to record your music, but when you are in front of your audience, it may be easier to use something dedicated to live situations.
And during live situations, the access to your instruments and effects must be fast and intuitive. The adjustment of these must be done efficiently, and the necessary software sub layers running on your computer should not be your concern when it comes to play or produce music.

Changes in BloXpander v1.4.0

  • 64-bit support: both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of BloXpander can be installed concurrently on a same computer (they do not share the same data folder).
  • Direct support of jBridge (if available). Please note that BloXpander does not currently feature its own 32-64 bit wrapper. jBridge is a third party tool which is not delivered with BloXpander.
  • “Smooth Mixer”: all controls of the mixer have been smoothed. BloXpander will do its best to avoid pops/clicks and artifacts on a modification of the console state. For example, when an insert is muted, the plug-in it contains is suspended after a short fade out, etc.
  • The main controller in MC Protocol mode now handles transport related messages and optionally sends time code and metering information to compatible external MIDI controllers.
  • Improved compatibility with various third party plug-ins.
  • Alternative “Hysteria meter” that gives more information about latency and ASIO performances.
  • Better handling of ‘hot’ sample rate changes.
  • BloXpander is now resizable as any classic windowed application (the ‘maximize’ button can be used to switch to full screen mode). It is also possible to hide Aux Returns to get more visible Channels on smaller screens.
  • Faster loading of samples in the context of a widely used sampler plug-in.
  • New ‘Info’ box (‘?’ button on BloXpander’s system panel).
  • Updated manuals.
  • … and a lot more things! (replacement of missing plug-ins, improved handling of hot keys, improved MIDI engine, expert options, per plug-in options, unified operation of library and scene slots, less “paranoid” BloXcanner, etc., etc.)…
    … almost 50% of the code has been changed, actually.
  • Fixes a bug related to the MIDI tempo tap setting (was not correctly saved in some situations).
  • Minor bugs fixed.

BloXpander is available to purchase for 69 EUR.

More information: eaReckon

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ESI UDJ6 USB audio interface shipping from Time+Space

Time+Space has announced it is now shipping the UDJ6 USB audio interface from ESI.

ESI UDJ6

Measuring a mere 7cm in length, the UDJ6 is the perfect solution for DJs on the road.

This professional level 24-bit USB audio interface features six totally independent output channels – two with 1/4″ TRS headphone output and four with RCA connectors.

Of course, every output channel can be accessed totally independently from within any modern DJ application for Mac OS X or for Windows. This compatibility is provided by the included ASIO 2.0 drivers for Windows XP / Vista / 7 (32-bit and 64-bit) and the full CoreAudio support for Mac OS X.

Simply use your favourite DJ software and mix your tracks the way you like it!

UDJ6 comes bundled with a license of Deckadance LE from Image Line Software, a powerful DJ software that was written by DJs for DJs – simply start DJing with the separate output channels of UDJ6!

ESI UDJ6 features

  • 24-bit / 96kHz D/A converter.
  • 6 independent output channels.
  • 2 output channels with 1/4″ TRS headphone output.
  • 4 output channels with RCA connectors for output 3/4 and 5/6.
  • Compact and portable design measuring 7 cm x 6 cm x 2 cm.
  • Compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7 and Windows 8 32/64 bit.
  • Compatible with Mac OS X 32/64 bit.
  • Includes license of Deckadance LE from Image-Line Software.

The UDJ6 is available from Time+Space priced RRP £89 GBP / 119 EUR.

More information: Time+Space

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MOTU intros Track16 – Desktop audio interface with effects and mixing

MOTU has announced its new Track16 FireWire/USB audio interface.

Simple operation. Clean design. Studio-grade sound quality. Track16 exhibits these design principles through and through. And don’t let its compact size deceive you. There’s plenty of I/O available for a well-equipped personal studio, ready for multi-player recording sessions. Track16′s pristine mic preamps, balanced line-level audio connections, and renowned MOTU engineering deliver world-class audio quality.

MOTU Track16Track16 – MOTU’s new compact FireWire 400 (and USB2) powered desktop audio interface.

Track16 features

  • 16 x 14 audio interface for Mac and Windows – All channels are available simultaneously and operate independently.
  • Hybrid FireWire/USB 2.0 connectivity – Connects to your Mac or PC via either bus-powered Firewire or hi-speed USB2.
  • One-touch operation – Simply tap the input or output you wish to control with the main knob.
  • Compact desktop form factor – Sits neatly next to your computer keyboard or laptop.
  • 16-bus digital mixer – Routes and mixes all sixteen inputs to any output pair.
  • Eight separate stereo mixes – Each output pair (main outs, line outs, phones, 4x optical, and a return bus) can have a completely different mix of all eight inputs, with or without computer tracks.
  • Two mic inputs – 2x pre-amp equipped mic inputs with individual 48V phantom power, -20 dB pad, Precision Digital Trim™, and plenty of gain.
  • Two guitar inputs – 2x hi-Z guitar inputs with Precision Digital Trim.
  • Stereo line inputs – On balanced TRS quarter-inch jacks. Connect a keyboard, synth, drum machine or other analog source.
  • Stereo main outs – On balanced TRS quarter-inch jacks. Connect directly to powered speakers (or other line-level analog destination).
  • Stereo line outs – Separate line-level outputs for secondary studio monitors or other destination.
  • Two headphone outputs – Can’t find your headphone adapter? No problem. Both a quarter-inch and eighth-inch jack are provided. Or connect two pairs of phones simultaneously.
  • Support for HD audio – Supports standard sample rates up to 192 kHz.
  • Precision Digital Trim™ – Digitally controlled analog trim on all inputs provides adjustments in approximately 1 dB increments. Fine-tune the balance of your inputs and then save/recall trim configurations.
  • CueMix™ FX cross-platform mixing software – Attractive on-screen graphic mixing with an instrument tuner and audio analysis tools including real-time FFT display, spectrogram “waterfall” display, oscilloscope, X-Y plot and linear or polar phase analysis.
  • Stand-alone operation – Bring the Track16 to your gig, with or without a computer. Just plug in the included power adapter and you are ready to go.
  • Expandable – Add additional interfaces for more I/O as your needs grow.
  • Time code support – Directly resolves to (or generates) time code via any quarter-inch input or output, without the need for an extra synchronizer.
  • Direct Digital Synthesis™ (DDS) – DSP-driven phase lock engine and internal clock source produces imperceptibly low jitter characteristics (below the noise floor), even when the Track16 is resolved to an external clock source via SMPTE time code.
  • DC-coupled TRS outputs – Can be used with Volta™ (sold separately) to manipulate and sequence voltage-controlled modular synthesizers from a host DAW.
  • Plug-and-play operation with your Mac or PC via FireWire or USB2 – Compatible with all current and recent generation Macs and PCs.
  • Native 32- and 64-bit drivers for Mac OS X and Windows 7/Vista – Includes ASIO, WDM, Wave, Core Audio, and Core MIDI drivers. Supports all popular Mac and Windows audio software.
  • Fully compatible with 3rd-party software – 100% compatible with all host-based effects processing in today’s popular audio programs.
  • Includes audio workstation software – Includes AudioDesk full-featured sample-accurate workstation software for the Mac with recording, editing, mixing, real-time 32-bit effects processing & sample-accurate sync.
  • Bus-powered FireWire operation – No need for external power when operating as a FireWire interface connected to a computer. A power supply is included for stand-alone or USB2 operation.
  • Compact form factor – Chassis dimensions: 5 (W) × 8.375 (L) × 1.125 (H) inches (12.7 × 21.27 × 2.86 cm). Knob height adds approximately 0.5 inch (1.27 cm) from the top surface.
  • Included breakout cable – Included DB25 breakout cable with audio connectors is approximately 44 inches (111.76 cm) long.
  • Track16 breakout box (sold separately) – Connects to Track16 via a custom-designed DB25-to-DB25 cable (included with the breakout box) and provides all the same connectors as the Track16 cable.

The Track16 interface will ship in Q3, 2012, priced MSRP $595 USD.

More information: MOTU / Track16

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eaReckon updates BloXpander to v1.3.0

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eaReckon BloXpander

eaReckon has updated its BloXpander VST host for Windows to version 1.3.0.

This VST host has been designed to meet the requirements of musicians and sound engineers in live situations. As a serious musician, you surely need a complete DAW to record your music, but when you are in front of your audience, it may be easier to use something dedicated to live situations.

And during live situations, the access to your instruments and effects must be fast and intuitive. The adjustment of these must be done efficiently, and the necessary software sub layers running on your computer should not be your concern when it comes to play or produce music.

Changes in BloXpander v1.3.0

  • MIDI Improvements:
    • Tempo tap and tempo value can be controlled via MIDI.
    • Manual edition of MIDI assignments. A control type (switch, knob, …) can also be selected for a better interpretation of incoming messages.
    • Insert mutes are now controllable from the “Main Controller” in “Basic” mode.
    • New “Omni” MIDI input option (input slots).
    • New “Programs map” feature (MIDI Input Panel).
    • This new functionality can be used to send Bank Select and/or Program change and/or All Notes Off MIDI messages to inserts or MIDI outputs.
    • The programs map is a “per BloXPander channel” / “per MIDI channel” / “per target (insert or MIDI out)” feature. Programs map are saved with scenes and subscenes and can be used to quickly manage external MIDI devices or VST samplers/romplers.
  • Audio Improvements:
    • New “per channel” output modes. Four output modes are available on each channel:
      • Stereo (default)
      • Mono (a mono mix is sent to both left and right channels)
      • Mono Mix to One Channel (a mono mix is sent to one of the left and right channels)
      • Only One Channel (one of the left and right channels is just muted)
    • New Option: “Process Muted Inserts”.
    • At the cost of an increased CPU usage of muted inserts, these latter still process audio while they are muted in order to avoid unwanted residual audio when they are un-muted.
  • Fixed bugs:
    • Some plugins provide an option to change the arrangement of their outputs (number of outputs, mono, stereo, …). When loading a scene featuring assigned “Multi-outputs”, BloXpander now checks for changes in plugins’ IO.
    • New workarounds implemented to improve compatibility with some 3rd party plugins.

BloXpander for Windows is available to purchase for 69 EUR.

More information: eaReckon

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Universal Audio announces Apollo audio interface

Universal Audio has announced Apollo, a high-resolution audio interface that combines UA’s analog design heritage with esteemed UAD Powered Plug-Ins in a sleek, elegant recording system for Mac and PC.

Universal Audio Apollo

With Apollo, music producers and performers can finally track through UAD Powered Plug-Ins in real time, via a professional 18 x 24 FireWire/Thunderbolt™-ready audio interface that delivers class-leading 24-bit/192 kHz sound quality.

“Apollo is the culmination of 10 years of analog and digital audio development here at UA,” said Bill Putnam Jr., Universal Audio founder. “In many ways, it’s brought the analog and digital sides of our company together. With Apollo, we’re delivering the sound, feel, and flow of analog recording with all the conveniences of modern digital equipment, including next-generation Thunderbolt technology.”

Apollo is, first and foremost, a well-built, high-resolution audio interface, featuring premium mic preamps and top-end converters to deliver the lowest THD and highest dynamic range in its class. Its Core Audio and ASIO* drivers ensure compatibility with all major DAWs, including Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, Live, and more. Moreover, Apollo’s Console application and companion Console Recall plug-in (VST/AU/RTAS) provide control and recall of all interface and UAD plug-in settings within individual DAW sessions, even months and years later.

Apollo features

  • 18 x 24 FireWire/Thunderbolt™-ready audio interface for Mac and PC*.
  • Realtime UAD Processing for low-latency (sub-2ms) tracking and mixing w/ UAD Powered Plug-Ins**.
  • Premium mic preamps, top-end converters, and uncompromising analog design.
  • Front-panel controls for all commonly used features.
  • Full recall of interface and UAD plug-in settings within DAW sessions via Console Recall plug-in (VST/RTAS/AU).
  • 8 analog inputs: 4 digitally controlled analog mic preamps; 8 balanced line inputs; 2 front-panel JFET DIs.
  • 14 analog outputs: 8 balanced line outs; 2 digitally-controlled analog monitor outs; 2 dedicated stereo headphone outs.
  • 10 channels of digital I/O: 8 channels of ADAT; 2 channels S/PDIF; Wordclock I/O.
  • Dual FireWire 800 ports (standard).
  • Thunderbolt I/O Option Card for connectivity to new Macs and PCs (card sold separately) †.
  • Available in DUO Core and QUAD Core processor models.
  • Includes “Analog Classics”.
  • plug-ins: LA-2A Classic Audio Leveler, 1176LN Limiting Amplifier, and Pultec EQP-1A Program Equalizer.

The Apollo High-Resolution Audio Interface will be available in both DUO CORE and QUAD CORE processing formats (with either two or four Analog Devices SHARC processors, respectively). Apollo will be shipping in the first quarter of 2012, with an estimated street price of $1,999 (DUO processing model) and $2,499 (QUAD processing model). Apollo’s Thunderbolt Option Card will be shipping in the first half of 2012, with an ESP of $499 USD.

More information: Universal Audio / Apollo

* Compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 and 10.7; Windows 7 support coming Summer 2012.
** All trademarks are recognized as property of their respective owners. Individual UAD Powered Plug-Ins sold separately.
†Thunderbolt I/O option card coming Summer 2012.

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