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Avid announces IBC 2012 Preview Information—Hall 7, Stand J20

Avid IBC 2012

Avid has announced it will demonstrate the largest range of integrated media production technology the company has ever presented at the IBC 2012 conference and exhibition for professionals engaged in the creation, management and delivery of electronic media and entertainment content worldwide.

Avid is featuring new and upgraded solutions for advanced asset-based workflows spanning distributed production, multi-platform distribution, server and storage, and video editing/audio mixing solutions, demonstrating how customers in news, sports, TV, and post-production can make the most of their media, achieve their creative vision and improve their productivity.

Show highlights:

  • The European debut of Avid’s cloud-based, real-time, remote editing solution, Interplay® Sphere, and details of early customer adopters.
  • The newest developments to Avid’s asset-based workflow solutions including a new Avid Interplay MAM solution package; Interplay Central cloud-enabled web and mobile tools; Interplay Production asset manager; Avid iNEWS® release, and the AirSpeed® 5000 video server.
  • New enhancements to Avid’s suite of industry-leading creative video and audio editing tools, including Avid Media Composer®, Symphony®, NewsCutter®, DS and Pro Tools®.

The IBC 2012 takes place at the Amsterdam RAI, the Netherlands, from September 7th to 11th, 2012. Find Avid’s booth at Hall 7.J20.

More information: Avid at IBC 2012


Steinberg launches crossgrade offer for Nuendo Live users

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Steinberg Nuendo 5 Crossgrade

Steinberg has announced a worldwide crossgrade offer that allows users of Nuendo Live to purchase Nuendo 5 at a 15% discount.

“Nuendo is the logical step forward for Nuendo Live customers keen to create a fully integrated live and studio production setup. By offering this crossgrade, we’re helping our valued customers establish seamless links in the chain of audio production,” commented Timo Wildenhain, Nuendo product marketing manager at Steinberg.

Nuendo Live features an efficient user interface that observes the single-window concept without unnecessary options to avoid clutter and streamline processes. Also providing an unlimited number of recording channels, Nuendo Live comes with EBU standard RIFF 64 Broadcast Wave File and multitrack output option for virtual soundchecks. Dedicated live tools include its record panel displaying essential recording information and many more great features, such as seamless integration with Yamaha CL consoles.

Nuendo 5 boasts an ADR toolset with advanced take and marker handling, EDL import and Clip Packages for easily archiving, previewing and retrieving audio file clusters. Multitrack editing tools, grouping events and editing across multiple lanes are eminently convenient alongside reworked transient hitpoint detection and phase-stable audio quantization to expedite workflows. Also included are more than 70 VST 3 plug-ins, such as the Nuendo Post-Filter and Surround Panner, this being part of the comprehensive surround features that have been the hallmark of the Nuendo audio engine since its inception. Further recording and mixing capabilities round out the extensive feature set in Nuendo.

Steinberg have also released their latest maintenance update for Nuendo 5, version 5.5.4, to ensure project compatibility between Nuendo and Nuendo Live.

The crossgrade offer is available at a suggested retail price of 1,529 EUR including German VAT.

More information: Steinberg / Nuendo 5 Crossgrade


Sony Creative Software releases SpectraLayers Pro

Sony SpectraLayers Pro

Sony Creative Software has introduced its SpectraLayers Pro, advanced audio spectrum editor for Windows and Mac.

SpectraLayers is an extraordinary audio editing platform that features unprecedented sound shaping capabilities combined with a truly unique workflow. Explore audio data on a multidimensional spectral display. Unmix audio files into discrete component layers using a variety of smart editing tools. Process extracted layers individually in an unlimited number of ways.

SpectraLayers is an essential application for engineers, sound designers, audio-for-video editors, archivists, and professionals who demand the deepest audio analysis tools. SpectraLayers brings today’s most advanced editing tools to an eminently affordable and approachable platform—available for both Mac and PC.

Sony SpectraLayers Pro
Extracting frequencies with Sony’s SpectraLayers Pro.

SpectraLayers Pro features

  • Extreme Audio Editing
    • Divide audio files into discrete, user-defined layers that can be processed independently and reintegrated to achieve perfect master files.
    • Remove unwanted noises and artifacts with ease while leaving surrounding audio data completely intact.
    • Separate music and dialogue into individual component layers.
    • Perform pitch correction on user-selected components of an audio file.
    • Employ SpectraLayers in audio mastering, sound design, analysis, and forensics tasks.
    • All tools are modifiable using a wide range of user-definable sensitivities and tolerances.
  • Extraction Tools — Extract audio into independent layers using intelligent, programmable tools:
    • Area — select any audio for transfer from directly within the spectrum graph.
    • Frequency — track frequencies and transfer them directly to selected layers.
    • Harmonics — seek and select harmonics in user-defined amounts and orders.
  • Modification Tools — Operate directly on waveform spectra to perform precise, creative edits:
    • Amplify
    • Clone
    • Erase
  • Creation Tools — Create sound directly in the SpectraLayers interface:
    • Frequency
    • Noise
  • Fidelity / Flexibility
    • 32-bit 96 kHz capable.
    • SpectraLayers provides seamless file transfer to Sound Forge Pro and other audio editing programs.

SpectraLayers Pro is available to purchase for Windows and Mac, starting at $374.95 USD.

More information: Sony / SpectraLayers Pro


Steinberg releases Nuendo Live

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Steinberg Nuendo Live

Steinberg has announced the release of Nuendo Live, a dedicated live recording software solution for recording engineers, production houses and rental and staging companies. Based on the award-winning Nuendo audio workstation, Nuendo Live’s sole purpose is to deliver the very best in multitrack recording to live professionals.

Nuendo Live features an efficient user interface that observes the single-window concept without unnecessary options to avoid clutter and streamline processes. Dedicated live tools include its record panel displaying all the essential recording information, such as timecode, recording length and remaining disk space, a 60-second pre-record buffer and auto-save ensures that every second of each recording is always stored away in the background. Tracks are created on startup and armed simultaneously while easy marker track management helps to create markers on the fly.

Premium sound quality is guaranteed by the widely acclaimed Steinberg Audio Engine, bringing out the finest nuances of any live performance owing to its 32-bit floating-point resolution.

Integrating seamlessly with Yamaha CL consoles, Nuendo Live displays all the CL console’s channels with intricacies that include color schemes and many more. In addition, users can remote control Nuendo Live by using the console’s touchscreen.

Nuendo Live provides an unlimited number of recording channels, EBU standard RIFF 64 Broadcast Wave File and multitrack output option for virtual soundchecks. Rounding out the comprehensive feature set are basic editing functionality and 64-bit support for Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.7 systems.

Steinberg Nuendo Live
Steinberg’s Nuendo Live user interface showing the project window.

Nuendo Live 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 compatibility for post-production .
  • 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 to purchase for a suggested retail price of 329 EUR (download) / 349 EUR (boxed). Prices including German VAT.

More information: Steinberg / Nuendo Live


Steinberg offers WaveLab 7 Crossgrade Deal for BIAS Peak users

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Steinberg has announced a bargain deal on a time-limited 50% off crossgrade offer for BIAS Peak customers to switch to the acclaimed WaveLab 7 audio editing and mastering suite.

Steinberg WaveLab Crossgrade
BIAS Peak customers can get WaveLab 7 or WaveLab Elements 7 at a 50% discount.

“We deeply regret that such an acclaimed software product like Peak has ceased to be,” said Frank Simmerlein, director of marketing at Steinberg. “We feel that many Mac users currently running Peak might find a new home with WaveLab, hence our crossgrade offer at an exceptional price.”

WaveLab belongs to the very first mastering applications available and is today’s industry-standard for mastering, audio editing and restoration. Employed as the number one audio editing and mastering application in music studios, mastering facilities and broadcast stations, WaveLab perfectly meets the demands of both professional engineers and home musicians with its impressive set of features.

The crossgrade offer is available until October 31st, 2012. Eligible for this offer are users of BIAS Peak Studio XT 7, BIAS Peak Pro XT 6, BIAS Peak Studio 7, BIAS Peak Pro 6, BIAS Peak Studio LE 7 and BIAS Peak LE 6.

Crossgrades to WaveLab 7 are 299 EUR, crossgrades to WaveLab Elements 7 are 49.99 EUR. Prices including German VAT.

More information: Steinberg / WaveLab Crossgrade


i3 releases DSP-Quattro 4 – Audio editing, recording & CD mastering for Mac

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i3 has released version 4 of DSP-Quattro, the audio editor/audio CD mastering application with extended real-time and off-line support of AU/VST plug-ins for MacOS X.

i3 DSP-Quattro 4

A new major update of DSP-Quattro, the version 4, is now available for the download. This new major version introduces a lot of important new features and improvements.

There is a new graphic Cut Editor which offers the maximum flexibility doing click-free cut&paste of audio waveforms, allowing you to draw x-fades curves by yourself. There is an astonishing built-in de-clicker tool for audio restoration, side by side with a new pencil tool to re-draw waveforms by hand, and also a very useful gain tool to manually lower transients by a real-time graphic control.

Moreover, new High Quality Time Stretching and Frequency Shifting algorithms are built-in in version 4, there is a new graphic editor for Fade-In/Outs, up to 4 Aux busses to address outputs, user configurable key commands, unlimited number of effx slots to insert plug-ins, a new internal ‘plug-in’ module to address external audio hardware for external audio processing… and much more!

DSP-Quattro 4.0 is now available to purchase for 75 EUR / $99 USD. Owners of version 2.x or 3.x can upgrade to version 4.x for 15 EUR / $19 USD. Those who purchased a 3.x license after the March 1st 2012, can upgrade to version 4 at no cost.

More information: i3 DSP-Quattro


Steinberg updates Nuendo to v5.5.3

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Steinberg Nuedno

Steinberg has updated its post-production digital audio workstation Nuendo to version 5.5.3.

Steinberg is elated to release Nuendo 5.5.3, the latest update to its advanced post-production system. The updated version features an enhanced lane comping functionality, a more intuitive approach to multitrack quantizing, ReWire 64-bit support and Chinese language support.

The comprehensive update is now available free of charge from the Steinberg website. For detailed information on all fixes and enhancements, please check the corresponding version history on the download page.

New in Nuendo v5.5.3

  • Lane Comping improvements – Nuendo 5.5’s comprehensive lane comping system has been improved once again. Tailored closely to the requests of our professional users in audio and post-production, the comping workflow has been streamlined by a dedicated Comp tool
  • Multitrack warp quantizing – Nuendo 5.5.3 fuses the hitpoint and AudioWarp system and embeds warp quantizing directly into the dedicated quantize panel. By creating warp markers straight from hitpoints, single audio loops or the entire arrangement can be non-destructively quantized with a single mouse click.
  • ReWire 64bit support – Nuendo 5.5.3 now connects your favorite ReWire client applications in a pure 64-bit environment under Windows and Mac OS X!
  • Ni hao ma? – Nuendo 5.5.3 is the first Nuendo version ever to provide the entire user interface in simplified Chinese. We welcome our Chinese-speaking friends around the world!

Nuendo for Windows and Mac is available to purchase for 1,799 EUR.

More information: Steinberg / Nuendo