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Detunized introduces Universal Formats

Detunized has announced it is now offering Universal Formats of its sound libraries.

This new category offers sound libraries in several open formats that are easily accessible by numerous audio workstations and software samplers like Reason, Dimension, Kontakt, Halion, Alchemy, Directwave and many others. Each release contains either pure WAV files or preprogrammed patches that comply with the standards of SFZ, SXT, NKI, FXP and EXS formats.

Detunized Universal Formats

Currently the following sound libraries are available in these formats:

  • DTG012 – Forstrasse No. 8 (wav) – Field Recodings
  • DTG027 – Just Water (wav) – Field Recodings
  • DTG029 – Infinite (wav) – Textures
  • DTG035 – City Traffic (wav) – Field Recodings
  • DTG037 – Chropolis (sfz, nki, sxt, exs, fxp) – Hybrid Synthesizers
  • DTG043 – Vox Populi 2 (sfz, nki, sxt, exs, fxp) – Analog Synthesizers
  • DTG045 – Polite 800 (sfz, nki, sxt, exs, fxp) – Hybrid Synthesizers
  • DTG047 – Computer Noises (wav) – Field Recodings

Universal Formats will be expanded weekly with further releases of analog and digital synthesizers, field recordings, pianos, textures, keys and more.

More information: Detunized / Universal Formats

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SKYLIFE releases SampleRobot Single-X for OS X & updates SampleRobot products to v4.51

SKYLIFE has announced the release of SampleRobot Single-X for Mac OS X.

With SampleRobot Single-X musicians and sound designers can create professional sample sets and transfer their instruments easily to the digital domain. One can also turn virtual instruments into multi-samples for hardware sample players and workstations.

SampleRobot Single-X offers a lot of sophisticated sampling and auto-loop features from his award-winning brother SampleRobot Pro. Single-X stands for „Single Export Format“ and is appropriate if using mostly one sampler type and therefore only one export format is needed.

These different export format options are available: Wave, Kontakt and Reason, Alchemy, Soundfont 2, Blofeld, HALion, WusikStation, SFZ / Dimension

For precise audio loop editing and advanced auto processing SampleRobot Single-X can be combined with SKYLIFE WaveRobot as an upgrade.

SampleRobot Single-X
SampleRobot Single-X now includes installers for Apple OS X (Mountain Lion, Lion & Snow Leopard) as well as Microsoft Windows (8, 7, Vista & XP).

Changes in SampleRobot 4.51

  • New SKYLIFE server connection for registration and online content.
  • Mac: New installers for OS X fully compatible with OS 10.8, including a new framework with many optimizations and speed advantages, streamlined recording processes and path architecture, combined with enhanced support for various audio interfaces.
  • PC: Enhanced support for Windows 8 including a new virtual interface. SampleRobot can be connected to the SKYLIFE SampleRobot Instrument Host which will be released shortly. In conjunction with the SKYLIFE SampleRobot Virtual Cable this virtual interface has the ability to sample virtual instruments and all audio streams that play on the same computer like web radio, music streams and other media data (abiding by relevant copyright laws and license agreements).
    SKYLIFE SampleRobot Virtual Cable + Instrument Host is a discrete product that can be used in conjunction with SampleRobot as well as independently with other applications. The download will be available soon on the SKYLIFE STORE.

SampleRobot Single-X for Windows and Mac is available to purchase for $59 USD / 49 EUR / £39 GBP. A bundle with WaveRobot costs $129 USD / 99 EUR / £85 GBP.

More information: SKYLIFE / SampleRobot Single-X

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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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Steinberg launches Cubase 7 Trial

Steinberg Cubase 7 Trial

Steinberg has announced the immediate availability of a trial version of its acclaimed Cubase 7 advanced music production system.

Cubase 7 Trial is a 30-day trial version, available as download from the Steinberg website and comprises all the features available in Cubase 7, the award-winning digital audio workstation released in December 2012.

Cubase 7 features

  • State-of-the-art music production system used by thousands of professionals around the world.
  • Award-winning 32-bit floating-point Steinberg audio engine with up to 192 kHz, 5.1 surround, flexible routing and full automatic delay compensation.
  • Unlimited audio, instrument and MIDI tracks .
  • Superb composing, editing and mixing features with unparalleled multitrack editing and quantizing, take comping and automation tools.
  • All-new MixConsole provides the ultimate mixing experience with unmatched flexibility and integrated EQ/Dynamics channel strip modules for epic pro-console sound.
  • Comprehensive set of 8 outstanding virtual instruments with over 2,800 sounds, including HALion Sonic SE workstation, Padshop granular synth, Retrologue virtual analog synth, LoopMash 2 and the MPC-style Groove Agent ONE drum machine.
  • Complete suite of 66 high-end audio and 18 MIDI VST effect processors, including VST Amp Rack guitar tone suite, REVerence convolution reverb, Voxengo CurveEQ and many more.
  • VariAudio for MIDI-style note editing of monophonic audio tracks and automatic voicing harmonization and auto-tuning effect.
  • Chord Track for easy chord management and re-harmonizing plus intelligent composing assistance for generating beautiful chord sequences.
  • VST Expression 2 for unique instrument articulation management and expression control on single-note level .
  • Professional music notation and score printing.
  • MediaBay file and preset management system.
  • Cross-platform 32/64-bit for Windows and Mac OS X.

The Cubase 7 trial version is now available to download for Windows and Mac. It requires the USB-eLicenser dongle.

More information: Steinberg / Cubase

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Steinberg Cubase 7 and Cubase Artist 7 now shipping

Steinberg has released Cubase 7 and Cubase Artist 7, two new versions of the highly acclaimed Cubase music production system for recording, editing, mixing and producing music to the highest standards.

Steinberg Cubase 7 / Cubase Artist 7

The new mixing facilities feature the MixConsole including full-screen mode and scalability plus Channel Zones, A/B comparison, global bypass on effects and plug-in search for a high level of user customization. The newly developed channel strip comes with several filters, noise gate, the four-band StudioEQ, three compressors, a spectrum analyzer, tube/tape saturation, a brickwall limiter and maximize. The Channel Settings window is redesigned to provide easy access to all channel parameters, such as input metering and routing assignments, alongside the Remote Control Editor for easy mapping of plug-in parameters to external controllers. Also available in Cubase 7 are Voxengo’s CurveEQ, EBU R128 standard compliant loudness metering and the latest version of MixConvert.

Other musical highlights in Cubase 7 are Chord Track, a dedicated track for identifying the music’s harmony structure and providing chord and scale information to both MIDI and audio tracks processed with VariAudio, and these in return automatically follow any harmonic adjustments in Chord Track. VariAudio is exclusively available in Cubase and now runs hand in hand with Chord Track for editing multiple parts within a single editor and harmonizing lead vocals in choral arrangements, while Chord Assistant bridges chords and generates harmonic chord progressions. Hermode tuning is included in both Cubase 7 and Cubase Artist 7. Newly introduced samples, loops and presets round out the extensive spectrum of sounds.

More features and enhancements focus around the performance of Cubase. ASIO-Guard improves stability and prevents data dropouts, while the-start mode disables user preferences temporarily. Finding tracks and channels in large projects is facilitated through the keyword-oriented search engine. MemZap stores positions and zoom factors within the project at any particular time. The Steinberg Hub comprises an enhanced Project Assistant plus additional information services, such as news and a regularly updated list of video tutorials. For peer-to-peer collaboration in real time, VST Connect SE features talkback and chat functionality as well as video and audio streaming over the Internet.

The Cubase 7 and Cubase Artist 7 are available to purchase for the suggested retail price of 599 EUR / 299 EUR respectively. Prices including German VAT. Various boxed and downloadable updates and upgrades are also available from resellers and through the Steinberg Online Shop.

Customers who have activated Cubase 6.5 and Cubase Artist 6.5 since October 25, 2012, are eligible for a free, downloadable Grace Period update to the latest version.

More information: Steinberg / Cubase

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Steinberg releases Neo Soul Keys electric piano by Gospel Musicians

Steinberg Neo Soul Keys

Steinberg has announced the release of Neo Soul Keys, a virtual electric piano combining amazingly authentic sampling with Steinberg’s acclaimed HALion technology.

Recreating the sound of one of the most popular electric pianos of the past, Neo Soul Keys brings the vintage keyboard sound to the musician’s fingertips.

“Neo Soul Keys takes virtual e-pianos to a new level! It’s amazing just how authentic and vivid the play and feel of this instrument has become,” remarked Matthias Quellmann, product marketing manager at Steinberg.

In collaboration with Gospel Musicians, Neo Soul Keys offers users a unique and authentic-sounding e-piano experience. Based on the powerful HALion engine and sampled with 12 velocity layers for sustain, release and staccato notes, the Neo Soul Keys virtual electric piano features sound quality and playability on par with the real world.

Employing the acclaimed VST Amp Rack technology first introduced to Steinberg’s Cubase 6 production software, Neo Soul Keys features six different amp types and a comprehensive set of high-class studio effects, such as vibrato, tube distortion, flanger, phaser, chorus, delay, reverb and wah. Also included are bell, pedal and key noises to reproduce all aspects of piano sound plus more than 40 presets that allow users instantly to hone in on various timbres.

Steinberg Neo Soul Keys
Neo Soul Keys can be used as a plug-in in every VST 3, VST 2 and AU compatible host as well as library expansion in HALion Sonic, HALion Sonic SE and HALion 4.

Neo Soul Keys features

  • Faithful sampling of original Mark I suitcase piano with multiple velocity layers of sustain, release and staccato notes.
  • Elaborate interface for direct access and intuitive workflows.
  • VST Amp simulation with 6 different classic amp types.
  • Premium effect section including tube distortion, chorus, flanger, phaser, delay, reverb and virtual wah pedal.
  • Vintage modeled vibrato with intensity and speed control.
  • Realistic sounds with level controls for bell, pedal and key noises.
  • Authentic bass, mid and treble boost to recreate the original sound.
  • Adjustable velocity curves for individual playing behavior.
  • Dedicated “bark” samples for classic grit sounds for authentic vintage sounds.
  • Virtual microphone simulation with axis and off-axis positioning, and condensed and tube microphone types.
  • MIDI Learn and automation functions for all parameters.
  • VST 3, VST 2 and AU host compatibility as standalone plug-in.
  • Full accessibility in HALion Sonic (1.6.2 or higher), HALion Sonic SE and HALion (4.5.3 or higher).
  • Cross-platform 32/64-bit for Windows and Mac OS X.

Neo Soul Keys is available as download through the Steinberg Online Shop, priced at 79.99 EUR including German VAT.

More information: Steinberg / Neo Soul Keys

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Steinberg announces Nuendo 6

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Steinberg has announced the upcoming release of Nuendo 6, the latest and most powerful iteration of Steinberg’s state-of-the-art production environment tailored to post and audio production studios.

Steinberg Nuendo 6

Timo Wildenhain, product marketing manager at Steinberg, commented: “Nuendo 6 is the culmination of many months of research, development and cooperation. With great new features like our new mixing console, IOSONO’s Anymix Pro, loudness metering and the complete ADR taker solution, we’re sure to have addressed the ever changing needs of Nuendo post-professionals around the globe.”

Among the new features presented in Nuendo 6 is the entirely new mixing console with full-screen mode and scalability, including Insert View for displaying activated insert slots, plug-in and channel search and integrated Control Room. Also on board is the brand-new channel strip boasting high-pass and low-pass filters, a noise gate that supports sidechaining, various compressors and a brickwall limiter. Nuendo 6 comes with the newly designed Channel Settings window providing immediate access to channel parameters, MixConvert v6 for individual downmixing in unprecedented quality and Voxengo’s 64-band CurveEQ. With the IOSONO Anymix Pro 1.3 plug-in, Nuendo 6 now provides automatic EQ and loudness adjustments to surround sound signal panning and allows for quality upmixing up to 8.1 surround sound. Also included are EBU R128 standard compliant loudness metering with RMS metering scales and the Loudness Lane for writing the loudness curve on an individual track while Nuendo’s new ADR taker system offers a comprehensive solution for ADR and language dubbing. Other additions are MemZap to store and recall zoom settings and positioning within the project, VST Connect SE for collaborating over the Internet and Remote Control Editor for easy mapping of effect and instrument parameters to external controllers. Remote Control Editor supports Avid System 5 MC, Avid Artist Series, Mackie Control, WK-Audio ID Console, Yamaha DM2000 and many more. A redesigned user interface, VariAudio 2.0, ASIO-Guard with drop-out prevention algorithms to guarantee optimum performance and a 1.5 GB library by Pro Sound Effects ranging from animal to war effect sounds complement the wealth of features newly introduced to the Nuendo 6 advanced post and audio production system.

Nuendo 6 has been tested on professional HP Z workstations for maximum reliability and certified performance.

Nuendo 6 is at the heart of the Nuage system solution, a novel platform for post-production introduced by Yamaha and Steinberg. The dedicated control surface, audio interface hardware and Nuendo 6 are interlinked to allow for custom configurations.

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. Further additions are Hermode tuning for dynamic retuning in real time, 300 new instrument sounds for HALion Sonic SE and the Retrologue virtual-analog and Padshop granular synthesizers.

Nuendo 6 and the Nuendo 6 Expansion Kit will be available in the first quarter of 2013 at authorized Yamaha resellers and through the Steinberg Online Shop, for a suggested retail price of 1,699 EUR for Nuendo 6 and 249 EUR for the Nuendo 6 Expansion Kit. Prices including German VAT.

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

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