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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

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

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

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

Steinberg announces Cubase 7 and Cubase Artist 7

Steinberg Cubase 7

Steinberg has announced the upcoming releases of Cubase 7 and Cubase Artist 7.

Coming on December 5, 2012, Steinberg is already presenting the unique solutions and enhancements within the latest incarnations of Cubase, the most advanced music production system today.

With an array of Virtual Studio Technology (VST) instruments and effects plus production tools employed by producers around the world, Cubase 7 and Cubase Artist 7 now include the new MixConsole mixer, the newly developed channel strip, Chord Track, significant workflow improvements and integration, new content and much more.

“This time around we focused in on one of the primary features in Cubase: the mixing. The result is the entirely new MixConsole, with never-before-seen transparency, fidelity, and functionality. Thanks to the built-in channel strip modules and their excellent-sounding EQ and dynamics, the days are finally over when we opened five plug-in windows per track to get the mix going. We also took care of many details that’ll make a big difference in time-critical situations, such as the Remote Control Editor, the redesigned Channel Settings window and the track, channel and plug-in finder. Version 7 is our commitment to the professional community and elevates Cubase to the top of every producer’s wish list,” said Helge Vogt, product marketing lead at Steinberg.

Steinberg Cubase 7
Mixing in Steinberg Cubase 7 with the new MixConsole.

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.

Cubase Artist 7 features

  • Complete music production system, offering a set of superb audio/MIDI recording, editing and mixing tools.
  • Based on proven Steinberg Cubase technology used by professionals around the world.
  • Award-winning 32-bit floating-point Steinberg audio engine with up to 192 kHz, flexible routing and full automatic delay compensation.
  • Supports 128 MIDI and 64 simultaneous audio tracks .
  • Includes 8 outstanding virtual instruments with over 2,400 presets, including HALion Sonic SE workstation, Padshop granular synth and Retrologue virtual analog synth, LoopMash 2 plus the MPC-style Groove Agent ONE drum machine.
  • Comes with a suite of 46 audio and 18 MIDI VST effect processors, including Pitch Correct for vocal intonation correction, VST Amp Rack guitar tone suite, Brickwall Limiter and Tube Compressor.
  • Chord Track facilitates working with chords in a project context.
  • Streamlined score editing feature set.
  • MediaBay file and preset management system .
  • Project Assistant with dozens of common templates helps getting started quickly.
  • Cross-platform 32/64-bit for Windows and Mac OS X Intel.

The Cubase 7 and Cubase Artist 7 full retail versions are available from resellers and through the Steinberg Online Shop from December 5, 2012. The suggested retail price for Cubase 7 is 599 EUR and 299 EUR for Cubase Artist 7. Prices including German VAT.

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

Blakus updates free pocketBlakus solo cello for Kontakt to v1.6

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Blakus has updated the pocketBlakus solo cello sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt to version 1.6.

pocketBlakus is a sampled, expressive solo cello virtual instrument for Kontakt 4.2.4 or higher (v.1.6). There is also a version available for HALion (v.1.5).

Blakus pocketBlakus

Changes in pocketBlakus v1.6 (Kontakt)

  • Completely new GUI (graphical user interface), where you can adjust settings for Attack, Release, Noises Vol & Amount (finger noises), Round Robin (Cycle and Random), Legato / Polyphonic wwitch, Legato Preset, Velocity Curve, and Credits.
  • Legato improvement with smoother legato transitions in the L-Legato preset, and simulated portamento transitions for both L-Legato and B-Legato presets were added.
  • Additional release samples for both dynamic layers, fixed the issue with release samples triggering on note beginnings. Release samples are not triggered after the samples naturally end anymore, so you don’t hear the “release noise” twice. The attack of Release Samples is affected by CC1 position, so they start smoother when you release a quieter note with low CC1 position.
  • Keyboard Colors: unused keys are black, the keys of the cello range are blue and the keyswitches are yellow.
  • Keyswitch notes are one octave higher, so they don’t interfere with the (hopefully extending) cello range.
    • C6 – Switch between Legato and Polyphonic mode
    • D6 – Switch between L-Legato and B-Legato preset
    • E6 – Turn on/off Round Robin script
  • CC1 (Mod wheel) Default Value of CC1 changed from 0 to 127, so when you load a patch, you don’t have to move CC1 up to hear the cello in it’s full volume.

The pocketBlakus is available to download for Kontakt and HALion at no charge.

More information: pocketBlakus

SampleTekk releases Virginal sample library

SampleTekk Virginal

SampleTekk has announced the release of Virginal, a sample library for Kontakt, EXS24, HALion, and NN-XT.

A virginal is a smaller and simpler rectangular form of the harpsichord with only one string per note running more or less parallel to the keyboard on the long side of the case.

The heyday of the virginals was the latter half of the 16th century to the later 17th century until the high baroque period.

The sample library costs $12 USD. Until December 1st, 2012, all sample SampleTekk products are 50% off in a Winter Sale.

More information: SampleTekk / Virginal

Steinberg releases Absolute VST instrument collection

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Steinberg Absolute

Steinberg has announced the release of Absolute, a VST instrument collection comprising the HALion Sonic workstation, the Hypnotic Dance, Triebwerk and Dark Planet instruments alongside the Retrologue virtual-analog and Padshop Pro granular synthesizers.

HALion Sonic combines a high-quality sample library with a powerful sampling and synthesis engine that unfolds infinite possibilities for sound generation. Featuring synthesizer programs and presets for contemporary productions, Hypnotic Dance, Triebwerk and Dark Planet complement HALion Sonic’s library and as a completely new feature now also run independently as full blown instruments within VST and AU hosts. Retrologue is a virtual-analog synthesizer while Padshop Pro is Steinberg’s latest achievement in bringing granular synthesis to the world of VST.

“Absolute is the epitome of what Steinberg offers regarding synthesized sounds. With the entire collection running on your computer, an infinite palette of sounds is at your fingertips,” commented Matthias Quellmann, Steinberg’s product marketing manager for VST instruments. “It’s going to take a while for users to comprehend the sheer magnitude of it all,” Quellmann added.

Absolute VST Instrument Collection features

  • 6 high-quality VST instruments comprising thousands of presets:
    • HALion Sonic is Steinberg’s premier VST workstation, featuring the latest sampling and synthesis technologies, a world-class library and an intelligent user interface that excels in the studio as well as on stage.
    • Padshop Pro introduces a new way of granular sound design. Get yourself ready for out-of-this-world atmospheres and far-out effects.
    • Zero Gravity is the exceptional expansion pack for Padshop Pro and comes with 250 new presets and a fully loaded new SoftGrain Wave ROM.
    • Retrologue offers old-school analog synth sounds and biting sonic blocks and is ideal for creating fat and funky lead and bass sounds.
    • Hypnotic Dance is a treasure trove for electronic music producers with solid bass lines, cutting leads and beautifully textured pads.
    • Triebwerk is the go-to choice for club-worthy dance sounds including soaring synths, four-to-the-floor drum kits and queasy vocals.
    • Dark Planet is best suited for cinematic scores and musical excursions, comprising creepy sounds, shattering loops and eerie instruments.
  • VST 3, VST 2 and AU host compatibility.
  • Cross-platform 32/64-bit for Windows and Mac OS X Intel.
  • Steinberg USB-eLicenser included.

The Absolute VST instrument collection is available to purchase for 299 EUR, including German VAT.

Steinberg is offering users of Cubase 6.5 and Cubase Artist 6.5 a download version of the Absolute VST instrument collection. This version includes the upgrade to Padshop Pro, not the Padshop Pro full version, excludes Retrologue and the USB-eLicenser, and requires the HALion Sonic Trial DVDs included in the Cubase 6.5 and Cubase Artist 6.5 retail boxes. This offer is available exclusively through the Steinberg Online Shop for 249 EUR, including German VAT.

More information: Steinberg / Absolute VST instrument collection