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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

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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

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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

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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

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P5Audio Drop the Bass dubstep construction kits sound library released

P5Audio Drop the Bass

P5Audio has announced the release of Drop the Bass, a collection of dubstep construction kits.

Drop the Bass Dubstep Kits is a huge product containing 5 gigantic song sets, featuring 16 construction loop sets, 30 custom built synths & basses for Native Instruments Kontakt, nearly 40 custom designed Native Instruments Massive® patches, MIDI files and over 50 individual dubstep drum sounds pre-formatted for NI Kontakt, Exs-24, Reason NN-XT, HALion, NI Battery and Sampletank.

Inspired by the hardest hitting Dubstep producers on the charts including Skrillex, Knife Party and more!

Drop the Bass features

  • 5 royalty free song sets, arranged into 16 multitrack loop sets, featuring intros, drops, loops, variations and more.
  • 187 individual loops total, featuring wobbles, vox drops, dirty basses, synth leads, impact hits, risers, sweeps, multi-track drums and more.
  • 57 individual Dubstep WAV drum sounds pre-formatted for NI Kontakt, Exs-24, Reason NN-XT, HALion, NI Battery and Sampletank.
  • 30 custom crafted synths for NI Kontakt, including basses, womps, wobbles, leads and hits.
  • Nearly 40 custom crafted NI Massive® synth patches.
  • Inspired by Doctor P, Flux Pavilion, Knife Party, Porter Robinson and Skrillex.
  • All parts are separated including break beats & drum loops, bass cannons, growls, scream leads, synth leads, vocal fx, wobbles, womps and bass.
  • All tempos and key signatures are provided.
  • Over 2GB of total content provided in Acidized 24 bit WAV, 24 bit Apple Loop and Rex2 formats.
  • 100% Royalty FREE for all music production and commercial use.

The sound library is available to purchase for $39.99 USD.

More information: P5Audio / Drop the Bass

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Steinberg Ultimate Cubase Recording Pack and Cubase Production Studio bundles released

Steinberg has announced the Ultimate Cubase Recording Pack and Cubase Production Studio, two hardware/software bundles consisting of the latest Cubase version and the UR824 interface as well as the latest Cubase Artist version and the UR28M interface.

Steinberg Ultimate Cubase Recording Pack & Production Studio
“Both bundles are really great value for money, providing comprehensive, extremely powerful solutions for music recording and production,” commented Stefan Schreiber, hardware product marketing manager at Steinberg.

The Ultimate Cubase Recording Pack bundles the UR824 rack audio interface together with the latest version of the Cubase music production system. The UR824 interface provides sufficient I/O connectivity and premium sound quality at up to 96 kHz/24-bit resolution. Cubase features a suite of 62 audio effects including the VST Amp Rack guitar rack emulations, 18 MIDI VST effect processors and ten VST instruments, including the HALion Sonic SE workstation with a wealth of instrument sounds, the Padshop granular synthesizer and Retrologue virtual-analog synthesizer.

The Cubase Production Studio comprises the UR28M desktop USB 2.0 audio interface and latest version of Cubase Artist. Featuring plenty of analog inputs and outputs at 96 kHz/24-bit resolution, the UR28M interface offers professional monitoring capabilities while recording in Cubase Artist. Cubase Artist comes with eight VST instruments including HALion Sonic SE, the Padshop granular synthesizer and the Retrologue virtual-analog synthesizer plus 43 audio and 18 MIDI VST effect processors.

“Users interested in purchasing an entire hardware and software recording setup at an exceptional price are well advised to take a closer look at what we are offering here,” Schreiber said further.

Ultimate Cubase Recording Pack features

  • Advanced music production system with unlimited audio, instrument and MIDI tracks.
  • Superb composing, scoring, editing and mixing tools.
  • 24-bit/96 kHz USB 2.0 audio interface with 8 D-PRE Class-A discrete mic preamps.
  • 8 analog in and 8 analog out, 2 pairs of ADAT optical I/O and wordclock I/O.
  • 10 outstanding virtual instruments, 62 high-end audio and 18 MIDI VST effect processors plus latency-free DSP-monitoring with effects.

Cubase Production Studio features

  • Music production system with industry-standard composing, scoring, editing and mixing tools.
  • 128 MIDI and 64 audio tracks with up to 24-bit/96 kHz.
  • 24-bit/96 kHz USB 2.0 audio interface with 2 D-PRE Class-A discrete mic preamps.
  • Digitally controlled monitor level control with Dim, Mono and Mute fed by 3×3 monitoring matrix.
  • Latency-free DSP-powered monitoring with effects.

The Ultimate Cubase Recording Pack and Cubase Production Studio are available priced at 999 EUR and 549 EUR respectively. Prices including German VAT.

More information: Steinberg

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Audiowarrior Kreator sample library for HALion 87% off

Audiowarrior Kreator

Audiowarrior has announced that its Kreator plug-in sample workstation is available at a limited time discount.

Kreator is a massive, 3GB professional softsynth virtual instrument sound module expertly programmed by musicians for recording engineers, filmmakers, broadcasters, game developers, effects artists, and other media professionals. This music production solution has everything you need to make complete songs for music demos, TV, Film, or any audio-visual project—mellotron, acoustic and electric guitars, acoustic studio-drum kits, electronic drum kits, analog synthesizers, acoustic and electric pianos, organs, acoustic and electric basses, sound effects, soundscapes, World percussion—all from one super, easy-access award winning technology of the HALion Player GUI interface.

Easily produce stunning music demos with its on-board DSP and fine-tune your sounds using AmpModeling, WAH-WAH, Speaker Cabinet Modeling, Flanger, Rotary, Chorus, Reverbs, and TalkBox Vowel Modeling—AA, EE, II, OO, UU—accessible directly from its 8 MIDI-Learn SOUND EDIT Controls.

Kreator for HALion is available as a download for $49 USD (MSRP $379 USD).

More information: Audiowarrior

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