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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

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Renoise v2.8.0 Final released (incl. full 64-bit support)

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Renoise

Cross-platform music production software Renoise has been updated to version 2.8.0 final.

Renoise is a complete, expandable Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) with a refreshing twist. It lets you record, compose, edit, process and render production-quality audio using a tracker-based approach. It features a wide range of built-in audio processors, alongside support for all commonly used virtual instrument and effect plug-in formats.

Changes in Renoise v2.8.0

  • Full 64-bit support
    • 64-bit versions for all platforms: Windows, OSX and Linux.
    • Plug-in bridge allows 32-bit plug-ins to be used within 64-bit Renoise.
    • Full Rewire 64-bit support.
  • Reworked Pattern Maxtrix with Slot Aliases
    • Alias individual pattern slots in the matrix, i.e. treat them like clips.
    • Edit one slot and have changes propagate to all other aliases.
    • Quickly clone or alias slots by dragging their edges.
    • Use section headers to group parts of the song together.
  • Track Groups & Collapsing
    • Group tracks into logical units, collapse them for better overview.
    • Flexible routing of group tracks.
    • Collapsed tracks use minimal space, while still providing a quick overview.
    • Pattern effects in groups will affect all member tracks simultaneously.
    • Automatically collapse all tracks except the one you are focussing on.
    • Color code tracks with adjustable background colors.
  • DSP Effects and Meta Devices
    • New DSP Multitap delay for spaced out filtered echo madness.
    • New DSP Repeater for st-st-st-stuttery goodness.
    • New DSP Exciter to make your mixes sparkle.
    • New Meta Mixer allowing blending of modulation signals into one output.
    • Improved EQs with bigger graphs and all values can be automated.
    • Improved Send devices, which can now be individually panned.
    • New and improved crossover filters for the Multi Send device.
  • Sample Editor
    • Left & right channels can be edited separately.
    • Zoom level & current selection are remembered per sample.
    • Significantly faster sample loading.
    • Destructively render slices to individual samples.
    • Improved keyboard and mouse selection handling.
    • Improved marker and waveform display visibility.
    • New and improved processing tools (mute selection, insert silence, invert phase, swap stereo channels and cross-fading loop creator).
  • Improved Spectrum View
    • New Phase Correlation Meter in Phase Scope.
    • Side-by-side comparison of two tracks in the spectrum view.
    • New drawing modes: Filled Curve, Bar and Spectrogram.
    • Configurable frequency scaling, precision, peak fall rate, and slope.
  • Pattern Effects
    • Pattern effects in the master or group tracks will affect all member tracks.
    • Up to 34 DSP devices can be addressed via pattern commands 1xyy-Yxyy.
    • New pattern effects: Tremolo, Auto Pan, Set Envelope Position.
    • Logical mnemonics for pattern effects from A to Z instead of cryptic numbers.
  • Performance Improvements
    • Hyper-threading support for new Intel i5 and i7 CPUs and others.
    • Various audio engine speed optimizations for all platforms.
  • Other Workflow Improvements
    • Graphical BPM/LPB/TPL automation in the Master track.
    • New Favorites system for plug-ins and native DSP devices.
    • Expandable and detachable Envelope Editor.
    • Memorize last used bank/preset paths per plug-in.
    • Automatically name rendered songs/patterns.
    • Right-side modifier keys are no longer hard-coded.
    • Finer control over note distribution when dragging samples into keyzones.
    • Improved color picker with saveable swatches.
    • Context menus overhauled and made more consistent.
  • Under the Hood
    • Quicktime is no longer needed to import MP3 files on Windows.
    • Plug-ins are woken up from auto-suspend when clicking on their windows.
    • Support for mono capture devices on OSX.
    • New Jack implementation on Linux.
    • Trimmed overall memory footprint.
  • Lua Changes
    • Renoise Update Checker and Tools Auto Updater are now part of the default installation.
    • Various new Lua API bindings.

Renoise for Windows, Mac and Linux is available to purchase for 58 EUR (+ VAT for EU customers).

More information: Renoise

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Steinberg releases Cubase 6.5 and Cubase Artist 6.5

Steinberg has announced the release of Cubase 6.5, a significant update to its award-winning music production system.

Steinberg Cubase 6.5

With new VST synthesizers, effects and enhancements that boost productivity and extend the already formidable feature set of Cubase 6, version 6.5 incorporates everything and more to assist musicians, composers and producers in realizing their creative visions within a professional setting.

The mid-priced Cubase Artist version includes the core technologies and tools that make Cubase indispensable for music production. The updates to Cubase 6.5 and Cubase Artist 6.5 include the same new features and capabilities.

“Version 6.5 nicely complements the features of Cubase and Cubase Artist with new synthesizers, fresh effects and production tool improvements our fellow Cubase users will immediately fall in love with,” said Helge Vogt, marketing lead at Steinberg. “Also on board are the long-awaited ReWire 64-bit support, SoundCloud connectivity and FLAC integration. More than that, we’ve added to the VST Amp Rack, with new effects pedals and artist signature presets that’ll give guitarists the fat tone that their guitars deserve,” Vogt added.

Steinberg PadShop / Retrologue
New synths in Cubase 6.5: PadShop and Retrologue

The virtual analog Retrologue and the granular Padshop synthesizers are two brand-new VST instruments introduced in this update. Retrologue features two oscillators, each with a maximum of eight widely detunable voices, one sub and one noise oscillator, alongside 300 presets and sounds. Padshop features two individual layers in granular textures that are mixed and processed with a dozen high-quality filters, modulation and delay effects. Each layer consists of two LFOs, two ADSR envelopes and one oscillator together with new control parameters for generating up to eight grain-streams, plus 400 quality onboard presets for immediate inspiration.

New effects in Cubase 6.5 and Cubase Artist 6.5 are the DJ-EQ, a powerful three-band EQ with frequency kill switches, and MorphFilter, a filter effect for blending between two of the many low, high and band-pass filters. The latest highlights in VST Amp Rack are the new Maximizer and Limiter stompbox effects, plus 50 classic and signature presets from bands the likes of Accept, Emperor and Meshuggah.

Remarkable enhancements have found their way into the 6.5 updates: optimizing the lane comping tool introduces the dedicated Comp tool with easy click-and-drag features as well as the Cleanup Lanes function for resolving overlapping events and the Create Tracks From Lanes function that converts lanes into audio tracks. The marriage between hitpoint and AudioWarp results in enhanced quantization capabilities, such as warp quantizing in the Quantize panel, warp markers from hitpoints and perfectly manageable, non-destructive quantization.
More features new to Cubase and Cubase Artist are SoundCloud connectivity with its Upload Manager for easy dissemination of personal songs. Including the lossless FLAC audio compression codec saves up to 60% disk space when recording audio in real time. Third in line is ReWire 64-bit support and user interface localization in simplified Chinese.

“Cubase 6.5 is a great update to our award-winning DAW. Admittedly, we were planning on introducing Retrologue to the feature set, but we’ve listened intensely to our customer demands and have consequently added the recently announced Padshop VST instrument to Cubase 6.5 as well,” said Frank Simmerlein, marketing director at Steinberg. “This really underlines our approach to customer satisfaction.”

Changes in Cubase 6.5

  • New synths on the block: The brand-new Padshop granular synth and the Retrologue virtual analog synth provide more than 700 extraordinary presets.
  • Supersonic sidekicks: Check out the DJ-EQ and MorphFilter effects and VST Amp Rack 1.5 with new stomp boxes and signature presets made by world-class guitarists.
  • One step closer to perfection: New comping and audio quantizing tools give you the results you want in a more intuitive and faster way.
  • Intercommunication 2.0: Export your mixes directly to SoundCloud, save up to 60% disk space while recording with the new FLAC support and connect ReWire client applications to Cubase in a pure 64-bit environment.

Updates to Cubase 6.5 and Cubase Artist 6.5 are now available for 49.99 EUR. Customers who have activated Cubase / Cubase Artist 6 since January 1, 2012, are eligible for a free, downloadable Grace Period update to the latest version. The Cubase 6.5 and Cubase Artist 6.5 full retail versions are available for a suggested retail price of 599 EUR (Cubase 6.5) / 299 EUR (Cubase Artist 6.5). All prices incl. German VAT.

More information: Steinberg / Cubase

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MuTools releases MuLab 4

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MuTools MuLab 4

MuTools has released MuLab 4, a sound and music production software for Mac OSX and Windows.

MuLab is a top-quality sound and music production system for Mac OSX and Windows, transforming your computer into an inspiring virtual studio. MuLab is an easy, effective and rock-solid tool designed to create, record, and finalize Your Music!

MuLab 4 features

  • Creates, records, edits and plays multi-track audio & MIDI.
  • Flexible tracks and sub-tracks support audio, MIDI and automation parts.
  • Next generation modular architecture.
  • Top-quality uncompromised sound engine.
  • Advanced integration between composer and sound engine.
  • Automation parts let you easily automate any parameter in the modular tree structure, even the deepest nested ones.
  • Effective support for slicing and recycling sampled drum loops.
  • Streamlined and versatile mixing desk.
  • Option for modular routing of all mixer signals resulting in ultimate flexibility.
  • Integrated world-class synths, samplers and effects.
  • New MuSynth workhorse synth/sampler.
  • New hybrid MuDrum module.
  • Deep modular editing lets you build your own synths and effects, including nice front panels.
  • Includes hundreds of inspiring instruments and effect patches.
  • Easy preset file management.
  • Top-quality support for audio & MIDI VST plug-ins.
  • ReWire Master.
  • Multi-session support.
  • Template sessions.
  • Restyled and streamlined user-friendly interface and workflow.
  • Multi-monitor support.
  • Plays on Mac OSX and Windows.

MuLab is available to purchase for 25 EUR (XT) / 75 EUR (UL). A free edition is also available.

More information: Mutools

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MOTU announces Digital Performer 8 (incl. Windows support) + iPad support for CueMix FX

MOTU has unveiled Digital Performer version 8, a major upgrade to their flagship audio workstation software.

MOTU Digital Performer 8
MOTU Digital Performer 8

Recognized throughout the industry as a leading workstation application for Mac, Digital Performer 8 will now be available for both Mac OS X and Windows 7. During in-booth demos, MOTU debuted other significant new features, including a new video playback engine, Punch Guard™ confidence recording, 14 new user interface themes, and 15 new included plug-ins.

“With a long history of firsts, Digital Performer is widely considered to be a leader in audio software technology,” said Jim Cooper, MOTU Director of Marketing. “We are thrilled to bring Digital Performer’s leading role of exceptional performance and innovation to Windows-based recording artists, producers, engineers, remixers, composers and anyone looking for advanced desktop music and audio production.”

DP8 will operate in 32-bit or 64-bit mode on Mac OS X and Windows 7. On Windows, it will support VST plug-ins and Rewire. MOTU demonstrated DP8 running on HP Z Workstations and HP EliteBook Mobile Workstations provided by Hewlett-Packard.

Other new DP8 features

  • Punch Guard™ records an extra four seconds of audio before and after record passes, allowing users to edge-edit in/out points to “uncover” audio material accidentally cut off during recording.
  • DP8′s new video engine allows full-screen viewing of full 720 or 1080 HD video clips on a primary or secondary computer monitor, or on a conventional HDMI or SDI video monitor connected to a MOTU video interface such as the HD Express or HDX-SDI.
  • Digital Performer’s Themes allow users to change the entire look of the software with one click. DP8 adds 14 new themes, including “Hi-Fi”, “Arctic”, and “None More Black”.
  • MOTU demonstrated 15 new plug-ins to be included with DP8, including two new classic guitar amp models, a bass cabinet model, several classic guitar pedals, modeled analog delay, a multi-band dynamic equalizer, a de-esser, the Subkick™ kick drum enhancer, and Springamabob™, a modeled vintage spring reverb processor.

Digital Performer 8 will ship Spring, 2012. Pricing is TBA.

MOTU also demonstrated iPad support for CueMix FX, the mixing and effects processing engine in MOTU’s current line of audio interfaces.

With a simple software update, MOTU audio interface users will be able to control the mixing and processing features in their MOTU interface from OSC-compatible iPad software, which offers graphic, multi-touch control over the hardware’s mixer, EQ, compression and reverb.

iPad support for CueMix will ship as a free software update in Spring, 2012.

More information: MOTU

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Cakewalk announces SONAR X1d update + SONAR X1 Producer Crossgrade

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Cakewalk has announced SONAR X1d, a free update for SONAR X1 Essential, SONAR X1 Studio, SONAR X1 Producer & SONAR X1 Producer Expanded.

Cakewalk SONAR X1d

Cakewalk is committed to ensuring that SONAR X1 customers receive timely updates and feature enhancements. In addition to the four major SONAR X1 updates, Cakewalk has also released a number of QuickFixes designed to address important issues in a timely manner.

“Many of the enhancements are based on direct customer feedback. The entire development team is looking forward to customers receiving these new improvements and feature enhancements,” said Michael Hoover, Executive Vice President of Products.

Changes in SONAR X1d

  • Bug fixes – Various bug fixes based on direct customer feedback. “Customer First” approach ensures highest impact items are given priority. Complete list of fixes will be available upon release.
  • FX Chains update – New “Mod Matrix” feature allows mapping up to four parameters to one knob, and the ability to set control ranges and invert direction. Range control is now graphical, simplifying integration with the new Mod Matrix. The new “Touch Learn” feature speeds mapping of controls.
  • Rewire 64 support– 64-bit versions of SONAR X1d will be natively compatible with 64-bit ReWire applications.
  • V-Studio 700 enhancements – In addition to specific bug fixes , SONAR X1d deeply integrates with the V-Studio 700 via enhanced ProChannel and FXChain integration.
  • Quick Group update– Now provides Quick Group control of virtually every track and bus parameter. Highlights include full ProChannel support and creation, deletion and scrolling of aux sends.
  • Keyboard Shortcut improvements – Updates have been applied to existing shortcut controls, and the keyboard shortcuts preference page now includes a search function. In addition, Key Clusters have been updated to include one-touch ProChannel access and quicker access to snap functions.
  • Usability and UI improvements – Further demonstrating Cakewalk’s commitment to improving customer experience with SONAR X1, the SONAR X1d update includes many usability and interface enhancements. The improvements and enhancements include a Metronome update with beat subdivisions and indented folder tracks in the Track View.
  • NEW! QuadCurve EQ – SONAR X1 Producer Expanded customers will get an updated ProChannel EQ called QuadCurve EQ. The QuadCurve EQ has an improved graph that features helpful labeling and color-coded bands as well as controls that display always visible, embedded values. Existing Gloss EQ modes have been renamed to better describe their function, and a new 4th mode has been added. This new “Hybrid” mode is an asymmetrical, dual-dependency, mode that’s extremely versatile and simultaneously suited for both clinical tasks and tonal shaping.

The SONAR X1d free update for SONAR X1 Essential, SONAR X1 Studio, SONAR X1 Producer & SONAR X1 Producer Expanded will be available mid February via a free download from Cakewalk. The SONAR X1d update requires SONARX1c to be installed.

Cakewalk has also announced the SONAR X1 Producer Crossgrade.

Cakewalk, the world’s leading developer of powerful and easy to use products for music creation and recording, today announces special crossgrade pricing of $299 / € 249*/ £279* inc VAT for SONAR X1 Producer.

This special price offering is for current users of competing software: Users of any version of Avid ProTools, Presonus Studio One, Propellerhead Reason or Record, Steinberg Cubase, and Ableton Live.

More information: Cakewalk

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Renoise 2.8 beta released

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Renoise

The Renoise team has released version 2.8 beta of its Renoise music production software for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Renoise 2.8 adds 64-bit support for all platforms and concentrates on workflow improvements in various aspects: main new features are a revamped Pattern Matrix, collapsible tracks, grouping of tracks, new DSP and meta devices and much much more.

Changes in Renoise 2.8 beta

  • Full 64-bit Support
    • 64-bit versions for all platforms: Windows, OSX and Linux.
    • Plug-in bridge allows 32-bit plug-ins to be used within 64-bit Renoise.
    • Full Rewire 64-bit support.
  • Reworked Pattern Matrix with Slot Aliases
    • Alias individual pattern slots in the matrix, i.e. treat them like clips.
    • Edit one slot and have changes propagate to all other aliases.
    • Quickly clone or alias slots by dragging their edges.
    • Use section headers to group parts of the song together.
  • Track Groups & Collapsing
    • Group tracks into logical units, collapse them for better overview.
    • Flexible routing of group tracks.
    • Collapsed tracks use minimal space, while still providing a quick overview.
    • Pattern effects in groups will affect all member tracks simultaneously.
    • Automatically collapse all tracks except the one you are focussing on.
    • Color code tracks with adjustable background colors.
  • DSP Effects and Meta Devices
    • New DSP Multitap delay for spaced out filtered echo madness.
    • New DSP Repeater for st-st-st-stuttery goodness.
    • New DSP Exciter to make your mixes sparkle.
    • New Meta Mixer allowing blending of modulation signals into one output.
    • Improved EQs with bigger graphs and all values can be automated.
    • Improved Send devices, which can now be individually panned.
    • New and improved crossover filters for the Multi Send device.
  • Sample Editor
    • Left & right channels can be edited separately.
    • Zoom level & current selection are remembered per sample.
    • Significantly faster sample loading.
    • Destructively render slices to individual samples.
    • Improved keyboard and mouse selection handling.
    • Improved marker and waveform display visibility.
    • New and improved processing tools (mute selection, insert silence, invert phase, swap stereo channels and cross-fading loop creator).
  • Improved Spectrum View
    • New Phase Correlation Meter in Phase Scope.
    • Side-by-side comparison of two tracks in the spectrum view.
    • New drawing modes: Filled Curve, Bar and Spectrogram.
    • Configurable frequency scaling, precision, peak fall rate, and slope.
  • Pattern Effects
    • Pattern effects in the master or group tracks will affect all member tracks.
    • Up to 34 DSP devices can be addressed via pattern commands 1xyy-Yxyy.
    • New pattern effects: Tremolo, Auto Pan, Set Envelope Position.
    • Logical mnemonics for pattern effects from A to Z instead of cryptic numbers.
  • Performance Improvements
    • Hyper-threading support for new Intel i5 and i7 CPUs and others.
    • Various audio engine speed optimizations for all platforms.
  • Other Workflow Improvements
    • Graphical BPM/LPB/TPL automation in the Master track.
    • New Favorites system for plug-ins and native DSP devices.
    • Expandable and detachable Envelope Editor.
    • Memorize last used bank/preset paths per plug-in.
    • Automatically name rendered songs/patterns.
    • Right-side modifier keys are no longer hard-coded.
    • Finer control over note distribution when dragging samples into keyzones.
    • Improved color picker with saveable swatches.
    • Context menus overhauled and made more consistent.
  • Under the Hood
    • Quicktime is no longer needed to import MP3 files on Windows.
    • Plug-ins are woken up from auto-suspend when clicking on their windows.
    • Support for mono capture devices on OSX.
    • New Jack implementation on Linux.
    • Trimmed overall memory footprint>.
  • Lua Changes
    • Renoise Update Checker and Tools Auto Updater are now part of the default installation.
    • Various new Lua API bindings.

The Renoise 2.8 beta is now available for registered Renoise users.

More information: Renoise

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