Steinberg intros UR12 audio interface

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Steinberg has announced the UR12, its latest USB 2.0 audio interface, featuring 192 kHz audio quality, class compliant support for the iPad alongside a microphone input with D-PRE preamplifier, one high-impedance line input plus line outputs.

Steinberg UR12

The front side of the UR12 interface comprises one Neutrik XLR connector for microphones, and a high-impedance jack input, each with gain control and peak indicator. The panel also includes a headphones output, a master output volume control together with a direct monitor switch for zero-latency monitoring of the input signal. The rear panel features the analog RCA outputs, one USB 2.0 port and one mini USB port for connecting an optional USB power adapter plus a +48 V phantom power switch on channel 1 and power source selector for both USB ports.

The UR12 guarantees pristine sonic fidelity due to the studio-grade converters that feature a maximum sample rate of 192 kHz and 24-bit resolution alongside the built-in discrete Class-A analog D-PRE microphone preamplifier by Yamaha.

Freely available as download to all UR12 customers, Cubase AI provides a comprehensive set of tools for recording, mixing and editing audio. The UR12 is compatible with other major recording software applications, supports the iPad in class-compliant mode and includes drivers for Windows and OS X systems.

Product marketing manager for hardware, Stefan Schreiber, commented: “Together with Yamaha, we’ve come up with an extremely affordable interface that boasts an impressive feature set. If one adds its portable size, the all-metal casing and superb audio quality to the bill it’s clear that the UR12 is the first choice for mobile setups and small-spaced recording studios.”

The UR12 audio interface will be shipping in January 2015, priced at MSRP 119 EUR, including German VAT.

More information: Steinberg / UR12

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Steinberg unveils Cubase Pro 8 and Cubase Artist 8

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Steinberg has introduced Cubase Pro 8 and Cubase Artist 8, the latest iterations of Steinberg’s music production systems, which combine best audio quality and smooth operation with a sheer endless number of advanced audio and MIDI tools for composition, recording, editing and mixing.

Steinberg Cubase 8

For the past quarter of a century Cubase has been the go-to DAW for many professionals around the world. Today, Cubase delivers a considerably higher performance, puts users more firmly in control, and incorporates more serious tools and innovative technologies than ever before. Adding “Pro” to the biggest version of the latest range represents the evolution of Steinberg’s award-winning music production system.

The new line-up of Cubase witnesses a performance boost owing to its entire audio engine rebuild, extending the buffering ASIO-Guard to improve the audio processing performance for multi-timbral and disk-streaming featured instrument tracks.

Exclusive features of Cubase Pro 8 are VCA faders and virgin territories. The all-new VCA faders emulate the control of channel gain with DC voltage, moving an entire fader group through a single master fader. Taking it a step further is the Combine VCA fader automation feature, which combines the VCA fader automation curve with that of a controlled fader or fader groups. Another addition to automation tools is virgin territories, omitting redundant automation data between automated events.

Both Pro and Artist versions now offer render in-place capability, allowing users to bounce MIDI and audio parts for a more flexible and efficient workflow, offering a wide range of bounce settings.

Cubase Pro 8 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.
  • 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 instruments with over 3,000 sounds, including HALion Sonic SE 2 workstation, Padshop granular synth, Retrologue virtual analog synth, LoopMash 2 and Groove Agent SE 4 drum machine.
  • Complete suite of 73 high-end audio and 18 MIDI VST effect processors, including Quadrafuzz v2, VST Amp Rack and VST Bass Amp guitar and bass tone suites, REVerence convolution reverb, Voxengo CurveEQ and many more.
  • VCA faders for complex mixing and automation workflows, TrackVersions for playlists-like editing, and render in-place for simplified editing tasks.
  • VariAudio for MIDI-style note editing of monophonic audio tracks and automatic voicing harmonization and auto-tuning effect.
  • Chord track and pads 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.

Cubase Artist 8 features

  • Complete music production system, offering a set of superb audio/MIDI recording, editing and mixing tools.
  • 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.
  • MixConsole provides the stellar mixing experience with full flexibility and integrated EQ/Dynamics channel strip modules for epic pro-console sound.
  • 8 outstanding instruments with over 2,600 sounds, including HALion Sonic SE 2 workstation, Padshop granular synth, Retrologue virtual analog synth, LoopMash 2 and the MPC-style Groove Agent SE 4 drum machine.
  • Includes a suite of 53 audio and 18 MIDI VST effect processors, including Pitch Correct for vocal intonation correction and VST Amp Rack and VST Bass Amp guitar and bass tone suites, Quadrafuzz v2 and more!
  • Chord track and chord pads for easy chord composing and management.
  • Thousands of MIDI construction loops as building blocks to create songs in only a few steps.
  • Streamlined score editing feature set.

Cubase Pro 8 and Cubase Artist 8 are available for pre-order from December 3rd, 2014. Shipping begins on December 8th, 2014. The suggested retail price for Cubase Pro 8 is 549 EUR; Cubase Artist 8 is 299 EUR. Prices including German VAT. Various downloadable updates and upgrades are exclusively available through the Steinberg Online Shop from December 3, 2014.

Customers who have activated Cubase 7.5 and Cubase Artist 7.5 since October 15, 2014, are eligible for a free, downloadable Grace Period update to the latest version.

More information: Steinberg / Cubase Pro 8 and Cubase Artist 8

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Steinberg launches Black Friday Sale

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Steinberg Black Friday Sale

Steinberg has launched its Black Friday Sale, offering 50% off selected VST instruments.

There’s no better way to celebrate the Black Friday than to get your hands on our high-quality VST Instruments at an unbelievable price. Gear up your arsenal of instruments with HALion Symphonic Orchestra, Neo Soul Keys, Triebwerk, Dark Planet or Hypnotic Dance and save 50%!

This weekend only! Offer ends on Sunday, November 30.

To take advantage of our Black Friday special sale, go to the Steinberg Online Shop, select your favourite product and enter the following coupon code in the shopping cart:

BLACKWEEKEND14

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Steinberg updates Cubasis for iOS to v1.8.3

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Steinberg Cubasis

Steinberg has released version 1.8.3 of Cubasis, a sequencer app for iOS.

Cubasis is Steinberg’s streamlined, multitouch sequencer for the iPad. Specially designed for quick and easy operation, Cubasis makes recording, editing and mixing a breeze. You can also open your Cubasis projects in Cubase under Windows and OS X! Cubasis places touch-intuitive production tools in your hands, opening up a new world of possibilities for your creativity.

Changes in Cubasis v1.8.3

  • Implements latest Audiobus SDK (v2.1.5).
  • MediaBay folders remember their state.
  • Loading times of projects (subsequent loads) and undo/redo times have been greatly improved.
  • Inserting Cubasis as input and output in Audiobus now works as expected again.
  • Fixes a problem where triggering Cubasis with specific hardware controllers could lead to hanging and missing notes.
  • Fixes an issue where the use of sustain led to hanging notes.
  • Deleted audio events will now be restored correctly when performing Undo or project renaming tasks.
  • Solves a critical issue where performing Undo on an edited audio file could result in data loss.
  • Fixes a problem where trimmed audio events could not be restored to their original state.
  • Cycle playback in audio editor now works as expected.
  • Changing the locator position in the audio editor no longer results in start of playback.
  • Fixes a rare issue where the playback in the audio editor could be started twice simultaneously.
  • Playhead located in audio editor remains in its current position once playback has been stopped.
  • Fixes a graphical issue that appeared at maximum magnification in the audio editor.
  • The audio editor’s rewind button no longer triggers a playhead preview sound.
  • Fixes a problem where selecting no instrument on an audio track renders Cubasis unreliable.
  • Dropping files from the MediaBay onto frozen tracks is no longer possible.
  • Fixes a problem where file renaming with special characters (such as emoticons) could lead to missing audio files.
  • Undo steps remain available once a project has been renamed.
  • Fixes a rare problem where no audio event is created after audio has been recorded.
  • Glueing MIDI parts no longer restores hidden events.
  • Switching from bars to seconds and performing zoom and scroll gestures no longer leads to fade out of the audio editor ruler labels.
  • Several In-App help iOS 8 improvements.
  • Scrolling the In-App help content on devices with iOS 8 now works as expected.
  • Fixes an intermittent issue on devices with iOS 8 where the home button of the In-App help became non-functional.
  • Fixes a rare problem where the Audiobus panel remained empty (app icons and controls were missing).
  • AudioCopy rendered Cubasis unreliable.
  • Use of Undo/redo lead in some cases to loss of audio file data.
  • A problem with the positioning of automation events has been solved.
  • Help typo correction.

The app is available for purchase for $49.99 USD.

More information: Steinberg / Cubasis

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Steinberg releases Metronomic Cinema for Groove Agent 4

Steinberg Metronomic Cinema

Steinberg has announced the release of Metronomic Cinema, the second expansion pack for the virtual drum workstation Groove Agent 4, and its condensed version Groove Agent SE 4, featuring acoustic, electronic and percussive drum kits specifically designed for movie scores.

Metronomic Cinema comprises thirty first-class kits and over 750 samples that are entirely new to the world of Groove Agent. Adding both recorded acoustic drums and the latest electronic sounds to one’s library provides a wealth of percussive and tonal elements covering ambient, heavy and epic styles.

Product marketing manager Matthias Quellmann commented: “This is a nod to the composers who use Groove Agent for big-picture scoring and enjoy unique percussive sounds to round out their instrumental palette.”

Metronomic Cinema features

  • 30 production kits across dozens of presets, inspired by contemporary motion picture soundtracks.
  • Hundreds of acoustic and electronic sounds covering ambient, heavy and epic styles.
  • Exclusive, meticulously recorded acoustic samples including drum kits, percussion, FX and melodic sounds.

Metronomic Cinema for Groove Agent 4 and Groove Agent SE 4 is available for purchase for 39.99 EUR, including German VAT.

More information: Steinberg / Metronomic Cinema

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