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Steinberg releases Allen Morgan Signature Drums Volume 2

Allen Morgan Signature Drums Vol 2

Steinberg has announced the release of Allen Morgan Signature Drums Volume 2, a new VST Sound Instrument Set.

Adding to the drum library of Steinberg’s Groove Agent ONE drum machine included in previous versions of Cubase, the Nuendo Expansion Kit and Sequel 3, this content set delivers hundreds of pre-processed drum and synth samples.

“With this latest edition of drum kits for Groove Agent ONE I set out to design sonic tools that will allow you to create a truly unique listening experience. These sounds and accompanying loops will fit perfectly in any production looking to stand out, grab the listener by the ears and make a statement,” says Allen Morgan, widely acclaimed producer and mixing engineer.

Allen Morgan Signature Drum Set Volume 2 comprises more than 700 pre-processed samples that range from hard-hitting acoustic and electronic drum sounds to intense synthesizer frenzy. All laid out in 30 drum kits, the first 15 hold hybrid sets of acoustic and electronic drum sounds while kits 16 through 30 consist of further drums and synthesizer sounds. Additionally, each kit also includes five MIDI loops amounting all told to 150 loops for uplifting rhythmic textures.

Allen Morgan Signature Drums Vol2 features

  • Over 700 pre-processed samples of acoustic drums and synths.
  • 30 conveniently laid-out hybrid drum kits.
  • 150 MIDI loops with beats and grooves.
  • Exclusively available as download.
  • Windows and Mac installer included.

Allen Morgan Signature Drum Set Volume 2 is available to purchase for 29.99 EUR including German VAT.

More information: Steinberg / Allen Morgan Signature Drums Vol 2

AskAudio Mag launches with $10,000 Launch Contest

AskAudio Mag Launch Contest

AskAudio Mag has announced a $10,000 Launch Contest, offering its readers a chance to win gear by Native Instruments, Steinberg, Ableton, FL Studio, u-he, Propellerhead, IK Multimedia, Presonus, Sony, Sennheiser, FXpansion and more.

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How better to celebrate our official launch than to have a contest? And this is surely the greatest music gear contest we’ve ever seen… and an incredible opportunity to fill up your music studio with the sonic goodies it deserves!

AskAudioMag.com has teamed up with our favorite partners who have kindly offered the most incredible collection of music software and hardware (valued at over $10,000!!) for you to win.

The contest closes on Friday, September 27th, 5pm PST/8pm EST.

More information: AskAudio Mag / $10,000 Launch Contest

Steinberg updates Cubase to v7.0.6 & Nuendo to v6.0.6

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Steinberg Cubase / Nuendo

Steinberg has announced the availability of the Cubase & Cubase Artist 7.0.6 and Nuendo 6.0.6 maintenance updates.

The update focuses on visibility and workflow enhancements for MixConsole, including the ability to display channel names in two rows as well as full workspace support and one-click plug-in access.

The new version also includes an updated Voxengo CurveEQ, improved audio stability under Windows, improved UAD compatibility as well as 22 resolved issues in different areas.

All updates are now available for download from the Steinberg website. For detailed information please view the corresponding version history on the download page.

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Steinberg updates Cubasis for iOS to v1.6

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Steinberg Cubasis for iOS

Steinberg has released version 1.6 of Cubasis for iOS, a portable music production system.

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. Record tracks in CD audio quality, and edit your music with the Key and Sample Editors, while the included mixer and audio effects polish your song to perfection.

Cubasis comes loaded with dozens of virtual instrument sounds which can be played in real time using the virtual keyboard and drum pads. Cubasis’ projects can be even opened 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 v1.6

  • New pristine audio engine with extended sample rates (44.1/48/96kHz) and bit rates (16/24-bit).
  • Real-time playback of arbitrary audio file formats (44.1/48/96kHz and 16/24/32-bit) independently of the project’s sample rate and bit depth.
  • Up to 24 assignable physical outputs.
  • Assignable metronome output and pan.
  • MIDI Clock latency compensation slider.
  • Audio input gain adjustment option for audio interfaces and external microphones.

The Cubasis app is available from the Apple App Store for $49.99 USD. Previous customers can download the update free of charge.

More information: Steinberg / Cubasis for iOS

Steinberg releases Granular Symphonies expansion pack for Padshop

Steinberg Granular Symphonies

Steinberg has announced the release of Granular Symphonies, a VST Sound Instrument Set that adds exclusive, premium-quality samples and presets to the libraries of the Padshop Pro and Padshop granular synthesizers.

Created by sound designer and composer Simon Stockhausen, Granular Symphonies comprises two gigabytes of samples and recordings, including strings, brass, vocals and various other instrumental content. The 260 presets employ the granular synthesis technology in Padshop Pro and Padshop to reveal unique sounds of profound detail. Granular Symphonies offers a wealth of sonic textures, pads and leads for invoking powerful emotions that stir and inspire.

“I am excited about the release of Granular Symphonies, one of the biggest sound design projects in my life and certainly one that kept me busy and sleepless for many months,” remarked Simon Stockhausen. “I hope that this library will inspire many composers around the world and expand their sonic palette to paint beautiful, haunting, wondrous and enchanting musical pictures using the versatility of granular synthesis in Padshop and Padshop Pro.”

Granular Symphonies features

  • 260 new presets with outstanding sounds designed by sound designer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Simon Stockhausen.
  • 2 GB of exclusively recorded samples including strings, brass, mallets, vocals and experimental content.
  • Available as download only.
  • Windows and Mac installer included.

Granular Symphonies is available to purchae for 29.99 EUR incl. German VAT.

More information: Steinberg / Granular Symphonies

Emerge Audio releases Virtual Universe for Micrologue

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Emerge Audio Virtual Universe

Emerge Audio has announced the release of Virtual Universe, a soundset for the Micrologue synthesizer included in Steinberg’s Cubasis app for iPad.

It’s a collection of 200 presets like basses, leads, pads, percussions, keys (pianos, plucks, organs, etc.) and other synths sounds (like atmospheric textures).

It’s suitable for any genre and offers great diversity of sounds.

All presets utilize velocity and modulation wheel for better expression.

Virtual Universe features

  • 200 presets (basses, pads, leads, pianos, atmospheric sounds, fx, etc.).
  • Very simple and straightforward installation (by iTunes).
  • Includes PDF manual.
  • After purchase; the bank can be downloaded immediately.

This soundset is available to purchase for the introductory price of $6.99 USD until September 7th, 2013 (regular $8.99 USD).

More information: Emerge Audio / Virtual Universe

Steinberg ends development of VST 2

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Steinberg VST

Steinberg has announced that it will no longer continue to develop and maintain the VST 2 software interface but focus efforts entirely on the Software Development Kit (SDK) development of VST 3. All Steinberg host applications will remain VST 2 compatible.

“After introducing the SDK of version 3 to the VST community five years ago, we believe it’s time that VST 2 slowly comes to an end,” remarks Timo Wildenhain, product marketing manager at Steinberg. “VST 3 reflects today’s technological advancements and meanwhile a considerable number of VST hosts and plug-ins support VST 3.”

Initially launched in 1996, VST creates a professional studio environment on PC and Mac computers, allowing the integration of virtual effect processors and instruments into any VST host application. Being an open standard, the possibilities offered by VST continuously grow. In 1999, Steinberg introduces the second version of VST to great acclaim, witnessing new virtual effect processors and instruments developed by Steinberg and other companies. 2008 sees the release of VST 3, now featuring multiple MIDI ports, surround sound capability and side chaining. Meanwhile VST 3.5 supports Steinberg’s VST Expression for creating and editing multiple controller values on a single-note level as well as providing an intuitive way to work with instrument articulations.

While VST 3 was introduced in 2008, Steinberg’s technical support and development of the VST 2 SDK is now at a closing point. The VST 3 development kit not only generates VST 3 plug-ins, but also is capable of rendering to VST 2 and AU formats, making it the ideal choice for outputting three formats.

“Our host applications, such as Cubase, Nuendo and WaveLab, will continue to support VST 2. We are, however, planning to make the SDK for VST 2 unavailable by the end of this year,” Wildenhain continues.

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Steinberg at the Internationale Funkausstellung

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Steinberg IFA

Steinberg has announced that its software and hardware will be presented at the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) consumer electronics trade show.

Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH are partnering with German distributor Comline at IFA, the Berlin-based trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances, taking place on September 6‑11, 2013.

At Comline’s stand no. 115 in hall 17, workstations will be available to get hands-on with the latest iteration of Steinberg’s acclaimed music production system, Cubase 7, alongside the award-winning CMC controller series and portable 2×2 USB audio interface, UR22. Furthermore, Steinberg’s iOS DAW, Cubasis, and LoopMash HD looping app for iPad will be certain to pique the interest of many passers-by.

Due to the occasion, Steinberg are offering their range of iOS apps at a reduced price for the length of the trade show.

The workstations running Cubase are HP Z1 computers, which Steinberg employ for software testing to provide maximum reliability and certified performance.

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