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Steinberg discontinues SDK for VST 2 software interface

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Steinberg has announced that they will no longer offer the Software Development Kit (SDK) for VST 2 through the Steinberg website.

“We introduced VST 2 back in 1999 and since then the technology has evolved dramatically. Since 2008, we’ve been providing SDKs for both the newer, third version alongside the older VST 2 format,” comments Timo Wildenhain, product marketing manager at Steinberg.

Steinberg host applications remain VST 2 compatible, but maintenance and technical support for VST 2 officially ended in September. Steinberg wants to focus their efforts entirely on the development of VST 3. The latest SDK renders software in VST 3.x, VST 2.x and AU format.

Timo Wildenhain continues: “The VST interface is extremely popular throughout the world of music production and recording, and the latest enhancements in VST 3.6, such as Inter-App Audio compatibility, pave the way for an even wider acceptance.”

More information: Steinberg

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Emerge Audio updates Virtual Universe soundset for Micrologue & Nanologue

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Emerge Audio Virtual Universe

Emerge Audio has updated its Virtual Universe soundset, a collection of two soundbanks for the Micrologue and Nanologue synthesizer instruments by Steinberg.

Virtual Universe now consists of 300 patches!

First soundset consists of 200 presets for Micrologue which is included in Cubasis. You can find here basses, leads, keyboards, sfx, pads, atmospheres, synth drums and other synthetic instruments. Second one is a set of 100 presets for Nanologue. Same as above: basses, leads, sfx and other synth sounds.

Virtual Universe features

  • 300 presets (basses,pads,leads,pianos, atmospheric sounds, organs, fx, etc.)
  • 200 patches for Micrologue (Cubasis), 100 for Nanologue
  • very simple and straightforward installation (by iTunes)
  • includes PDF manual
  • after purchase; the bank can be downloaded immediately

Virtual Universe is available to purchase for the introductory price of $4.99 USD until December 24th, 2013 (regular $8.99 USD).

More information: Emerge Audio / Virtual Universe

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Steinberg updates Cubase & Cubase Artist to v7.5

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Steinberg has announced version 7.5 of its Cubase and Cubase Artist music production systems, a considerable update with many workflow enhancements, new instruments and new effects.

Steinberg Cubase 7.5

Version 7.5 incorporates important workflow enhancements, version updates to its instruments and new effects to further the impressive feature set of Cubase and increase professionals’ productivity when producing music.

“The mix of highly effective editing and workflow enhancements, new instruments and studio-grade effects makes 7.5 one of the most beneficial Cubase releases since SX 1. I’m confident that this version will boost the creative output of our users and underline its position as DAW of choice for the most renowned producers today,” comments Helge Vogt, product marketing lead at Steinberg.

Changes in Cubase 7.5

  • TrackVersions: Playlists for creating, renaming and managing parallel variations of tracks.
  • Track visibility: Shows only the tracks you want to see in the Project window.
  • Instrument (t)rack 2.0: Supports multi-outputs and multi-inputs, and merges instrument tracks with the Instrument Rack.
  • HALion Sonic SE 2: Giving you tons of fresh new sounds plus a totally new synth.
  • Groove Agent SE 4: With over 120 drum kits and smart user interface for creating beats and hits in no time.
  • New construction kits: Adding flavor to your productions and giving you new song ideas.
  • LoopMash FX: For real-time modern-style breaks, tape-stops, stutters and more.
  • REVelation: Super-smooth and silky-sounding algorithmic reverb that brings back the memories of those old fancy hardware units.
  • Magneto 2: Adding warmth to your tracks.
  • VST Connect SE 2 (available in Cubase 7.5 only): Unique remote recording plug-in now with MIDI data transmission.
  • Transient navigation: Tab to transients on audio events in the Project window thanks to the new instant hitpoint navigation.

Cubase 7.5 and Cubase Artist 7.5 full versions will be available from December 4, 2013, priced at MSRP 599 EUR and 299 EUR respectively. Prices including German VAT.

Customers who have activated previous Cubase 7 and Cubase Artist 7 versions since October 15, 2013, are eligible for a free, downloadable Grace Period update to version 7.5.

More information: Steinberg / Cubase

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Steinberg updates Cubasis to v1.7, VST 3.6 SDK gets iOS support + free Nanologue synthesizer for iPad

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Steinberg has announced three iOS-related releases, comprising an update to its Cubasis multitouch sequencer for the iPad, iOS support for the VST 3.6 SDK, and the free Nanologue synthesizer for iPad.

Cubasis 1.7 is a free update now adding Inter-App Audio capability for routing and controlling audio between iOS apps in a single project. The newly available Software Development Kit (SDK) for version 3.6 of Steinberg’s Virtual Studio Technology (VST) allows deployment of iOS apps with Inter-App Audio and introduces many new enhancements. Nanologue is Steinberg’s latest iOS app for the iPad: a virtual-analog synthesizer for monophonic leads and basses.

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Carlos Mendoza Rohde, product marketing manager at Steinberg, comments: “With Inter-App Audio introduced to iOS 7, we’ve been keen to implement this feature into Cubasis. While using the momentum, we added iOS support to our VST SDK and are providing an iPad synthesizer based on this technology for free!”

Adding full Inter-App Audio implementation to Cubasis 1.7 allows iOS apps with Inter-App Audio capability to be used as instruments on both audio and MIDI tracks. It is also possible to use compatible apps as insert or send effects within the Cubasis iOS digital audio workstation for the iPad.

Alongside the VST 2.4, VST 3 and Audio Unit formats, the new SDK for VST 3.6 now allows developers to compile the code for iOS compatibility with Inter-App Audio support, turning the VST development kit into a platform capable of outputting four acclaimed formats conveniently from one technology source. Other new features to the latest SDK release include enhancements to the VST 2 and Audio Unit wrappers, iOS support for the new 4.2 version of VSTGUI, Steinberg’s cross-platform C++ library for developing UI-based plug-ins, and a new validation tool for VST 3 host applications.

Based on this new SDK release, Nanologue is a virtual-analog monophonic synthesizer that can be used on the iPad as stand-alone app or together with a iOS host application via Inter-App Audio functionality, such as with the latest 1.7 update to Cubasis. Including 50 factory presets, Nanologue boasts a cross-modulation oscillator with two waveforms, glide, a VCF envelope, LFO, delay and a filter section with cutoff, resonance and distortion. User presets can be exported to the Retrologue VST instrument, included in Cubase 7, Cubase Artist 7, Cubase 6.5 and Cubase Artist 6.5.

Cubasis 1.7 is a free update available through the App Store on iTunes. The SDK for VST 3.6 is freely available from the Steinberg website. Nanologue is available as free App Store download on iTunes.

More information: Steinberg

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Patchpool intros Sonic Cinema for HALion 5

Patchpool Sonic Cinema

Patchpool has announced Sonic Cinema, a sound library for the HALion 5 instrument from Steinberg.

This sound library comprises dozens of cinematic soundscapes, evocative pads and musical textures designed for producing epic soundtracks, ambient music and anything that needs inspiring sonic ingredients beyond the ordinary.

Sonic Cinema also contains dark cinematic brass instruments made with/derived from sampled instruments like the sousaphone, trombone, euphonium and french horn which were exclusively recorded for this library, mainly in a dry studio environment. Some of the french horn recordings were conducted in a church.

The patches will combine HALions outstanding granular engine, the normal sampling mode and the very versatile synth module. Eight Macros and the Modwheel are programmed for each preset to enable the user to deeply interact with the sounds, some patches also use Aftertouch, Sphere-modulation, FlexPhrasers and keyswitches.

The library will be distributed as a protected HALion sound-archive for the sample content and tagged vst3-presets.

The soundset will comprise ~100 presets (2.5 to 3GB of samples) and is scheduled for release in January 2014. A pre-order of the library is now available for 44 EUR, a 20% discount on the regular price of 55 EUR.

More information: Patchpool / Sonic Cinema

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Steinberg releases Cubase iC Air gesture control for Cubase

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Steinberg Cubase iC Air

Steinberg has announced the release of Cubase iC Air, allowing users of Cubase 7 or Cubase Artist 7, together with Leap Motion Controller or Intel systems powered by the Intel Perceptual Computing SDK, to control Steinberg’s popular DAW intuitively by the command of gestures.

“With the advent of various gesture recognition technologies we’ve been looking into possibilities to control Cubase in a novel way by using simple hand gestures as an alternative control alongside the conventional mouse and keyboard — and Cubase iC Air is our first achievement in this field of research,” comments Shih Ming Law, key developer for Cubase iC Air.

Cubase iC Air embeds a control panel within Cubase 7 and Cubase Artist 7, giving visual feedback of the user’s hand gestures that are picked up by depth cameras from Leap Motion and Intel. Pre-programmed gestural commands allow the user to perform transport controls, such as start, stop, forward and rewind, to jump to the next or previous track, to audition through sections of audio and zoom in and out the arrangement.

By implementing a virtual version of Steinberg’s AI Knob, users are also able to control many other parameters of Cubase as well as VST 2.4 and VST 3 plug-ins through Cubase iC Air.

Intel global account manager Jean-Pierre Navarro says: “The great collaboration with Steinberg’s developer team helps get the most of the Intel platform and the Intel Perceptual Computing SDK. Cubase iC Air provides users with a new and exciting way of interaction. This is an entirely new way of experiencing music.”

Cubase iC Air is a software component that requires Cubase 7 or Cubase Artist 7 as host application and a Leap Motion Controller or depth camera run by the Intel Perceptual Computing SDK.

Cubase iC Air is available to download at no charge.

More information: Steinberg / Cubase iC Air

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Steinberg launches VST Connect Pro – Remote multitrack recording

Steinberg VST Connect Pro

Steinberg has announced the release of VST Connect Pro, a fully featured remote recording solution for remote multitrack recording of audio and MIDI in premium sound quality.

“With VST Connect Pro, we’re convinced to be revolutionizing the way producers and musicians work together. In fact, the technology behind VST Connect delivers completely new approaches to producing music, triggering and recording instruments remotely, and cooperating with musicians and clients at a distance,” remarked Frank Simmerlein, marketing director at Steinberg.

VST Connect Pro offers encrypted transfer of real-time recordings through the internet and local area networks. While delivering immediate stereo recordings, up to 16 audio tracks are recorded in the background in uncompressed, high resolution.

Compatible with Cubase 7, VST Connect Pro establishes a peer-to-peer connection with the free client-side application, VST Connect Performer. During remote recording sessions, users of both software applications can adjust the cue mix and talkback levels, as well as communicate via video link.

With the release of VST Connect Pro, Steinberg also introduces Studio Pass, the free iOS app for VST Connect that lets users dial into the recording session with an iPhone or iPad.

VST Connect Pro features

  • Collaborate with other musicians and producers around the world.
  • Peer-to-peer solution with sample accurate sync.
  • MIDI support for sending and receiving MIDI data to your recording counterpart.
  • Encrypted transfer for secure exchange of important audio material.
  • Multi-channel support for remote recording of up to 16 channels.
  • Up to 192 kHz audio support with downstream transfer of large-scale uncompressed audio files.
  • Cue mix section for optimal recording environment.
  • LAN support for connections in your local network.
  • VST 3 support for recording VST instruments via peer-to-peer connection.
  • Free download client-side application with full remote control of session settings by the session administrator.

VST Connect Pro is available to purchase for MSRP 199 EUR, including German VAT. Studio Pass for VST Connect Pro is soon available as free App Store download on iTunes.

More information: Steinberg / VST Connect Pro

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