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Steinberg updates HALion and HALion Sonic

Steinberg HALion 5 / HALion Sonic 2

Steinberg has announced the latest release of its VST sampler and sound creation system, HALion 5, together with the HALion Sonic 2 VST workstation.

Both new software iterations combine creative tools with ease of use and versatility that are novel to the trade.

HALion is renowned for uniting outstanding sampling technology with the very latest in virtual synthesis. Its unprecedented functional depth and equally advanced user interface with access to all sound-shaping parameters turn HALion into an entire sound design package for discerning professionals.

The advantages of HALion Sonic lie with its simplicity and pristine audio quality, making it a true alternative to heavyweight hardware workstations. Each of the 16 instrument slots loads with presets and is routed to one of the 16 stereo outputs. This again can be saved as multi-preset for instant recall. Together with easily created keyboard splits and its dedicated performer mode, HALion Sonic is the perfect tool for studio work and stage performances alike.

“For more than a decade HALion has been considered a premium brand that transcends the typical possibilities of professional audio manipulation,” says Matthias Quellmann, product marketing manager at Steinberg. “The latest two releases keep with this tradition. HALion Sonic 2 provides a wealth of first-class sounds, while HALion 5 offers endless inspiration for creating own sounds.”

HALion 5 and HALion Sonic 2 treat users to thousands of synthesized and acoustic sounds, dialed in through eight fantastically new instruments: the sleek virtual analog Trium synthesizer, Auron for granular oscillation, Voltage delivers extra punch, World Instruments and World Percussion, HALiotron, the Model C organ emulation and the B-Box step sequencer for beats and drum patterns.

Both HALion and HALion Sonic now feature nine new effects including VST Amp for superb guitar and bass effect sounds and Auto Filter for seamless sound morphing. Based on Yamaha’s Motif technology, FlexPhraser offers complex arpeggios, now sporting the user phrase editor to create custom patterns and phrases.

In addition, HALion 5 comes with two new sound sources, introducing the granular synthesis engine for creating beautiful sonic textures and the tone-wheel organ simulation with nine organ and percussion drawbars. Also new to HALion is the slicing mode that allows users to adjust audio material to fit any beat or track. Two new MIDI modules feature MIDI Player to load MIDI files that can be edited and triggered remotely. Drum Player is a step sequencer conceived and designed to play drum beats and rhythms.

HALion 5 and HALion Sonic 2 are available for 349 EUR/249 EUR respectively. Prices including German VAT.

More information: Steinberg

Steinberg updates Yamaha sonote beat re:edit to v1.1.0

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Yamaha sonote beat re:edit

Steinberg has released version 1.1.0 of sonote beat re:edit, the beat instrument plug-in for Cubase.

Based on Yamaha’s innovative sonote technology, sonote beat re:edit lets you create remixes of your beats in next to no time. Extracting characteristic beat slices from an audio loop and swapping them with similar sounds from other audio files, sonote beat re:edit helps you to change the character of your grooves in the most creative and fun way.

Changes in sonote beat re:edit v1.1.0

  • Added the Tool Tips.
  • Improved the speed with which VST Preset and Project files are saved within Windows.
  • Fixed a problem in which Cubase might occasionally crash when an audio file is imported.
  • Fixed a problem in which Cubase might crash when exporting sonote data to an audio track then dragging-and-dropping an audio file (without any other operations) to sonote beat re:edit.
  • Solved some minor problems.

Sonote beat re:edit for Cubase 7 is available to purchase for 49.99 EUR inc. VAT.

More information: Steinberg / sonote beat re:edit

Steinberg updates WaveLab to v8.0.2

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Steinberg WaveLab 8

Steinberg has announced version 8.0.2 of WaveLab, an extensive maintenance update to the production environment for mastering, audio editing and restoration.

Version 8.0.2 resolves more than 35 issues related workspaces, plug-ins and editing. Also included are several enhancements, such as performance optimizations under 64-bit OS X.

This update now contains the official WaveLab documentation in all supported languages, such as English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Japanese.

Changes in WaveLab 8.02

  • Several optimizations under Mac OS X 64-bit have been included.
  • The PDF manuals are now automatically installed into the WaveLab root directory for easy access.
  • The new shortcut entry in the Help menu opens the PDF manual in the language specified (language preferences).
  • The Record dialog now includes a “Stays on top” option.
  • The Crystal Resampler plug-in now supports 24 kHz and 12 kHz sample rates.
  • Various issues resolved. Details in the changelog.

This maintenance update is free of charge.

More information: Steinberg / WaveLab 8

Steinberg offers time-limited upgrade offer for Cubase 7 & Cubase Artist 7

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Steinberg Cubase 7 upgrade

Steinberg has announced a time-limited upgrade offer for its Cubase 7 and Cubase Artist 7, offering up to 40% discount on its flagship DAW.

Steinberg is happy to introduce a time-limited upgrade offer for users of earlier Cubase versions or users of entry-level editions of Steinberg’s popular DAW as well as Sequel*. From now until August 31, 2013, you have the chance to upgrade to Cubase 7 or Cubase Artist 7 at an irresistable price — and benefit from new and enhanced tools that are used by star producers and musicians around the world.

Highlights of the latest Cubase generation include the new MixConsle with integrated EQ/dynamics channel strip modules for epic pro-console sound and the innovative chord track for intelligent composing assistance. Plus, Cubase and Cubase Artist both feature eight superior instruments such as the Padshop granular synth, the Retrologue virtual analog synth and the Groove Agent ONE drum machine.

The upgrade promotion ends August 31st, 2013.

More information: Steinberg

Steinberg updates LoopMash & LoopMash Free v1.3, LoopMash HD to v1.2

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Steinberg LoopMash

Steinberg has announced updates to its LoopMash virtual instrument that presents you with a new way to blend simultaneously up to four two-bar loops together by juggling similar elements across looped beats and tunes.

These updates support Audiobus, an innovative iOS protocol that offers realtime audio streaming between multiple apps.

Now, you can use LoopMash and record the audio output signal directly in Cubasis or other apps! The new updates also feature an improved In-App store for LoopMash content sets.

The updates are free for Loopmash customers and can be downloaded from the Apple App Store.

More information: Steinberg / LoopMash

Steinberg releases Cubase Elements 7

Steinberg Cubase Elements 7

Steinberg has announced the release of Cubase Elements 7, the entry-level music production system for sound recording, editing and mixing, with many new features and enhancements that greatly expand on proven Cubase functionality.

Cubase Elements 7 is state-of-the art technology and quality provided in a moderately priced music production software that throws its doors wide open to the fascinating world of Cubase.

“Cubase Elements 7 is the choice for aspiring producers and musicians looking for a complete package which doesn’t break the bank while offering a whole lot of features right out of the box,” said Carlos Mendoza Rohde, product marketing manager at Steinberg.

After unveiling Cubase 7 and Cubase Artist 7 to great acclaim at the end of last year, Cubase Elements 7 now completes the latest Cubase range, offering new sounds, new effects and many other features that easily turn any Mac or Windows computer into a music production system.

New in Cubase Elements 7

  • New MixConsole provides the ultimate mixing experience with 192 kHz support.
  • Integrated EQ/Dynamics channel strip modules for epic pro-console sound.
  • Global Chord Track to work with harmonies in a project context.
  • Hermode tuning changes the intonation of your synthesized notes dynamically on the fly .
  • VST Amp Rack guitar tone suite for studio-grade guitar tracks .
  • FLAC lossless compression codec, ReWire for 64-bit environments and direct access to SoundCloud.
  • ASIO-Guard provides intelligent dropout-prevention algorithms.
  • Steinberg Hub provides video tutorials, support and product news.

Cubase Elements 7 is available to purchase for MSRP 99.99 EUR. The Cubase Elements 7 update from Cubase Elements 6 is MSRP 49.99 EUR. Prices including German VAT.

Customers who purchased a copy of Cubase Elements 6 from April 15, 2013, are entitled to the free Grace Period update to Cubase Elements 7.

More information: Steinberg / Cubase Elements 7

Steinberg releases Klanghaus, Platinum Guitars & Guitar Spheres sound packs

Steinberg Klanghaus, Platinum Guitars & Guitar Spheres

Steinberg has introduced Klanghaus, Platinum Guitars and Guitar Spheres, three VST Sound Loop Sets for Sequel, Cubase and Nuendo.

Klanghaus offers close to 300 experimental sounds, created by German musician, instrument maker and composer Ferdinand Försch. The loops and samples concentrate on rhythmical patterns and percussive elements, perfect for a wide variety of music styles.

Platinum Guitars comprises more than 300 acoustic guitar and electric guitar loops of rhythmic phrases, melodic leads and catchy riffs. Ideal for pop and electronic music productions, the content is easily accessible from the included construction kits.

Guitar Spheres boasts in excess of 300 guitar loops including a broad scope of processed, six-string ambience. The loops are arranged in construction kits, and will be enjoyed by movie soundtrack and ambient music producers.

The VST Sound Loop Sets are available to purchase for 24.99 EUR each, including German VAT.

More information: Steinberg / VST Sound Loop Sets

Steinberg updates Cubase to v7.0.4

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Steinberg Cubase update

Steinberg has announced the release of maintenance update version 7.0.4 of its Cubase and Cubase Artist music production software.

The fully supported update adds over 20 improvements such as enhanced visibility in MixConsole, new MIDI functions and Chord Track improvements and resolves more than 45 user-reported issues.

The update is now available for download from the Steinberg website. For detailed information please view the corresponding version history on the download page.

More information: Steinberg / Cubase