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CUBASE 7 is Here!!!!!

CUBASE 7: I’m very excited.


So, it’s here!!

Forget Christmas, it’s the release of Steinberg’s Cubase 7, and I for one can’t wait.

What’s so exciting?

Well pretty much everything…..

Starting with the overhaul of the mixing page (which can incidentally now be full screen), with its extremely flexible channel layout, 12 dB boost and dedicated processing power per channel, what they’re calling an ‘exceptional’ feel to the controls and comprehensive online and offline automation tools, MixConsole has been built to provide uncompromising audio quality and routing flexibility from the outset, with plenty of pristine headroom and a fundamentally transparent sonic signature.

It also looks cool! The Channel strip seems intuitive and has some built in usefulness from the start with the strip divided into sections including a Noise Gate, EQ, Compression, Saturation and Limiting, all movable  to wherever you want them, and with an Inserts effects track at the very top to show where the signals being sent.


Next up, Chord track.

This is either going to be brilliant, or the biggest waste of time ever.

It’s basically an extension of the VariAudio function, which analyses your track for harmonic content,  and then presumably makes suggestions as to Harmony or alternative Bass lines etc. based on what it see’s.

Whether or not this is going to be of any use to the more advanced musician (and I presume Cubase users at this level to have some musical knowledge) remains to be seen, but it’s certainly a handy function if your own level of musical competence isn’t able to suggest ideas for itself……

On the ‘up’ side, Steinberg are claiming that the ability to create lead sheets for other musicians has never been easier.

Intelligent composing assistance:

Again, this is either going to be a superb aide to writers or, it’s going to result in thousands of homogenised chord sheets, all sounding like a Gershwin Rhapsody whilst travelling from a I to a IV chord.

In essence, they are claiming that you could enter a start chord and an end chord, and the composing assistant will offer you a myriad of chords for the middle. Whether this has any benefit to originality I have my doubts, but I look forward to a whole ruck of Harmonically sophisticated dub step tracks…….





Pure tuning:

Clever this.

Most composers know of the difficulty of pairing ‘fixed tuning’ instruments like guitars and pianos, with variable tuning instruments like trombones or violins.

‘Hermode’ tuning  allows you to….well, here’s what they say…

“Thanks to the Hermode tuning technology, the intonation of your synthesized notes are changed dynamically on the fly for utmost compatibility with well-tempered scales, while retaining a high degree of purity for third and fifth intervals “

We await with baited breath…………



This seems to be a superb update to an already ‘must-have’ technology.

Basically the engine works with the aforementioned ‘Chord Track’ to ensure all your harmonies are at the correct pitch. It will allow you to take a lead vocal and wrap harmony parts around it all day long, with varying levels of sophistication.

It will also provide the well known ‘AutoTune effect’, for those who like that sort of thing……  and, you’ll be able to edit multiple VariAudio parts across multiple tracks within one editor only!



Cubase sports the new Steinberg Hub loaded with tons of helpful information.

Alongside the enhanced Project Assistant you now find a list of regularly updated video tutorials and RSS feeds to keep you informed about important Cubase updates, support news or product releases.


So these are just a few of the advances ‘right out of the box’.

All in all, it looks like a very substantial re-working, of perhaps the most famous DAW on the market.

Its smoother and easier on the eye, and I look forward to ‘discovering’ things along the way, as always.     LN48346.


Steinberg Announce Cubase 7

Steinberg have announced their latest revision of the Cubase family in the shape of Cubase 7 and Cubase Artist 7 with a street date E.T.A of December 5, 2012

Highlights In Cubase 7

New Mix Console

The completely new MixConsole excels not only in terms of usability, look and feel, but also sounds better than anything before it! Featuring full-screen mode, total scalability and quick in-place access to the parameters most relevant to the task, MixConsole adjusts seamlessly to notebook screens and large-scale displays.

With its extremely flexible channel layout, 12 dB boost and dedicated processing power per channel, an exceptional feel to the controls and comprehensive online and offline automation tools, MixConsole provides uncompromising audio quality and routing flexibility from the outset, with plenty of pristine headroom and a fundamentally transparent sonic signature.

Cubase 7 Mixing console

Improved Workflows

Dedicated to our diehard users, Cubase 7 brings extraordinary workflow improvements to the table, delivering a genuine benefit to professionals working regularly with the mixer. Highlights include A/B comparison and global bypass for all audio effects, a plug-in search function as well as drag-and-drop support throughout.

Plus, dynamic sends and inserts provide a streamlined overview, whereas the professional meter bridge lets you keep track of your signals. Aiming on providing barrier-free accessibility to the blind and visually impaired, MixConsole is compatible with screen reader software and can be operated using only the computer keyboard.

Channel Central And The New Channel Strip

The brand-new channel strip in Cubase 7 offers that epic pro-console sound that lets you turn your songs into a hard-hitting, radio-ready production. Along with this the redesigned Channel Settings window gives you lightning quick access to all channel parameters, including input metering, routing assignments, the new channel strip with premier equalization and dynamics modules and essential aux as well as cue sends to create individual cue mixes. There’s no need for scrolling — the display follows you automatically wherever you are and updates each time you adjust controls on a different channel.

Cubase 7 Channels

New Song Writing Tools

The new global Chord Track allows for easy working with chords within your Project window and provides transform and harmonize functions throughout the application. Cubase detects the harmony structure of your song and feeds back all chord and scale information to both MIDI and audio tracks processed with VariAudio. All tracks engaged to follow will automatically reflect any harmonic adjustments made with the Chord Track! Advanced voicing options are used to transform existing parts in a harmonically correct and ear-pleasing way.

Alongside this thanks to the Hermode tuning technology, the intonation of your synthesized notes are changed dynamically on the fly for utmost compatibility with well-tempered scales, while retaining a high degree of purity for third and fifth intervals. Especially when combining non-fixed-intonation instruments, like brass and woodwind, and fixed-intonation instruments, such as guitars and piano, entire orchestral arrangements sound immediately clearer and more brilliant than before.

Global collaboration with VST Connect SE

Steinberg VST Connect SE allows musicians to connect directly to Cubase 7 users, giving you the freedom to collaborate and produce together, even when you’re not in the same studio, town or country. Talkback and chat functions as well as video and audio stream in real time give you limitless possibilities. Collaborate with your musical partners when they are not using Cubase, thanks to the included standalone version, which is available as a free download.

Bulletproof ASIO-Guard

The Steinberg Audio Engine has also been extended with the brand-new ASIO-Guard technology. Rely on our intelligent dropout-prevention algorithms and focus only on your sound — just like in the analog days. With this bulletproof technology our goal is to help Cubase users get the maximum performance out of their systems.

 The New Cubase Mix Console

More Musical Than Ever

Makin Your Life Easier

All this and we’ve only scratched the surface of the announced updates and improvements in the package so check out the link down below for all the rest of the info on this new version.

Cubase 7 – Whats New?

To see which version is right for you consult the Steinberg Comparison Chart

Copies of Cubase 7 will be landing with us around the start of December. Anyone purchasing a copy of Cubase 6.5 after 25th October will qualify for a free upgrade to Version 7 via the Steinberg Licensing center.

Steinberg Products At Scan

Ableton Live 9 Announced

After being in beta for the last few months and having gotten us excited with a video leak or two over the weekend the wait is now over. Ableton Live 9 is officially heading our way.

Offering browser and library tweaks, new sounds, improvements to the inline editing and automation, audio to midi functionality and finally full 64bit support this long awaited update promises us all sorts of goodies to elevate your production to the next level.

Ableton on Live 9

Record automation into clips and edit automation with curves :  Session View automation lets you capture your performance or add movement to your loops and then you can use curves to make automation more musical.

Find sounds fast : With Live’s new browser, spend less time finding sounds and more time making music.

Play new sounds : Live’s library includes new Instrument Racks and sounds to get you going fast.

Get your sound right : The new analog-modeled Glue Compressor and redesigned studio effects help you get a better sound in less time.

Reclaim the music in your samples : Live 9’s new tools for converting audio to MIDI give you unprecedented flexibility to extract musical ideas from your samples and build upon them.

Edit the details : Powerful MIDI note manipulation tools and an improved editing workflow help you create new musical ideas fast.



Find your sounds

Faster Editing

Animate Your Sounds

Audio to Midi

For more on Ableton Live 9

Ableton Products @ Scan

Ableton Push

Two announcements from the Ableton camp today and whilst we were expecting the Ableton 9 announcement the Ableton Push one has caught us and I’m sure most other people rather by surprise.

So we have what looks like a hybrid of the Akai APC series and another Ableton endorsed controller the launchpad, with this controller being designed for Ableton by the aforementioned Akai. The video demo shows off how tactile the unit is and the well tested colour co-ordination being used allows quick and easy triggering of all parts of your track allowing you to quickly build up your songs in the studio and manipulate them easily when playing out live.

Ableton on the Push:

Push is a new instrument that solves an old problem: how to make a song from scratch.With hands-on control of melody and harmony, beats, sounds, and song structure, Push puts the fundamental elements of music making at your fingertips – and it fits in a backpack alongside your laptop.

Push uses the power of Ableton Live running on your computer which provides Push with a comprehensive collection of instruments and effects.

All of your sounds are ready to be played, tweaked, and personalized. Fine-tune parameters in your instruments and effects using Push’s touch-sensitive encoders and see everything from Push’s display.

Improvise and play with song structure, capture all of your musical ideas and quickly duplicate and create variations which you can then trigger, re-arrange, and create new combinations.

Capture everything you play with Push’s unique recording workflow. Overdub new notes or create variations of phrases, moving quickly between your song materials with just a few buttons. After you’ve created ideas, switch to another mode to try them out in various combinations.

When you’re ready to get into arranging, detailed editing, and exporting your finished song, switch from Push to your computer to find your music already laid out in Ableton Live – the software that was powering your work the whole time. Push gives you the best of both worlds for making music: inspiring hardware for hands-on control at the beginning, and full-featured music creation software for fine-tuning the details at the end.

Ableton Push use shot

Ableton push front

For more on the Ableton Push

Ableton Products @ Scan


Ableton Live 8.4 Beta Enables 64 Bit support (At Last!)

Finally, Ableton come out with a 64 bit version, (Well, Almost… its still a beta) why not go and try it out for yourselves.

What They Say……….


We are pleased to announce the beta version of Live 8.4, featuring native 64-bit support. With 64-bit support, Sets in Live 8 can now accommodate much larger memory usage, and third-party plugins that support 64-bit. Registered Live 8, Suite 8, Live Intro or Live Lite 8 users can download the beta now.

Download the beta

The 64-bit version of Live works with PCs running Windows Vista/7/8 (64-bit) and with Intel-Macs running OS X 10.5 and up. The 64-bit version of Live 8 does not support Max for Live, video, or The Bridge. We are currently working with our partners to add support for these features.

Learn more about the benefits and limitations of 64-bit Live 8

The release version of Live 8.4 will be available later, as a free update for registered Live 8, Suite 8, Live Intro or Live Lite 8 users.

Steinberg release the Cubase 6.5 upgrade.

Steinberg have today released a fairly major update for the ever popular Cubase 6 sequencer with a whole raft of new features to make it a worthy upgrade.

Key features of the Steinberg Cubase 6.5 upgrade:

2 New Synths:

Retrologue :

  • Classic virtual analog synthesizer with 300 quality presets
  • Two oscillators with up to eight detunable voices each plus a sub and noise oscillator
  • 12 different filter types
  • LFO and ADSR for filters and amp envelopes
  • 10 stage Modulation Matrix with Note Expression support
  • Mono and poly modes with legato and glide
  • FX section with modulation and delay


  • Advanced granular synthesis engine
  • Includes 400 carefully crafted presets
  • SoftGrain Wave ROM for custom sounds
  • 10 stage Modulation Matrix with Note Expression support
  • 12 different filter types, LFOs and ADSR for filters and amp
  • Step Modulator for rhythmic triggering of oscillators
  • FX section with modulation and delay

2 New Plugins:


  • Simple yet powerful 3-band equalizer
  • Kill switches for cutting breaks


  • Classic filter types of Steinberg’s HALion 4 sound creation system
  • Blend seamlessly between two filter curves
  • Great for creating sweeps and dynamic glides

New functionality:

New Comping Tools:

  • Comp tool with handy click-and-drag features
  • Cleanup-lanes command to resolve event overlaps
  • Create-tracks-from-lanes function to convert each lane into a new audio track
  • Seperated track and lane solo function
  • Developed in close collaboration with studio engineers for best results

New Audiowarp Quantizing Features:

  • Fusion of hitpoint and AudioWarp system
  • AudioWarp quantize integrated into Quantize panel
  • Create warp markers from hitpoints automatically
  • Warp Marker rules support transient priorities for multi-track quantizing of Edit Groups*
  • Non-destructively quantize single audio loops or the entire arrangement just like MIDI!

Other Features:

FLAC Support:

Steinberg Cubase 6.5 now allows you to import and export FLAC files effortlessly, and save up to 60% disk space when recording audio tracks in real time.

Soundcloud Upload Features:

Upload sounds and mixes directly from Cubase to your SoundCloud account, and share your songs and sounds with the world. The dedicated Upload Manager takes care of everything, all you’ve got to do is enter your log-in details.

64 bit Rewire support:

Hook up to your favorite ReWire software and flip the switch to 64 bits. Steinberg Cubase 6.5 now connects ReWire client applications in a pure 64-bit environment.

The upgrade to 6.5 itself is free to anyone who’s purchased Steinberg Cubase 6 after the 1/1/12 and around £40 (exchange rate dependent) to anyone else working on a copy registered prior to this point. This means that all boxed copies purchased from this date forward will also include the update as well as part of the package.

The update for existing customers is an online only deal so please contact Steinberg for more infomation on upgrading your current install of Cubase 6.

Steinberg Cubase 6.5 New Synths Video:

Steinberg Cubase 6.5 New Effects Video:

Steinberg Cubase 6.5 New Editing Features Video:

Steinberg Cubase 6.5 New Intercommunication Features Video:

Cubase 6 at Scan Computers – This version qualifies for the free upgrade to Cubase 6.5.

For more info on the Steinberg Cubase 6.5 upgrade.

Steinberg Cubase 6.5 upgrade site.

Bitwig Studio – Ableton remixed?

News this week has come in about Bitwig Studio’s multi-platform sequencer hitting it’s Beta phase and opening up it’s testing rosta to those who wish to apply.

On first impressions its looking like Ableton has been given a booster shot (as indeed it appears to have a number of Ex Ableton coders on it’s development team) but then thrown in a blender with DUNE’s colour pallet and a few tasty Cubase features such as per note automation.

Bitwig Studio Key Features at Launch:

  •     Multitrack recording – Record and produce your music in a super-fast, intuitive workflow where Bitwig Studio’s arranger is a perfect mix of editing power, ease of use and flexibility.
  •     Arranger clip launcher – A non-linear environment that lets you trigger clips in real-time which is perfect for sketching your songs more spontaneously.
  •     Mixer clip launcher – An alternative view of the clip launcher aligned with the mixer, optimized for live performance and DJing.
  •     Generic tracks – Tracks accept any kind of material meaning audio and notes can live on the same track so you can bounce note clips to audio in place.
  •     Clip automation – In addition to traditional track automation, automation can also be recorded and packaged inside clips, both on the clip launcher and the arranger.
  •     Per-note automation – Pitch variations can be applied to individual notes directly in the piano roll meaning you can also edit a note’s panning, timbre and volume curves.
  •     Simultaneous multitrack editing – Edit contents of multiple tracks together so you can see them all juxtaposed and isolate only the ones you want to edit.
  •     Multiple audio events per clip – An audio clip can contain multiple audio events where you can chop and edit audio files inside a clip non-destructively and loop it all as a package.
  •     Real-time time stretching – Bitwig Studio’s proprietary technology lets you match any audio material to the document tempo and get everything in sync.
  •     Device nesting – Devices can contain other devices, and the whole package can be saved as a preset and many of the instruments and effects use nesting in new and powerful ways.
  •     32/64 bit VST support – Use your beloved VST plug-ins. In case of a plug-in crash, a protective mechanism prevents the application from crashing and you from losing your work.
  •     Open multiple documents – This enables the easy exchange of musical material between documents where you can drag and drop, copy and paste back and forth.
  •     Metadata-based browser – Find your musical material quickly by adding tags allowing you to search by content type.

So everything you’d expect from a sequencer is there, and a few interesting features suggest that this is going to be a very polished product from launch. In todays sequencer marketplace through that is expected and you can’t help but feel that they are going to have to do something very special in order to tempt users to jump ship from their current sequencer of choice. A few features are being touted for a post launch addition to the package and these include:

  •     LAN multi-user jamming – Multiple users can jam on the same document, and everything can be captured in the document’s arrangement.
  •     Multi-user music production over the internet – Multiple users can compose music on the same document from different locations and Bitwig Studio keeps everything in sync.
  •     Native modular system – Create your own instruments and effects or modify existing ones then design their appearance and share them with the world.

Many software firms over the years have attempted to build client functionality allowing for multi user sessions that can be accessed by people where ever they may be with various degrees of success. In this interconnected world where you may have a Facebook/MySpace full of potential collaboration partners all over the world this feature done well could be the one to make a lot of people sit up and take notice. We look forward to seeing what functionality the Bitwig Sudio team integrate into the software as it approaches it’s eventual release.

If however you would like to get in on the Bitwig Studio beta the sign ups are now open.