Tag Archives: Steinberg

Steinberg Releases Cubase 9.0.10 Update

So it’s been a few months since Steinberg released Cubase 9. A maintenance update has since been released which includes many bug fixes and improvements. The 143MB update (510MB for Mac users) is available for free to all existing Cubase 9 users.

Here’s a list of what’s included in the update:

Chord Track:

  • Fixed an issue where dragging Chord Event across a Divided Track List resulted in a misaligned event.
  • Fixed an issue where “Follow Chord Track” was not working correctly.
  • Fixed an issue regarding wrong note colors when using “Chord Track” for event colors.

Editing:

  • Fixed an issue where the Quantize Panel did not correctly display the Crossfade section for multi-track usage (via Folder Group Editing).

Input Transformer:

  • Fixed an issue where certain setups of the Input Transformer could crash the application.

Inspector:

  • Fixed an issue where pinned Inspector sections were all closed after loading a project.

Logical Editor:

  • Fixed a potential crash issue.
  • Fixed an issue where Filter Target “Note is equal to” was stuck on “C”.

MediaBay:

  • Fixed an issue where using the Search field on the MediaBay could crash the application.

MIDI Editors:

  • Fixed an issue where Show/Hide Controller Lanes did not work when Lanes were removed manually beforehand.
  • Fixed an issue where resizing the Controller Lane area within the Inplace Editor could crash the application.
  • Fixed an issue where note names where displayed with inconsistent enharmonics (e.g. Bb instead of A#).

MIDI Plug-ins:

  • Fixed an issue where MicroTuner settings were not applied after reloading a project.

MusicXML Export:

  • Improved the compatibility of the number attribute for slurs (for import into Dorico).
  • Improved the compatibility in regard to the encoding of tuplets (for import into Dorico).

Performance:

  • Fixed a performance issue when “Auto Select under Cursor” options was activated.

Plug-ins:

  • Fixed an issue where VST 3 plug-ins with special characters could not be used.
  • Fixed an issue where StudioEQ presets were missing in Cubase Elements.
  • Fixed an issue where panning could be wrong with REVerence.
  • Fixed an issue where side split LP/HP bands did not properly change type in Frequency.
  • Fixed an issue where the Maximizer output level was not consistent with the readings from the MixConsole metering.

Project Window:

  • Fixed an issue where “Open in separate Window” in MIDI Editors was not possible after working in the Controller Lane area.
  • Fixed an issue where the Overview Line was missing in Cubase LE, AI and Elements.
  • Fixed an issue where new recorded MIDI Parts were not displayed in open Editor tab in the Lower Zone.

Remotes:

  • Fixed an issue where remote control devices (e.g. NI Komplete Kontrol) could not follow the parameter mapping correctly while navigating through the track list.

Sampler Track:

  • Fixed an issue where Sample Start/End markers were not correctly set after dragging a resized audio event into the Sampler Control tab.
  • Fixed an issue where re-opening the Sampler Control tab showed no content.
  • Fixed an issue where the root key color indication on the keyboard display was incorrect.
  • Fixed an issue where “Remove unused Media” in the Pool was not working correctly for audio files referenced by the Sampler Track.
  • Fixed and issue where no content was displayed in a Sampler Control tab after re-opening the Lower Zone.
  • Fixed an issue where creating a sampler track from an MP3 file in the MediaBay crashed the application.

Steinberg Hardware:

  • Fixed an issue where closing the Audio Hardware Setup window (e.g. for UR hardware) could lead to an application which could be no longer operated.

Steinberg Help:

  • Fixed an issue where the F1 key did not open the Cubase Help referring to steinberg.help.

System Link:

  • Fixed an issue where the cursor position was not synchronized while scrubbing with the mouse.
  • Fixed an synchronization issue using a jog wheel followed by Fast Rewind / Fast Forward commands.

TrackVersions:

  • Fixed an issue where TrackVersions on Signature Tracks could crash the application.

Transport:

  • Fixed an issue that stops the recording when changing the Metronome volume.
  • Fixed an issue where no values for all sorts of Transport control related items could be entered by key command if both Transport Panel and Transport Zone were closed.

The Cubase 9 Pro update is available here. Updates are available across the entire Cubase 9 range so download sizes may vary slightly from what’s mentioned above.

Steinberg products @ Scan

Steinberg Release Cubase 9

So the rumours were true…. Steinberg bring us the latest edition of their flagship production suite – Cubase 9. Following the same trend as previous revisions it comes in 3 forms – Pro, Artist and Elements.

Steinberg conducted a survey earlier on in the year to see what new features we’d like to see in the next version. It seems the people spoke and Steinberg listened as many of the features we asked for have been implemented. Here’s a quick glance at some of those key features:

The Lower Zone

Intended to enhance workflow, the Lower Zone incorporates the mix window into the main project window and it can be dynamically resized. The MIDI and audio editors are also accessible from here. This will prove to be extremely beneficial for anyone working on a single screen!

Mix Console History

This will surely be massively useful! Gives you undo/redo functions and allows you to recall different stages of a mix.

Multiple Marker Tracks

The ability to structure your projects neatly and efficiently with up to 10 marker tracks.

Audio-Ins

You now have the option of being able to side-chain into VST3 Instruments that support it.

Sample Track

A basic sampler was on this list of requests. Well now we’ve got one! It allows you to drag audio straight out of a project and play it back chromatically on your MIDI keyboard. It also lets you transfer samples into other Steinberg instruments.

8-Band Frequency EQ

Offers M/S and Linear Phase support, Auto Listen, Spectrum Display and a musical keyboard to assist in finding the right tone. It also allows you to completely customize the look of the EQ spectrum.

Other features include better plugin management, updated plugin interfaces, revamped Production Grooves as well as improved services for cloud collaboration.

Here’s a breakdown of the key features of each version:

Cubase Pro 9

  • 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 and up to 256 physical inputs and outputs
  • MixConsole for pro mixing desk experience and integrated high-end channel strip, VCA faders, Loudness Meter, Wave Meters
  • Complete suite of over 90 high-end audio and MIDI VST effect processors, including Quadrafuzz v2, VST Amp Rack and VST Bass Amp guitar and bass tone suites, REVerence convolution reverb, Frequency four-band EQ and many more
  • VariAudio for MIDI-style note editing of monophonic audio tracks, automatic voicing harmonization and auto-tuning effects
  • Intelligent compositional tools like Chord Track, Chord Pads and the advanced Chord Assistant for creative and playful composing of harmonic progressions and advanced voicings
  • Comprehensive set of 8 outstanding instruments with over 3,400 sounds, including HALion Sonic SE 2, Groove Agent SE 4, Padshop, Retrologue 2 and LoopMash 2
  • Full VST Expression 2 with Note Expression, VST Dynamics and Expression Maps for fully integrated workflows with musical articulations, dynamics and controller values
  • Perfect integration of external hardware effect devices and instruments, such as synthesizers or signal processors, into the sequencer signal flow.
  • VST Connect SE and VST Transit cloud collaboration services

Cubase Artist 9

  • Award-winning 32-bit floating-point Steinberg audio engine with up to 192 kHz, flexible routing and full automatic delay compensation
  • Simultaneous playback of 64 audio tracks, 128 MIDI tracks and up to 32 physical inputs and outputs
  • MixConsole for pro mixing desk experience and integrated high-end channel strip with dynamics and EQ
  • Comprehensive set of 8 outstanding instruments with over 3,000 sounds, including HALion Sonic SE 2, Groove Agent SE 4, Padshop, Retrologue 2 and LoopMash 2
  • Suite of over 70 high-end audio and MIDI VST effect processors, including Pitch Correct for vocal editing, VST Amp Rack and VST Bass Amp guitar and bass tone suites, Quadrafuzz v2 and many more!
  • Intelligent compositional tools like Chord Track and Chord Pads for creative and playful composing of harmonic progressions and advanced voicings
  • Thousands of MIDI construction kits, audio loops and samples as building blocks to create sketches, play-alongs or even full songs with just a few clicks
  • Lightning-fast multi-take comping with the dedicated lane tracks and the click-and-drag comp tool for conjuring the perfect recording
  • Track Versions for playlists-like editing and render-in-place for easily bouncing MIDI and audio parts
  • Streamlined music notation and score editing feature set

Cubase Elements 9

  • Award-winning 32-bit floating-point Steinberg audio engine, flexible routing and full automatic delay compensation
  • Simultaneous playback of 48 audio tracks, 64 MIDI tracks and up to 24 physical inputs and outputs
  • MixConsole for pro mixing desk experience and integrated high-end channel strip with dynamics and EQ
  • Three outstanding virtual instruments comprising the HALion Sonic SE workstation, Groove Agent SE drum machine and Prologue synthesizer
  • Over 40 audio effect processors, including high-end VST Dynamics, Pitch Correct for vocal intonation correction and the VST Amp Rack guitar tone suite
  • Powerful sample editor covering all common editing tasks and providing creative freedom while editing audio
  • Chord Track and Chord Pads for playfully and creatively composing with chords
  • Comprehensive content library with thousands of instrument sounds, MIDI construction loops and audio samples
  • Basic score editing features for music notation and composition
  • Full upward compatibility with Cubase Pro and Cubase Artist for

There’s certainly some interesting features in there and I expect many users will justify the upgrade based on what we’ve seen. For a more in-depth look at what Cubase 9 offers, head on over to the Cubase YouTube channel. There’s plenty of videos on there demonstrating all these new features.

Steinberg Cubase @ Scan

Steinberg announces its Dorico launch date and seminar.

Dorico the long awaited notation package from Steinberg, finally gets it’s roll out date announced as the 19th of October. On the 18th of October Steinberg will be hosting a live stream to highlight and show off all the great features features and tools that can be found  within the package shot-dvorak_edit

Broadcasting from London at 7PM BST Daniel Spreadbury will be giving the public introduction to Dorico and the includes:

  • A presentation of Dorico itself
  • The premiere of a short work for string quartet and piano that we have commissioned from Thomas Hewitt Jones, which will be performed by the composer and members of renowned chamber music group Ensemble Perpetuo.
  • A talk with Thomas how he has found using Dorico to put it together.

The event will be streamed live on Steinbergs Facebook  and YouTube pages as well as being available to watch after the event as well. shot-playmode

Dorico @ Scan

Steinberg on Facebook

Steinberg on YouTube

Steinberg Goes Mini With The UR-12 USB Audio Interface

Steinberg UR12 pair

Cutting down the ever popular UR-22 to it’s very bare essentials the UR12 would appear to be the perfect fit for the artist working in the box and on the go. This 2 x 2USB 2 based solution offers a HI-Z 1/4″ jack connector and a balanced XLR with Yamaha D-Pre  amp for input duties along with a regular line output for getting the audio back out all topped off with great  24/192 capable converters . With a solid build and external power that will allow the unit to be also hooked up to an iPad when out and about it covers the basics at a great price, making it suitable for first time buyers and those needing a small, portable solution too.

Steinberg UR12 Front

 

Steinberg UR12 Rear

The Steinberg UR12 will be available in January 2015 for around £95

The Steinberg UR12 @ Scan

The Steinberg Range @ Scan

 

Cubase Pro 8 & Artist 8 Announced

Cubase Pro 8
Cubase Pro 8 & Artist 8

Steinberg has announced the latest edition of its flagship production suite this morning in the form of Cubase 8 and is promising work flow improvements and tweaks galore. Offering new audio tools, greater productivity and more musical creativity, Cubase Pro 8 continues to technical innovation and artistic inspiration in one powerful, accessible production environment.

So to take a quick look at the headline features, these are set to include VCA style fader grouping allowing the ability to route any combination of channels to more flexible groups, where you now have the ability to merge the automation curves from the channels and master groups to allow adjustable blending control when setting up your audio buss.

The improved channel strips are taking the improvements from C7 and giving you more feedback and control when working with the parameters and with the interface being far more configurable with dockable instruments racks, media bays a far more tweakable design, you can refine C8 to work just how you want it.

The classic freeze functionality gets a supercharge with the newly adopted “render in-place” function, allowing you to quickly bounce midi and audio parts quickly with all the FX rendered in place

On the creative side the new chord pads, circle of 5ths & proximity chord modes are all designed to help you quickly jam and spin off your ideas in new and exciting ways and are certainly a welcome addition. The has also been a revamp of the tracklist and inspector layouts with added configuration capabilities allowing you to organize and lay it all out so you can see the information that is important to you in order to maximise your workflow.

Rounding it all off we have also new Vst’s in the shape of new bass amp sims and the return of the legend that is Quadrafuzz 2 along with new Multiband Expander & Envelope Shaper tools. Additionally they have also updated DeEsser, Multiband Compressor and Tuner tools all being housed inside the all new and improved plug in manager.

Some nice and well needed features in there as well as plenty of refinements that users have been crying out for make this an interesting upgrade prospect and a great entry point for current and new users alike.

To find out more about the new editions
Steinberg Cubase @ Scan

Steinberg CMC Six-Pack… YAHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Many of you will remember the CMC controllers we featured last year, indeed we even had dear old Andy from Steinberg come over to one of our Pro Audio days and talk people through them.

The CMC series comprises 6 slim but powerful units, each of which has all the control options you’re looking for — whether you are recording, editing and mixing music, creating beats or performing live. Each of the six slim-sized controllers is unique in its own way and features a dedicated set of rotary encoders, touch faders or pads designed to take hands-on control of a specific section in Cubase.

 

Well…..

In the past, each of these units was available separately, and were priced around the £70.00 -£80.00 mark, however….

Ta-Dah!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yup, here comes the GOOD NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!                              

Steinberg have released a CMC Six-Pack!!!

All 6 X CMC Controllers in one box. At the unbelievable price of £244.00!!!!

That’s a saving of over 50% if you were to buy them separately!!!!

This is a limited run, only available while stocks last!

 

 

 

Steinberg UR 22 Interface

Steinberg today have thrown their hat into the budget interface ring with the announcement of the UR-22 interface. Details on the hardware is that it is a 2in2out unit capable of 24bit 192khz recording and features a couple the D-PRE preamps from the midrange MR series interfaces. Looking at what appears to be a fairly rugged design and the fact that a lot of units around this price point seem to be dropping MIDI support these days, this unit could find itself as a nieche as a cheap, highly portable performers unit.

Steinberg UR-22 Features

– Durable and rugged metal housing
– 2in/2out format
– 24 bit – 192kHz USB 2.0 Audio Interface
– 2 x High quality D-PRE Mic Preamps (From MR series FW interfaces) with 48v Phantom Power
– 2 x Analog TRS outputs
– MIDI I/O
– USB Powered
– Cross platform compatibility with all major DAWS.
– Ships with Cubase AI

Steinberg UR22 USB Interface

The Steinberg UR-22 will be shipping around the start of Feb 2013 with a price point of £121 inc vat.

Steinberg UR-22 available from Scan

Steinberg UR-22 Homepage

Cubase 7: Voxengo Curve EQ

 

Voxengo Curve EQ:

Within Cubase 7 is a plug-in with a feature, which in essence has been around a while, but Voxengo really do make it easy to use…

 

I’m talking ‘Spectrum matching function’ and it’s very cool.

 

Most of us have a favourite album where the production is just perfect, and we’d give anything to emulate it (mine happens to be Jellyfish’s  “Spilt Milk”, but there you go…)

 

Whatever genre or style, the Voxengo Curve EQ can analyse it and apply it to the current mix you’re working on, and once you’ve learnt how to do it, it can be invaluable as a tool for mastering in different genres (Country and Western advert ?  I’ll just strap Dolly’s EQ across it!!!)

 

Spectrum matching function is accessible via the “Static Spectrum Editor” window

(which is opened by the “Static & Match” button on the user interface).

 

Here’s the skinny from the manual…..

 

When you perform spectrum matching it is suggested to switch spectrum type in the

“Spectrum Mode Editor” to “Avg” so that average spectrum is used for matching

instead of a default real-time spectrum which may give inconsistent matching results.

You also need to run the averaging for several seconds until the visible spectrum

becomes smooth enough. After achieving the required spectrum shape on the screen

you can press the “Take” (or “Take 2nd”) button once in the static spectrum slot to

store this spectrum for matching purposes. Note that if there is no secondary

spectrum available (it was not configured in the “Spectrum Mode Editor”), the “Take

2nd” button will appear dimmed.

You need at least two spectrum snapshots in two slots for matching. The spectrum

you would like to equalize and the reference spectrum should be marked with the

“Apply To” and “Reference” switches, respectively. You can define more than one

“Apply to” or “Reference” spectrum – in that case the “average of two” spectrum will

be used.

 

You need at least two spectrum snapshots in two slots for matching. The spectrum

you would like to equalize and the reference spectrum should be marked with the

“Apply To” and “Reference” switches, respectively. You can define more than one

“Apply to” or “Reference” spectrum – in that case the “average of two” spectrum will

be used.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The point is that for any of you guys out there working in different styles, or producing ‘soundalikes’, this is a hell of a plug-in for helping you to achieve a believable end result.

 

Oh, and as I said earlier, Cubase 7 Rocks as well!!        LN48346.

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…………

 

VARI AUDIO 2:

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 HUB:

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.