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Steinberg Solution Guide

The Story of Steinberg and Yamaha

Steinberg has created award-winning, technologically-advanced audio software and hardware since 1984. With more than 1.5
million users globally, Steinberg (a Yamaha subsidiary) is one of the worlds largest manufacturers of these products, which are
used by musicians and producers to create albums and soundtracks for video and film. Steinbergs wide-ranging products are
world-renown in the world of modern digital audio processing. They form the backbone of facilities specializing in music compo-
sition and production, mastering, restoration, broadcast, sound design, audio post for the film industry, and many others.
Since its foundation, Steinberg has constantly pushed the boundaries of what is possible in digital audio. In January 2005,
Steinberg became a wholly owned subsidiary of Yamaha Corporation, the worlds leading manufacturer of audio hardware.
By joining forces with Yamaha, the company ensured that the legacy of innovation and quality would finally find a supportive and
equally quality-minded partner. Our groundbreaking technologies offer flexible, cost-effective and intuitive ways of realizing
your full creative and professional potential. Steinbergs technologies include VST, ASIO and AI three standards that have
ignited the computer recording revolution.
VST allows the integration of virtual effect processors and instruments into the digital audio environment. These can be software
recreations of hardware effect units and instruments or new creative effect components in your VST system. The Audio Stream
Input/Output (ASIO) architecture forms the backbone of VST. It supports variable bit depths and sample rates, multi-channel
operation and synchronization. As a result, the user gets low latency, high performance, easy setup, and stable audio recording
within VST. It is now the preferred audio standard used by many other leading software manufacturers.
AI is a technology developed in close collaboration between Steinberg and Yamaha. The AI technology allows for a seamless
integration of the Digital Audio Workstations developed by Steinberg into the digital audio hardware from Yamaha and Steinberg.
AI provides plug-and-play to an as-yet unknown level; the software automatically carries out the required settings of the con-
nected hardware, such as selecting drivers, input and output configurations, and remote settings. In addition, the technology
offers various dedicated remote functions, data exchange, and much more.
Thanks to the union with Yamaha, Steinberg began to create high quality hardware products with Yamahas award-winning
engineers and designers products that ensure that Steinberg is known as the pre-eminent system solution company.
Steinbergs lineup has dramatically grown to include the MR Series of Firewire audio interfaces, the CI Series of portable USB
audio interfaces and the recent addition of the class-leading UR Series of USB 2.0 audio interfaces. Ever innovating, Steinbergs
CMC Series is the worlds first lineup of modular controllers, consisting of six sleek designs offering the utmost in flexibility and
superior ease of use.
These hardware additions join the formidable lineup of software that Steinberg is best known for, including: Cubase, the worlds
leading Digital Audio Workstation; Nuendo, the post production powerhouse; Wavelab, for deep editing and mastering; and
Sequel, the easy to use music production studio. These programs unite with some legendary instruments and effects that take
full advantage of VST host software including the Rupert Neve Design Portico Series of Plug-ins, The Grand virtual piano instru-
ment, The Yamaha Vintage Plug-in Collection and the HALion lineup of sound creation and sampling plug-ins.
Steinberg passionately continues to create innovative, flexible and inspiring system solutions that offer the worlds best
experience in recording and digital audio.
Elliot Scheiner
Credits: Elliot's work includes Steely Dan, Eagles, Foo Fighters, Beck, Fleetwood Mac, Faith Hill and most recently a solo album with Glenn Frey. His
latest Grammy was for remixing of Derek & The Domino's "Layla" in surround sound. This is a project that was done in his studio utilizing Nuendo.
This seven time Grammy winner began his career in NYC under the guidance of Phil Ramone. He has
spent his life striving to make great sounding music. He is considered to be the one of the pioneers
in 5.1 surround music and the creator of the ELS Surround system in Acura Automobiles.
Danny Lux
Credits: Grey's Anatomy, Ally McBeal, Raising Hope, Boston Legal, and many more...
One of the most consistently busiest Hollywood television composers, Danny Lux is a multiple Emmy
nominated composer whose music can be heard on present and past television hits.
Chuck Ainlay
Credits: Recent number 1 albums include George Strait "Here For The Good Times", Lionel Richie "Tuskeegee",
Miranda Lambert "Four The Record" & The Pistol Annie's "Hell On Heels"
Multiple Grammy Award & ACM winning Producer/Engineer, Chuck Ainlay is one of Nashvilles top
recording engineers. He has recorded and mixed over two hundred albums, including work with
legendary country music artists George Strait, Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Lee Ann Womack,
Sugarland, Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris and The Dixie Chicks.
David Kahne
Credits: Sublime, Fishbone, Regina Spektor, Strokes, Ingrid Michaelson, Bangles,
Paul McCartney, The Rubens, Tony Bennett, Sugar Ray, Bruce Springsteen
David started playing music in his senior year of high school, and has played every day since that
day. He produces music for a wide range of artists. David also programs and engineers the albums
he produces. Another love is orchestral composition and arranging. David has written 4 full-length
ballets and has recently been scoring for film.
Steinberg Artist Testimonials
The preamp is where sound creation begins in recording, and ultimately determines the quality of your mix.
The D-PRE is carefully designed to capture all the subtleties and expressiveness of any audio source and
is the culmination of years of development by the experienced engineers at the Yamaha Corporation. The
results are stunning, and the difference is in the design.
Usually, preamps use one transistor each for the hot and cold signals at the input stage to amplify the signal.
However, the D-PREs specified on Steinberg audio interfaces use an inverted Darlington circuit, where two
transistors are used for each hot and cold- a total of four per unit. With only one transistor on a preamp
circuit, distortion tends to increase along with the signal level. By using a pair of two cascaded transistors,
very low distortion can be maintained regardless of signal level.
Why does the D-PRE preamp sound so good?
Some users might look for a microphone preamp to dramatically color the sound while others search for a
very neutral response. For example, some highly sought after vintage microphone preamps excel at amplifying
certain components of a given source, imparting a generous amount of color to the signal. Such a preamp
might be great for a vocal recording, however those preamps will not suit every use. D-PRE has a very wide
frequency range so that it can handle any music source and it does not overly amplify any specific components
of the signal. It`s beautifully tuned to be able to capture the true expression of a given performance or audio
source, while leaving flexibility for later editing. The end result is that D-PRE provides a sound that is a perfect
amalgamation of understated signal enhancement combined with impeccable sonic integrity. The development
team took a lot of time to adjust this subtle balance and the D-PRE sound quality speaks for itself.
REV-X for MR816
dspMixFx for UR824
REV-X for UR824 and UR28M
Cue Mix
Powered by Yamaha`s custom-designed SSP2 DSP chip, you now can enjoy the benefits of dspMixFx technology which
offers latency-free monitoring together with the highly acclaimed REV-X reverb and the Sweet Spot Morphing Channel Strip
for users of any DAW software.
The dspMixFx provides individual stereo mix
per player. It does not just provide regular
mixer function like volume fader, pan, mute
and solo button but also provides DSP effects
so that each musician can get comfortable mix
during recording for the best performance.
*Number of cue mix is determined per product.
DSP Effect
The REV-X built into the UR824, UR28M, and MR816 is a
complex reverb algorithm developed by Yamaha. Renowned
for its high-density, richly reverberant sound quality, with
smooth attenuation, spread and depth that work together to
enhance the original sound, the REV-X features three types
of reverb effects: Hall, Room and Plate simulations with
reverb time and level control. By using FX Bus function
equipped with dspMixFx, REV-X can be routed to playback
channel as well. You can apply same reverb sound for the
playback track after recording.
is a patent-applied for solution for removal of audio network jitter. It provides the same
performance as traditional, expensive clocking solutions found in the world`s best professional
clocking products.
JET and Jitter Elimination Technology are trademarks of TC Applied Technologies Ltd. The JET technology is used under sublicense from TC Applied
Technologies Ltd., and is the intellectual property of Sonopsis Ltd.
The Sweet Spot Morphing Channel Strip consists of a
sidechain-enabled compressor and a 3-band paramet-
ric equalizer. Both EQ and compressor were
developed to attain a highly musical sound. Its
featured morph knob smoothly allows you to morph
through both EQ and compression settings in
combination in order for you to come up with the ideal
sound very quickly just by using one single control
You can apply the Sweet Sport Morphing Channel Strip as an insert effect
on dspMixFx with two different modes (printing and monitoring).
Our Technologies
Developed by Steinberg and first launched in 1996, Virtual Studio Technology (VST) creates a full, professional studio
environment on your MAC or PC computer. VST allows the integration of virtual effect processors and instruments into
your digital audio environment. These can be software recreations of hardware effect units and instruments or new
creative effect components in your VST system. All are integrated seamlessly into the host application. Because these
connections are virtual, there is no need for messy audio or MIDI cabling. These VST modules have the sound quality of
the best hardware units, yet are far more flexible. All functions of a VST effect processor or instrument are directly
controllable and automatable, either with a mouse or with external hardware controllers.
This revolutionary new standard brings true connectivity and platform independence to the digital audio world. VST
System Link enables the transfer of synchronization, transport and audio data between two or more workstations
equipped with compatible software and hardware over standard digital audio cabling systems such as ADAT, TDIF,
AES/EBU or S/PDIF. Because it uses the audio stream itself, synchronization is completely sample accurate, even
across multiple workstation configurations. VST System Link lets you take your audio projects to new levels of com-
plexity, and offers unbelievable flexibility in your working environment.
VST3 marks an important milestone in audio technology with a completely rewritten code base providing not only many
new features but also the most stable and reliable VST platform ever. VST 3.5 is a groundbreaking new version with a
host of new capabilities, including VST 3 controller and Note Expression support as well as VST Expression Maps inte-
The Audio Stream Input/Output (ASIO) architecture forms the backbone of VST. It is a low-latency, high performance
audio standard that is used by the entire MI industry. ASIO addresses any needs a professional audio recording
solution might have. It does this by supporting variable bit depths and sample rates, multi-channel operation and
synchronization. As a result, the user gets low latency, high performance, easy set up and stable audio recording within
VST. The entire system becomes controllable and offers complete and immediate access to the audio system's
capabilities. Since its introduction, ASIO has become a supported standard by many leading audio hardware
manufacturers - for good reason.
AI stands for Advanced Integration, being a technology developed in close collaboration between Steinberg and
Yamaha. The AI technology allows for a seamless integration of the DAWs developed by Steinberg into the digital
audio hardware from Yamaha and Steinberg. AI provides plug-and-play at an as-yet unknown level: now the software
automatically carries out the the required settings of the connected hardware, such as selecting drivers, input and
output configuration and the remote settings. In addition, the technology also offers various dedicated remote
functions, data exchange and much more.
This technology integrates dspMixFx and MR/UR Editors into the Cubase and Nuendo interface in order to get faster
operation. All aspects of I/O handling, DSP management and independent performer mixes are handled directly from
within Cubase itself. This offers real-time, independent and most importantly no-latency mixes with FX for several
The eLicenser is a copy protection system which is needed to use Steinberg's software range.
There are two types of eLicenser is available depending on software.
The USB-eLicenser (formerly "Steinberg Key") is a copy protection unit (sometimes called "dongle").
It is actually a tiny computer which stores licenses for Steinberg products, and is connected to a USB
port on your computer. The Steinberg copy protection system allows the storage of several licenses
on the same USB-eLicenser. Licenses can also be transferred between USB-eLicensers with certain limitations.
The Soft-eLicenser uses exactly same technology with the USB-eLicenser but an authorization key
will be stored on a harddisk drive. The authorization key can be transfered to a USB-eLicenser. This can be
very useful if you wish to run a Steinberg software on different computers (not at once). Once the
authorization key is transfered to a USB-eLicenser, the key can not be transfered back to harddisk drive.
Cubase 7 and Cubase Artist 7
Nuendo 6
WaveLab 7
Absolute VST Instrument Collection
USB-eLicenser is included with the following products
HALion 4
HALion Sonic
The Grand 3
RND Portico Plug-ins
Yamaha Vintage Plug-In Collection
USB-eLicenser is not included with the following products
Cubase Elements 6 and Cubase AI 6
Wavelab Elements 7 and Wavelab LE 7
Sequel 3 and Sequel LE 3
REV-X and Sweet Spot Morphing Channel Strip
Steinberg Sounds and Loops
Steinberg software product protected by Soft-eLicenser :
Top Features
24-bit/96 kHz FireWire (IEEE1394)
audio interface
8 analog in and 8 analog out with 8
D-PRE Class-A mic preamps support-
ing +48 V
1 ADAT optical I/O (S/PDIF compati-
ble) provide 8 in and 8 out (S/MUX
compatible,4 in and 4 out @ 96 kHz)
Latency-free DSP-powered monitoring
with one REV-X reverb and 8 Channel
Strips (CSX only) with any DAW by
using the MR Editor
2 separate headphone buses with
individual outputs
Word clock I/O plus JetPLL ultra-low
jitter support
Cubase AI music production software
Functioning far beyond the envelope of traditional audio devices, MR816CSX fuses a full-featured FireWire inter-
face and inbuilt DSP FX power with next-generation integrative technologies into one breathtakingly powerful production
environment. Developed by Steinberg and Yamaha, this Advanced Integration DSP Studio is the hardware centerpiece of
a latency-free recording and monitoring environment.
Advanced Integration DSP Studio
Advanced Integration DSP Studio
A great Firewire audio interface for professional and project studios, and musical institutions
8x Class-A D-PRE mic preamps supporting +48V phantom power
24-bit/96kHz support
- Total of 16-channel Inputs and Outputs @ 48kHz (12-channel @96kHz)
2x Individual Headphone Outputs
1x ADAT I/O (S/PDIF optical and S/MUX capable), S/PDIF coaxial I/O, Word Clock I/O,
2x Insert I/O
MR Editor provides latency-free monitoring with Reverb, and up to 8 stereo mix pairs.
1x world famous Yamaha REV-X Reverb can be routed as a send effect on all input channels
(for monitoring only).
8x mono or 4x stereo Sweet Spot Morphing Channel Strip can be routed as an insert effect on
selected input channels. There is an option to switch for printing (recording "wet") or only for
monitoring (recording "dry").
Advanced Integration DSP Studio
A best-in-class Firewire audio interface for professional and
project studios, and musical institutions
Zero Latency Monitoring with Real DSP Effects
Other Features
24-bit /192 kHz USB 2.0 audio interface
HI-Z switch (CH1 and CH2), -26dB
PAD switch (CH1 - CH8 independent)
2 pairs of ADAT optical I/O(doubles as
S/PDIF) provide 16 in and 16 out
(S/MUX2 and S/MUX4 compatible)
2 separate headphone buses with
individual outputs
Word clock I/O with 2 BNC connectors
plus JetPLL ultra-low jitter support
Cubase AI and Yamaha's renowned
REV-X reverb and Sweet Spot Morph-
ing Channel Strip Native VST3
Plug-ins included
The UR824 interface offers pristine, transparent audio quality through both analog and digital I/O, and
is a great choice for both studio and remote use. The rack-mountable UR824 boasts 24 channels with
8 premium D-PRE mic preamps, alongside its dspMixFx technology for latency-free monitoring with
effects (which also are bundled as native VST 3 plug-ins).
USB 2.0 Audio Interface
UR824 supports quad-speed (192kHz/176.4kHz) sampling rates with the V1.50 firmware or later.
* Note that the Sweet Spot Morphing Channel Strip (DSP) function will be disabled in this mode.
The finest USB 2.0 audio interface for professional and project studios
Zero Latency Monitoring with Real DSP Effects
dspMixFx on UR824 provides latency-free monitoring
with Reverb and Channel Strip, and up to 4 different
stereo mixes.
1x world famous Yamaha REV-X Reverb can be routed
as a send effect on all input channels (for monitoring
8x mono or 4x stereo Sweet Spot Morphing Channel
Strip can be routed as an insert effect on selected input
channels. There is an option to switch for printing
(recording "wet") or only for monitoring (recording "dry").
DSP REV-X Reverb can be routed to playback channel
via the FX Bus. Monitoring the playback track with the
same reverb heard on the record input is possible with-
out any FX reassignment.
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Top Features
24-bit /192 kHz USB 2.0 audio
2 Class-A D-PRE mic preamps
supporting +48V phantom power
2 Analog XLR/TRS combo inputs
(Hi-Z switch on input 2 for electric
guitar), 2 TRS impedance balanced
MIDI input and output
Headphones jack with independent
level control
Zero-latency hardware monitoring with
mix balance knob
USB-powered for mobile recordings
Rugged full-metal housing
Cross-platform compatibility with major
recording software applications
Cubase AI (download) music produc-
tion software included
The UR22 is a USB 2.0 audio and MIDI interface featuring two inputs and two outputs.
Equipped with a Mix knob, the UR22 provides hardware-based, latency-free monitoring
with any DAW software, including Cubase, for a truly professional recording experience.
The two balanced Neutrik combo inputs together with studio grade D-PRE microphone
preamps, two impedance balanced line outputs and MIDI input/output connectors, offer
top quality performance and utility for small recording studios and mobile recording setups.
USB 2.0 Audio Interface
The UR22 boasts a full set of features that most home studios require, with no
compromise in audio quality and usability. Truly professional level recording,
featuring sample rates up to 192kHz is supported, and with two of our famed
D-PRE mic preamps onboard, vocals and instrument recording is pristine.
A perfect audio interface for your private studio.
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During a serious recording session, every player should be comfortable with their headphone mix,
and therefore should also be able to adjust levels to their needs.
The UR28M allows you to create up to 3 mixes. Each mix has its own fader and pan, and each player
is free to set their monitor level to a comfortable range while keeping the rest of other tracks where
they need to be to capture the best possible performance.
Recording with CUE MIX
24-bit/96 kHz USB 2.0 audio interface
HI-Z switch and -26dB PAD switch
(CH1 and CH2 independent)
Digitally controlled monitor level
control with DIM, Mono, and Mute fed
by a 3x3 monitoring matrix
2 separate headphone buses with
individual outputs
Cubase AI and Yamaha's renowned
REV-X reverb and Sweet Spot Morph-
ing Channel Strip Native VST3 Plugins
Other Features
Channel Strip
PHONES 1 PHONES 2 Powered Monitor Speaker
Select one of three
mixes for listening
Channel Strip
Boasting high-resolution audio through its analog and digital I/O
alongside the widely acclaimed D-PRE mic preamps makes the UR28M
desktop interface the best choice for individual musicians and producers
of small-scale projects. The 3x3 monitor matrix for switching between
setups, the DSP-powered monitoring and native VST 3 plug-ins in the
UR28M provide an eminently flexible recording experience.
USB 2.0 Audio Interface
When it comes time to mix, engineers often use two or more pairs of studio monitors to ensure that they
have the best possible mix for the widest amount of listening environments. The UR28M allows you to
connect up to 3 pairs of studio monitors and features DIM, MONO MIX, and MUTE options for all the
benefits of a standalone monitor controller.
Monitor Control
When it comes time to mix, engineers often use two or more pairs of studio monitors to ensure that they
have the best possible mix for the widest amount of listening environments. The UR28M allows you to
connect up to 3 pairs of studio monitors and features DIM, MONO MIX, and MUTE options for all the
benefits of a standalone monitor controller.
Switch between 3 pairs
of Studio Monitors -20dB
Total 6-channel Input and 8-channel Output
2x Class-A D-PRE mic preamps supporting +48V
phantom power
2x Line inputs (TRS balanced, +4dBu/-10dBV)
6x Line outputs (TRS balanced)
1x S/PDIF Coaxial
2x Individual Headphones Out
1x Stereo Input for reference source
INPUT1/2 has independent HI-Z and PAD (-26dB) on/off switch
A great audio interface for home studios,
musical institutions and small post use
dspMixFx on UR28M provides latency-free monitoring with Reverb and
Channel Strip, and 3x different stereo mix bus.
1x world famous Yamaha`s REV-X Reverb can be routed as a send effect
on all input channels (for monitoring).
4x mono or 2x stereo Sweet Spot Morphing Channel Strip can be routed
as an insert effect on selected input channels. There is an option to switch
for printing (recording "wet") or only for monitoring (recording "dry").
DSP REV-X Reverb can be routed to playback channel via the FX Bus.
Monitoring the playback track with the same reverb heard on the record
input is possible without any FX reassignment.
Zero Latency Monitoring with Real DSP Effects
Top Features
Advanced Integration USB Controller
Built to an extremely high manufacturing and component standard, the
CC121 Advanced Integration Controller provides totally integrated and
full tactile control of Steinberg`s Cubase*, Nuendo* and WaveLab*
software solutions, with a unique design architecture that keeps you
100% focused on your project. No configuration is required, just install
the software and plug CC121 into your PC or Mac: the ready LED
shows when a connection is established and you`re ready to go.
The Assignable AI knob makes controlling mixer and VST3 plug-in parameters
fast and easy. Switch the AI KNOB to jog mode and the Cubase transport now
jogs your project.
CC121 offers dedicated control of
Cubase channel settings including
solo/mute, record arm, automation
read/write as well as pan all high-
lighted in the same color as the
graphic control in Cubase. With the
CC121 is the motorized 100mm
touch-sensitive fader, this top-qual-
ity component has an absolutely
first-class feel normally only found
on hardware mixing consoles
costing many times more.
Twelve dedicated rotary encoders offer
precision control of the Cubase Channel
EQ. Q-factor, Frequency and Gain all have
their own rotary encoder for each band.
Additional buttons provide control of the
bypass switch for the EQ in the selected
track, as well as selection of the EQ type.
With the CC121 V1.5 or higher, upper 8
rotary encoders become a controller of
Cubase Quick Control section and lower 4
rotary encoders can adjust the send
amount on each audio channel.
* Cubase 4.5, Nuendo 4.2 and WaveLab 7.2 or greater required.
Ultra-precision Advanced Integration
Controller Knob with point and con-
trol support controls visual parame-
ter, internal FX setting or VSTi param-
eter using mouse pointer selection
High quality, 100mm touch sensitive
motorized fader : full tactile control of
the channel or group volume fader
Dedicated controls for Cubase channel
settings including solo, mute, record
arm, automation (read/write), pan,
VSTi editor and e settings button
Full Cubase/Nuendo EQ section : 12
rotary EQ encoders and bypass/mode
button with EQ invert option
Full transport section including jog
User-assignable section adapt the
CC121 to your needs
Outstanding engineering and compo-
nent quality including valuable full
metal case
Full Precision Control
Connect to Cubase
CC121 offers dedicated control of Twelve dedicated rotary encoders offer
Connect to Cubase
Cubase 7 Channel Setting Window
- Modular USB Controllers
The CMC series is made up of six USB-powered controllers that can be individually combined to form a custom-made
Cubase control desk. Whether beat creation, transport control, editing or multi-track mixing, there is the perfect model
for every task. Each of the six slim-sized units is unique in its own way and features a dedicated set of illuminated rotary
encoders, touch faders or pads - each of them designed to take hands-on control of a specific section in Cubase. Due
to the adoption of Cubase`s icons and color scheme, users will instantly feel at home with the workflow. Take control,
keep focused and be flexible the CMC series will tremendously speed up your recording, editing and mixing workflow
no matter if you are in the studio or on the go.
By providing an innovative, highly precise touch fader, 16 backlit buttons and a rotary
encoder, the USB-powered CMC Channel Controller brings hands-on access to all
channel-related Cubase functions.
* Cubase 5.5, Nuendo 5.0 and Wavelab 7.2 or greater required.
Direct access to major channel control functions, including volume, pan, mute, solo,
automation read/write, channel select
High-precision touch fader with visual feedback (normal : 128 steps, fine : 1024 steps)
16 buttons, one knob and one touch fader with multi-colored visual feedback
8 user-assignable function buttons
Compatible with Cubase, Wavelab, and Nuendo.
New in V.1.1
LED Dimmer option allows users to access functions easily in a darkened room
(LED Dimmer option is available on Cubase and Nuendo).
Featuring a high-precision touch slider with six working modes, 17 backlit rubber
buttons and user-assignable functions, the CMC-TP controller provides instant,
hands-on access to the Cubase transport section.
Major Transport functions, including Play, Stop, Record, Rew, Fwd, Cycle, Nudge and
Insert Marker
Newly developed touch controller with a cutting edge capacitance slider design
Touch slider provides innovative control for Jog, Shuttle, Locate, Scroll, Zoom, Metro-
nome and Tempo
4 user-assignable function keys
New in V.1.1
LED Dimmer option allows users to access functions easily in a darkened room
(LED Dimmer option is available on Cubase and Nuendo).
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CMC-QC Editor
CMC-PD Editor
With 16 backlit rubber pads, a rotary encoder and two working modes, the CMC-PD is
the ultimate controller to create dynamic grooves and to access your favorite DAW
Each pad lights up in green, orange or red depending on tap strength
Bank function provides 15 different MIDI note allocation maps (banks 1-8: variable user
banks; banks 9-15: fixed factory banks; and bank 16: dedicated Cubase functions)
4Velocity mode speeds up step recording
Compatible with Cubase, Wavelab, Nuendo plus
other DAW software supporting USB-MIDI input.
CMC-PD editor software included
New in V.1.1
LED Dimmer option allows users to access functions easily
in a darkened room (LED Dimmer option is available on
Cubase and Nuendo).
The USB-powered CMC Quick Controller houses 13 backlit buttons alongside
eight rotary encoders to provide precise tactile control over virtually any effect,
EQ and performance parameter in Cubase.
Quick Control mode for assigning 8 illuminated rotary encoders to software parameters
EQ mode lets 8 rotary encoders tweak channel EQ parameters
MIDI mode for assigning any MIDI control number to 8 rotary encoders using CMC-QC
editor software
8 user-assignable function keys
Compatible with Cubase, Wavelab, Nuendo plus
DAW software supporting USB-MIDI input.
New in V.1.1
LED Dimmer option allows users to access functions easily
in a darkened room (LED Dimmer option is available on
Cubase and Nuendo).
Each unit comes with a joint plate. Use these plates
to fasten the units together.
Joint plate Stand
Use the stand on the bottom to tilt the unit for easier
Featuring Steinberg`s groundbreaking AI Knob, 10 rubber buttons and dedicated
working modes, the portable CMC-AI Controller is a truly versatile and time-saving
addition to any Cubase system.
AI Knob adjusts software parameters selected by computer mouse
Volume mode allows AI Knob to adjust the value of the master fader
Browse mode allows AI Knob and arrow keys to search and select a preset in the
browse window
4 user-assignable function keys
Compatible with Cubase, Wavelab, and Nuendo.
New in V.1.1
LED Dimmer option allows users to access functions easily in a darkened room
(LED Dimmer option is available on Cubase and Nuendo).
In VOL mode, AI knob can control the volume of Cubase`s Control Room section.
The CMC-FD is a cutting-edge USB-controller featuring four high-resolution touch
faders with integrated LED-metering, solo/mute function and support for simultane-
ous use of up to four units.
Newly developed touch controller features an innovative capacitance fader design
Fader resolution : 128 steps @ normal mode, 1024 steps @ fine mode
Tapping on fader while pressing the Shift key toggles between channel solo and
In Meter mode the red LED strip of touch controller indicates volume level
Up to 4 CMC-FD controllers can be used simultaneously
Compatible with Cubase, Wavelab, and Nuendo.
New in V.1.1
LED Dimmer option allows users to access functions easily in a darkened room
(LED Dimmer option is available on Cubase and Nuendo).
If using multiple units, connect each unit to a
self-powered USB hub (with power adapter).
CMC series are compatible with both USB
1.1/ 2.0 ports.
Note :
Top Features The Setup
The CI interface provides all necessary inputs and
outputs to record two individual signals at once, for
example, vocals and guitar. The true +48 V phantom
power lets you use high end, large diaphragm
condenser microphones for best sound quality.
Together with Sequel LE and Wavelab LE, CI1 forms a powerful yet
affordable audio recording and production solution from Steinberg.
It combines high quality audio hardware built by and designed
together with Yamaha with two light editions of Steinberg's popular
audio software applications. The CI1 audio interface provides two
mic preamps with +48V phantom power, two mic/line input, one of
which switches to Hi-Z. Simply put, CI1, Sequel LE and Wavelab LE
boast great easy to use features at a very good price/value ratio.
Desktop Home Recording Studio
With a CI interface, any user can record band gigs or
concerts of orchestras and choirs with two condenser
mics for a high quality stereo live recording. It just
takes a laptop and the CI, and there`s no need for a
power connector since the CI interface is fully
Mobile Stereo Live Recording
To make a professional sounding demo of your band
you simply have to connect your CI interface to the
mixer desk available in the rehearsal room and record
in 24-bit/48kHz stereo quality.
Mobile Band Live Recording
Two great sounding mic/line inputs
with XLR-combo sockets
Up to 24-bit /48kHz, latency-free
hardware monitoring
Hi-Z switch on input 1 for direct
connection of electric guitar and bass
+48V phantom power
Two impedance balanced outputs with
TRS Connectors
Phones output with independent
volume knob
USB-powered for mobile recordings
Dedicated Steinberg software included
Production Kit
The CI2+ Production Kit USB-powered studio comes with Cubase AI and
WaveLab LE software- light versions of Steinberg's famous titles.
The holistic approach that Steinberg provides in form of its Advanced
Integration technology allows this smart system to easily assist entry-level
to professional musicians and producers with recording and producing
music in first-class quality. The CI2+ Production Kit includes :
Instant plug and play with AI Ready LED
Browse function
The Project Assistant
AI Knob
Interactive Recording
Transport Control
Up to six transport sequences, such as Start, Record,
Stop, Return to Start Position etc., can be triggered
with the Action Pad on the CI2+ or via a connected
Yamaha FC5 footswitch (not included). The transport
sequences can be chosen from a list of templates or
freely customized.
Interactive Recording
The AI Knob is a "point and control" precision control-
ler. When you move the mouse over a parameter, it is
then automatically placed under full control by the AI
Knob. The parameter can be locked to the AI Knob to
retain control when the mouse is moved elsewhere
onscreen. The AI Knob of the CI2+ controls all
Cubase mixing parameters plus VST plug-ins includ-
ed in Cubase.
The buttons Play/Stop, Rec, Next(Fast Forward),
and Previous(Fast Rewind) are transport control of
Cubase. The Play/Stop button alternately executes
Play or Stop. Double-clicking this button returns the
project cursor to the start position. The Rec button
starts the recording. Pressing the Previous button
and the Next button simultaneously enables or
disables the Cycle function.
Transport Control
Since the foundation of the company, Steinberg has constantly pushed back the boundaries of
what is possible in digital audio. The advanced technologies included in Cubase 6 offer flexible,
cost-effective and intuitive ways of realizing the artist's full creative and professional potential.
Steinberg`s experience in developing highly performing cross-platform applications gives Mac
and Windows PC users the option to enjoy Cubase on the hardware of choice.
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 seam-
lessly to notebook screens and large-scale displays.
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 sup-
port throughout.
In past years the loudness level has increased dramatically, especially
in TV advertising. To align loudness levels easily and maintain dynam-
ics without further increasing the peak level and compression rate,
Cubase 7 comes with an integrated loudness meter that is fully com-
patible with the EBU R128 loudness standard.
Cubase condenses over 25 years of Steinberg development
into the most cutting-edge digital audio workstation anywhere.
Designed for professional producers and artists, Cubase com-
bines the best sound quality, intuitive handling and a vast range
of highly advanced audio and MIDI tools for composition,
recording, editing and mixing. Whether you record an orchestra
in, a huge live rock show, or a newcomer band in the studio,
Cubase is sublime in every sense of the word.
Clay Otswald
Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine, Jon Secada, Madonna
Ideal for Professional Producers,
Film Composers, and Recording Engineers
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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.
Chord Track
The powerful new Chord Assistant helps you to generate everything
from simple pop to complex jazz chord sequences that just sound
fabulous. Want to specify both the first and final chords but have no
clue how to get there? This, also, is possible in Cubase 7. The Chord
Assistant lists chord suggestions from which you can choose it's
all just a click away.
Chord Assistant
VariAudio offers completely integrated vocal editing
and pitch alteration of individual notes in monophonic
vocal recordings and can solve intonation and timing
problems with only a few mouse clicks. With 2.0 up-
date, the seamless integration with the newly intro-
duced Chord Track ensures correct pitch to your har-
monies at all times. Talking about multiple tracks,
now you can smartly edit multiple VariAudio parts
across multiple tracks within one editor only!
Vari Audio 2.0
In Cubase 7 rhythmic audio material can be quantized just like any
MIDI material, offering numerous possibilities to fix timing issues and
to change the groove of live-recorded drums. To preserve phase rela-
tionships between tracks, the individual slices on all tracks are still
grouped and moved at once. Cubase automatically creates
cross-fades between slices to ensure seamless transitions between
them and fill gaps that might be introduced during quantization.
Multi-Track Phase Accurate Audio Quantization
Note Expression is the new smart way to assign, create and edit multiple
controller values directly on single note-level all in a single handy graphi-
cal interface. The perfect choice for demanding orchestral arrangements
and creating unique sound effects, Note Expression allows controller values
to be drawn directly onto single note events in the Key Editor. Because
each individual note event contains its own set of controller data, even poly-
phonic sounding notes can now be dynamically controlledfully indepen-
dent from each other.
Note Expression
Thanks to the Hermode tuning technology, the intonation of your synthe-
sized 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.
Hermode tuning
Ideal for creating fat and funky lead and bass
sounds, Retrologue offers those old-school
analog synth sounds and biting sonic blocks
that will enrich every modern music production
substantially. At the heart of this cutting
instrument are two carefully modeled oscillators
each with up to eight detunable voices alongside
an earth-shattering sub and noise oscillator.
Packed into a straightforward interface,
Retrologue brings back the sound of analog
circuitries and vintage warmth.
Straight from the Steinberg sound lab,
Padshop boasts granular synthesis at its
finest to create fantastic-sounding spheres
and dramatically moving textures which
evolve over time. Fasten your safety strap,
tweak the knobs and get ready to expand
your universe.
Groove Agent ONE
Groove Agent ONE pairs powerful drum
sampling with detailed sound shaping-
seamlessly integrated into Cubase. Not only
does it boast sliced loop and MPC-import but
rocks right out of the box with its own custom
library of only the finest acoustic, urban, hip
hop and dance drum kits (66 total)! Each of
its virtual pads features a complete sound
processing section that gives full control of
textures, timbres and expressive qualities
of each drum sound.
CurveEQ LoopMash 2 HALion Sonic SE
HALion Sonic SE is a streamlined version of
HALion Sonic, Steinberg`s premier VST
workstation. Incorporating the same pristine
audio and synth engine as its award-winning
brother, HALion Sonic SE offers tight integration
with Cubase 6 and more than 900 produc-
tion-ready sounds and instruments that will
truly inspire your creative work.
VST Amp Rack
Steinberg`s reference virtual guitar tone
suite, featuring seven legendary amp models,
eighteen vintage stomp boxes, six classic
speaker cabinets and two studio-grade
microphone types. Be it jazz, rock or metal,
this comprehensive collection is ready to
infuse guitar recordings with drive, punch
and clarity.
Pitch Correct
Designed for vocal and solo instrument
recordings, the new PitchCorrect VST3
plug-in brings easy and automatic intonation
control and scale correction of vocal and
monophonic instrument recordings to
The world`s first VST3 high end multi-channel
convolution reverb processor, being capable
of emulating speakers, analog gear and any
natural room or hall imaginable-in stereo or
surround with over 70 responses included.
Cubase Effects and Instruments
Voxengo`s CurveEQ, an extremely versa-
tile 64-band spline EQ with linear and
minimum-phase modes. Its built-in
professional-grade spectrum analyzer
allows displaying, saving and loading static
spectrum plots for comparison and match-
ing purposes. With its spectrum matching
technology you can exactly transfer the
sound of any audio track to another,
whether it`s your die-for guitar intro or your
favorite kick drum sound!
LoopMash offers a unique and innovative way
of working with loops and beats to create
stunning new rhythms and grooves. Seam-
lessly blendable variations of both the
included loops and any loop from your library
open up myriad new creative possibilities.
Its revolutionary audio analysis/synthesis
engine, developed in collaboration with
Yamaha, matches similar elements across
loops and beats, generating fresh and inspiring
mash-ups from any rhythmic audio material -
entirely synced to the Cubase Tempo.
Hans Zimmer on his DAW of Choice
Hans Zimmer needs no introduction, and yet there`s so much happening around him that we simply feel the urge to
spread the news from time to time with great fervor. Scoring well over 100 films, Hans Zimmer has been awarded with
two Golden Globes, one Oscar and three Grammy`s as well as counting an array of nominations.
You are a veteran in film score composing. Do you still encounter situations that take you aback?
All films come with difficult situations. It`s not like a job that you learn to get good at because repetitive motion is involved.
Honestly, the whole point is everyone forever asking me to do something new and unexpected. The bottom line is that I
always start with a blank page and that`s the job: looking to reinvent yourself time and again plus you`re supposed to be
slightly ahead of the zeitgeist. The problems of being a film composer are vast [laughs] - every day is a dilemma somehow.
And thats why you have to be able to rely 100% on your DAW. How does Cubase support you during the composing process?
By not crashing - but seriously, I was amazed by how much I was throwing at Cubase and it never winced, never seized
up, never faltered. It`s always an extreme thing, and although I honestly can`t recall how many audio tracks were being
used, remember that everything we do is in 5.1 so that quickly adds tracks, plus there are 300-400 MIDI tracks going at
the same time. We also tried to keep everything virtual on this movie up until the very end. Other than the orchestra and
soloist Johnny Ma, even most of the synths were kept virtual all the way through the mix.Another thing is that Cubase
sounds really good. And what I mean by that is that what you put into Cubase is what you get out. It`s not colored like
other systems. I can tell straight away when somebody brings in a Logic track - I know exactly what it was recorded on.
Part of why I like Cubase is that I don`t sound like everybody else. I mean we never use library sounds. You don`t really
want to hear a sound you have in your 160-million-dollar movie in somebody else`s movie in the theater next door so
everything we use is made from scratch. And so it`s very important to me that the quality of the software ensures that
whatever work I put into it, it isn`t going to get colored. We already had this with the early digital recording where you can
listen to a recording and you literally can put a time stamp onto it. And I think this will also happen with other DAWs. So
you don`t really want to be able to identify the sound and that`s why the DAW has to be as transparent as possible so that
it becomes timeless.
Are there any features you enjoy particularly in Cubase?
For doing orchestral stuff, VST Expression is absolutely brilliant. It makes perfect sense. It seems crazy that we`ve been
writing down instructions on paper in a simple way for hundreds of years but this wonderful sequencer just couldn`t do it.
Sometimes it`s good to embrace some of the old things that simply work. But I think I get the most fun out of the things
you can now do with soft-synths and the incredible things you can do with plug-ins.
Are there any virtual instruments you use?
I use very few now. The main thing I use is Zebra by Urs Heckman for synthesizers but also some hardware, such as a
few old Moog modulars via MIDI interfaces. There`s also my sampler which we had to build from scratch. Mark Wherry
has been building it and it`s slightly over the top as far as the technology is concerned. And we`ve been creating our own
library and that project just goes on forever because we keep on adding to it. The problem with samples is that you get
bored. Unfortunately, every time you press the same note, the same sound comes back at you. I`ve never understood
why people don`t make their own sample library because it`s really not that hard, it just takes a bit of time and having a
few friends who can play instruments extraordinarily well plus a hall for recording. And it`s so much better because it`s
Do you have any final words before we close up this interview?
If you come to think of it, these movies which cost zillions of dollars, at the end of the day, they put their trust in a piece of
software like Cubase. It works flawlessly, we meet the deadline and we get to do everything we imagined to do. That`s
quite a testament on how reliable Cubase is these days. It`s an incredibly advanced program and although it`s difficult for
me to say since I`ve been working with it for so long, it does seem like anybody can just pick it up and make music with it
very, very quickly. And isn`t that the point, that whatever`s in your head, you`re supposed to be able to get it out and into
your sequencer as quickly as you can.
Cubase Comparison
Audio resolution
Number of audio tracks
Number of MIDI tracks
Number of instrument tracks
Physical inputs and outputs
Group channels
FX send/return channels
VST audio effect insert slots
MIDI effect insert slots
VST instrument slots
Number of included audio effect plug-ins
Number of included VST instruments
Advanced Comping
Hermode tuning
VST Expression 2.0 support
Chord Track
Chord Assistant
VariAudio (inc. Extended MIDI conversion)
Bus Recording
Audio Tempo Detection
Multitrack Audio Quantize
Multichannel Export
Full Fraunhofer MP3 encoding
Professional score layout and printing
Control Room
5.1 surround
Automation panel
Batch export
Nuendo/Nuendo Live project import
(basic only)
(basic only)
4 (pre)
(basic only)
Cubase 7 Cubase Artist 7 Cubase Elements 6 Cubase AI6
The Cubase family comprises 3 main members: Cubase, Cubase
Artist and Cubase Elements. Each one features our acclaimed
crystal-clear 32-bit Steinberg Audio Engine, VST3 and ASIO tech-
nologies that will make your Cubase experience the best it can be
in either 32-bit and 64-bit modes. In addition, Cubase AI is a light
version that is bundled with Steinberg hardware and is added to
the chart here for comparison.
RND Portico Plug-ins
Yamaha Vintage Plug-in Collectionn
Swiss '85 Swiss '70s
Compressor 276
Compressor 260
Vintage Wah Vintage Flanger
Dual Phaser Max 100
Vintage Channel Strip Vintage Open Deck Vintage Stomp Pack
Yamaha VCM Technology
- Leading-Edge Virtual Circuitry Modeling
Vintage Phaser
Portico 5033 plug-in
Portico 5043 plug-in
The RND Portico 5033 EQ and 5043 compressor plug-ins bring the legendary Neve
sound to your DAW. The VCM modeling technology provides an exact digital repro-
duction of the analog circuitry of the Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5033 EQ and
5043 Compressor / Limiter Duo hardware, bringing the warmth and sonic finesse of
the legendary Neve sound to the digital recording environment.
The NeveEQ sounds that engineers so love are now
reborn in Rupert Neves official plug-ins.
The graphical interface makes it very easy to work the
parametric equalization.
A 5-band equalizer: LF and HF shelving, and LMF, MF,
and HMF parametric.
Portico 5043 Compressor / Limiter Duo is implemented with an official Rupert Neve plug-in.
Includes meters showing input signal level and gain reduction level.
Offers a choice of feed-forward and feed-back modes. The two modes have entirely different
Creating an exact digital image of world-class analog audio processors has
always been a soughtafter goal until Yamaha, world's largest and most
successful manufacturer of quality musical instruments, introduced a revolu-
tionary technology that enables to create highly accurate digital copies of
analog hardware: Virtual Circuitry Modeling (VCM) technology.
VCM was developed by an engineering group led by Toshifumi Kunimoto, a senior engineer who was also responsible for the first
physical modeling synthesizers, VL1 and VP1. VCM enables an ultra-realistic digital reproduction of individual components in analog
circuits, such as resistors and capacitors. Besides modeling the functionality of a circuit and the interaction between single compo-
nents, VCM focuses on an unprecedented musical simulation of analog sound qualities, including typical characteristics like saturation
and non-linearity subtleties that simple digital simulations cannot capture.
Each effect is carefully analyzed by some of the best ears in the business and tweaked to provide the best-sounding results in today`s
pro sound environment. Breathtakingly accurate, yet highly musical the VCM technology is the most straightforward approach to
analog sound modeling and is now available in the RND Portico plug-ins
Recreates the EQ and compressor sounds
so popular in the 70`s studios and sound
recording venues. Faithfully models vintage
machines, with fine tuning by top engineers.
Includes a simple but sophisticated inter-
face, and delivers outstanding sound quality.
Includes analog circuits once used in vintage
open-reel tape recorders, and VCM technol-
ogy that recreates the characteristics of analog
master tapes. Emulates the characteristics of
four representative but still fresh-sounding
tape decks manufactured in the 70s and 80s
by Studer, Ampex and others.
A group of plug-ins that reproduces the guitar
effectors so popluar in the 70s. VCM technology
models these vintage effects broadly and faith-
fully, capturing just about everythingincluding the
characteristics of their hardware parts and circuits.
The result: a warm, rich and nostalgic sound, and
an easy-to-use interface that reproduces the feel
of the original effect pedals.
Top Features
Creating your own individual sounds and innovative instruments has never been easier. With the help
of the newly developed engine found in HALion 4, you are able to realize your sonic visions faster and
more efficiently than ever before. Its flexible approach to re-arranging elements in the user interface
only emphasizes the advanced usability that makes HALion 4 the most user-friendly software sampler
in the worldallowing you to stay on top of things, no matter how large the project. Including a stunning
selection of high-quality sounds and presets as well as supporting Steinberg`s groundbreaking VST
Expression 2 technology, HALion 4 is truly a powerhouse of a VST instrument out to let you design
individual soundsyour way.
HALION 4 - VST Sampler and Sound Creation System
Complete Sampler based sound
creation features
1,600 factory presets (Compre-
hensive HALion Sonic 1.5
Library are included)
VST Expression 2 support
192kHz support
Four sound engine modes
Disk-Streaming Sample, Drum,
Sliced Loop, Virtual Analog
Multiple monitor support
Flexphraser module based on
Yamaha`s MOTIF Technology
Unlimited undo/redo plus Undo
Total 32 stereo output channels
and 6-channel surround support
Consisting of HALion Sonic, Padshop Pro, Retrologue, Hypnotic Dance, Triebwerk and Dark Planet,
the Absolute VST Instrument Collection offers thousands of sounds, advanced technology and
state-of-the-art sound design for contemporary music production, composing and live performance.
Absolute combines exceptional quality and premium value at a fantastic price.
HALion Sonic Padshop Pro Retrologue
Dark Planet Triebwerk Hypnotic Dance
Top Features
HALion Sonic is Steinberg`s premier VST workstation that breaks new ground in terms of Performance,
versatility and ease of use. Over a thousand instrument sounds created by top sound experts at
Yamaha and Steinberg offer a staggering array of first class synths, hybrid and acoustic instruments,
covering almost any conceivable style. HALion Sonic is the long-anticipated successor to the highly
acclaimed Hypersonic 2 workstation, and allows you to work more productively than ever before.
HALION SONIC - Premier VST Workstation
1,400 factory presets
VST Expression 2 support
192kHz support
Multiple monitor support
Flexphraser module based on
Yamaha`s MOTIF Technology
Four sound engine modes
(Disk-Streaming Sample, Drum, Sliced
Loop, Virtual Analog Synthesis)
Unlimited undo/redo plus Undo History
A first-rate collection of virtual pianos makes up the third version of The Grand, consisting foremost of three
recorded models based on highly acclaimed grand pianos: The Grand 3 boasts a variety of piano sounds for
different music styles, at a sound quality that is simply phenomenal. Exceeding current standards in virtual
piano modeling, The Grand 3 by Steinberg gives musical inspiration a new name.
THE GRAND 3 - The Ultimate Virtual Piano Suite
most any conceivable style. HALion Sonic is the long anticipated successor to the h
Hypersonic 2 workstation, and allows you to work more productively than ever befo
The Grand 3 delivers ultra dynamic response and
hammer action with up to 20 different velocity
samples for each key, faithfully capturing the full
extent of every note`s envelope. Sustain and
sostenuto pedal support, subtle mechanical
noises and true resonance make The Grand 3
the most ambitious and innovative piece of
software engineering in our day, resulting in the
grandest collection of virtual pianos.
Authentic sound quality
Equipped with high grade Neumann microphones, customized high end preamps and converters specially tuned for pianos in a large
acoustic space specifically designed and built for this particular use, engineers generated the source material to highest standards.
No additional electronic equipment was used during the recordings to capture the natural sound of the acoustic pianos. Plus, two differ-
ent microphone positions (close and player) available in The Grand 3 result from a 12-microphone setup used for the recordings,
giving the musician the ultimate freedom to dictate the piano`s immanent sound.
Latest recording technology Latest recording technology
Authentic sound quality Au
Yamaha C7 Steinway Model D
The Nordiska upright Yamaha CP80
Boesendorfer 290 Imperial
WaveLab features sample-accurate stereo or multi-track audio editing
combined with impressive effects for sound design. Many kinds of
professional meters like VU/RMS, phase, spectrum meter are also
Audio Edit
In the wave window, the upper and the lower displays can indepen-
dently be set to one of three display modes.
Display Modes
With 150+ new features, the latest version of WaveLab introduces more tools and workflow
enhancements than any other WaveLab version before. The speaker management system
offers an intuitive way to quickly switch between different monitor setups, whereas the
integrated EBU-compliant loudness measurement and processing is an essential addition
for those working in the broadcast area. Other highlights include iZotope`s MBIT

high-end dithering plug-in, Voxengo`s acclaimed CurveEQ and two mastering-grade signal
processors by Steinberg, Tube Compressor and Brickwall Limiter. This and workflow
improvements such as the new SuperClip concept, the master transport panel and the
single-window plug-in management will take your audio to perfection.
Wavelab 8 Introduction
The Waveform tab displays the waveform of the audio file.
The Spectrum tab displays the audio as a spectrogram.
The Loudness tab displays the loudness graphs of the audio file.
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WaveLab 8 makes the creation of complex transitions and cross fades
between titles very easy. WaveLab 8 provides intuitive track assembly,
audio editing and applying effects or cross fades down to accurate CD
marker and PQ editing is very fast and intuitive.
CD Mastering and DDP import/export option
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Michael Jackson, Frank Zappa, Stevie Wonder
Extended Audio Montage workspace
With the newly introduced SuperClips, working in complex audio projects
with a large number of clips is now a breeze. Combine several clips into
one SuperClip but still be able to edit these clips in internal sub-montages.
Also new to WaveLab 8 is the Master Plug-In Section for saving a plug-in
chain locally with each single montage and therefore allowing total recall.
The latest incarnation of WaveLab also features a completely new burning
engine and support for the industry standard DDP format. No other audio
editing software offers such a complete set of CD mastering features.
Making audio editing faster and more convenient has been the
main premise for the creation of WaveLab's new editing tools.
One example is the time-saving Raise Selection function that
allows you to adjust the level of individual clip regions in an
instant. Plus, several new trim and split options have been
added to the framework of the new Auto-Split function. What's
more, you can now process selected regions of your audio file
using say, a plug-in chain with just a single command, making
comparisons between different editings a straightforward
matter. And the new auto-replay option automatically
re-triggers the playback right after your edit.
Professional Editing

The Spectrum Editor displays the audio material as a sonogram that shows the changing intensities of the frequencies over time in different
colors and shades. Using the High Pass, Low Pass or Band Pass filters, a certain frequency area in the sonogram can be dampened, faded
in or out or even wiped over with the Dispersion function. The dampening and aggressiveness of the filters is also user-definable.
Audio Restoration
Developed by the Sonnox specialists, DeNoiser, DeBuzzer and
DeClicker are capable of removing even the harshest noises
without affecting the ambience of the original material. Advanced
algorithms, a straightforward user interface and detailed visual
feedback make this suite the first choice for the most demanding
audio restoration works.
Sonnox Restoration Suite
WaveLab 8 features a full-fledged EBU R128-compliant loudness
metering and processing solution. Besides displaying momen-
tary, short term and integrated measurements on dedicated
scales, WaveLab comes with a zoomable loudness view that
visualizes all values as a clear graph and Loudness, Pan and
Batch Normalizers adhering to EBU standards.
EBU - compliant loudness metering and processing
During the mastering process it is essential to monitor the premaster
on different speaker setups in order to ensure a constant level of
quality. That`s why WaveLab 8 features an integrated speaker
management system, allowing you to switch between up to eight
speaker setups for monitoring playback and recording levels,
including individual gain control on each output.
Speaker Management System
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Thanks to its spectrum matching
technology, Voxengo's CurveEQ
is perfectly suited to fit the
needs of mastering engineers.
This versatile 64-band spline EQ
with linear and minimum-phase
modes also features a built-in
professional-grade spectrum
analyzer that allows for
displaying, saving and loading
static spectrum plots for
comparison and matching
Voxengo CurveEQ
Keep track of your plug-ins WaveLab 8 introduces a plug-in chain
window that hosts all inserted clip, track or master plug-ins in one single
area. Now you can switch between different plug-ins with a single click.
Single Window Plug-in Management
WaveLab 8 contains the newly
developed Steinberg Brickwall
Limiter that keeps the audio signal
from passing the threshold
a must-have for professional
mastering applications. Parameters
such as Drive, Attack and Mix let
you individually adjust the
character of the processing while
the large VU meter provides
excellent visual feedback.
Brickwall Limiter
"Warm and rich" is among the most important characteristics when engineers
describe their preferred style of compression. Tube Compressor was made to
exactly reflect these demands. Known from the worlds most acclaimed music
production system, Cubase 7, Tube Compressor not only shapes the
dynamics of your signals very precisely but also colors them nicely.
Tube Compressor
The new MBIT
dither plug-in
made by the specialists of
iZotope provides the finest
wordlength reduction algorithms
available, allowing you to
effectively convert and dither to
24, 20, 16, 12 or 8 bits. The
advanced dithering process also
reduces quantization distortion
with minimal perceived noise.
What you get is a smooth
conversion and a major audible
iZotope MBIT
master dither
Stay in control record, play, stop, loop, jog, shuttle, selections, markers and many other functions to speed up project navigation
are now easily accessible via the new Master Transport Panel. Additionally, the Master Transport Panel features a status window
that shows the time position, timecode, samples bars and beats.
Master Transport Panel
384 kHz
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WaveLab is available in two different editions: WaveLab and WaveLab Elements.
Each one features stunning performance and crystal clear sound quality due to
Steinberg's highly acclaimed audio engine.
Maximum sample rate
Maximum number of audio tracks
Master section slots
Clip effects per clip
Real-time VST 3 effect plug-ins
Audio Montage Workspace for combining compilations of multiple audio files
Audio File Workspace for sample-accurate audio editing and analysis
Batch Processing Workspace for applying processing and plug-in chains to multiple audio files at once
Unlimited file size due to RF64 support
3D Spectrum Analysis
Spectroscope, Oscilloscope, Level Meter
Global Audio Analysis
EBU-compliant loudness metering
Spectrometer, Bit-Meter, Phasescope, Wavescope
Audio analysis tools
WaveLab Control: Group your favorite analysis tools in one central spot
Sonnox Restoration Suite
Spectrum editing
Error correction tools for automatic detection and correction of errors within the audio file
Metadata support
Support for various file formats, including WAV, BWF, SDII, MP3, RIFF, WMA & more
Burning engine and CD/DVD-audio support
Full support for the industry-standard DDP format
Offline processors
Time Stretch & Pitch Correct
Effect Section with clip, track and master effects
iZotope MBIT+ Master Dither
EBU-compliant loudness processing
Single-window plug-in management
Audio file browser for simple audio file management
Transport panel for intuitive project navigation
16-bit float high-resolution waveform zooming
Auto Replay option
Podcast tools
Marker tools providing a clear structure in even the most complex arrangements
Speaker management system: Support for up to eight speaker setups
SuperClip concept makes it easy to deal with a large number of clips
Professional editing toolset, featuring Auto Split, custom clip export, select while playback and more
WaveLab 8 WaveLab Elements 8
What Do Madonna, Moby and Ministry of Sound Have in Common?
Andy Bolleshon, founder of Time Tools Mastering & Publishing, has devoted his life to music, working as a producer,
musician, mastering engineer, label owner and music publisher for over 15 years in the music industry. In 1988,
Bolleshon joined the Canadian electro-pop band Psyche as their live keyboardist only soon after to go on world tour
with Anne Clarke. After completing his training as studio assistant, he worked at several renowned London-based
music studios, later returning to Germany with a vision to establish mastering on an international level straight out of
the heart of Hanover. Since then, many internationally acclaimed musicians, including Fat Boy Slim, Moby, Timo
Maas and Mousse T., and superstars like Madonna and Tom Jones have turned to him.
Which aspects of your job do you enjoy the most? And how is it to work together with international stars the likes of Madonna?
It pleases me when an artist comes to us after months and months of hard work in order for us to give the music an
assertive sound and our special touch so that our customer can happily pass on the finalized album to the press plant.
Working with artists is very matter of fact when it comes to mastering. Since all stars have a tight schedule and many
people working for them, I mostly correspond with the record companies or the producers. In Madonna`s case, actually
everything went through the record company and management. On the other hand, there are many artists who want to
be personally involved. Peter Fox, who doesn`t want to leave anything to chance, is a really good example. First, he
requested test masters from various mastering studios before my studio and another studio finally got the job for mastering
his album. And it didn`t end here: the first single release Alles Neu from the album was mastered by both studios. Then,
the two masters were edited together and premiered on a Monday`s radio show, each being played for about 30 seconds.
The song was recorded from the home radio at home and analyzed. Finally, the song was mixed and mastered all over
again and broadcasted a second time on the Friday.
What Steinberg tools do you work with at Time Tools? And why do you use our software?
We work with Nuendo and WaveLab. Nuendo is used for playing back and recording within the analog signal chain. We
employ WaveLab to finalize projects and create the final CD or DDP master. Both programs allow for a workflow that is
very time-saving and efficient. This is a decisive factor since we are continuously required to meet deadlines.
The possibilities of home recording have continuously improved over the past years. Do you have a useful recording tip
for the Steinberg home recording users?
The most important thing is to ensure a good monitoring system before spending lots of money on other equipment. A
good acoustic space and the right loudspeakers are the foundation of a good mix. This knowledge is based on our daily
business: customers with a superior monitoring system usually provide the best mixes, even when working with only a
couple audio tools. I am sorry to say many people think that using 20 plug-ins per channel only achieves a great mix.
Actually, our experience shows time and again that less is more. When mastering, we have the means to affect the sound
and punch to a significant degree, which our customers are unable to achieve. Hence, it is usually easier to work on
untouched mixes in order for us to work to the full extent of our abilities.
Would you say there are more private customers nowadays that like to have their recordings professionally mastered?
Yes, this is certainly the case. Today we have more private customers who require our service. We even assist a number
of customers during the mixing process, making suggestions in order for them to achieve a better result. Keep in mind,
when it gets down to it the master can only be as good as the customer`s mix. Meanwhile many bands record and mix
their albums in their rehearsal rooms. It`s very similar with hip hop and dance music where most productions are home-
made. Due to bad monitoring conditions and the lack of experience, I can`t emphasize the importance of professional
mastering enough. Just imagine a band producing that dream-come-true album which will be played to their grandchildren
30 years down the line. Now this album is going to be mastered by someone who doesn`t cost much but also has no
experience. Sadly, the result won`t meet expectations - only to have saved a couple hundred. And that`s why many
private customers are truly happy to entrust us with their projects.
Nuendo empowers audio professionals working for the film, television and media industry to higher
levels of productivity, with a dedicated feature set that focuses on day-to-day production requirements
like workflow, speed, versatility and reliability. Post-production editors, film mixers as well as recording
engineers around the world rely on the flexibility and industry openness that Nuendo provides.
Nuendo 6 is perfectly tailored to film and TV post-production companies doing re-recording and
extensive surround mixing. Having the world`s most flexible mixing console and the high-quality
Channel Strip onboard, Nuendo 6 grants mixing results in industry-leading quality. With IOSONO`s
Anymix Pro plug-in, the world`s most advanced surround panning and upmixing software is part of
Nuendo. Next to the most comprehensive automation system for film-mixing available today,
advanced editing tools round out the most dedicated feature set for film post-production.
NUENDO 6 - Advanced Post and Audio Production System
Steve Tushar
Ghost Rider 2, Coraline, The Legend of Korra,
Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows (Game)
Top Features
The world`s most efficient audio
post-production environment
Groundbreaking new mixing console
and high-end channel strip
Anymix Pro from IOSONO for
state-of-the-art surround productions
Nuendo 6 ADR taker solution for voice
recording and language dubbing
Fully integrated loudness measure-
Voxengo CurveEQ with sound-match-
ing technology
Redesigned user interface with
MemZap quick-jump function
Pro Sound Effects post-production
The Nuendo 6 Expansion Kit (NEK) is a part of the Nuendo product range and brings the music tools of Cubase to the
Nuendo media production platform. NEK means complete compatibility with all Cubase music creation features and
import functionality for Cubase projects. With world-class instruments, innovative sound design tools and advanced
technologies for composers, the NEK transforms Nuendo into a professional, all-in-one solution for music and
NUENDO 6 Expansion Kit
Nuendo SyncStation provides you with the perfect setting to interconnect external
audio and video systems and devices with the Nuendo audio and post-production
system. Rock-solid performance and true sample accuracy make the Nuendo
SyncStation a one-of-its-kind synchronizer solution.
NUENDO SyncStation
Top Features
All important synchronization tasks
are fulfilled within one unit
The world`s first sample accurate
synchronizer in conjunction with VST
System Link
Dedicated to Nuendo with a deep
integration that ends up in an
outstanding operation from within
Designed and built by Colin Broad
Works with all DAWs (with some
limitation), not just with Nuendo, even
standalone operation is possible
Cross-platform support for Nuendo
SyncStation together with Nuendo on
Mac OS X
Windows 7, Windows Vista and Win-
dows XP
VariAudio 2.0 Pitch detection and collection tool for monophonic
audio material
Chord Track that helps you detecting the harmony structure of
your song
Chord Assistant : Intelligent composing assistant helps you with
the creation of simple pop to complex jazz chord sequences
Beat Based Design Tools Loop Mash2, Groove Agent ONE and
Beat Designer
Expressive Creative Visions VST Expression
Professional Music Notation
Midi Editors Drum, List, Score
Premium Virtual Instruments HALion Sonic SE,
Padshop, Retrologue, Mystic, Spector, and Monologue
Top Features
All-in-one music production studio
Easy to learn one-window design
More than 5,000 high-quality loops
and sounds
HALion Sonic SE, Groove Agent ONE
and VST Amp Rack SE
Full range of pro-audio effects
One-click tempo detection
Performance Mode
VST 3 support
Sequel 3 is a software package that makes it both easy and fun to compose songs and give
performances. The package comes with over 5000 loops recorded by professional drummers,
bassists, pianists, guitar players, and other great performers. You can arrange these any way
you like to produce great songs in many musical genres.
Sequel 3 makes it easy to run authentic music creation processes: use the included virtual
sound module to create and play original phrases; record audio such as vocals, and guitars;
adjust the sound quality by judiciously choosing from a wide range of effects; and use the mixer
to balance your instrument levels.
SEQUEL 3 - Music Creation & Performance
Rocking out of your computer has never been more fun. Grab your six-string, plug into
your box running Sequel 3 and jam until your fingers fall off. Boasting an arsenal of virtual
amps, speaker cabinets and effects pedals, the VST Amp Rack SE is one powerful guitar
amp simulator that`ll dish out any gnarly sound you want.
One of the many Sequel features that make you go absolutely wild with your music is
Tempo Detection: remix your track in real time or put together another mixtape of some
of the long forgotten gems buried deep down within your music library.
But now for giving your tunes a serious groove: the Beat Page shows off a battery of
opportunities thanks to its easy-to-use Groove Agent ONE and Beat Designer, great tools
for creating custom beats that`ll stand out and set you above the rest. So powerful yet
simple and straightforward to use and understand, Sequel 3 comes without any restric-
tions to your creativity and lets you do what makes you happy, and that`s making music.
Turn your bedroom into a full-fledged studio T b d i t f ll fledged studio d
Cubase iC transforms your iOS device into a powerful remote control for Cubase. Whether you are using Cubase in the studio or on
stage, Cubase iC gives you fast and precise control of essential functions from anywhere within your Wi-Fi network`s range.
Cubase iC PRO is your personal recording assistant. Up to four dedicated cue mixes can be set up, giving musicians the freedom to adjust
their own mix with a phone or tablet. Cubase iC Pro is Cubase`s perfect companion!
Cubase iC gives you access to basic transport functions, allows you to monitor playback position and control the unique Arranger Track.
LoopMash is an innovative virtual instrument that presents you with a new way
to blend loops together by juggling similar elements across looped beats and
tunes. Now ported to the iOS platform, this sizzling hot instrument lets you
choose included loops ranging all the way from ethno to disco.
Based on a technology introduced by Yamaha, LoopMash is a stripped-down
version of the popular LoopMash virtual instrument featured in Cubase -
Advanced Music Production System.
Supported platforms
Loops per scene
Loop length in bars
Scenes available
Number of included loops
Number of included presets
Effects (hi-pass, low-pass, flanger, phaser)
"Performance effects
(tape-stops, stutters, tape scratches, etc.)"
Pitch transpose
Scenes naming option
Save presets
Share presets (via iTunes)


iPod touch

iPod touch

(available as add-on)
(available as add-on)
Functional Comparison LoopMash LoopMash HD LoopMash Free
Cubase iC transform
stage, Cubase iC gives you fast and precise contro
emote control for Cubas erful re
ms your iOS device into a powe
Cubasis is Steinberg`s streamlined, multitouch sequencer for the iPad. Spe-
cially designed for quick and easy operation, Cubasis makes recording,
editing and mixing a breeze. You can also open your Cubasis projects 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.
CUBASIS A new world of recording
70 virtual instrument sounds
based on the acclaimed HALion
Sonic workstation to start
producing tracks from scratch
Chord buttons: Store your
favorite chords and trigger them
later on by simply clicking the
corresponding number
Streamlined Key Editor:
Correct MIDI notes to perfection
Audiobus support:
Cubasis supports Audiobus from
Use the scalable virtual key-
board or the drum pads to play
an instrument or connect a Core
MIDI compliant external device
300 MIDI and audio loops
included to get you started
Use other apps as virtual
instruments via background
Brickwall Limiter ensures that
no clipping occurs whatever
level you throuw at it.
Unlimited audio and MIDI tracks (depending
on the device used)
Over 70 virtual instrument sounds based on
HALion Sonic
Mixer with over 10 effect processors (insert
and send effects)
Over 300 MIDI and audio loops
Virtual keyboard and virtual drum pads
Sample Editor and Key Editor
Export to Cubase, Dropbox, SoundCloud,
AudioCopy & email
Core Audio and Core MIDI compatible hard-
ware supported
Sequence other Core MIDI apps (MIDI re-
cording only) and run Cubasis simultane-
ously via background audio
MIDI clock send support
FLAC import and export support
Import audio from your iTunes music library
or using iTunes filesharing, use AudioPaste
or set up a Wi-Fi server in Cubasis
Audiobus support
Top Features
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All other product and company names are and/or of their respective holders. All rights reserved.
All specifcations are subject to change without notice. 2013 Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH.
Steinberg Solution Guide Int'l Edition, June 2013