This ongoing ORIGINALS series of instant library tools with the same outstanding recording quality as the ‘full-blown’ blue-chip libraries with which it has built its reputation, simplified and presented in its free, easy-to-use plug-in, this time collaborating with the Bleeding Fingers Music composer collective (created as a joint venture between composer Hans Zimmer, his business partner Steve Kofsky, and Extreme Music, the production arm of Sony/ATV Music Publishing as the television and film industry’s leading custom scoring company) to work with world champion drum corps The Blue Devils, recorded by Bleeding Fingers Music CEO Russell Emanuel in the controlled acoustics of FOX’s famed Newman Scoring Stage in Los Angeles, CA, USA, for a tight, focused sound served up alongside variable effects as nine presets featuring ~1.5GB of sampled snares, tenor drums, bass drums, and cymbals with five straightforward NKS (Native Kontrol Standard) compatible controls, creating the spirit of the stadium — as of December 21…
Spitfire Audio initiated its (ongoing) ORIGINALS series when releasing EPIC STRINGS — an aptly-named symphonic-sized, 60-strong string section of London’s best players professionally recorded in the hallowed (Lyndhurst) Hall at London’s legendary AIR Studios, serving up 11 appetising articulations as a wallet-friendly yet eminently essential cinematic ingredient for any professional or budding professional composer and music-maker — to widespread critical acclaim in November last year, successfully followed throughout this year by EPIC BRASS & WOODS, FELT PIANO, CINEMATIC PERCUSSION, CINEMATIC SOFT PIANO, INTIMATE STRINGS, FIREWOOD PIANO, and, now, the also-aptly-named DRUMLINE.
Duly delivering the precision and excellence of The Blue Devils drumline to the fingertips of music producers, film composers, and percussion arrangers as the latest in a lengthening line of instant library tools with the same outstanding recording quality as the ‘full-blown’ blue-chip libraries with which Spitfire Audio has built its reputation, simplified and presented in its free, easy-to-use plug-in, DRUMLINE allows its users to harness the spirit of the stadium with a collection of sounds that are guaranteed to add depth and impact to musical projects, freed from the sporting stadiums that its namesake drumline have so successfully performed within to so many for so long.
Let us step back, briefly, in time, then, to — technologically and musically — make our way forward. Founded in 1957, The Blue Devils drumline and Bugle Corps is a world-renowned marching music ensemble based in Concord, CA, USA. Ultimately spending summers travelling throughout the USA as a talented group of brass, percussion, and colour guard members, competing and performing for millions of fans in massive stadiums, it is the most decorated ensemble in DCI (Drum Corps International) history, having won the World Championship title an unprecedented 19 times — a record that stands as an envied accomplishment in the drum corps community.
Furthermore, finishing first or second in national competitions during the past 13 seasons and placing no lower than fifth since earning third place in 1975, The Blue Devils’ performance pedigree extends beyond the USA with well-known international performances and outreach in Europe, Japan, South Africa, and beyond. But working with world-renowned sound-specialising British music technology company Spitfire Audio to create DRUMLINE is audibly a whole new ballgame!
BD Performing Arts CEO Shaun Gallant says, “This has been a very exciting project for us to work on with Spitfire Audio. They are truly the best in the business, and we’re so thankful for this opportunity to partner with them in providing top-of-the-line tools for arrangers and producers everywhere. We want to extend a special thanks to producer Russell Emanuel and the team at FOX’s Newman Scoring Stage for hosting our session with Extreme Music in preparation for this project. What’s even more exciting is this is only the beginning of what is sure to be an incredible partnership. We can’t wait to see what opportunities the future presents.”
Putting it this way, Spitfire Audio co-founder and composer Paul Thomson responds in kind: “At Spitfire Audio we take pride in working with the most talented musicians and artists in the world. We’re enormously excited to be releasing DRUMLINE with the exceptional players from The Blue Devils. Our mission is to inspire a generation of composers and, working with The Blue Devils and producer Russell Emanuel, we’ve created something that is going to inspire composers of all ages to learn more about this exciting musical genre!”
DRUMLINE is available as an AAX-, AU-, VST2-, and VST3-compatible plug-in supporting Native Instruments’ NKS (Native Kontrol Standard) for Mac (OS X 10.10 or later) and Windows (7, 8, and 10 — latest Service Pack) that loads directly into any compatible DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) for an RRP (Recommended Retail Price) of only £29.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/$29.00 USD/€29.00 EUR (inc. VAT) — from here: https://www.spitfireaudio.com/originals
Spitfire Audio’s namesake Spitfire Audio application allows anyone to buy now and download anytime, and is available for free from here: http://www.spitfireaudio.com/info/library-manager/
For more in-depth information, please visit Spitfire Audio’s ORIGINALS Frequently Asked Questions webpage here: https://www.spitfireaudio.com/info/faq/spitfire-originals/
HAMBURG, Germany — Steinberg today announced the forthcoming release of Cubasis 3.2, the latest update of the award-winning music production app. Redeveloped from the ground up, Cubasis 3 has evolved into a full-fledged DAW that offers universal app support for the iPad, iPhone and Android devices.
Waves exclusive plug-ins
After the successful collaboration between Steinberg and Waves a few years ago, the leading manufacturer of award-winning effects processors returns to the inspiring world of Cubasis with their highly acclaimed Waves Tune Real-Time and H-Delay Hybrid Delay plug- ins, available exclusively through in-app purchase on iOS. Tune Real-Time provides instant and automatic, natural-sounding vocal pitch correction, while H-Delay Hybrid Delay offers slap-back echo, ping-pong delay and tempo-sync with modulation. H-Delay Hybrid Delay is newly available in the Waves Plug-in Bundle IAP and is a free update for existing users.
Mick Olesh, Waves EVP of Sales & Marketing, comments, “We are delighted to support Steinberg, providing iPad and iPhone users with Cubasis, two additional Waves plug-ins, enabling their users access to these unique studio-quality mixing tools. With these tools being iOS-compatible, Cubasis users can now upgrade their tracks, enhance their creativity and achieve a professional sound-standard. Waves’ availability for iOS is in line with our belief in open platforms, which correlates with our persistent objective to faithfully serve all users, regardless of hosts, pro audio field or genres.”
Amazing additions to Cubasis 3
Cubasis extends usability by adding keyboard and mouse support, allowing users to expedite their workflow with keyboard shortcuts to record, play, navigate, edit and other popular Cubase shortcuts.
Under iOS, Cubasis goes one step further to ensure maximum performance and stability. Audio Unit implementation has been enhanced to run simultaneously more third-party AU instruments and effects plug-ins than ever before. Newly introduced multicore rendering support allows Cubasis to utilize the full potential of newer devices.
Alongside the great new features, Cubasis 3.2 includes many user-requested improvements and fixes throughout the iOS and Android versions of the application.
Marketing Manager Lars Slowak comments: “We are delighted to partner up with our friends at Waves once again, and that they have agreed to provide exclusive plug-ins through in- app purchase to Cubasis. Plus, we’ve listened closely to our customers, making many small refinements and fixes that I’m sure will find great appeal.”
Availability and pricing
Cubasis 3.2 will be available from December 21, 2020. through the App Store and Google Play Store. The update is free for Cubasis 3 customers, available for download for 54.99 euros including German VAT.
Special offers with 30% off Cubasis 3.2 and 50% off selected in-app purchases will be available from December 21, 2020, until January 11, 2021.
Latest feature additions
Waves meets Cubasis: Waves Tune Real-Time IAP and Waves H-Delay Hybrid Delay [iOS] Keyboard shortcut and mouse support [iOS and Android] Multicore rendering and improved Audio Unit performance [iOS] 45+ improvements in total on both platforms [iOS and Android] Read more here
“Once you have loaded the online assets into the Studio you can go offline and continue working” states Bil Bryant of Amped Studio. “If you lose internet connection you can still work with your arrangement and save, this alleviates a big fear with making music online”, continues Bryant.
Amped Studio also released three free guitar amp simulators in their WAM plugin format. Clean Machine, Metal Machine and Distortion Machine were developed by Michel Buffa and his team at SATT Sud Est, a French University.
Now you can rock out on or offline! Amped Studio is a major web audio innovator with VST Remote, the WAM plugin format, pitch and beat detection and all the basic DAW functions in the cloud.
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HAMBURG, Germany — First revealed in November, Steinberg today announces the immediate availability of its much-anticipated premium media production system, Nuendo 11.
At the heart of Nuendo is two decades of technological advancements, which make it the outstanding DAW it is today. At the turn of the millennium, the first version introduced native technologies with peerless audio and surround sound tools to the pro audio industry. Now, Nuendo is at the heart of countless audio production facilities, delivering dedicated workflows and features to professionals around the world.
Today’s gold standard
Nuendo 11 delivers new and enhanced features, including dedicated tools for Dolby Atmos and Netflix productions along with new design tools and exclusive content. A major update on this scale confirms Steinberg’s commitment to keep advancing Nuendo’s status as the gold standard for professional audio production.
ADM authoring for Dolby Atmos is one of the highlights included in Nuendo 11. With this module and its integrated Renderer for Dolby Atmos, content can easily be created according to Dolby Atmos specifications, allowing producers to work within Nuendo while eliminating the need for further software or external hardware.
Senior Product Manager, Content Creation, at Dolby Laboratories, Jordan Glasgow commented: “Nuendo 11 is a huge step forward for Dolby Atmos content creation. Having all this functionality inside of Nuendo really streamlines the workflow, as you no longer need to toggle between applications or wait for your final output file to print in real time. I think this release is definitely going to make a lot of Dolby Atmos content creators very happy.”
Nuendo now includes an entire metering plug-in suite with SuperVision. Providing more than 20 different display modules for level metering, loudness measurement and analysis, SuperVision is extremely flexible and offers customizable settings and layouts for up to nine module slots.
More metering options are integrated with the Netflix Loudness Meter and Intelligibility Meter. To ensure consistency of content production, the Netflix Loudness Meter in Nuendo 11 is calibrated to the official Sound Mix Specifications and Best Practices, measuring the dialog-gated loudness as required by Netflix. Based on algorithms developed by the Oldenburg branch of the Fraunhofer IDMT in Germany, the new AI-powered Intelligibility Meter indicates in real time the effort of the listener to understand speech in the mix.
Job Queues is a tremendous time-saver, allowing engineers to enter up to 20 different tasks in a list. This means that stems are individually exported together with all the settings available in the Export Audio Mixdown dialog, but the tasks are processed in one single action.
Nuendo 11 also adds many enhancements to its sound design tools. The MultiTap Delay now supports up to 7.1 surround sound. Frequency 2 offers dynamic EQ, with the filter nodes of the eight available bands responding to the input signal and also offering independent side-chaining. The new Multiband Imager places up to four bands in different locations within the stereo image. The new Squasher compresses the input signal in up to three bands, with an individual gate, saturation effect and independent side-chaining. The enhanced Sampler Track now slices samples and includes two global LFOs.
SpectraLayers One is a simplified version of the acclaimed spectral editing software SpectraLayers Pro 7. SpectraLayers One offers a spectrogram view of the audio tracks in Nuendo, including selection, editing and display tools that allow intricate editing to improve dialog and location audio.
VST Connect SE 5, the remote recording plug-in already included in Nuendo, now supports HiDPI and offers a redesigned interface with scalable window.
Nuendo 11 also has several new tools for musicians. The Scale Assistant lets users set the scale of the music, which is then adjusted accordingly within the newly enhanced Key Editor, which now displays Global Tracks. Along with other improvements, the Score Editor includes Note Length and Velocity Overlays to edit notes, the new Property tab for easy access to notation settings and support for Dorico’s beautiful Bravura and Petaluma fonts.
Nuendo 11 - SpectraLayers One.
Nuendo 11 provides many additional workflow and performance enhancements, including:
ARA improvements Variable DPI on Windows 10 computers Optimized GUI on macOS computers Extended Eucon integration Marker lines for an improved display of marker events Further refinements to continue to facilitate working with Nuendo Rounding out the extended feature set, Nuendo 11 comes with a wealth of new sound content: over 750 game sound effects by Soundbits, six loop and sound sets, more than 200 plug-in and track presets, and the seamless integration with the Soundly cloud library of sound effects, allowing users to tap into a variety of premium sounds.
Steinberg’s Marketing Manager for Nuendo, Luis Dongo, commented: “We’re delighted to be launching Nuendo 11 during its twentieth anniversary year. It’s a major update and it has a lot to offer. Offering the ability to create content for Dolby Atmos, Netflix approved loudness metering, studio-grade instruments as well as the many other additions and improvements, Version 11 is a giant leap forward that provides new opportunities for producers and engineers working on commercial audio productions.”
Tonik Studios Hamburg - Atmos Studio.
Availability and pricing
Nuendo 11 is available from resellers and through the Steinberg Online Shop. The suggested retail price for the boxed version of Nuendo 11 is 999 euros; download only is available for 977 euros.
Please note that download orders are exclusive of USB-eLicensers and that all prices include German VAT.
Various downloadable updates and upgrades, crossgrades, and education versions are exclusively available through the Steinberg Online Shop.
Customers who have activated Nuendo 10 or earlier versions since November 11, 2020, are eligible for a free, downloadable grace period update to the latest version.
Dolby Atmos production workflow for authoring content to Dolby Atmos specifications within Nuendo SuperVision metering plug-in suite with customizable settings for the most accurate view of your sound Netflix Loudness Meter for ensuring your streamed content is compliant to Netflix specifications Intelligibility Meter for making sure dialog is both audible and intelligible to the listener Job Queues for queueing multiple jobs with different export requirements and processing all at once Sound design tools and content for creating enhanced sonic experiences in any genre Soundly Cloud Services support for sending files from Soundly into Nuendo 11 SpectraLayers One for surgically editing sound in the spectral domain Sampler Track including slicing, LFOs and legato glide Scale Assistant allows you to follow, quantize and play live to a set scale Advanced Key Editor for creating perfect pitch bends and more Global Tracks lets you stay in sync more easily Frequency 2 is an amazingly precise dynamic EQ for better mixing Imager for placing up to four bands of different frequencies in independent locations in the stereo field Squasher lets you improve leads, tame bass and enhance reverb Score Editor featuring new workflow improvements and beautiful new fonts New samples including six fresh, exclusive sound and loop sets Enhanced workflow and performance including ARA improvements, variable DPI for Windows and Marker Lines VST Connect SE 5 for remote recording over the Internet Eucon integration for compatibility with the newest Avid consoles DOP Pin Process for a smoother workflow Apple Metal Acceleration for maximum performance by communicating directly with the GPU New Track pictures for visually identifying different track types OSC Renderer for the creation and mix of object-based content using the OSC network protocol Various workflow and user interface improvements Product page here
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