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Steinberg Release Cubase SX3
New features and technologies 03/09/04
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Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH, today announced the imminent release of the
latest generation of its Cubase music production software.
This new release see several major enhancements and will ship from September
6th 2004, priced €689.00
Cubase SX3 offers stunning new facilities for composition and
songwriting. Audio Warp, a real-time time stretching and pitch
shifting tool, offers new audio and processing capabilities, including
ACID® file support. Combined with the new Play Order Track, an
innovative new tool for pattern-style composition, Cubase SX3 offers
a fresh approach to loop-based composing and arranging. The new
Inplace Editing system allows convenient editing of MIDI data
directly within the Project Window in context with audio and video
Workflow efficiency and user ergonomics are an increasingly
important part of the software DAW environment. Cubase SX3 users
can utilize the new user-definable workspaces to create virtual
desktops, with a separate work area for each step of the production
process, and switch between them with a key command. The Freeze
functionality introduced in Cubase SX 2.0 to free up CPU resources in
the host computer has also been extended to include audio tracks and
insert effects, and is now faster and more effective.
Easy and flexible integration of external hardware within the modern
DAW environment has become paramount to many recording facilities
and project studios. Cubase SX3 sports new MIDI Device Maps and
panels that allow direct, user-customizable access to outboard MIDI
hardware such as synthesizers. The External FX Plug-ins allow direct
integration of external effect processors such as reverbs and
compressors into the VST mixing environment. Now top class
outboard hardware can now be integrated into the mixing process as
easily as software Plug-ins, including automatic latency compensation.
Cubase SX3 is the first version of Cubase to support a 64-bit operating
system, and supports up to 4GB of RAM when used with a 64-bit
operating system such as the upcoming Microsoft Windows XP 64-bit
Edition and appropriate 64-bit processors such as the AMD Opteron.
This doubling of maximum available RAM resources is accompanied
by a significant performance boost when used with the latest
generation of 64-bit processors.
Cubase SX3 also sees another first: implementation of the first level of
Studio Connections announced this year at Frankfurt Musikmesse.
Representing the first fruits of the development alliance between
Steinberg and music instruments and audio hardware manufacturer
Yamaha, Studio Connections technology has been incorporated into
the SX 3 release, with total system Recall functionality. SX3 integrates
Yamaha's Studio Manager 2 software which serves as a link between
the sequencer and hardware editing components. Each editor
component can be opened like a Plug-in from within Cubase SX3.
Entire studio setups are saved and recalled with the project. Supported
hardware currently includes Yamaha's DM2000, 01x and 02r96
mixers, as well as the Motif ES synthesizer and SPX2000 signal
"Cubase SX3 represents a terrific achievement for our development
and product management teams," said Andreas Stelling, Steinberg's
General Manager, adding: "This product is a quantum leap for music
creation and production software." Arnd Kaiser, Steinberg's Senior
Product Manager for Music Technology, goes on: "This product
represents the almost perfect marriage of new, innovative functions
and technologies with a creative, flexible environment that helps bring
out the best in the creative process. It's the ultimate Cubase."