Steinberg releases new version of their audio post-production software 26/06/15
Steinberg has released the seventh iteration of Nuendo, described as the advanced audio postproduction system that offers dedicated tools and capabilities for movie and television audio post-production companies and video game sound designers. This is the story in their own words...
Since announcing the major update at this year's Game Developers Conference, expectations have been running high as to what new features and enhancements the new release holds. The advent of Nuendo 7 has seen further showcases held at international trade shows as well as workshops that Steinberg is hosting in more than 25 countries until the end of the year.
Introduced in the millennial year, Nuendo has undergone an unswerving development to benefit from native processing technologies and offer a flexible working environment highly regarded by many professionals. Its bespoke audio and surround tools cater to the requirements of the audio post-production industry, making Nuendo the centerpiece of many studio facilities around the world. Based on the growing demand from the game industry, the time has now come for Nuendo to extend its scope of application to game audio.
Nuendo 7 introduces Game Audio Connect that allows for direct transfer of audio assets to the Wwise audio middleware solution by Audiokinetic. For sound designers and those dealing with a large number of audio files: the new Render Export feature exports selected audio files to a specified destination, while Render In Place bounces tracks conveniently within the project.
Sound editors will appreciate ReConform, which follows changes in picture edits and automatically amends the audio projects appropriately. New to Nuendo 7, the VCA faders assist in creating complex mixes for film and TV projects, facilitating advanced automation workflows by merging the automation curve of a VCA fader with the automation curve of a controlled fader or fader groups. Editing enhancements include frame rate support of 50 FPS and a new timecode entering scheme and automation curves which follow the trimming of events. The redesigned Track List and Inspector delivers improved legibility while the new VST Rack Zone provides dedicated real estate for MediaBay and the VST Instrument Rack within the project window.
Senior marketing manager at Steinberg, Timo Wildenhain, comments: "These are exciting times for us. The response to Nuendo 7, especially in the game audio industry, has been overwhelming ever since we first touched down at this year's GDC. We can only implore you to take part in one of the many Nuendo 7 World Tour workshops we have planned for this year in order to grasp the entirety of Nuendo and its latest feature set."
The optional Nuendo Expansion Kit (NEK) 7 comprises features that turn Nuendo into a fullfledged composing application. Included is the Chord Pads feature that allows chords to be triggered via a MIDI controller while adjusting parameters in real time, plus the new circle of 5ths and Proximity Chord Assistant modes as well as the Groove Agent SE 4 Acoustic Agent with great-sounding content and patterns.
Key features • The world's most innovative audio post-production environment, featuring industry-leading tools for TV, film, advertising and game audio productions • World-class mixing console with up to 13.1 support, including Channel Strip, automatable mix buses, VCA fader support and a fully integrated loudness measurement and processing toolset Page 3 of 3 • ReConform: Integrated re-conforming solution for automatic audio-to-picture alignment, including preview functions • Game Audio Connect provides a direct connection with the Audiokinetic Wwise game audio middleware, including integration with Perforce • Professional ADR taker and foley solution for voice and foley recording, including video (text) overlay • Advanced multitrack audio-to-picture editing, providing the best audio editing environment to date, including TrackVersion playlists and video-follows-audio editing • Automated Batch Export for exporting several versions of a mix in one go, including many user-definable attributes • Cutting-edge plug-in collection features more than 70 high-class VST 3 plug-ins, including EQs, reverbs, surround panners, compressors and more • State-of-the-art post-production environment comes with MediaBay content management, monitoring matrix, a superior automation system for film and TV production plus networking capabilities • Full system integration with the Yamaha Nuage post-production system, seamless connection to the Nuendo SyncStation synchronizer and EuCon support
Pricing and Availability: The Nuendo 7 full retail version is available from resellers and through the Steinberg Online Shop. The suggested retail price for Nuendo 7 is 1,799 euros, including German VAT. The Nuendo Expansion Kit (NEK) 7 is available through the Steinberg Online Shop for 149 euros, including German VAT. Various downloadable updates are exclusively available through the Steinberg Online Shop. Customers who have activated Nuendo 6.5 or previous versions since April 20, 2015, are eligible for a free, downloadable Grace Period update to the latest version.