by Dan Gonzalez Mixing is and always will be one of the core elements of each and every DAW. Here at Cakewalk, SONAR features hundreds of a ways to mix and process your tracks for personal and commercial use. Here are some of the most popular articles we have featured in 2014. How to use [...]
Is your Christmas cash burning a hole in your gift wallet? Treat yourself to these offers from top brands including Roland, Focusrite and Shure, but you'll have to hurry, they all end on the 31st December!
1. Les Paul’s 96th Birthday For the man who created musical history, Google put together an interactive guitar app that allows you to strum, record, and enjoy the wonderful sounds of a classic Les Paul. A sound that has defined guitar for the past century. 2. Robert Moog’s 78th Birthday A tribute to Robert Moog, [...]
2014 has been the year when the sounds of vintage drum-machines and analog synths became all the rage again, but Akai still manages to give an edge to its new Rhythm Wolf, by fusing digital, analogue, step sequencing and pad control together in one unit.
Shop the NEW Cakewalk Store We are pleased and excited to announce Shop.cakewalk.com, our brand new store for Cakewalk software, upgrades, plugins, and extras! Cakewalk has partnered with Cleverbridge to offer a more seamless shopping experience and improve access for Cakewalk users around the globe. Cakewalk SSO (single sign on) accounts will let you access [...]
Sonos speakers are a rock-solid wireless speaker system, with no skips or delays. Full and clear sounding, the smart part is that Sonos unites your digital music collection in one app, controllable from any device.
Spinnup is a new music distribution website that makes it quicker and easier to release & sell your music in Spotify and iTunes. Korg and Dolphin have teamed up to give you some great offers when you sign-up!
by Dan Gonzalez Optimizing vocals with DSP Craig Anderton brings you on a DSP-inspired journey through all the different ways in which you can get your vocals processed and finalized. Various topics involving the VX-64, EQ, Compression, Expansion, and much more. Check out the article here. How to use a vocal double to enhance lead [...]
**Master Fader v3.0 is compatible with Mackie My Fader v3.0 (available soon). It is not compatible with My Fader v2. Do not update to Master Fader 3.0 at this time, if you still need My Fader 2.0 control.**
Here’s a complete list of all the updates:
Added the updated Reference Guide to the Help tab under Tools (gear icon)
All radio buttons now highlight and act on release
Improved resolution for stereo delay time
Improved labels for output patching tabs when used with the DL32R
iPads will no longer lose sync when a different wireless iPad goes out of range
Master Fader will no longer crash when a incorrectly formatted HDD is connected to the DL32R
Long song name for HDD recordings will no longer cause Master Fader to crash with a DL32R
Master Fader will no longer crash when navigating from Access Limiting Input DSP or Input Routing to the Output Routing Channel View
Access Limits no longer cause some channels to be incorrectly hidden from Masters View
Subgroups and VCAs can now be muted on auxes even with “Use LR Mute” disabled
Subgroup 6 now visible in the VCA Assignment view
Mute Group selector now toggles appropriately per item when Multi-Select is enabled
Master Channel View now responds to Access Limits
Fixed alignment issue with the Gated Reverb Release slider
“Grow and Glow” now behaving appropriately on Output PEQ’s LPF function
Improved behavior of scrolling labels
Fixed crash logging. You may now be prompted to send information after a crash. Please do so.
by Dan Gonzalez 14 Tips for Guitars Before Entering the Studio Entering the studio can be a stressful task if it is your first time. Here at Cakewalk we’ve outlined a few things that every guitarist should know before walking into a tracking session. This article has been brought to you by the our reader’s [...]
Are you a musician? Guitarist? Keyboard player? Drummer? Dj? Producer? We got the right present for YOU, and guess what - there's still time to order your items and get them delivered in time for Christmas!
There’s a new audio interface in town! The very affordable UR12 audio interface is the perfect piece of gear for aspiring musicians, small mobile recording setups and the majority of singer-songwriters chronically on a slim budget.
The UR12 features 192 kHz audio quality, great build quality and class compliant support for the iPad.
On the front panel you find one Neutrik XLR connector for microphones. This channel also features the built-in discrete Class-A D-PRE microphone preamp by Yamaha. The second channel comes with a high-impedance jack input for guitars. There are dedicated gain control and peak indicator for each channel, a headphones output and a master output volume control — not to forget the switch labeled Direct Monitor that feeds the input signal to the outputs absolutely latency free.
The rear panel holds analog RCA outputs, one USB 2.0 port and one mini USB port for an optional USB power adapter. The two switches are for +48 V phantom power on the first channel and a power source selector for the USB ports.
Each UR12 purchase is linked with a copy of Cubase AI. Buy the interface and you may download the software that includes the tools for audio recording, mixing and editing.
Shipping from January, the UR12 audio interface will globally be available from resellers and through the Steinberg Online within the next month.
by Dan Gonzalez Free Quick Kit Project Templates for SONAR X3 Users Yes, we’re bringing back the freebie post from last December. Our Free Quick Kit Project Templates made a big splash with the community as one of our top posts over the last 12 months. These pre-mixed project templates load right from quick [...]
Steinberg announced today that it is discontinuing its technical support for several older products and operating systems as of January 5th, 2015. The reason for this decision is to use the available resources to make its customer support for current products quicker and more efficient.
The following products are affected:
Cubase 5 product family Sequel 2 WaveLab 6 product family
VST instruments Groove Agent 3
Mac OS X 10.4/10.5
We would like to thank all the users of the above-mentioned products for their help and valuable suggestions! Please note that updates or upgrades to current versions are available for all of the affected products.
For further information, please do not hesitate to contact us at info(sb)steinberg.de.
The redesigned education pages on the Steinberg website now provides students, teachers and tutors as well as administrators and network technicians detailed information on the Steinberg education program. Find out about the education discounts offered by Steinberg, look up on certified training programs, read about installing Steinberg software applications in a network environment and much more. Visit the education website
Smaller guitars are not just for children or beginners - guitarists of all skill levels and ages love a good travel guitar. This guide will tell you why, and show you some of the best ones available today...
One year after releasing the point update, Cubase is back with major updates boasting a vast range of studio-grade audio and MIDI tools for composing, recording, editing and mixing.
First and foremost: Cubase becomes Cubase Pro. The name change reflects the 25-year evolution of Steinberg’s advanced music production system and spearheads the Cubase range of DAWs.
Both Cubase Pro 8 and Cubase Artist 8 witness a massive engine rebuild, which lets you run more instruments and more tracks. ASIO-Guard 2 is the magic word, improving the audio processing performance for instrument tracks and channels. Automation enhancements are key to Cubase Pro 8, giving you VCA faders and virgin territories. Yes, and we’ve added render in-place to both versions for bouncing MIDI and audio parts in a really easy way. Chord pads, Chord Assistant modes and MIDI tempo detection are introduced to the creative feature set of both Pro and Artist, while the new Rack Zone provides a dedicated area for the MediaBay sound browser and VST Instrument Rack. The redesigned Track List and Inspector, the new plug-in manager, global workspaces plus improved windows handling on PCs make the lives of Cubase users that bit easier. Then there’s the rejuvenated Quadrafuzz multiband distortion plug-in, the new Virtual Bass Amp, Multiband Expander, Multiband Envelope Shaper and many other effects. Groove Agent SE 4 now includes an acoustic drum kit, the Acoustic Agent, with 20 drum style patterns. The MixConsole has also witnessed feature additions and there’s a new version of VST Connect for remote recording over the Web.
Apart from the new features in these latest iterations, Cubase has always provided a comprehensive feature set, guiding you through all stages of the creative process. To get an overall impression of Cubase, its capabilities and line-up, we recommend visiting the Cubase product pages.
The Cubase Pro 8 and Cubase Artist 8 full retail versions are available for pre-order from resellers and through the Steinberg Online Shop from December 3, 2014. Shipping begins on December 8, 2014.
Various downloadable updates and upgrades are exclusively available through the Steinberg Online Shop from December 3, 2014.
Those of you who have activated Cubase 7.5 and Cubase Artist 7.5 since October 15, 2014, are now eligible for a free, downloadable Grace Period update to version 8.
The B9 Organ Machine was one of the success stories of 2014, and now Electro-Harmonix is bringing out the C9, an even better organ FX pedal with Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple organ sounds! Find out more...
This is Steinberg giving you an update on where we stand with our product compatibility tests on Apple’s latest operation system, Yosemite. Our initial stance didn’t allow us to speak out a recommendation but we’ve been testing and are working on maintenance updates where needed.
Products that are meanwhile Yosemite compatible are HALion Symphonic Orchestra, WaveLab 8.5, WaveLab 8, WaveLab Elements 8 and The Grand 3. The maintenance update for Cubase Elements 7 will be available this month, further information on our hardware products will follow shortly, while Cubase 7.5 and Nuendo 6.5 maintenance updates are scheduled for February 2015.
We have published a topic-related Knowledge Base article for a regularly updated overview of Steinberg products approved to run under Yosemite. Please refer back to the included chart for further information.
by Dan Gonzalez In the past 3 articles we have looked at basic tools for drum editing as well as identifying, splitting, cropping, and aligning clips. All of these techniques can be followed pretty accurately by reading along and performing the functions as I’ve written them. This portion of the blog series will require that [...]
By Craig Anderton There are plenty of places in SONAR where you can process the audio signal, but you need to know how to choose the right one. What’s an “insert” effect? Don’t you always “insert” an effect? You indeed “insert” effects, but there’s a specific effect type usually called an Insert effect that inserts [...]
The popular virtual piano suite The Grand 3 is now exclusively available as download product through the Steinberg Online Shop. The price has also been reduced and can now be purchased for 149,00 Euros/149,99 Dollars.
The Grand 3 reproduces the characteristic sound of three beautiful grand pianos, an e-piano and upright piano, offering the perfect solution for musicians, keyboardists and composers looking to add authentic piano sounds to their productions. Read more on The Grand Purchase now in the Steinberg Online Shop
A new version of Steinberg’s iPad app Cubasis is now available for download from the App Store. Version 1.8.3 fixes several bugs and is recommended for all users of Cubasis.
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