October 22, 2004
Steinberg Media Technologies announced Cubase SL3, the latest version of Steinberg's music production software for budget-conscious audio professionals that don't need all the features such as surround production and full score layout/printing found in Cubase SX3, which will ship worldwide starting October 25th 2004.
Cubase SL3 offers an array of new features to make composition more creative and spontaneous. The next- generation Audio Warp engine offers import of ACID files and timestretching and pitchshifting in real-time that free Cubase SL3 from the limitations of tempi; audio can now automatically follow almost any tempo set for a project in real-time. The Play Order Track feature offers new tools for pattern-style composers, and also allows quick and easy checking of alternative song arrangements. The new Pre-Record feature makes losing great musical ideas almost impossible, by automatically recording up to 10 minutes of audio, even if record wasn't engaged.
Cubase SL3 also offers a range of new functionality and improvements that make working more fluent, easy and efficient. The new Workspace concept allows layouts to be created for each step of the production process, and users can switch between these tailored workspaces with a single key command. Color coding also increases visibility by allowing colors to be specified for tracks and VST Mixer channels, essential for keeping an overview in complex projects. The Extended Freeze function offers quick, efficient "freezing" of VST instruments and audio tracks and their insert effects.
Pricing and availability
Cubase SL3 will ship on October 25th 2004, and will carry an MSRP of $399.99 (Euro 399 including 16% VAT). Cubase SL 2 owners can upgrade to Cubase SL3 for $99.99 (Euro 99.00)
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