Steinberg Media Technologies today announced the latest generation of its Cubase music production software with new features and technologies. Cubase SX3 will ship on September 6th 2004, and is priced at Euro 689.00 excluding VAT.
Cubase SX3 offers 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, a new tool for pattern-style composition, Cubase SX3 offers 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 data.
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 according to Steinberg.
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 processor.
A brief excerpt of some of the new features found in Cubase SX3:
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