Yamaha, the world’s largest manufacturer of musical instruments and pro audio systems, and Steinberg, the leading developer of cross-platform music, mastering and media production software, have formed a strategic alliance to develop tightly integrated solutions for all levels of the music and media production market. The goal of the Studio Connections Initiative is to enable the strengths of both hardware and software to be seamlessly combined to produce powerful, flexible and highly efficient audio production systems.
New technologies and protocols are also being defined to meet the objectives of total integration. Initial hardware and software product releases from Yamaha and Steinberg are planned for the second half of this year. After completion of the first phase of solution development, interface protocols and guidelines related to these technologies will be made freely available to other hardware and software manufacturers.
“A very important goal of this project is to create open cross-platform solutions with protocols that will be available for adoption by all audio hardware and software developers,” stated Charlie Steinberg, co-founder of Steinberg.
The first phase of the Studio Connections initiative utilizes a completely new version of Yamaha’s Studio Manager technology which is being integrated within Steinberg’s DAW applications, Cubase SX and Nuendo. Studio Manager V2 functions as the host for a wide range of editing software for hardware products such as digital mixing consoles, synthesizers, effects processors, etc.
“By directly integrating Studio Manager 2 technology inside the DAW programs, musicians and sound engineers will be able to benefit from total recall of their entire hardware/software systems,” commented Katsuhiro Tokuda, division manager of PA/DMI division from Yamaha.
Total recall of music and media production systems is the specific Phase One goal of the Studio Connections initiative. In parallel, Yamaha and Steinberg are collaborating in the development of further standards to provide even tighter integration and increased functionality in the near future.