Steinberg’s Cubase SX/SL & Nuendo Version 2.2 now available

With version 2.2 Steinberg offers a free maintenance update for its Nuendo Media Production System as well as its Music Production Systems Cubase SX and Cubase SL .
In addition to several standard maintenance fixes and changes, this version also introduces new and improved hardware controller support, as well as three brand-new virtual instruments and effects.
All three 2.2 version updates are available online as a free software update. The Cubase SL 2.2 version includes the same new features and fixes with the exception of the additional plug-ins, which are exclusive to Nuendo and Cubase SX.

Here is a list of all new features included in Nuendo and Cubase SX 2.2:

Support for Mackie Control Extender

Improved Generic Remote implementation

New option “Use System Timestamp” in DirectMusic Setup improves MIDI timing for
DirectMusic devices

New virtual instrument: Monologue – monophonic analog modelling synthesizer

New virtual instrument: Embracer – surround-capable polyphonic pad synthesizer

New VST effects plugin: Tonic – analog modelling multimode filter

Various minor product enhancements (see version history for details)

Mackie Control Universal Extender support The 2.2 version includes the long-awaited Extender controller support. It covers the extender of the Mackie Control Universal Remote Controller. All faders and encoder/displays are combined to one continuous control surface. Multiple Extender units are supported. However, these Extender units need to be placed on the “left side” of the main control unit. “Right side” Extender placement (e.g. for groups or additional output busses) are currently not supported. When the encoder section is used to display the data for one channel (channel strip mode, or for plugins), the parameters are presented over the encoder section of all devices from left to right. Fader bank navigation and encoder section assignment are controlled by the main Mackie Control unit.
For each Mackie Control and Mackie Control Extender unit, a new device needs to be added in the Device Setup menu. Appropriate MIDI ports need to be assigned. The top most device in the list represents the right most channels, the bottom most device in the list accordingly represents the left most channels.

Improved Generic Remote implementation

The Generic Remote implementation is now backwards compatible with Cubase 1.x XML remote description files, which will be converted automatically during import. For a VST mixer channel, the following parameters are supported by the conversion module:

Main: Volume, Mute, Solo, Select, Write, Read, Record Enable, Monitoring On/Off

Pan: Left/Right and Front/Rear

EQ: Bypass, On/Off, Frequency, Gain, Q

Sends: On/Off, Pre/Post, Volume

Inserts: On/Off, Bypass, Edit, and the respective plug-in parameters, when a plug-in is loaded

They also add 3 new plugins:

Monologue – monophonic analogue modelling synthesizer

Monologue is a monophonic analog synthesizer based on physical modeling technology. It offers full, rich and colorful sounds without putting a lot of load on your computer’s CPU. Monologue the perfect tool for bass, lead and sequenced sounds.

Monologue – Key Features:

2 oscillators with sawtooth, square and triangle waveforms

additional noise generator producing white noise

two filters: high pass filter and versatile multimode filter

single LFO

Nuendo 2.2 & Cubase SX/SL 2.2 – Update Information 3 of 5 May 2004

4-stage ADSR mod and amp envelopes

effects section with chorus, phaser, flanger, plus separate delay and overdrive units

X/Y matrix pad for additional realtime modulation with access to all Monologue parameters

Embracer – surround-capable polyphonic pad synthesizer

Embracer is a simple but powerful polyphonic synthesizer designed entirely for producing pads and accompaniment sounds. With its easy-to-use envelope and tone controls, it allows you to get the sounds you need fast instead of searching through thousands of presets. However, the most powerful feature of Embracer is its surround output. With a single switch, you can turn the instrument from stereo to surround and the width control allows you to spread your pad sound anywhere from mono to stereo to full 360° surround.
The unique “eye” controller gives you an exact idea of how the sound will be placed in a mix.
If you’ve never worked with a surround system before, now is the time start exploring these possibilities.

Embracer – Key Features:

Polyphonic surround pad synthesizer

2 oscillators with 12 waveforms

independent envelope and tone controls

stereo and surround outputs

up to 32 voices of polyphony per instance

dynamic width control for exciting 3D sounds

unique “eye” controller for simultaneous tone and width control

full MIDI control implementation

Tonic – analogue modelling multimode filter

Tonic is a versatile and powerful analog modeling filter plugin based on the filter design of the Monologue monophonic synthesizer. Its variable characteristics plus the powerful modulation functions make it an excellent choice for every type of current music style. Designed to be more a creative tool rather than a tool to fix audio problems, it can add color and punch to your tracks while being light on CPU usage.

Tonic – Key Features:

dynamic multimode analog modeling filter (mono/stereo)

24dB low pass, 18 dB low pass, 12 dB low pass, 6 dB low pass, 12 dB band pass and 12 dB high pass modes

adjustable drive and resonance up to self-oscillation

envelope follower for dynamic filter control with an audio signal

audio and MIDI trigger modes

powerful step LFO with smoothing and morphing

X/Y matrix pad for additional realtime modulation with access to all Tonic parameters

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