Steinberg Nuendo 8 Upgrade from Nuendo 7

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Nuendo 8 is the industry’s most comprehensive audio post-production software, with new features and enhancements for TV and film audio post-production, game audio creation, and immersive sound

 

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Nuendo 8: The New Standard in Audio-for-Picture

Nuendo 8 has upped its game . . . game audio production capabilities, that is. Already a video production powerhouse, Nuendo 8 adds several, dare we say, game-changing features, including Game Audio Connect 2, which enables you to transfer entire compositions as objects into Audiokinetic’s industry-leading Wwise interactive game production software; a sound randomizer; automatic event renaming; and a sampler track that can turn any audio sample into a virtual instrument with numerous tweakable parameters. Steinberg’s Nuendo 8 also features direct offline processing for multiple clips and live rendering. Nuendo 8 also includes MixConsole History, which lets you return to earlier versions of your mix, as well as new effects, and improved plug-ins. There are also improvements in Automated Dialog Recording, including automatic speech alignment. Nuendo 8  has several workflow enhancements, including a new video engine, side-chaining for VST3 instruments, and the Lower Zone, which conveniently puts controls at the bottom of the screen. And, for composers, Nuendo now includes all of the NEK sound-creation tools that had to be purchased separately in previous versions of Nuendo.

Steinberg Nuendo 8 in one take:

  • Game Audio Connect 2 for transferring whole music compositions from Nuendo as music segments into Audiokinetic Wwise
  • Direct Offline Processing for applying the most often used offline processes as a chain for one or multiple selected clips, including LIVE!Rendering
  • Sound Randomizer for creating different variations of a sound in seconds just by tweaking four parameters
  • Renamer automatically renames events within a Nuendo project
  • Sampler Track for easily creation of sample-based instruments from audio files
  • MixConsole History for tracking down all changes made in the MixConsole and undoing/redoing them as fits
  • User profile manager lets you migrate your settings to other studios equipped with Nuendo 8
  • Auro-3D and Dolby Atmos support
  • New effects and updated plug-ins including Frequency EQ, HALion Sonic SE 3, Retrologue 2, AutoPan, Maximizer and more, plus audio-input side-chaining
  • Music creation features from Cubase
  • ADR improvements including automatic speech alignment and remote ADR support (available within a future maintenance update)
  • Workflow and performance enhancements, including a new video engine, Plug-in Sentinel, the Lower Zone, dedicated punch points, side-chaining for VST 3 instruments and more
  • Seamless integration with Yamaha Nuage control surface

Game Audio Connect 2

Game Audio Connect 2 opens up new vistas for game audio composing. It enables you to transfer interactive sections of your compositions from Nuendo 8 as music segments into Audiokinetic’s Wwise. Segments or objects can include audio and MIDI tracks, as well as cycle and cue markers. Additionally, you to use Nuendo as a MIDI editor for Wwise with the ability to create Nuendo projects directly from Wwise segments.

Direct Offline Processing

Bringing a higher level of efficiency to your workflow, direct offline processing lets you to chain you your most-used processes and plug-ins and apply them to one or multiple clips. Nuendo 8’s LIVE!Rendering capability, as the name implies, lets you render your processing chains offline in real time. Another benefit of offline processing is Auto Apply, which gives you the feel of real-time effects without the hit to your CPU, effectively freeing up your MixConsole to do what it does best. Plus, you can copy your process chain to other clips, and save it as a preset for use in other projects. The list of processes is always available for each clip, allowing for non-destructive changes down the road. Any change you make is applied to all selected clips.

Sound Randomizer

The Sound Randomizer plug-in is a much anticipated feature that not only speeds up the workflow for game sound design, it takes a tedious process that takes hours and does it automatically. Rather than duplicating sounds manually and apply effects, so that, for example, a series of footsteps don’t all sound distractingly the same, Sound Randomizer creates variations by applying changes to four parameters: pitch, color, timing, and impact, thus creating new sounds while saving you hours of repetitive, mind-numbing, creativity-killing work.

Renamer

For those familiar with creating music for games, creating a correct naming scheme of audio assets for implementation into game engines and “middleware” (software that acts as a bridge between database and application) is both essential and a real time-suck. Nuendo 8’s renaming tool gets the job done automatically via CSV file (Comma-Separated Values) with all the relevant data.

Sampler Track

For both sound designers and electronic music creators, Nuendo 8’s Sampler track enables you to turn any audio file into a virtual instrument. Simply drag a sample from your project window or Nuendo’s MediaBay, and you can instantly play it chromatically via MIDI keyboard controller. You can also apply onboard filters and controls, such as resonance and, cutoff, and change its envelope to customize the sound to your taste. For the Sampler Track, Nuendo 8 includes Caleidoscope, a dedicated sample library with hundreds of sounds and presets that you can mangle as your heart desires.

MixConsole History

As everyone who has ever mixed anything knows, the art of mixing involves a good deal of experimentation, which turns into tail-chasing more often than not. It’s easy to go too far when mixing, but not so easy to get back to where you were before you went off the rails. Enter Nuendo 8’s MixConsole History, which tracks all of your changes, enables you to return to previous stages of your mix simply by selecting them from a list. A slider lets you undo one change at a time, or several, so for example, a plug-in that you removed can be re-instantiated with its previous settings. Still not sure? Simply undo the undo and remove the plug-in again. With MixConsole History, you can now experiment freely and pick the best mix. 

User Profile Manager

The new Profile Manager in Nuendo 8 lets you switch between workflows for different types of projects, or take your settings and preferences with you when moving projects to other studios. The Profile Manager lets you store and recall program settings and preferences, including keyboard shortcuts, color schemes and much more. You can switch between settings or migrate your custom Nuendo environment to another studio running Nuendo 8.

Auro-3D and Dolby Atmos support

Nuendo 8 supports both panning and down-mixing schemes in Auro-3D and Dolby Atmos immersive sound technologies. The VST MultiPanner in Nuendo 8 not only supports Dolby Atmos, but can now also pan mono, stereo, and surround channels in Auro-3D. Nuendo 8 also features MixConvert V6, which is capable of up and down-mixing Auro-3D mixes. Additionally, Dolby Atmos 9.1 beds can be converted to Auro-3D and vice versa 

New effects and updated plug-ins with audio-input side-chaining  

New plug-ins added to Nuendo 8 include the amazing Frequency EQ, and 8-band equalizer that allows you to apply functions to each band separately, including audition, M-S processing, and linear phase mode. It also has a spectrum display and a musical keyboard, for times when you need to hone in on a specific pitch, such as a tuned R&B kick drum. Nuendo 8 also includes the Halion Sonic SE 3 multi-timbral sample player, Retrologue 2 analog synth plug-in, plus the updated AutoPan, which provides various shapes, sync modes, panorama settings, and more.

The new Maximizer not only got a face-lift, but also an algorithm overhaul. It lets you choose between Classic mode and Modern mode to get the most out of your mixes, while keeping the result transparent, clear, and brilliant. Also, the Brickwall Limiter, Compressor, Expander, Gate and Envelope Shaper also have been spiffed up and tweaked under the hood.

Audio Input side-chaining

 The new Audio-Input option offers you the opportunity to send audio to VST 3 instrument plug-ins supporting side-chaining. This will increase your creative sound design possibilities tenfold. For example, you can send audio to Retrologue 2 and apply its filters, LFOs, and envelope functions to whatever audio you send to it.

Plug-ins for sound designers and post-production 

Nuendo 8 includes a vast number of plug-ins, including the VST Amp Rack, which delivers a comprehensive, and authentic library of guitar tones, amp models, and effects.

Post-Production plug-ins include:

  • Bass Manager
  • IOSONO/BARCO Anymix Pro
  • Voxengo CurveEQ with spectrum matching
  • REVerence convolution reverb
  • Post Filter noise removal
  • MixConvert V.6 down-mixing; formats up to 10.2

Music creation features from Cubase

Nuendo 8 includes all the musical features from Cubase that previously had to be purchased separately in the Nuendo Expansion Kit (NEK). Features include:

  • Score editor
  • Drum editor
  • VST Expression
  • Hermode Tuning
  • List editor
  • Chord track and Chord Pads
  • Groove Agent SE 4 and Beat Designer

ADR automatic speech alignment 

Along with its core ADR features that make spotting every aspect of a film and organizing takes for multiple roles, scenes, and actors fast and easy, Nuendo 8 will also include a series of new ADR features coming soon in a future maintenance update. These features include automatic speech alignment, and support for distance-ADR solutions.

Workflow and performance enhancements

Along with the glamor features and shiny objects we all love so much, Nuendo 8 addresses the serious side of audio and video post-production with workflow and stability enhancements, starting with a new video engine. Other enhancements include plug ’n’ play support for Windows USB devices; improved ruler handling; free editing and shaping of tempo information; faster duplication of events or parts via mouse; and the ability to move consecutive information of events wherever you want. However, if you’ve had the pleasure of sending tracks to the outputs of a recording console or summing device for stems or OTB mixing, all of those features pale in comparison the ability to assign outputs as you create tracks.

Modern video engine 

The Nuendo 8 video engine is not based on Apple’s QuickTime technology and supports various codecs on both Windows and Mac OS. It also supports external video devices from Blackmagic Design, and others. The video engine not only supports today’s most relevant formats, but also will be subject to ongoing development to add more functionality while improving stability and performance.

Supported Codecs:

  • DV
  • DVCPro
  • MotionJPEG
  • PhotoJPEG
  • H263
  • H264
  • Apple ProRes
  • Avid DNxHD & DNxHR (additional license required)

Supported Containers:

  • MOV
  • AVI
  • MP4

Future Nuendo video-engine developments include:

  • Avid DNxHD® video decoder will be available as a separate product shortly after the Nuendo 8 release
  • AAC Audio Extract on Win 7 is in development
  • AJA video device support is also in development
  • Replace Audio in Video is no longer possible. As an alternative, video render export functionality (including audio) is planned
  • MXF container support is also planned

Plug-in Sentinel

New Plug-in Sentinel scans all your plug-ins at startup to check which are valid and which might harm your system’s stability. Additionally, operating in 64-bit mode ensures that you benefit from the most up-to-date technology available.

The Lower Zone

While the current transport bar of Nuendo and Cubase appears to be a convenience, it never fails to get in your way once you’ve moved it out of your way (you know what we mean). With Nuendo 8’s Lower Zone, you can access all tools and editors without leaving the project window. They are now just a mouse click away, conveniently located across the bottom of the project window, with full transport controls taking up far less space.  The Lower Zone will streamline your workflow whether you’re working on a laptop or multi-screen studio environment. That transport panel, while still available, will become a thing of the past.

Dedicated punch points

Nuendo 8 offers dedicated punch points, a rather clever and efficient way to record within your project window. Instead of having to return to a fixed point in your timeline and counting from there, Nuendo’s punch-in/out points are independent of the locator positions. Better still, you can define a start and end position for cycle playback with dedicated punch positions while remaining in Cycle mode.

Enlarged sound content

Nuendo 8 comes with 2GB of 24-bit/48kHz sound effects, including 5.1 audio files from the Hybrid Library 2017 and Pro Sound Effects. Sound effects include Animals, Emergency, Fire, Foley, Horror, Household, Human, Impacts, Industry, Office, Science Fiction, Sports, Technology, Transportation, Warfare, Water and many more. It’s fully searchable and 100% royalty-free. 

Seamless integration with Yamaha Nuage

Pack with even more features and functionality than can be discussed in one sitting, Nuendo also includes seamless integration with the incredible Yamaha Nuage control surface. You can also integrate and synchronize external audio and video systems and other DAWs, via the optional Nuendo SyncStation synchronizer.

More projects go out the door when work comes in Nuendo. Put simply, Nuendo 8 is the world’s most comprehensive platform for TV and film audio post-production, game audio creation, and immersive sound. For more information, call or chat online with your Westlake Pro sales consultant.

 

Steinberg Nuendo 8 key features:

  • Game Audio Connect 2 for transferring whole music compositions from Nuendo as music segments into Audiokinetic’s Wwise
  • Direct Offline Processing for applying the most often used offline processes as a chain for one or multiple selected clips, including LIVE!Rendering
  • Sound Randomizer for creating different variations of a sound in seconds just by tweaking four parameters
  • Renamer for automatic renaming of events within a Nuendo project
  • Sampler track for easily creation of sample-based instruments from audio files
  • MixConsole History for tracking down all changes made in the MixConsole and undoing/redoing them as fits
  • New effects and updated plug-ins including Frequency EQ, HALion Sonic SE 3, Retrologue 2, AutoPan, Maximizer and more
  • User Profile Manager include plug-in manager, VST Connect SE 3 and more
  • ADR improvements including automatic speech alignment and remote ADR support (available within a future maintenance update)
  • Enhanced workflow and performance including a new video engine, Plug-in Sentinel, the Lower Zone, dedicated punch points, side-chaining for VST 3 instruments and over 10 other improvements
  • World-class mixing console with up to 22.2 support, including channel strip EQ, VCA faders and fully integrated loudness measurement
  • VST MultiPanner immersive sound panning system including support for Dolby Atmos
  • Integrated re-conforming solution for automatic audio-to- picture alignment
  • Advanced multitrack audio-to-picture editing, including playlists and video-follows-audio editing
  • Full integration with the Yamaha Nuage post-production system

Additional information

Version

Nuendo 8, Update from Nuendo 7

Format

VST, Standalone

OS Requirements - Mac

OS X 10.11 or later

OS Requirements - PC

Windows 7 SP1 or later

Download / Boxed

Download

iLok Required

None

Bit-Depth

32-bit/64-bit

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