New features for free: UR28M and UR824 firmware update
This major update adds new functionality to the UR28M and UR824 USB audio interfaces, such as iPad connectivity and new guitar amp simulator effects running on the DSP as well as being bundled as VST 3 plug-ins. The update is free of charge and will be provided in the support area. On top of that all registered UR users will be eligible for a free version of Cubase AI 7.
- New Guitar Amp Classics effect bundle running on DSP, allowing latency-free monitoring with guitar amp effect
- Basic FX Suite VST 3 plug-in bundle, consisting of three software components: Sweet Spot Morphing Channel Strip, REV-X and Guitar Amp Classics
- CC mode for connectivity with the iPad (2 or later) through Apple's iPad Camera
- Loopback function for internet live streaming: incoming audio signals are merged to playback signal from audio playback software
- Free version of Cubase AI 7 for all registered UR users, providing a set of new features
Features in detail
Guitar Amp Classics
Guitar Amp Classics make extensive use of advanced Yamaha modeling technology. Four amp types with completely different sonic characteristics are provided, CLEAN, CRUNCH, DRIVE and LEAD. Best of all, the version 2 update includes both a DSP-powered version* and a VST 3 version of Guitar Amp Classics. That's a big plus for any guitarist, as the whole recording process becomes more convenient and more flexible. Just record the dry signal while listening to your favorite amp sound without any latency using the DSP version. Once you're done, you can re-amp the recorded track with the VST 3 version, the Amp Simulator plug-in included with Cubase AI or any other modeling plug-in you like.
This amp type is optimized for clean tones, effectively simulating the tight brilliance of transistor amplifiers. The tonal character of this amp model provides an ideal sonic foundation for recording with multi-effects. It also features built-in chorus and vibrato effects.
This is the amp type to use when you want lightly overdriven crunch tones. The CRUNCH model simulates the type of vintage tube amplifiers that are favored for blues, rock, soul, R&B, and similar styles.
The LEAD amp type simulates a high-gain tube amp that is rich in overtones. It is ideally suited to playing lead guitar lines that will fit in well in an ensemble, but it can also be set up for crisp accompaniment tones as well.
The DRIVE amp type provides a selection of distortion sounds that simulate the tonal character of high-gain tube amplifiers. From mildly overdriven crunch to heavy distortion suitable for hard rock, heavy metal, or hardcore styles, this model offers a wide range of sonic capabilities.
Six amplifier types are provided. Types 1 and 2 feature relatively mild distortion that allows picking nuances to come through naturally. Types 3 and 4 have more pronounced overtones, resulting in a fat, soft tone. Types 5 and 6 deliver wild, aggressive distortion with a tight attack. The even-numbered amp types have greater presence and range than the odd-numbered types.
The UR824 and UR28M can now be switched to CC (Class Compliant) mode**. In this mode the UR28M and UR824 work with the iPad (2 or later) through Apple’s iPad Camera Connection Kit. Combining the UR units with an iOS audio application, such as Steinberg’s Cubasis, allows you to feed simultaneously through eight channels of input and output for the UR824 and four input channels as well as six output channels for the UR28M.
**Please note that in CC mode you can only use the analog inputs and outputs. Currently, there is no iOS app available that allows you to control the DSP-based effects.
VST 3 version included: Basic FX Suite
The version 2.0 update also features the Basic FX Suite, a software bundle consisting of VST Plug-ins of various effects and sound processing tools developed by Yamaha. The Basic FX Suite consists of three software components: Sweet Spot Morphing Channel Strip, REV-X, and Guitar Amp Classics. The Sweet Spot Morphing Channel Strip is a processing multi effect that features a compressor and equalizer. The REV-X processing effect is a digital reverb platform developed by Yamaha for professional audio devices. The Guitar Amp Classics effect plug-in features guitar amp simulations developed by Yamaha that fully utilize modeling technology. All plug-ins are available as 32-/64-bit versions for Windows and Mac OS X Intel.
For easy live streaming of performances to the internet, the Loopback function consolidates all playback tracks and input channels and routes the mix to your internet streaming software. This function is often used by hosts of internet live streaming programs. When the function is active, incoming audio signals such as microphone, guitar or line source will be merged to the playback signal from an audio playback software like Cubase or other DAWs inside the computer. The merged signal will then be send back to the computer for streaming.
Cubase AI 7
Cubase AI is a lean Cubase version tailored to record your music without additional bells and whistles. Based on the same core technologies as Steinberg’s highly acclaimed Cubase advanced music production system, Cubase AI offers a comprehensive feature set for composing, recording, editing and mixing. Run it together with any of the audio interfaces and Cubase AI provides a full system solution for recording music in studio quality. For all registered users of UR28M and UR824 a free version of the latest version Cubase AI 7 will be provided free of charge together with the UR version 2.0 update. The free download version and the activation code are available in the MySteinberg area.
*If you want to use the DSP-based edition of Guitar Amp Classics on an input channel in Cubase/Nuendo, please check, if your Cubase/Nuendo version is compatible. More info can be found in this knowledge base article.
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