Beat-based sound design tasks
The NEK features outstanding new tools for creating beats, generating exciting new rhythms and working with loops.
Nuendo 5 Expansion Kit: Cubase Music Tools for Nuendo
The Nuendo 5 Expansion Kit (NEK) is a part of the Nuendo 5 product range and brings the music tools of Cubase 5 to the Nuendo 5 media production platform. NEK means complete compatibility with all Cubase music creation features, allowing an import of all Cubase projects. In combination with Nuendo 5, the NEK complements the product to a mighty all-in-one tool for music, post, live and recording production tasks.
LoopMash 2 (copy 1)
[Translate to Englisch:] LoopMash is a revolutionary virtual instrument that offers a unique and innovative way of working with loops and beats to create stunning new rhythms and grooves. Seamlessly blendable variations of both the included loops and any loop from your library open up myriad new creative possibilities. LoopMash is based on a new audio analysis/synthesis engine, developed in collaboration with Yamaha, that matches similar elements across loops and beats, generating fresh and inspiring “mash-ups” from any rhythmic audio material.
NEW IN NEK 5.5: LoopMash 2 introduces 20 new MIDI-controllable live and slice-based effects, such as scratches, stutters and tape stops. LoopMash 2 also sports twice the amount of scenes — a total of 24 — and comes with full undo/redo support. Plus, you can drag-and-drop slices from one LoopMash 2 track to another, or even into Groove Agent ONE.
Mash it up
LoopMash is a revolutionary virtual instrument that offers a unique and innovative way of creatively working with loops and beats to create stunning new rhythms and grooves. Seamlessly blendable variations of both the included loops and any loop from your library open up myriad new creative possibilities. LoopMash is based on a new audio analysis/synthesis engine, developed in collaboration with Yamaha, that matches similar elements across loops and beats, generating fresh and inspiring “mash-ups” from any rhythmic audio material. Check out the video tutorial to learn more about LoopMash.
- First-of-its-kind interactive loop synthesizer
- Creates entirely new and unique audio-loop variations on the fly
- Simply drag-and-drop existing loops from MediaBay or the Project window onto LoopMash
- Entirely synced to the Nuendo Tempo
- Integrated editing tools and powerful live performance mode with user-definable scenes
Groove Agent ONE (copy 2)
[Translate to Englisch:] Groove Agent ONE pairs powerful drum sampling with detailed sound shaping — seamlessly integrated into Nuendo. Not only does it boast sliced loop and MPC-import but rocks right out of the box with its own custom library of only the finest acoustic, urban, hip hop and dance drum kits! Each of its virtual pads features a complete sound processing section that gives full control of textures, timbres and expressive qualities of each drum sound. Creation of custom kits with drag-and-drop from the MediaBay allows an extremely fluid and easy workflow.
NEW IN NEK 5.5: Groove Agent 1.2 introduces several enhancements, such as solo and mute function for individual pads, multi-pad editing, and more.
Drum sampling deluxe
Groove Agent ONE pairs powerful drum sampling with detailed sound shaping — seamlessly integrated into Nuendo. Not only does it boast sliced loop and MPC-import but rocks right out of the box with its own custom library of only the finest acoustic, urban, hip hop and dance drum kits! Each of its virtual pads features a complete sound processing section that gives full control of textures, timbres and expressive qualities of each drum sound. Creation of custom kits with drag-and-drop from the MediaBay allows an extremely fluid and easy workflow.
- Supports WAV, AIFF and the legendary MPC format
- Easy-to-use interface — the perfect fusion of functionality and simplicity
- Powerful editing section for each drum sound
- Automatically maps sliced Nuendo audio parts or multiple audio events across the pads by simply dragging them directly to Groove Agent ONE
- Converts sliced audio loops to MIDI when dragging them back to a MIDI track
Beat Designer is a hot new beat construction plug-in that allows you to get hands-on with beats for step programming and designing drum patterns in an easy yet powerful way, working hand in hand with Groove Agent ONE. Getting really interactive with different grooves and variations has never been easier: Beat Designer organizes several patterns at once in customizable banks and can trigger each of them in real time and synced to Nuendo with a MIDI keyboard.
- Supports up to 64 steps per pattern
- Customizable resolution and time signature
- Supports flam hits and rolls
- Individual volume settings for each element in a beat allowing full control of the dynamics of any groove
- Comes with dozens of beats in various styles perfectly matching the Groove Agent ONE kits
Express creative visions
With the NEK, Steinberg has innovated even further to offer even more creative compositional tools.
VST Expression (copy 1)
[Translate to Englisch:] VST Expression provides an ultra-intuitive new way of working with multiple instrument articulations, for example of huge orchestra libraries and introduces an editing concept that is not only user-customizable but also fully integrated with the Key and Score Editors. Instead of handling all those MIDI controllers for switching articulations, VST Expression allows seamlessly and transparently integrated editing as well as full control over multiple articulations in the Key and Score Editors. Articulations noted in the Score Editor can be played back immediately in real time by orchestra or any other sample-based libraries like the all-new HALion Sonic SE.
NEW IN NEK 5.5: VST Expression 2 is taking MIDI editing to a whole new level. Comprising three innovative technologies — Note Expression, Expression Maps and VST Dynamics — the latest VST Expression standard is the composer's choice for creating dynamic arrangements and unheard-of effects.
The composer’s choice: VST Expression
VST Expression is an ultra-intuitive new way of working with multiple instrument articulations, for example of huge orchestra libraries, and introduces an editing concept that is not only user-customizable but is also fully integrated with the Key and Score Editors. VST Expression makes working with instrument articulations as easy as it should be. Instead of handling all those MIDI controllers for switching articulations, VST Expression allows seamlessly and transparently integrated editing as well as full control over multiple articulations in the Key and Score Editors. Articulations noted in the Score Editor can be played back immediately in real time by orchestra or any other sample-based libraries like the all new electric and acoustic guitar, bass and brass expression sounds included in the new HALion ONE Expression Set 01.
- Compatible with any current VSTi or stand-alone sample library, including Steinberg HALion Symphonic Orchestra and the new HALion ONE Expression Set 01
- Expression Map Editor provides mapping and remapping of articulation controllers, such as key switches, controller changes or MIDI channel remapping
- Using Expression Maps, projects can be ported for playback to a different sound device or library
- New Articulation Lane allows intuitive and fast editing of instrument articulations in the Key and Drum Editors
- When recording articulation changes, for example, key switches, the correct symbols are automatically added in the Score Editor
The ideal symphonic instrument
Evocative scores, exquisite arrangements and emotive accompaniments: HALion Symphonic Orchestra is the ideal, symphonic instrument for composition, production and pre-production in music, TV and film scoring and game sound. It puts the awesome emotive power and sheer sonic majesty of a full symphonic orchestra under total control with its full support for the new 5 VST Expression feature. Each instrument comes with a Track Preset including a VST Expression map and matching staff settings for the Score Editor.
The NEK contains a 90-day fully functional trial version of the HALion Symphonic Orchestra 16-bit Special Edition, providing a wealth of acoustic orchestral instruments at their best. The trial version of the HSO 16-bit Edition can be upgraded online to a permanent license at a very special price.
With each articulation assigned to a key switch, the new Expression Set is perfectly suited to explore the new VST Expression feature in the NEK.
The following instruments are included: Acoustic Bass, Electric Bass, Fretless Bass, Pick Bass, Nylon Guitar, Steel Guitar, Clean Guitar, Distortion Guitars 1&2, Solid Guitar, Tenor Sax, Solo Trumpet, Brass Section and Large String Section.
Even more expression
The HALion ONE sound library has been expanded with a new set of studio-quality instruments developed by Yamaha's acclaimed sound design team. The Expression Set 01 features 14 new instruments with multiple articulations for natural and expressive performances.
Cubase music notation
The Score Editor is a full notation environment completely integrated after installing the Nuendo 5 NEK lets you view your music in the form of scores, with full support for just about all symbol, display and editing options that this entails. With support for lyrics and remarks as well as drum notes, guitar tablature and lead sheets, the Nuendo 5 Score Editor includes hundreds of professional notation symbols: simply select the tools needed to create fully professional score layouts for others including soloists, orchestras and choirs.
Thanks to the full Music XML Import/Export support, even exchanging scores with other notation packages is only a matter of seconds. Adding to the stunning MIDI Meaning feature, the new VST Expressions capability has been engineered to offer a new level of speed and intuitiveness when working with large sample libraries by introducing dynamic support for articulations and expressive notation that is automatically interpreted by a VST instrument. Nuendo 5 NEK features an unparalleled combination of a fully featured composition, recording and mixing environment with comprehensive scoring features — ideal for composers.
NEW IN NEK 5.5: HALion Sonic SE (copy 1)
[Translate to Englisch:] HALion Sonic SE is a streamlined version of HALion Sonic, Steinberg’s premier VST workstation. Incorporating the same pristine audio and synth engine as its award-winning brother, HALion Sonic SE offers tight integration with Nuendo 5.5 and more than 900 production-ready sounds and instruments. Intuitive handling, instant playability and VST 3.5 support make this new instrument the perfect choice for creative songwriting or just playing along. HALion Sonic SE supports VST 3.5, being among the first to benefit from the revolutionary VST Expression 2 technology.
Trial version: HALion Symphonic Orchestra VST Sound Instrument Set (copy 1)
[Translate to Englisch:] The NEK 5.5 contains a 60-day fully functional trial version of the HALion Symphonic Orchestra VST Sound Instrument Set. Evocative scores, exquisite arrangements and emotive accompaniments: HSO VST Sound Instrument Set for HALion Sonic SE and HALion Sonic is the ideal, symphonic library for composition, production and pre-production in music, TV, film scoring and game sound.
Existing HSO users will be excited to find out that they can use HSO VST Sound Instrument Set with their existing license as a free update right away! For all others, the trial version of the HSO VST Sound Instrument Set can be upgraded online to a permanent license at a very special price.
The license upgrade is only available online and enables the permanent use of the HSO VST Sound Instrument Set included in Nuendo 5.5.
The Drum Editor is a highly intuitive yet powerful window for constructing and reworking beats, rhythms and grooves, offering a plethora of features to let you come up with the perfect rhythm for your song or production.
The List Editor is a powerful MIDI editing tool that gives fast access to every single aspect of a MIDI note, and can be a huge timesaver in complex projects.
Further premium instruments
NEK delivers the richest virtual instruments ever – right out of the box. Next to LoopMash and Groove Agent ONE, further exceptional instruments make up the impressive arsenal.
HALion ONE is a special player version of HALion, the VST sampler, and comes with hundreds of ready-to-use instruments which can be shaped to user’s taste with the eight intuitive Quick Controls. Delivered with sample-content taken from Yamaha’s award-winning Motif synthesizer workstation, HALion ONE comes ready to play with more than 600 great-sounding sample-based instruments and 58 drum kits. The sound library also includes a complete General MIDI sound set. Standard MIDI files can be imported and played directly using HALion ONE’s GM sound set by simply dragging a MIDI file into Nuendo 5.
Prologue is a polyphonic subtractive synthesizer with great-sounding multi-mode variable resonance filters, powerful modulation capabilities and cranking onboard effects. Powered by VirSyn technology, this punchy virtual analog synthesizer is fed by hundreds of great-sounding presets covering a wide range of sounds reaching from traditional analog to indescribable. Prologue’s intuitive user interface provides full editing capabilities with access to its three oscillators, powerful multi-mode filter, four envelopes, two LFOs, a powerful modulation matrix, and on-board effects.
This unique instrument is based on two extremely colorful and versatile spectrum filters and can utilize up to six oscillators per voice with two different waveforms each. Separate independent spectrum filters process each of the two waveforms. Creating new, unique sounds by simply drawing new filter curves and then shifting or morphing the two filter’s spectrums is as much fun as browsing through the included showcasing presets. Identical to Prologue, Spector offers four envelope generators, two LFOs, a powerful modulation matrix and on-board effects. With access to all sound parameters, Spector provides full editing capabilities.
Mystic is a very unusual but inspiring instrument with lots of personality, making it the perfect complement to NEK 5’s other integrated instruments. Its synthesis uses a combination of physical modeling and comb filtering to generate unique and colorful sounds and is based on three parallel comb filters with feedback. The sound source is an “impulse sound” based on physical modeling technology. The harmonic spectrum of this sound is based on one of six waveforms and a set of two spectrum filters. The sound can be shaped with a filter (damping), by adding an offset to the comb filters (detune), or by adding a noise component (crackle).
Monologue is a monophonic analog synthesizer based on physical modeling technology. It offers full, rich and colorful sounds without consuming a lot of CPU power. The Monologue synthesizer is the perfect tool for bass, lead and sequenced sounds.
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 gives fast access to the sounds needed without having to search through thousands of presets. However, the most powerful feature of Embracer is its surround output. With a single switch, the instrument can be turned from stereo to surround and the width control allows spreading its pad sound anywhere from mono to stereo to full 360° surround. The unique “eye” controller gives an exact idea of how the sound will be placed in a mix.
VST Sound Collection Vol. I
The VST Sound Collection Vol. I offers over 1.5 GB of new content, sounds and loops produced by top producers, including Yamaha, Sonic Reality and Big Fish Audio. It can be used royalty free by all Cubase/Nuendo customers.
45 brand-new instruments for HALion ONE by Sonic Reality
Diese HALion Library wurde von den Sound-Experten von Sonic Reality produziert und beinhaltet erstklassige Instrumente für nahezu jeden Musikstil: Edle Gitarren, warme Bässe und eine Sammlung ausgewählter akustischer und elektronischer Drum-Kits.
Original Yamaha S90ES Grand for HALion ONE
The famous Yamaha S90ES Grand is one of the most sought-after sampled stage piano sounds around. This outstanding piano sound is now integrated directly into HALion ONE! Using the original samples, captured with care and outstanding precision by the Yamaha content experts, the S90ES Grand for HALion ONE delivers a truly beautiful expressive timbre, suitable for all styles of piano playing.
250 new and fresh drum loops by Big Fish Audio
Red-hot drum beats and scorching loops — all of them ready to use and optimized for variety and creative usage with the excellent beat mangling and manipulation tools in Cubase/Nuendo. And because they’re all ready for the MediaBay, finding the right loop for a song takes only a few seconds.