Nuendo 6 Expansion Kit: Cubase Music Tools for Nuendo
The Nuendo 6 Expansion Kit (NEK) is a part of the Nuendo product range and brings the music tools of Cubase to the Nuendo media production platform. NEK means complete compatibility with all Cubase music creation features and import functionality for Cubase projects. With world-class instruments, innovative sound design tools and advanced technologies for composers, the NEK transforms Nuendo into a professional, all-in-one solution for music, live and post-production.
New in Nuendo 6 NEK
Know your harmonies
The new global Chord Track allows for easy working with chords within your Project window and provides transform and harmonize functions throughout the application. Nuendo detects the harmony structure of your song and feeds back all chord and scale information to both MIDI and audio tracks processed with VariAudio. All tracks engaged to follow will automatically reflect any harmonic adjustments made with the Chord Track! Advanced voicing options are used to transform existing parts in a harmonically correct and ear-pleasing way.
Chords can be either entered manually with the mouse, by playing them on a MIDI keyboard, or generated automatically from existing MIDI parts in the project. You may even want to enter single notes and harmonize these later on with VariAudio — Chord Track lets you do all this.
Intelligent composing assistance
You don't have to be a musical genius to lay down beautiful harmonies — not when you're using Nuendo 6 NEK. The powerful new Chord Assistant helps you to generate everything from simple pop to complex jazz chord sequences that just sound fabulous.
Want to specify both the first and final chords but have no clue how to get there? This, also, is possible in Nuendo 6 NEK. The Chord Assistant lists chord suggestions from which you can choose — it's all just a click away.
Pure tuning for that extra punch
Thanks to the Hermode tuning technology, the intonation of your synthesized notes are changed dynamically on the fly for utmost compatibility with well-tempered scales, while retaining a high degree of purity for third and fifth intervals. Especially when combining non-fixed-intonation instruments, like brass and woodwind, and fixed-intonation instruments, such as guitars and piano, entire orchestral arrangements sound immediately clearer and more brilliant than before.
Eliminating the compromises and strengthening the advantages of well temperament, Hermode intonation results in a clean and pure tuning that can definitely add unimagined punch and clarity to all kinds of electronic music as well!
Padshop introduces a new way of granular sound design. Get yourself ready for out-of-this-world atmospheres, far-out effects and a user interface that’s a breeze to work with. Padshops features two independent layers that are based on an individual oscillator source and generate up to eight different grain streams. The edit section gives you access to parameters that really matter, including the high-quality low, high and band-pass as well as band-rejection filters with an integrated distortion unit. Two envelopes, two LFOs and the Step Modulator can be used to modulate a large number of target parameters. And with the built-in modulation and delay effects you can drive the pace for high tension atmospheres. Padshop is armed with over 400 presets that showcase the kaleidoscope-like nature of this extraordinary synth. Expect the unexpected and take your sound to spectacular new heights — Padshop is the go-to solution for breathtaking pads, driving structures and far-out effects.
Phat, phresh and phunky
Ideal for creating fat and funky lead and bass sounds, Retrologue offers those old-school analog synth sounds and biting sonic blocks that will enrich every modern music production substantially. At the heart of this cutting instrument are two carefully modeled oscillators each with up to eight detunable voices alongside an earth-shattering sub and noise oscillator. Packed into a straightforward interface, Retrologue brings back the sound of analog circuitries and vintage warmth. Retrologues extensive preset library features 300 presets and comes with timeless and modern synthesizer sounds — from heavy weight monophonic basses and razor-sharp leads to driving grooves and polyphonic stabs. Grab your keyboard and start creating memorable hooks!
Go hybrid with HALion Sonic SE
You asked for it and we listened: the new Hybrid Expansion for HALion Sonic SE boasts 300 pristine hybrid instrument sounds stocking up on natural pianos, breathing choirs, lush strings and moving analog-digital textures. The gorgeous rich and exciting tonal spectrums perfectly supplement HALion Sonic SE’s top-flight workstation library. Make the difficult choice from the greater good of having a plethora of star-like instruments, and dial them in on your next track!
Beat-based sound design tools
The NEK features outstanding tools for creating beats, generating exciting new rhythms and working with loops.
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.
Groove Agent ONE
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.
Beat Designer is a hot 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.
Express creative visions
With the NEK, Steinberg has innovated even further to offer even more creative tools for composers.
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.
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.
Professional music notation
The Score Editor is a full notation environment completely integrated after installing the Nuendo 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 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 NEK features an unparalleled combination of a fully featured composition, recording and mixing environment with comprehensive scoring features — ideal for composers.
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.
NEK delivers superior virtual instruments — right out of the box. Next to the new synthesizers Padshop and Retrologue and the creative drum tools LoopMash 2 and Groove Agent ONE, further exceptional plug-ins make up the impressive arsenal.
HALion Sonic SE
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 and 1200 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.
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’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).