Nuendo 7 Expansion Kit – Music Tools for Nuendo
The Nuendo 7 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.
Tools for composers
With the NEK, Steinberg has innovated even further to offer even more creative tools for composers.
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.
VST Expression provides an ultra-intuitive 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.
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.
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.
Due to the tight integration, creating and printing lead sheets is just a matter of a few clicks. Now, you can drag-and-drop single or multiple chord events from the Chord Track to the Chorder MIDI plug-in or HALion Sonic or HALion Sonic SE.
And while the Chord Track with its many automatic mechanisms truly delivers what it promises, we built a toolset in the Key Editor’s inspector to paint in chords directly as MIDI notes in the Key Editor.
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.
NEW: Chord pads
Chord pads are a great way to playfully and creatively compose with chords. Jam with chords and patterns in real time and remote control multiple parameters to change chords on the fly. The chord pads are playable via a MIDI keyboard and real-time parameters allow you to easily improvise chord performances by changing voicings, tensions and more as you go.
NEW: Сircle of 5ths and Proximity Chord Assistant modes
You can visually select chords in the circle of 5th view or the new Proximity Assistant. The new Proximity Chord Assistant mode provides suggestions from a defined reference chord, taking a set of harmonic rules into account. The distance and colors of the suggestions from the reference chord (at the center bottom of the window) convey a sense of how complex a suggestion is, in comparison to the reference chord. The circle of 5ths mode shows you the chord relations as a classic circle of fifths visualization. Best of all, these new visual modes of the Chord Assistant are also available directly from the new chord pads!
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!
Beat-based sound design tools
The NEK features outstanding tools for creating beats, generating exciting new rhythms and working with loops.
Groove Agent SE 4
Groove Agent SE 4 is a massively featured MPC-style drum sampler including a wide range of effects, pattern playback functions and comfortable sample editing. Add the crispy vintage vibe to your beats with one of the new playback modes, emulating the character of the 12-bit era. And thanks to the deep integration in Nuendo, you will be able to see the instruments mapped automatically as drum maps into the Drum Editor and Beat Designer. Groove Agent SE 4 includes over 120 drum kits and 240 ready-to-go grooves. From crackling vinyl beats to four-to-the-floor electronic kits, Groove Agent SE 4 has it all covered.
NEW: Groove Agent SE 4 Acoustic Agent
Groove Agent SE 4 now includes many of the features from the powerful Acoustic Agent from Groove Agent 4, with a compact content set based on an ultra-realistic acoustic drum kit. Acoustic Agent gives you a world-class virtual acoustic drummer and not only offers 20 drum style patterns but also advanced features like a built-in mixer for Group Channels, Room und Overheads. Thanks to the integration in Nuendo, all drum kit pieces are mapped automatically as drum maps into the Drum Editor.
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.
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 groove.
NEK delivers superior virtual instruments — right out of the box. Next to the the creative drum tool Groove Agent SE4, further exceptional plug-ins make up the impressive arsenal.
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!
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).