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Nuendo 5 in detail

Nuendo 5 is the world’s number one in native audio post-production, with a superior feature set that surpasses all your expectations.

Integrated toolset for ADR work & new video engine

Nuendo 5 comes with a wealth of features made for film and TV editors, mixers and video game sound designers. An important part of the day-to-day work in audio post-production is the recording of audio content that needs to be synchronized to the picture.

Spot and organize

Nuendo 5 allows the engineer to comprehensively spot and organize recording takes, such as for multiple roles by using a flexible marker track system. All marker tracks can be sorted and filtered in the marker window, which helps the user to keep the overview on the project. Nuendo 5 also reads CMX 3600 EDL lists provided by the video editor as well as exported and imported CSV formatted spotting and ADR lists.

New video engine

The new native video engine of Nuendo 5 is based on QuickTime. Not only does it provide better performance but also the ability to play out videos in real-time via FireWire, now also on Windows. The new video settings panel complements this top feature.

Sound designer’s dream come true

Clip Packages

Clip Packages allow the user to organize clusters of audio clips as one clip package file. After choosing an individual selection of audio files within the project in any constellation it can be saved as a handy package for later use. Clip Packages can be inserted to any other point in the project, archived in the MediaBay and can also be ported to another workstation, if needed.

Smooth scrubbing

Sound editors are always looking for the best possibility to facilitate precise cutting tasks. With the new Nuendo 5 scrub wheel, precise editing is at the editor’s fingertips and interference noises belong to the past.

New MediaBay

Nuendo’s powerful file management tool, MediaBay, boasts a graphically reworked user interface to facilitate usability. The enhanced Previewer lets you pre-listen on events and enables the sound designer and editor to select a portion of an event which can then simply be dragged into the project. MediaBay can also be used to index and access tagged sound libraries on external hard drives. A sound editor can capture a catalog database via indexing the library, containing all tags and metadata. The index will reside on the portable hard disk. As soon as the portable hard disk is connected to another Nuendo workstation, the catalog (Volume Database) is instantly accessible.

Compatible all the way

First-class mixing & routing

Nuendo 5 direct routing

Nuendo 5 includes unique mixer enhancements, tailored to professionals working with large film mixing projects. With the new routing capabilities, it is easy to set up multiple routing destinations for channels at a time. This also allows the creation of different mix versions of any session in one go. And, if necessary, up and down mixing is fully automated.

Superior automation system

Nuendo’s automation system is one of the most powerful systems in the world. The new automation system works with an enhanced pass-system which is shown as an undo-tree and enables the user to recall and compare different passes in order to find the ideal automation matching to the material.

Monitoring Matrix enhancement

Using the extended Monitoring Matrix, the user can listen to individual stems, groups, input or output buses with a single click on the source button from within the Monitoring Matrix window.

Automated Batch Export

Creating continuous audio files in one go has never been easier. Be it some spotted scenes or even all channels of a project for exchange with other DAWs, the Automated Batch Export offers a bunch of possibilities without user interaction needed. For example, several portions of the material can be exported easily by using cycle markers.

Wave Meters

When concentrating on the adjustment of plug-ins and metering in the mixer during the mixing process, it’s often not very comfortable to switch the view to the arrangement window in order to get informed about the current position and upcoming audio events within the project. With the Waves Meters of Nuendo 5, upcoming events are displayed via the respective waveforms, scrolling though the mixer pane.

Plug-in handling for surround buses

For a surround stem or master, Nuendo’s internal effect plug-ins can be used for sound optimization. However, a user often doesn’t want to modify all channels of a mix, but just a selection. Here, the Nuendo 5 patch editor allows the user to select the channels in a surround mix that should be included or excluded from the processing.


Designed for vocal editing, VariAudio allows the sound designer to manipulate and correct voices and sounds in real time, from slight timbre corrections to extreme robot sounds. No artifacts are perceived, and the soul of the recording and its sonic fidelity is preserved throughout.

A new generation of plug-ins

Surround Panner V5

Nuendo 5 includes possibly the most advanced Surround Panner featured in a DAW. The Surround Panner V5 allows for stunning movements within the surround field, such as rotating rooms or atmospheres according to camera pans. Thanks to the equal power technology a signal can be moved across the speakers with no volume variations in the sound.

Pitch Driver

With the new Pitch Driver plug-in it’s easy to create unique sound effects. It can pitch up to 24 semitones in real time and the intuitive user interface allows for smooth operation.

REVerence convolution reverb

REVerence is the world’s first VST3 convolution reverb processor, being capable of emulating speakers, analog gear and any natural room or hall imaginable — in stereo or surround with over 70 responses included.


Outstanding results due to intonation control and scale correction of vocal and monophonic instrument recordings are guaranteed with the PitchCorrect plug-in.

Surround Matrix Encoder and Decoder

These elegant and easy-to-use VST3 format plug-ins create matrix encoded 2-channel versions of surround mixes.

VST3 now

Proven plug-ins such as Mix 8to2, Mixer Delay, SMPTE Generator and Test Generator are now available in VST3 format with a new graphical user interface for better operation.

Performance at its best

Experience the X64 advantage

Native Nuendo 5 64-bit support under Microsoft Windows 7 increases the addressable RAM from 2 GB to an astonishing 1 terabyte — placing more tracks, plug-ins and a whole lot of more samples of the biggest sound libraries right at your fingertips!

Performance optimization for multi-core CPU

Nuendo 5 offers additional power and reliable performance, especially with computers systems of more than four cores.

Improved VST Bridge

Important improvements have been added to the Steinberg VST Bridge, enabling 32-bit VST effects and instrument plug-ins to be used in the native 64-bit version.

Low latency for all

Nuendo 5 takes full advantage of the latest audio driver technologies in Microsoft Windows 7 and Mac OS X Snow Leopard and supports generic and on-board sound hardware with lower latencies than ever before.

More features and enhancements

Enhanced Crossfade Editor

The Crossfade Editor has also seen some improvements. Asymmetrical fades can now be separated, a chaining mode has been added, and key commands for auditions and grouped events can be crossfaded together.

I/O and routing setup improvements

To make the routing setup and organization less time consuming and more effective, VST Connections has seen more than ten improvements.

Virtual MIDI keyboard

The virtual keyboard lets you play and recording notes by clicking the mouse or hitting the computer’s keys.

Editing improvements

By shifting several tab items to the toolbar to provide easier access to important functions, the overall usability has been increased.

Redesigned user interface for Logical Editor

Steinberg has spent time and effort in focusing on the aesthetics of its Logical Editor and Input Transformer, providing them with both new and more intuitive graphical user interfaces.

Rule-based consolidation

Rule-based consolidation of part-based MIDI controller data and track-based automation data routed to the same target eliminates conflicts and fuses the two systems together.

Monitor Data Pipe

This tool analyses incoming MIDI events as well as playing back MIDI events from the host in real time.

MIDI plug-ins refresh

All MIDI plug-ins in Nuendo 5 have a fully redesigned user interface.

New Signature and Tempo Track

These tracks give you total control over tempo and time directly in the Project Window.