What's new in Nuendo 7
The Steinberg Nuendo 7 leads innovation in every aspect of audio-to-picture work. Providing unique features for game audio production, TV and film post-production workflows, Nuendo 7 provides more dedicated capabilities for these industries than any other audio software, ranging from integration with game middleware over re-conforming through to automatic dialog recording (ADR).
Game Audio Connect
Nuendo 7 introduces Game Audio Connect, a new interfacing technology tailored towards audio production workflows for games.
Integration with Audiokinetic Wwise middleware
Instead of saving audio assets piece-by-piece on the hard-drive and importing them laboriously into Wwise later, Nuendo 7 saves you hours of work: Simply drag-and-drop audio files including customized naming conventions such as project name, folder path and track name via Game Audio Connect towards Wwise, avoiding time-consuming minutiae of manually configuring the import and export dialogs.
Recall a Nuendo project from within Wwise
Save valuable production time even when going back from an audio asset in Wwise to the respective Nuendo project by simply recalling the original Nuendo project from that audio file.
Version control by Perforce
Last but not least, Game Audio Connect also provides a seamless integration with Perforce: any change in the Nuendo 7 project is automatically monitored in the background, making manual interactions unnecessary.
ReConforming for film and TV post-production
Film and TV editors will be all too familiar with this scenario: A project and all its audio files perfectly matches the picture, but suddenly a re-cut version arrives from the video editor. The re-conforming algorithm detects picture changes on the basis of EDL comparisons (previous and new EDL lists). This generates a change list used to perform the re-conform process. Before the process starts, Nuendo 7 provides a preview of the expected result. Several options are available for the re-conforming process, including handling of gaps, a choice of different matching algorithms as well as several processing and marker placement options.
The new render-in-place feature allows you to quickly bounce a user-defined selection of multiple MIDI and/or audio parts for re-integration into your Nuendo project.
The Render Export feature exports a freely selectable section of audio and MIDI files to a hard drive, either as separate events, as block events or as one file. You can define exactly what the rendering process should take into account and what is ignored; this could, say, be just the file without any effects, it could include all channel settings or even the entire signal path. In addition, the powerful naming scheme option lets you determine how the rendered audio files are named.
Advanced project collaboration
The new “Import audio tracks from project” function (often also referred to as „Import Session Data“) makes it easy to transfer audio tracks including all audio events and related track data from one Nuendo project to another, without needing to even open the source project. And of course, all relevant data including plug-ins, routing and automation data are transferred, too.
Improved Windows handling
Nuendo 7 comes with a new windows handling system including a new workspace organizer for a more efficient workflow. Windows can be freely placed on any display and maximized, restored, minimized, tiled and cycled through by using standard Windows OS commands.
MediaBay and the VST Instrument Rack can now be displayed to the right side of the Project window. The result is the new Rack Zone with improved efficiency, giving you more time to focus on your creative flow and reducing the number of open windows you need to manage. Track List and Inspector
The redesigned Track List and Inspector now offer better readability. Track names are easier to find and the reduced set of track controls in the track list reduces clutter. And the new configuration tabs below the track list allow you to switch instantly between different track control configurations.
The VCA fader technology allows you to create a second mixing “layer” within the Nuendo MixConsole. VCA faders in Nuendo 7 not only assist you in creating complex mixes for film and TV projects, they also enable more advanced automation workflows using the Combine VCA fader automation feature: merge the automation curve of a VCA fader with the automation curve of a controlled fader or fader groups.
Improved Channel Strip EQ
The channel strip EQ module provides additional mouse-over value readouts for gain, frequency and the equivalent in note pitch. Enter pitch notes or cent values instead of Hz frequencies for each band. The Pre section now offers selectable slopes of 6, 12 (default), 24, 36 and 48 for high-cut and low-cut.
Multiband Expander allows you to modify the dynamic range of your tracks. Choose different settings for each one of the four available frequency bands independently to create a broader dynamic range or clearly reduce unwanted background noise. Multiband Expander also features a latency-free live mode that enables the use of the plug-in in a live environment.
Multiband Envelope Shaper
The Multiband Envelope Shaper assists you in bringing out the best in drum mixes, foley and creative sound (re-) shaping tasks. This new plug-in splits the incoming audio material into a maximum of four frequency bands and allows you to freely alter the attack and release characteristic of each band to rework the transient structure.
VST Bass Amp
VST Bass Amp delivers a comprehensive collection of amps, cabs and stomp boxes that deliver classic crunchy rock tones or nuanced, creamy sounds — and beyond. VST Bass Amp comes with six amp models and four classic speaker cabinets recorded with eight different microphones and microphone positions to reproduce the unique character of the legendary originals.
A legend returns! Quadrafuzz v2 allows you to distort up to four bands individually, while maintaining full control over harmonic distortion and some fairly nifty band-based delay effects. Letting you dial in anything from a dark, fat fuzz with huge amounts of bit-crushing distortion and delay, to a bright, almost acoustic-sounding warm crunch, Quadrafuzz v2 is your go-to distortion unit for just about any instrument or sound.
HALion Sonic SE 2 (NEW in Nuendo 7/previously included in NEK)
Previously only available with the Nuendo Expansion Kit (NEK), HALion Sonic SE 2 is now part of the Nuendo plug-in set. HALion Sonic SE 2 is a compact version of the next incarnation of Steinberg’s acclaimed HALion Sonic sample player and synthesizer, and delivers a range of sumptuous new sounds and instruments for Nuendo.
Padshop (NEW in Nuendo 7/previously included in NEK)
Previously only available with the Nuendo Expansion Kit (NEK), Padshop is now part of the Nuendo plug-in set. Padshop boasts granular synthesis at its finest to create fantastic-sounding spheres and beautifully evolving textures. This spectacular synth is designed to add the flavor of the future to your tracks.
DeEsser is now available as a channel strip module and adds full side-chain support, allowing you to constrain the high and low frequencies. It also offers a very useful preview function that plays only the signal that gets removed.
Multiband Compressor now supports dedicated side-chaining with the ability to adjust and monitor trigger frequencies individually for each of its four bands.
The updated Tuner plug-in now features strobe tuning mode, a customizable base frequency and a bigger display for better readability.
Post-production editing improvements
Nuendo 7 introduces 50fps timecode support as well as a new timecode entry scheme within the transport bar. Furthermore, metadata of audio events is now not only displayed in the info line, but also shown in the event itself. In addition, the option “Automation follows events” now applies for trimming head/tail of events, making editing a lot easier, as automation curves will be written even if the audio event is shortened or extended.
Improved performance: ASIO-Guard 2
ASIO-Guard 2 uses low latencies only on the tracks where latency matters while using a larger latency that saves performance for playback tracks. It now supports instrument tracks including multi-timbral and sample instruments that feature disk streaming as well as all live-input independent channels.
MIDI tempo detection
The new MIDI tempo detection allows you to jam along onto a MIDI track without rigidly following the metronome. Even though your recording is entirely out of sync with the grid and tempo track, the new tempo detect function will reconstruct any tempo change in your performance and align it to the grid for further editing.
The new Nuendo plug-in manager lets you arrange, sort and group your effects and instruments either at the top level or in custom submenus, making finding your plug-ins easier and letting you focus on what’s really important.
VST Connect SE 3
VST Connect SE allows you to record audio and MIDI data over the internet. To make VST Connect SE even better, it now sports a redesigned graphic user interface and is fully integrated into Nuendo’s control room cue send system.