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Steinberg Cubase SX 3 announced
3rd September 2004
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Steinberg have announced the imminent release of Cubase SX 3, a major revision adding more than 70 new features including powerful Audio Warp Realtime Timestretching, an intuitive Play Order Track, convenient Inplace Editing and many new editing functions. Read on for a complete list of new features.

Mixing:

  • Extended Freeze for VST instruments offers more options for freezing VSTi's and VSTi channels.
  • Freeze for Audio Channels to reduce CPU load by audio insert plugins.
  • Dummy Plugin replaces missing plugins when transferring projects to another system; thereby preserving the original plugin when moving back to the original system.
  • Glide return-time on touch fader automation.
  • Play Order Track for intuitive arranging and re-arranging of projects.
  • Volume envelope for parts offers automation of volume that moves with the part.
  • Audition channel creates separate monitor bus for scrubbing, preview and editing audio.
  • AUX send panners linked to channel panners facilitates surround mixing.
  • Option to route send busses of FX return channel to any output channels.

Files and Formats (Import and Export):

  • Import / export markers with Standard MIDI File.
  • Improved Drag & Drop for Standard MIDI Files into project window.
  • Import/Export selected tracks from/to OMF.
  • OMF: Option to export clip names.

Recording and playback:

  • Adjustable audio pre-record up to 10 minutes serves as a virtual audio sketch pad; audio clips can be expanded at the event start to reveal pre-recorded data.
  • Improved scrubbing.
  • New project start time options: keeps events absolute or relative to project start time.
  • Audition option during export.
  • Post-Record cleanup aft er MIDI recording (resets pitch bend, sustain and other controllers).

Editing:

  • Audio Warp realtime algorithm supports realtime time stretching and pitch shifting on individual or all clips.
  • Time-Warp content tool allows for manual audio warping of individual clips.
  • Hitpoint/loop rhythm info improvements.
  • Improved Hitpoint Detection.
  • Tempo processing for fast and accurate tempo operations based on the project’s tempo track.
  • In Place Editor puts the key editor directly on the project page and allows for MIDI event editing (notes and controllers) in context with other tracks and track types.
  • Relative snapping of objects: parts keep their relative start position when moved by snap values.
  • Audio feedback for velocity changes in controller lanes.
  • Key commands to recall logical editor presets.
  • Key commands to recall controller lane setups.
  • MIDI Controller input for controller lane editing.
  • MIDI controller input for data in Info-Line.
  • Moving sync -point shows timecode indicator.
  • Select tool automatically changes to pencil tool when moving mouse pointer to a velocity MIDI controller lane.

Project/General:

  • Color coding for all tracks and mixer channels, including a new color tool, expanded color palette, view/hide button and more.
  • Child bussed for VST group/fx busses facilitate signal routing in multi-channel applications.
  • Alternative audio waveform visualization improves visibility of dynamics/loudness at small track heights.
  • Performance Optimization (general and processor-specific).
  • Apple G5 and Intel P4 (Prescott) Optimization.
  • Workspaces for managing window sets or entire desktops.
  • Advanced metronome settings, including/adjustable pitch/volume for metronome click and alternative click samples.
  • Alternative PPQ (bars+beats) linear view in project window.
  • Optional position display for selection tool.
  • Expand/collapse Inspector section s by clicking on entire title bar.
  • Content indicator for Inspector Notepad.

Plug-ins:

  • External FX plugins allow integration of external hardware signal processors into the VST mixer as insert or send effects.
  • New MIDI Plugin: Context Gate.
  • New MIDI Plugin: Arpache SX.
  • Dummy plugin for freeze (replaces missing plugins when projects are transferred to other systems).

MIDI & Music:

  • MIDI Device Maps and Panels give access to external MIDI equipment (synthesizers, signal processors, digital mixers, etc.).
  • User Panel for Track Inspector allows access to sections of Device Panels or specially designed user panels.
  • User-definable channel strip in VST mixer as part of Device Panel integration.
  • Integration of Yamaha Studio Manager 2 (Studio Connections open standard) to access compatible hardware editors, edit and manage devices, and save/recall settings with Cubase SX projects (Tot al Recall).
  • Quantizing MIDI can move associated controller events.
  • MTC Loop sends continuous MTC timecode from seq. timecode when sequencer loops, jumps, locates, etc. (user preference).
  • MMC Machine Control Panel allows transport control and track arming of external MIDI devices.
  • New Synchronization Setup Dialog organizes all related parameters in a new and more intuitive way.

Score:

  • Improved slurs (insert, move, edit, delete).
  • User symbols; custom created symbols can be created and edited.
  • Playback of the form; repeat marks, endings, da capo, etc. are played back properly.
  • Improved text import; import blocks of text, in *.txt or *.rtf format.

Various:

  • New comma nd "set cursor to selection end".
  • Marker window now offers sortable columns.
  • Quick assign of multiple inputs or outputs of a channel to one input or output.
  • Quick assign for incrementing input or output of objects for multiple channels.
  • Grid Match color option for MIDI events.
  • Option to open plug-in GUI directly from the plug-in information window.
  • Maximize button for video window expands window to full screen.
  • Key commands for the inspector sections expand or collapse respective sections.
  • 64-Bit compatible with upcoming Windows XP 64-Bit Edition; supports up to 4 GB of RAM.
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