Musikmesse: Steinberg HALion 3, WaveLab 5, Alliance With Yamaha

Apr 2, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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Steinberg Media Technologies announced the latest version of its HALion VST sampler, HALion 3, which adds new technologies such as RAMSave™. HALion 3 will be available Q2, 2004.

RAMSave is a new memory-saving technology developed by Steinberg specifically for HALion to facilitate use of larger sample programs such as extensive orchestral patches or big drum kits. Its new effects section comprises 27 effects including reverb and delay, and more specialized tools such as AutoWahWah. Each effect can be applied per sample, program or bank; send effects can be created and routed directly into the host VST mixer. Audio outputs can also be freely configured.

HALion 3 also offers a new set of sound-management tools including a new file browser, database and indexing functions, as well as a sound categorization system designed to deliver a clear overview of audio and make finding instruments and samples more immediate and intuitive. HALion 3 adds support for Kurzweil, ZeroX BeatCreator and Kontakt files.

Steinberg has also updated its WaveLab audio editing and mastering application, which encompasses a full set of DVD-Audio mastering and authoring tools. Among the new capabilities is support for up to eight audio channels throughout the entire signal chain for recording, editing, processing and mastering. The DVD-Audio–burning capabilities also include video data; WaveLab 5 also offers DVD-Audio extraction, conversion and archiving. More DVD-Audio-specific features include an extensive DVD-A authoring toolset, including playlist editing, on-screen video menu design, picture slide shows and DVD text.

A new “Smart” Video Thumbnail Track for editing audio for video is included, as is support for track-based insert effects, multichannel metering and support for Steinberg Surround Edition plug-ins.

WaveLab 5 will begin shipping on April 19, 2004, and will cost $699.99.

In other Steinberg news, the company has formed a strategic alliance with Yamaha to develop tightly integrated solutions for all levels of the music and media production market. The goal of the Studio Connections project is to enable the strengths of both hardware and software to be seamlessly combined to produce powerful, flexible and highly efficient audio production systems.

New technologies and protocols are also being defined to meet the objectives of total integration. Initial hardware and software product releases from Yamaha and Steinberg are planned for the second half of this year. After completion of the first phase of solution development, interface protocols and guidelines related to these technologies will be made freely available to other hardware and software manufacturers.

The first phase of the Studio Connections initiative utilizes a completely new version of Yamaha’s Studio Manager technology, which is being integrated within Steinberg’s DAW applications, Cubase SX and Nuendo. Studio Manager Version 2 functions as the host for a wide range of editing software for hardware products such as digital mixing consoles, synthesizers, effects processors, etc.

Yamaha and Steinberg are collaborating in the development of further standards to provide even tighter integration and increased functionality in the near future.

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