Yamaha, Steinberg Launch NUAGE Networkable Recording System
Nov 16, 2012 3:01 PM
Yamaha and Steinberg have collaborated to create a hardware and software system that adds the power of the Dante audio network to world-class recording, post-production, live-to-tape broadcast, and house of worship recording for re-broadcast. NUAGE is a complete, flexible system that allows engineers to choose and combine components to perfectly match individual application and workflow requirements.
A basic NUAGE system starts at a targeted MSRP of $18,000 and has an expected availability of second quarter of 2013. Computers and monitors are not included in the system components.
NUAGE is a networkable recording system comprising hardware work surface components, a sleek interface, comprehensive visual feedback, networkable audio interface units, and a software-based digital audio workstation. It promises advanced processing capabilities and superior sonic quality.
The Yamaha control surface features a combination of fader and main control units allowing for various system configurations, and the core of NUAGE is Steinberg’s Nuendo digital audio workstation software. Coupled with the power of Dante, this advanced production system offers mix engineers a synergistic studio solution. Dante audio networking provides unrestricted system design and expandability, both in the studio and in situations where audio is to be shared with live mixing systems.
A Dante Accelerator audio interface card can be installed in the computer running the Nuendo DAW to provide extra-low latency multichannel audio data transfer capacity, which is advantageous when communicating with NUAGE I/O units. A secondary port can be used to provide redundant connections for failsafe reliability.
Yamaha states that any 24-inch monitor can be used with the system. The system incorporates the computer LCD displays for “Extensive Console View” channel strip extension, customizable Nuendo shortcuts that can be freely assigned to numerous User Assignable Keys, Touch Slider functionality for instant channel navigation, touch sensitive faders and encoders, Channel Name Display, and Channel Color Bar. A precision jog wheel supports accurate, error-free editing on the master section.
NUAGE modular architecture and network audio interface enable broad system flexibility. Two types of control surface units can be used individually or in combination, according to system needs. Three types of high-end audio interfaces are available, used individually or in combination for up to 128 channels. 16-channel analog, 16-channel digital, and 8-channel analog plus 8-channel digital can be controlled at once with two encoders per channel, or all encoders can be mapped to one or two highlighted channels in the Channel Setting Mode. NUAGE I/O also features advanced JetPLL jitter reduction technology for extremely low jitter and superior AD/DA resolution.
NUAGE includes 32-bit/192 kHz support (Nuendo 6 supports sampling rates up to 384 kHz). Advanced audio interface DSP hardware offers “True Integrated Monitoring” for ultra-low-latency monitoring. The DSP surround processing capabilities provide all the essentials for state-of-the-art surround sound including speaker/level display adjustments and base management. The power of native system processing allows a large number of plug-ins to be used simultaneously across multiple channels/tracks. Nuendo Syncstation provides sample-accurate synchronization for audio and video.
The NUAGE system also offers space-saving keyboard/mouse editing capabilities as well as compact rack-mount dimensions.
For more information on NUAGE, visit www.yamahaca.com.
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