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Line 6 and Steinberg Partner to Offer Helix Recording Bundle



Line 6 and Steinberg have partnered to offer the Helix Recording Bundle. The offer is valid until February 28, 2022. Anyone purchasing a new Line 6 Helix amp and effects processor will receive Steinberg Cubase Elements music production software (valued at $99.99 USD, MSRP) and the Line 6 Helix Native plugin (valued at $399.99 USD, MSRP) at no additional charge. Eligible Helix processors include Helix Floor, Helix LT, Helix Rack, and Helix Control.

Helix amp and effects processors set the standard for sonic quality and ease of use when crafting authentic sounding and feeling tones. Cubase Elements offers tools for intuitive songwriting, virtual instruments to develop musical ideas, and essential studio-grade effects. And Helix Native brings the power of Helix to Cubase (or any other digital audio workstation).

To claim your free software, you must register your Helix amp and effects processor and upload your proof of purchase on the Line 6 website. Once approved, your Cubase Elements and Helix Native licenses will be deposited into your Line 6 account. Please allow up to two working days for activation.

Helix Amp and Effects Processors

Helix amp and effects processors set the standard for sonic quality and ease of use when crafting authentic sounding and feeling tones. Powered by dual SHARC processors and utilizing award-winning HX modeling technology, Line 6 flagship Helix processors also feature intuitive user interfaces that replace complex menu diving with familiar interaction.

Cubase Elements

Cubase Elements is your personal music studio, incorporating professional workflows as used by countless artists, engineers, and producers worldwide. Using the same technology platform as its larger siblings in the Cubase family, Cubase Elements offers tools for intuitive song-writing, virtual instruments to develop musical ideas, and essential studio-grade effects.

Helix Native

Helix Native brings the power of Helix to any digital audio workstation. Helix Native features the authentic sounds of vintage and modern amps, cabs, mics, and effects – but its also an open-ended sound design tool that will inspire anyone seeking exciting new sounds.


State-of-the-Art Spectral Editing with New SpectraLayers 7



Steinberg announced the immediate release of SpectraLayers Pro 7 and SpectraLayers Elements 7, the audio editing software for music production, post-production, sound design, mastering and restoration.

SpectraLayers offers a novel approach to precise audio editing by visualizing audio in the spectral domain (in 2D and 3D) and providing an array of powerful tools to manipulate its spectral data in many different ways.

New in Version 7 is the implementation of Artificial Intelligence that allows for the introduction of exciting new features, including automatic pattern detection, clip repair, unmixing tracks to stems as well as unmixing stems to component parts. Other new automated processes include click repair, hum removal and precision spectral de-essing. These features are rounded out by an array of useful enhancements, such as the improved ARA 2 integration with Cubase and Nuendo, VST 3 plug-in support and much more.

The new Artificial Intelligence in SpectraLayers Pro recognizes distinct events and isolates them by moving them to independent layers that are highlighted for further processing. The AI-assisted unmixing capability in SpectraLayers Pro scans a mixed song and extracts different instruments within the song to separate layers, adding default settings for vocals, piano, bass, drums and more, while SpectraLayers Elements extracts vocals only.

Unmix can also be used on stems, separating these into tone, noise and transient component layers. With its AI technology, SpectraLayers has now made significant advances in pattern recognition: users can select a target sound and then trigger a search to automatically locate and select every other sound in the spectrum.

Further additions to SpectraLayers 7 include improved ARA 2 layer management by configuring the layer view as well as VST 3 plug-in processing support for even more plug-in power. UI luminosity is now configurable to provide the brightness that best suits the workplace environment. Many other small useful additions include a playback VU meter, new cut/copy/paste options and more.

Full-license retail versions of SpectraLayers Pro 7 and SpectraLayers Elements 7 are available from resellers and through the Steinberg Online Shop. The suggested retail price for SpectraLayers Pro 7 is US $299.99. The suggested retail price for SpectraLayers Elements 7 is US $79.99.

Various downloadable updates and upgrades are exclusively available through the Steinberg Online Shop.

Customers who have activated SpectraLayers Pro 6 and SpectraLayers Elements 6 since July 6, 2020, are eligible for a free, downloadable Grace Period update to the latest respective version.


Cubasis 3 Now for Android



Steinberg has released its first mobile DAW app for Android: Cubasis 3 is the award-winning DAW for handheld devices, previously only available for the iOS platform. With Cubasis 3 now running on Android, Steinberg’s music production app is accessible to the majority of smartphone and tablet users.

Cubasis 3 offers great new features and enhancements for quick and easy results in recording and producing music. Group Tracks combines multiple tracks so that they can be processed and mixed as though they were a single track. The Cubasis mixer takes advantage of the display’s real estate, including useful zoom modes and an accurate level metering for every track. Users can add up to eight insert and eight send effects in Cubasis.

Many other feature additions and capabilities in Cubasis 3 include:

  • MIDI resolution dramatically improved with 960 pulses per quarter note
  • 75 new effects presets
  • Undo reinvented with History List
  • Redesigned instruments and effects
  • Updated audio, MIDI and automation editors
  • Improved MediaBay for creating folders, moving files and sharing music
  • Presets for scaling interface let Cubasis fit perfectly on any device
  • Plus many other great additions, new in Cubasis 3

Cubasis 3 is purchased as downloadable app through the App Store and Google Play. The price is US $49.99.


Steinberg Announced the Backbone Drum Re-Synthesizer



Steinberg announced its latest virtual instrument with a well-defined emphasis on creating unique kicks, snares, cinematic impacts, hi-hats and other percussive sounds.

Backbone is a VST, AU and AAX compatible plug-in that offers exclusive tools to design drum sounds from the ground up.

Users start off by layering up to eight samples and move on to modify individual tonal or noise elements or re-synthesize individual layers, only to leverage the other audio manipulation tools that are easily accessible through the clearly laid out user interface.

At the core of Backbone is the re-synthesis engine, where samples are transformed into a synthesized version within the spectral domain, allowing users to manipulate samples with the freedom of a synthesizer. And the additional customizable spectral filter provides maximum control for creating new sounds.

Audio decomposition is another extremely powerful tool featured in Backbone. It allows users to separate sounds into their tonal and noise elements and adjust each of these with re-synthesis and classic subtractive synthesis.

Key features:

  • Intuitively design drums with up to eight layers
  • Re-synthesise one-shots and loops
  • Directly export audio for clip-based music production
  • Backbone supports VST 3, AU and AAX

Backbone is available from local resellers and through the Steinberg Online Shop. The suggested retail price for the download is US $149.99.


Steinberg Introduces Padshop 2



Steinberg introduced a new version of its granular synthesizer, Padshop. Padshop 2 is included in Cubase Pro 10.5, Cubase Artist 10.5 and Absolute 4, but it’s also available as standalone instrument through their online store.

As a plug-in, Padshop 2 is VST, AU and AAX compatible and runs virtually in all DAWs. This beautifully designed and unique-sounding granular/spectral synthesizer comes with more than 570 presets and 570 pre-produced samples, and allows you to import and redesign your own samples.

It may be important to note that the available update to Padshop 2 is incompatible with the Padshop included in Cubase. For all of you running Cubase Pro and Artist: Steinberg recommends updating to the Cubase 10.5 to use Padshop 2.

New features include:

  •  Second synth engine: Spectral Oscillator
  • More than 100 new presets and samples
  • New arpeggiator, filters and effects
  • New enhanced modulation section
  • Refreshed design

Steinberg Announced Release of Cubase 10.5



With the 30th anniversary of Cubase, Steinberg announced the release of Cubase 10.5. It is the latest version of the award-winning music production system that combines sophisticated audio/MIDI tools with pristine audio quality. There’s a lot to discover, with many new, powerful additions and an array of improvements to existing features.

Cubase 10.5 follows up the highly anticipated landmark release with many significant improvements, additional and inspiring tools and major workflow refinements. Whether you’re looking for creative inspiration or new ways to speed up your professional workflow, the new features in Cubase 10.5 specifically cater to your needs.

New Features include:

  •  Spectral Comparison EQ: Clean up your mix more accurately.
  •  Video Expert Render: Render videos as MP4 (H.264) with 16-bit stereo audio.
  • MultiTap Delay: Made for musicians with a range of inspiring creative options.
  •  Padshop 2: Even more creative tools and sonic inspiration.
  •  Colorized Mixer Channels: Instantly find the channels you are looking for.
  •  Import Tracks from Projects: Exchange data between projects or create new project templates, more easily.
  •  Combine Select Tools: Work faster with objects and ranges using one powerful tool.
  • Retrospective MIDI Record: Capture your MIDI input, even when you have not started recording.
  • The Score Editor: Powerful new features and improvements.
  • The Macro creation: Create Macros faster with new improved functionality.
  • LUFS Normalize: Choose to normalize by either dB Loudness Unit (EBU R128) or by setting dBFS Max.
  • Safe Start Mode: Initiate Cubase without any third-party plug-ins loaded.
  • Stereo Delay, De-Esser and Roomworks: New plug-ins for Cubase Elements.
  • Graphical Performance: Zooming and scrolling in large projects has been improved.
  • Workflow improvements: Many more significant workflow improvements are also included.

Steinberg Announces Olympus Choir Micro for HALion



Steinberg announced Olympus Choir Micro by Soundiron. As the name implies, it’s a small yet convenient instrument with basic male and female choral samples. And as if this weren’t enough good news – Olympus Choir Micro is now also included in Dorico 3 and Absolute 4.

This lightweight, user-friendly choir instrument is the perfect tool for composers who need a simple but effective choir in their mix, without any of the fuss or options of more complex instruments. Compatible with HALion 6, HALion Sonic 3, and the free HALion Sonic SE 3, Olympus Choir Micro includes basic male and female choral samples to suit any musical need.

Features include:

  • Full male and female choirs with three articulations
  • Two full-dynamic range vowels – Ah and Ooh
  • 20 powerful presets in different styles
  • Works with nearly every DAW (AU, VST, AAX)

System requirements:

  • Operating System (Windows): Windows 7 (64-bit), Windows 8.1 (64-bit), Windows 10 (64-bit)
  • Operating System (Mac): macOS Sierra, macOS High Sierra, macOS Mojave
  • Compatible with: HALion 6, HALion Sonic 3, HALion Sonic SE 3
  • Hard disk space for: 420 MB
  • Internet connection for: license activation, installer download, account sign up and product registration

Steinberg Released Dorico Pro 3 and Dorico Elements 3



Steinberg released the latest iterations of Dorico, their music notation software, Dorico Pro 3 and Dorico Elements 3. The Pro edition introduces unique features for automatically producing a condensed conductor’s score while both Pro and Elements editions offer support for tablature, guitar notation and many other new features, such as support for harp pedal changes, customized playback templates and new editors in Play mode.

Dorico helps you to write music notation, automatically producing printed results of exceptional quality – and plays it back with breathtaking realism. It is easy enough for anyone to learn, yet has hundreds of advanced notations, features, options, and sounds to satisfy even the most demanding professionals.

Proud Marketing Manager for Dorico, Daniel Spreadbury, said: “The release of Dorico 3 represents a significant milestone in the evolution of not only in Dorico but also of music notation software in general. Being able to produce a condensed conductor’s score at the click of a button will profoundly change the workflow of composers, arrangers, and editors who write for large ensembles, and together with the hundreds of other improvements throughout the application, Dorico 3 will save time for every musician.”

Dorico is available from local resellers and through the Steinberg Online Shop. For users of Sibelius and Finale, Steinberg has a special Crossgrade offer. They will provide an educational discount for students and teachers.

Those who have activated Dorico 2 editions and earlier versions on or after August 8, 2019, are eligible for a free, downloadable Grace Period update to the latest respective version.


Steinberg Vibrant for HALion is Now Available



Steinberg announced that Vibrant for HALion is now available in their online store. Vibrant is a collection of four legendary electric pianos that sound amazing. Created by e-instruments, Vibrant can be used with HALion in virtually every DAW supporting VTS, AU, or AAX.

Discover the ultimate suite of iconic electric pianos: Vibrant brings the warm, vintage, soulful sound of the Rhodes Stage Mark I, the Rhodes Suitcase, the Wurlitzer 200A and the Hohner Clavinet together in one authentic, accessible plug-in for HALion and HALion Sonic. Enjoy the authentic evocative sound of world-class electronic keyboards, all in one place.

Rhodes Stage Mark I – Based on a vintage 1976 model recorded through high-end pre-amps and A/D converters, Vibrant’s Stage interface delivers the nuances of this evocative classic sound effortlessly to your compositions.

Rhodes Suitcase – To recreate this extraordinary electric piano classic, Steinberg hunted high and low for a top-quality original, before painstakingly restoring it and faithfully capturing its nuanced sound.

Wurlitzer 200 A – Vibrant’s Wurli captures all the warmth, versatility and dynamic range of the original, offering limitless inspiration and variety from Vibraphone-like smoothness to ultra-aggressive, distorted sounds.

Hohner Clavinet – Steinberg meticulously tracked down a genuine 1974 model, lovingly restored it and recorded it via tube preamps to bring the energetic, dynamic tones of a musical legend into the 21st century.

Key features:

  • 4 beautifully sampled electric pianos
  • 40 sound presets for different genres
  • 12 GB compressed samples
  • Created by e-instruments
  • Works with HALion 6, HALion Sonic and free HALion Sonic SE 3

Steinberg Introduced SpectraLayers Pro 6



Steinberg introduced SpectraLayers Pro 6. This software allows you to edit audio the innovative way, letting you see and change audio in the spectral domain – in 2D and 3D!

Steinberg’s Marketing Manager Luis Dongo commented: “We are very excited to welcome SpectralLayers to our product portfolio. SpectralLayers nicely compliments the other Steinberg products and can be integrated into Cubase and Nuendo as an ARA extension. This allows users to delve deeper into their audio files and edit them in the spectral domain without ever having to leave their DAW. And it even works together with WaveLab and HALion. With SpectraLayers, we can now offer every single tool necessary to make the most out of any audio signal!”

SpectraLayers is a new approach to audio editing, with new concepts to transform the way you work. For the first time, you can edit spectral data, opening advanced sonic worlds, and use innovative enhancements to traditional techniques. Visualize audio in astonishing new ways, including 3D. Work with mixes like they were tracks. Integrate these abilities into your DAW and other tools. And all in a familiar interface that you didn’t realize you already knew.

New features:

  • ARA 2 support
  • Visible fade marks
  • Advanced selection engine
  • New Move tool
  • Redesigned user interface
  • External editor integration

The full retail version of SpectraLayers Pro 6 is available through the Steinberg Online Shop, together with various downloadable updates from previous versions.