First revealed in November, Steinberg has announced the immediate availability of Nuendo 11, its media production system that offers numerous new and enhanced features, including dedicated tools for Dolby Atmos and Netflix productions along with new design tools and exclusive content.
With the ADM authoring for Dolby Atmos module and its integrated Renderer for Dolby Atmos, content can be created according to Dolby Atmos specifications, allowing producers to work within Nuendo while eliminating the need for further software or external hardware.
Jordan Glasgow, Senior Product Manager, Content Creation at Dolby Laboratories, states, “Nuendo 11 is a huge step forward for Dolby Atmos content creation. Having all this functionality inside of Nuendo really streamlines the workflow, as you no longer need to toggle between applications or wait for your final output file to print in real time. I think this release is definitely going to make a lot of Dolby Atmos content creators very happy.”
Nuendo also now includes an entire metering plugin suite with SuperVision, providing more than 20 different display modules for level metering, loudness measurement and analysis, It offers customizable settings and layouts for up to nine module slots.
More metering options are integrated with the Netflix Loudness Meter and Intelligibility Meter. To ensure consistency of content production, the Netflix Loudness Meter in Nuendo 11 is calibrated to the official Sound Mix Specifications and Best Practices, measuring the dialog-gated loudness as required by Netflix. Based on algorithms developed by the Oldenburg branch of the Fraunhofer IDMT in Germany, the new AI-powered Intelligibility Meter indicates in real time the effort of the listener to understand speech in the mix.
Job Queues is designed to be a time-saver, allowing engineers to enter up to 20 different tasks in a list. This means that stems are individually exported together with all the settings available in the Export Audio Mixdown dialog, but the tasks are processed in one single action.
Nuendo 11 also adds many enhancements to its sound design tools. The MultiTap Delay now supports up to 7.1 surround sound. Frequency 2 offers dynamic EQ, with the filter nodes of the eight available bands responding to the input signal and also offering independent side-chaining. The new Multiband Imager places up to four bands in different locations within the stereo image. The new Squasher compresses the input signal in up to three bands, with an individual gate, saturation effect and independent side-chaining. The enhanced Sampler Track now slices samples and includes two global LFOs.
SpectraLayers One is a simplified version of the spectral editing software SpectraLayers Pro 7. SpectraLayers One offers a spectrogram view of the audio tracks in Nuendo, including selection, editing and display tools that allow intricate editing to improve dialog and location audio. VST Connect SE 5, the remote recording plugin already included in Nuendo, now supports HiDPI and offers a redesigned interface with scalable window.
Nuendo 11 also has several new tools for musicians. The Scale Assistant lets users set the scale of the music, which is then adjusted accordingly within the newly enhanced Key Editor, which now displays Global Tracks. Along with other improvements, the Score Editor includes Note Length and Velocity Overlays to edit notes, the new Property tab for easy access to notation settings and support for Dorico’s Bravura and Petaluma fonts.
Rounding out the extended feature set, Nuendo 11 comes with over 750 game sound effects by Soundbits, six loop and sound sets, more than 200 plu-in and track presets, and integration with the Soundly cloud library of sound effects, allowing users to tap into a variety of sounds.
Luis Dongo, Steinberg Marketing Manager for Nuendo, concludes, “We’re delighted to be launching Nuendo 11 during its twentieth anniversary year. It’s a major update and it has a lot to offer. Offering the ability to create content for Dolby Atmos, Netflix approved loudness metering, studio-grade instruments as well as the many other additions and improvements, Version 11 is a giant leap forward that provides new opportunities for producers and engineers working on commercial audio productions.”
Nuendo 11 is available from resellers and through the Steinberg Online Shop. Suggested retail prices: boxed version – $999.99; downloadable version – $972. Various downloadable updates and upgrades, crossgrades, and education versions are exclusively available through the Steinberg Online Shop. Customers who have activated Nuendo 10 or earlier versions since November 11, 2020, are eligible for a free, downloadable grace period update to the latest version.
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