Providing unique features for game audio production, TV and film post-production and ADR workflows, ranging from an improved integration with game middleware over creative tools for sound designers through to a highly flexible direct offline processing system, Nuendo 8 truly is the new standard for audio-to-picture work.
Game sound composing & production
Game Audio Connect 2
Nuendo 7 established a new milestone in game audio production with the introduction of Game Audio Connect that first enabled transferring audio files to Wwise. Now, Nuendo 8 takes things a huge step forward. Game Audio Connect 2 allows you to transfer interactive sections of your compositions from Nuendo as music segments into Wwise, including audio and MIDI tracks as well as cycle and cue markers, opening up a whole new dimension for game sound composing. Plus, you can now create Nuendo projects directly from Wwise segments, effectively allowing you to use Nuendo as a MIDI editor for Wwise.
Rename events from list
A correct naming scheme of your audio assets is very important for their implementation into game engines and middlewares. By importing a CSV file with all the relevant data, Nuendo’s new renaming tool relieves you from the weary task of renaming all events and gets the job done automatically.
Direct offline processing
Nuendo 8 brings the offline processing workflow to a higher level. The new direct offline processing allows you to apply your most often used processes and plug-ins as a chain for one or multiple selected clips. Auto Apply lets you use offline processing with the feel of real-time effects, but without the CPU load — keeping your MixConsole clean for the mixing stage. You can copy your process chain to other clips or save it as a preset to use it in other projects. The list of processes is always available for each clip, allowing for later non-destructive changes. Any change will be applied to all selected clips.
Creative sound design on a higher level
Time is a precious commodity. That’s why Nuendo is there to do the tedious work for you — automatically. Instead of duplicating and altering thousands of sounds manually, the new Sound Randomizer creates different variations of a sound simply by adjusting four parameters. The plug-in changes pitch, color, timing and impact of an audio clip creating completely new sounds and saving you loads of hours of repetitive work.
The new Sampler Track allows you to turn any audio file into an instrument. After dragging a sample from MediaBay or your project onto the Sampler Track, you can play it chromatically and apply on-board filters and controls to manipulate its sound. Included is Caleidoscope, a dedicated sample library with hundreds of sounds and presets.
Ever wanted to compare different mixes with just one mouse click? Allow us to introduce you to MixConsole History. It’s a great new feature that tracks all changes made in the MixConsole and easily lets you choose several stages of your mixing process just by selecting them from a list. This means you’ll be getting your basic mixer undo/redo, but it also allows you to experiment freely with which mix suits your project best.
The Lower Zone
Access all areas in the fastest and most convenient way. The new Lower Zone provides a neat and tidy overview. Your tools and editors are now just a mouse click away: the Lower Zone will enhance your workflow regardless whether you’re working mobile on a laptop or in a multi-screen studio environment.
User Profile Manager
The new Profile Manager in Nuendo 8 lets you easily store and recall program settings and preferences, including keyboard shortcuts, color schemes and more. Switch between different settings or migrate your very own custom Nuendo environment to another studio running Nuendo 8. The Profile Manager lets you take “your” Nuendo with you wherever you go!
Dedicated punch points
Nuendo 8 introduces dedicated punch in and out points, which are independent from the locator positions. Together with the Cycle mode you can now easily define a start and end position for cycle playback with dedicated positions to punch in and out from Record, all while remaining in Cycle mode.
New video engine
Nuendo 8 includes a new, modern video engine that is not based on Apple’s QuickTime technology and which supports the most relevant codecs, as well as external video cards. The video engine will be further developed throughout Nuendo’s lifecycle and more functionality will be added. To enable support of the Avid DNxHD codec, a separate Avid licensed product is required. The Video Decoder for Avid DNxHD® is available in the Steinberg Online Shop (Nuendo 8.0.15 required). For more information about the current status of the new video engine, please read here.
Audio input and side-chaining for VST 3 instruments
The new Audio-Ins option offers you the opportunity to send audio to VST 3 instrument plug-ins supporting side-chaining. This will increase your creative sound design possibilities tenfold.
Workflow and stability enhancements
Nuendo 8 introduces several new features that further emphasize stability, making the Nuendo experience a reliable one —and more comfortable as well.
- Plug ‘n’ play support for USB devices on Microsoft Windows
- Enhanced track creation feature, which allows outputs to be assigned when adding new tracks
- Improved ruler handling
- Free shaping and editing of tempo information
- Moving of consecutive automation events wherever you want
- Faster duplicating of events or parts using a mouse
- Quick access to render export dialog
- New video engine for more stability and independence from QuickTime
- New Plug-in Sentinel scans all your plug-ins at start up to check which are valid and which might harm your system’s stability
- Running in 64-bit only makes sure that you benefit from the most modern technology available
Immersive sound for an enhanced soundfield
Auro 3D support
The VST MultiPanner in Nuendo 8 not only supports Dolby Atmos, but can now also be used for mixing Auro-3D: mono, stereo and surround channels can be panned to Auro-3D.
The MixConvert V6 of Nuendo 8 is capable of up and downmixing Auro-3D mixes. Dolby Atmos 9.1 beds can be converted to Auro-3D and vice versa.
Dolby Atmos support
The VST MultiPanner provides Dolby Atmos support, including a channel-based 9.1 bed-mix and an object-based Dolby Atmos mix when using a Dolby RMU. In Bed mode, the panner offers the same functions as if it is used without an RMU and allows you to create the audio bed of your Dolby Atmos mix, while in Object mode, the panner pans audio objects.
For utmost flexibility, you can change an audio channel between Bed and Object modes even at a very late stage in the project and without the need to reconfigure the entire track setup.
New plug-ins and instruments
The new Frequency EQ plug-in delivers exactly that what you’d expect from a tool designed to enhance your productions, giving you options of microscopic audio surgery. Frequency offers eight bands, M/S support and Linear Phase mode for each band, Auto Listen to listen in on the adjustments you just made, Spectrum Display and even a musical keyboard to help you find the right tone.
HALion Sonic SE 3
HALion Sonic SE 3 is a stripped-down version of HALion Sonic 3 without giving up on sound quality and accessibility. The streamlined VST workstation lets you load and play a plethora of sound content: the SE libraries shipping with Steinberg’s digital audio workstations, VST Sound Instrument Sets for HALion and the custom user libraries created within the HALion 6 sampler and sound
With many new features and improvements, Retrologue 2 has taken a big step forward, keeping its remarkable warm and raw analog sound. An additional envelope, a third oscillator and new polyphonic LFOs are just some of the enhancements in the synth section. The highly flexible arpeggiator and five brand-new FX, with the classic three-band Resonator leading the way, open up new possibilities for over 400 fresh presets that show off what Retrologue 2 has in store for you.
Updated plug-ins: AutoPan, Maximizer and others
The new AutoPan offers a much bigger variety and flexibility to creatively play with your sound in space. Make use of various shapes, sync modes, panorama settings and more, which are all quickly accessible via the new user interface.
The new Maximizer not only got a new coat of paint, but also an in-depth algorithm overhaul. Choose between the Classic mode and the new Modern mode to get the most out of your mixes, while keeping the result transparent, clear and brilliant.
Other dynamic plug-ins
If you like the new Maximizer you’ll certainly be happy to see that the Brickwall Limiter, Compressor, Expander, Gate and Envelope Shaper also have been graphically overhauled for a similar look and feel and streamlined workflow. The improved interface and detailed representation of the parameters will help you get the most out of your state-of-the-art effects processors.
Nuendo 8 will also include a series of new ADR features that will be made available in a future maintenance update.
- Remote-ADR ready: Nuendo 8 will support distance-ADR solutions to be released later in 2017
- Automatic speech alignment
Nuendo 8 will include “out-of-the-box” all-musical features from Cubase, previously available in the Nuendo Expansion Kit (NEK).
The Score Editor is a professional notation environment that provides many symbol, display and editing options, including support for lyrics and remarks as well as drum notes, guitar tablature and lead sheets. Simply select the tools needed to create fully professional score layouts for soloists, orchestras and choirs. The Score Editor includes more than 100 professional notation symbols and allows for import and export of MusicXML files.
Chord Track and Chord Pads
The Chord Track facilitates working with chords in a project context and enables transform and harmonize functions throughout the application. Advanced voicing options are used to reflect any changes made to the Chord Track to both MIDI and audio tracks processed with VariAudio in a harmonically correct and ear-pleasing way.
Chord Pads are a great way to playfully and creatively compose with chords. Jam with chords and patterns in real time and remote control multiple parameters to change chords on the fly. Chord Pads are playable via a MIDI keyboard and real-time parameters allow you to easily improvise chord performances by changing voicings, tensions and more as you delve into the endless possibilities that this exciting feature has to offer.
VST Expression 2
VST Expression is a groundbreaking technology by Steinberg that provides an ultra-intuitive way of working with instrument articulations, dynamics and multiple controller values. Its second generation is based on three core technologies: Note Expression, Expression Maps and VST Dynamics. Expression Maps help you work with musical articulations, while VST Dynamics allow for highly intuitive handling of dynamics. On top of this, Note Expression offers a revolutionary approach to create and edit multiple controller values in a single graphical interface, directly on the note they belong to — an invaluable feature for demanding orchestral arrangements as well as cutting-edge electronic music.
- Drum Editor
- List Editor
- Hermode Tuning
- Groove Agent SE 4 and Beat Designer
Minimum System Requirements
The minimum system requirements state the minimal specification your computer must have to be able to use the software.
Mac OS X
|OS X 10.11 / macOS Sierra
||64-Bit Windows 7 / 8.x / 10
64-bit Intel or AMD multi-core processor
(Intel i5 or faster recommended)
4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended)
20 GB free HD space
1366 x 768 display resolution (1920 x 1080 recommended)
Graphics card with Open GL 2.0, DirectX 10 and WDDM 1.1 support
USB port for USB-eLicenser (license management)
DVD-ROM dual-layer drive
OS-compatible audio hardware*
Internet connection required for activation, account setup and personal / product registration. Additional downloads may be required for the installation.
Note: This software version does not support 32-bit plug-ins.
*ASIO compatible audio hardware recommended for low-latency performance