Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH on Thursday announced the release of Cubase SX/SL 3.1, a new version of the company’s music production software. The update, according to Steinberg, offers customers over 50 new features as well as other enhancements.
The advanced Studio Connections functionality, which links Cubase SX to MIDI hardware supporting this standard, has been upgraded to include full audio integration. External instruments and effects supported by Studio Connections Recall and Audio now behave like virtual instruments and effect plug-ins, offering not only mixing directly within Cubase SX, but also one-step audio mixdown and “freezing” of the connected audio hardware.
Any hardware, which does not support Studio Connections, can now also be integrated directly into the VST mixer in Cubase SX 3.1 as External Instruments or External FX including full MIDI control and latency compensation, according to Steinberg.
Other new features available in Cubase 3.1 include an “Equal-Power” panner that maintains equal power across the entire panning range. Mixer key commands offer full control of the entire VST mixer using customized key commands. Users of Cubase SX/SL 3.1 can also render playback parameters into MIDI data, “freezing” MIDI track play parameters permanently for project transfer to another application.
Cubase SX3.1 now supports Steinberg’s DTS and Dolby Digital Encoder plug-ins.
The update is available to all Cubase SX3 and Cubase SL3 from Steinberg’s Web site.