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Steinberg Releases Nuendo 11

Nuendo 11, the latest edition of the long-running DAW, offers ADM authoring for Dolby Atmos, a Netflix loudness meter and more.


Steinberg Nuendo 11 in use at Tonik Studios in Hamburg.
Steinberg Nuendo 11 in use at Tonik Studios in Hamburg.

Hamburg, Germany (December 10, 2020)—Steinberg has released Nuendo 11, instilling the long-running digital audio workstation with a host of updates and new features, including ADM authoring for Dolby Atmos, a Netflix loudness meter and more.

Using Nuendo 11’s 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 toggling between the DAW and other software or external hardware.

Nuendo now includes a sizable metering plug-in suite with SuperVision, consisting of more than 20 different display modules for level metering, loudness measurement and analysis. Aiming for flexibility, SuperVision offers customizable settings and layouts for up to nine module slots.

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Another key metering option for some users will be the newly added Netflix Loudness Meter and Intelligibility Meter, calibrated to the streamer’s official Sound Mix Specifications and Best Practices, measuring dialog-gated loudness. 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.

Aiding the never-ending quest for extreme productivity, another new feature is Job Queues, which allows 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.

Other features familiar to users of Nuendo have been updated with the new V11 release. 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.

Users of Steinberg’s spectral editing software, SpectraLayers Pro 7, will want to dig into SpectraLayers One, a simplified version that 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. Meanwhile, VST Connect SE 5, the remote recording plug-in already included in Nuendo, now supports HiDPI and offers a redesigned interface with scalable window.

In addition to several new tools for musicians, Nuendo 11 comes with more than 750 game sound effects by Soundbits, six loop and sound sets, more than 200 plug-in and track presets, and more.

Nuendo 11 is available with the boxed version running $999.99 and the downloadable version from Steinberg’s online store going for $972.00.

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