Steinberg Debuts DAW Gesture Control

Steinberg Media Technologies has released Cubase iC Air, a new software for Cubase 7 or Cubase Artist 7 that allows users to control the DAW using gestures.
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Hamburg, Germany (November 29, 2013)—Steinberg Media Technologies has released Cubase iC Air, a new software for Cubase 7 or Cubase Artist 7 that allows users to control the DAW using gestures.

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“With the advent of various gesture recognition technologies, we’ve been looking into possibilities to control Cubase in a novel way by using simple hand gestures as an alternative control, alongside the conventional mouse and keyboard—and Cubase iC Air is our first achievement in this field of research,” said Shih Ming Law, key developer for Cubase iC Air.

Cubase iC Air embeds a control panel within Cubase 7 and Cubase Artist 7, giving visual feedback to the user’s hand gestures that are picked up by depth cameras from Leap Motion and Intel. Pre-programmed gestural commands allow the user to perform transport controls, such as start, stop, forward and rewind, to jump to the next or previous track, to audition through sections of audio and zoom in and out the arrangement.

By implementing a virtual version of Steinberg’s AI Knob, users are also able to control many other parameters of Cubase as well as VST 2.4 and VST 3 plug-ins through Cubase iC Air.

“The great collaboration with Steinberg’s developer team helps get the most of the Intel platform and the Intel Perceptual Computing SDK,” said Intel global account manager Jean-Pierre Navarro. “Cubase iC Air provides users with a new and exciting way of interaction. This is an entirely new way of experiencing music.”

Cubase iC Air is a free, downloadable component, available from the Steinberg website.

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