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Steinberg has announced that Cubase SL, the music production application for professional producers, studios and musicians on a budget, is now shipping in the latest 2.0 version. Utilizing the same technology and workflow features as the acclaimed Cubase SX 2.0 digital audio workstation and over 50 new features, Cubase SL 2.0 sports a plethora of new possibilities:

  • The VST 2.3 audio engine already forms the backbone of Steinberg's Nuendo and Cubase SX production systems. Now Cubase SL users can also enjoy the same sound quality with features such as 32-bit floating point resolution and full latency compensation across all channels.
  • A new look and feel increases workflow efficiency, with configurable toolbar and track controls allowing Cubase SL users to modify their music-making environment in Cubase SL to best suit their needs.
  • The redesigned mixer now offers the added flexibility of FX return channels, allowing EQing and combining of several effects.
  • With the improved handling of multiple parts, users can open and work on several MIDI or audio parts within the same editor.
  • The Freeze function for VST Instruments dramatically reduces CPU load by rendering VSTi tracks invisibly in the background and deactivating that instrument. As soon as the user wishes to edit "frozen" tracks, a second single click on the Freeze button makes the instrument available again for editing.

The list of new features also includes the new Time Warp Tool for quick tempo editing and the Stacked Recording mode that lets users record and compile multiple takes directly within a single track in the Project Window.

Steinberg's Cubase SL 2.0 fills the gap between entry-level home recording solutions and sophisticated high-end professional studio workstations. It offers most of the professional features of Cubase SX 2.0 with few exclusions like surround mixing and advanced score editing, while still being capable of being integrated even into large studio systems.

Cubase SL is priced at Euro 344.00 (MSRP) excluding VAT. The Upgrade price to Cubase SL 2.0 from Cubase SL 1.0 is Euro 85.00 (MSRP) excluding VAT.

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