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Steinberg announces Cubase VST 3.7 for Windows. The upcoming version of Cubase VST for Windows incorporates the new VST 2.0 Plug-In interface, enabling software synthesizers and software samplers in Plug-In format to be integrated into the VST architecture. VST 2.0 compatible PlugIns then also can be controlled in realtime via MIDI-controls and utilize multiple Audio I/Os if available. With ASIO 2.0 now all the compatible drivers can provide direct hardware monitoring with zero latency and multi application support. The new ASIO Positioning Protocol allows source and destination device to sync with sample accuracy.
The VST Channel Views Menu now allows the user to select and specify which VST Mixer channels will be visible. The Channel View helps to organize the virtual studio for certain production situations: The number of used VST channels, Submixers, Synth-, Sampler- and Rebirth-Channels.
In addition, the Cubase VST/24 Mixer/EQ section includes an extension with 5 new real-time processing modules - Compressor, Limiter, Auto Gate, Auto Limit and a Soft Clip. There's also a new file import format - Cubase 3.7 now supports the Mixman TRK format, allowing remixes created in Mixman to be imported and further edited in Cubase VST. To make the virtual studio environment even more user-friendly, a number of VST elements can now be controlled remotely via external devices such as the Yamaha 01-V.
Since the newly-released Cubase VST 3.65 (available from March, 1st, 1999) there is included support for the Intel Pentium III processor, whose enhanced performance is due not only to an increase in CPU clock speed, but also to the introduction of the new PIII processor's streaming SIMD extensions. In Cubase VST 3.7 also, a number of audio processing functions including the VST Engine, EQs, and various Plug-Ins make use of these new extensions, ensuring that hardly any performance degradation occurs.
For registered users of Cubase VST 3.50 and higher the update to Cubase VST 3.7 will be free of charge, and downloadable via the Internet. Customers who don't have Internet access can obtain a Cubase VST 3.7 CD ROM for a nominal fee.
Cubase VST 3.7 will be available during Q2 1999.