Yamaha and Steinberg have formed a strategic alliance to develop tightly integrated solutions for all levels of the music and media production market. The goal of the Studio Connections project is to enable the strengths of both hardware and software to be seamlessly combined to produce powerful, flexible and highly efficient audio production systems.
New technologies and protocols are also being defined to meet the objectives of total integration. Initial hardware and software product releases from Yamaha and Steinberg are planned for the second half of this year. After completion of the first phase of solution development, interface protocols and guidelines related to these technologies will be made freely available to other hardware and software manufacturers.
The first phase of the Studio Connections initiative utilizes a completely new version of Yamaha's Studio Manager technology which is being integrated within Steinberg's DAW applications, Cubase SX and Nuendo. Studio Manager V2 functions as the host for a wide range of editing software for hardware products such as digital mixing consoles, synthesizers, effects processors, etc.
Studio Manager 2 technology will be integrated inside the DAW programs and offer total recall of entire hardware/software systems. Total recall of music and media production systems is the specific Phase One goal of the Studio Connections initiative. In parallel, Yamaha and Steinberg are collaborating in the development of further standards to provide even tighter integration and increased functionality in the near future.