Steinberg Retrologue Synthesizer Sneak Preview At Superbooth 2019

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Steinberg Cubit "Visual Song Processing"

via Retro Synth Ads, where you’ll find the rest of the scans and a write-up.

“Steinberg Cubit “Visual Song Processing”full page colour ad from page 65 in the May 1989 issue of Keyboard Magazine and Steinberg Cubase “Buy it! Boot it! Love it! Or your money back!” half page black and white ad from page 112 in the March 1990 issue of Electronic Musician Magazine.”

Hardware VST? Steinberg Retrologue plug-in gets physical version

There’s plug-ins, and then there’s hardware. Well, just in time for Superbooth, here’s a hardware plug-in, from Steinberg – really.

Normally, Steinberg’s Retrologue 2 is a software plug-in. And it comes from the company that developed VST and launched the plug-in revolution, so naturally it runs as a VST.

But here’s the thing: the processing power to run software no longer means a CPU sitting inside a laptop or desktop computer. It might be an ARM chip on a phone or tablet. Or it might be a processor sitting inside a piece of desktop hardware or Eurorack module. This much is already true – but we’re only just beginning to see software development kits take advantage of that. Those toolkits already let you target Mac and Windows, and sometimes also Linux, iOS, Android, or even the Web. So why not hardware, too?

Swedish startup ELK MusicOS lets you run VST-based plug-ins just like that, on any device that’s running their OS. The OS has already been available as a target inside the VST SDK.

So basically what ELK have done with Steinberg’s Retrologue is show that off by running the whole thing inside a physical hardware enclosure – with some retro-looking faders and knobs and lights and even, yes, wooden endcaps. And they’ve done it just in time for the Superbooth show.

That might seem sacrilegious, except that a lot of the gear at Superbooth already has similar processing inside; this is as much about developers as it is a particular class of hardware.

Something is definitely in the air in Sweden, because when I visited Stockholm, Propellerhead showed off some similar cross-platform abilities in their Rack Extension format, which can also run on the Web (VST can’t do that, as far as I know), and on embedded hardware.

Speak of the devil – look what’s in the press folder for the Steinberg/ELK announcement? It appears there’s a patchable Propellerhead-based device there, too.

As Propellerhead and Steinberg expand the definition of what their formats can do, though, we’re largely in a pre-production phase. That is, this will work, but it may take interested developers of both hardware and software to ship something end users can buy and play.

And sure enough, this particular prototype is, for now, one of a kind – just a proof of concept. Of course, if people really love it, who knows what will come next.

More:

https://www.mindmusiclabs.com/

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Mind Music Labs co-develops prototype of Steinberg Retrologue 2 desktop synth

ELK Steinberg Retrologue 2

Mind Music Labs is proud to announce a continuation of its official partnership with music and media production products provider Steinberg by bringing a brand-new, co-developed desktop synth prototype with full MIDI support to Superbooth19 in Berlin. The partnership initially resulted in the German giant’s VST plugin format natively supporting the integration of the Swedish […]

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1997 Propellerhead ReBirth (RB-338) Techno Micro Composer "Believe the unbelievable" Brochure

You can find the full brochure and a write-up over at Retro Synth Ads.

“Propellerhead ReBirth (RB-338) Techno Micro Composer ‘Believe the unbelievable’ four page colour brochure from 1997.

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Future Bass: New Expansion for Steinberg’s Retrologue 2 available

Steinberg Future Bass for Retrologue 2

Steinberg has announced the release of Future Bass, a brand-new content library by Elliot Berger for the Retrologue 2 virtual analog synthesizer. Retrologue 2 emulates the sound of classic analog synthesizers and is included in recent versions of Cubase Pro and Cubase Artist as well as being bundled with Absolute, Steinberg’s VST instrument collection. Future […]

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Steinberg unveils Nuendo 10 audio post-production workstation at GDC

Video Cut Detection Panel

Steinberg has announced the upcoming availability of Nuendo 10 at the GDC Expo in San Francisco. Since its inception in 2000, Nuendo has evolved into the go-to media production software for many professionals around the world, delivering innovative tools paired with state-of-the-art technology. Today, Nuendo is a comprehensive solution, allowing it to be easily integrated […]

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Steinberg launches club-ready sounds with Bouncy Vibrations for Groove Agent 5

Steinberg Bouncy Vibrations for Groove Agent 5

Steinberg has announced the immediate availability of Bouncy Vibrations, an additional content library for the acclaimed Groove Agent 5 drum software. Bouncy Vibrations boasts hundreds of sounds inspired by the percussive instruments used in the Caribbean and Africa. Alongside, Bouncy Vibrations comprises 30 kits comprising not only percussion but also brass, guitars and synth basses. […]

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Atari ST Series – Iconic Music Machines alive in 2019

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“Video and Demotracks about the musical power of Atari St Series, Software (steinberg 24/ Music Mouse) plus rare extensions, still very useful in 2019.”

Steinberg intros high-end AXR4 audio interface at NAMM

Steinberg AXR4

Steinberg has announced the upcoming release of the AXR4 Thunderbolt 2 audio interface, setting a new standard in audio interfaces for discerning engineers, producers, and professional musicians. Featuring facilities and connectivity aimed at professional-level recording, this Thunderbolt 2 audio interface significantly raises the bar, with 32-bit integer resolution and a sample rate of up to […]

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