Introduction
The documentation covers the following Steinberg products: Nuendo.
Platform-Independent Documentation
The documentation applies to the operating systems Windows and macOS.
About the Documentation
Conventions
In our documentation, we use typographical and markup elements to structure information.
Key Commands
Many of the default key commands, also known as keyboard shortcuts, use modifier keys, some of which are different depending on the operating system.
Setting Up Your System
To use Nuendo, you must set up your audio, and if required, your MIDI system.
VST Connections
To play back and record in Nuendo, you must set up input and output busses in the VST Connections window. Here, you can also set up group and FX channels, external effects, external instruments, and the Control Room.
Project Window
The Project window provides an overview of the project, and allows you to navigate and perform large scale editing.
Project Handling
In Nuendo, projects are the central documents. You must create and set up a project to work with the program.
Tracks
Tracks are the building blocks of your project. They allow you to import, add, record, and edit data (parts and events). Tracks are listed from top to bottom in the Track list and extend horizontally across the Project window. Each track is assigned to a particular channel strip in the MixConsole.
Track Handling
Parts and Events
Parts and events are the basic building blocks in Nuendo.
Range Editing
Editing in the Project window is not restricted to handling whole events and parts. You can also work with selection ranges, which are independent from the event/part and track boundaries.
Playback and Transport
This chapter describes the methods for controlling playback and transport functions.
Virtual Keyboard
The Virtual Keyboard allows you to play and record MIDI notes by using your computer keyboard or mouse. This is useful if you have no external MIDI instrument at hand and you do not want to draw in notes with the Draw tool.
Recording
In Nuendo, you can record audio and MIDI.
Importing Audio and MIDI Files
You can add audio and MIDI files to your project by importing them.
Quantizing MIDI and Audio
Quantizing means moving recorded audio or MIDI and positioning it on the nearest grid position that is musically relevant. Quantizing is designed to correct errors, but you can also use it in a creative way.
Fades, Crossfades, and Envelopes
Fades allow you to gradually increase or decrease the volume at the start or end of audio events or audio clips, and to create smooth transitions.
Arranger Track
The arranger functions in Nuendo allow you to work in a non-linear fashion. Using an arranger track allows you to specify how and when specific sections are played back, even in live performances. This way, you do not need to move, copy, and paste events in the Project window.
Transpose Functions
The transpose functions for audio and MIDI in Nuendo allow you to change the pitches of audio and MIDI for playback without changing the actual MIDI notes or the audio.
Markers
Markers are used to locate certain positions quickly. There are two types of markers: position markers and cycle markers.
ADR
The ADR panel allows you to perform ADR (Automated Dialogue Replacement) and language dubbing tasks.
MixConsole
The MixConsole provides a common environment for producing mixes in stereo or surround. It allows you to control level, pan, solo/mute status, etc. for audio and MIDI channels. Furthermore, you can set up the input and output routing for multiple tracks or channels at the same time. You can undo/redo MixConsole parameter changes for an open project at any time.
VCA Faders
VCA faders serve as remote controls for channel faders in the MixConsole.
Control Room
The Control Room allows you to divide the studio environment into the performing area (studio) and the engineer/producer area (control room).
Metering and Loudness
Nuendo provides a master meter that works as a multichannel true peak meter, and a loudness meter that allows you to measure the loudness in compliance with the loudness recommendation R 128 of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).
Audio Effects
Nuendo comes with a number included of effect plug-ins that you can use to process audio, group, instrument, and ReWire channels.
Direct Offline Processing
Direct Offline Processing allows you to instantly add plug-in effects and audio processes to the selected audio events, clips, or ranges, without destructing the original audio.
Time Stretch and Pitch Shift Algorithms
In Nuendo, time-stretching and pitch-shifting algorithms are used for offline processes, in the Sample Editor, or for the Flattening Realtime Processing function. Depending on the feature, élastique, MPEX, or Standard algorithm presets are available.
Audio Functions
Nuendo offers particular functions for analyzing the audio in your project.
Game Audio Connect
Game Audio Connect makes it easy to transfer game audio assets to game audio engines or middleware, such as Audiokinetic Wwise. As a sound designer, you create and edit game audio assets in Nuendo and directly transfer them to your game audio engine.
Sample Editor
The Sample Editor provides an overview of the selected audio event. It allows you to view and edit audio by cutting and pasting, removing, or drawing audio data, and by processing audio. Editing is non-destructive so that you can undo modifications at any time.
Hitpoints
Hitpoints mark musically relevant positions in audio files. Nuendo can detect these positions and create hitpoints automatically by analyzing onsets and melodic changes of the audio.
Tempo Matching Audio
In this chapter, warping, that is, tempo or time correction of audio by realtime time stretching is described.
VariAudio
The VariAudio features in Nuendo allow you to edit pitch, correct timing and intonation of individual notes in monophonic vocal recordings. Any modifications to the audio material can be undone.
Audio Part Editor
The Audio Part Editor provides an overview of the selected audio parts. It allows you to view, audition and edit parts by cutting and pasting, crossfading, drawing level curves, or by processing parts. Editing is non-destructive so that you can undo modifications at any time.
Controlling Sample Playback with Sampler Tracks
The sampler track features allow you to chromatically play back any audio from your audio sample library via MIDI. You can create and edit new sounds based on specific samples, and integrate them into an existing project.
Pool
Every time that you record on an audio track, a file is created on your hard disk. A reference to this file, a clip, is added to the Pool.
MediaBay
The MediaBay allows you to manage all your media files and presets from multiple sources.
Surround Sound
Nuendo has integrated surround sound features with support for several formats. All audio-related channels and busses can handle multi-channel speaker configurations. A channel in the MixConsole can either carry complete surround mixes, or an individual speaker channel which is part of a surround setup.
Automation
In essence, automation means recording the values for a particular MixConsole or effect parameter. When you create your final mix, you will not have to worry about having to adjust this particular parameter control yourself, because Nuendo can do that for you.
VST Instruments
VST instruments are software synthesizers or other sound sources that are contained within Nuendo. They are played internally via MIDI. You can add effects or EQ to VST instruments.
Installing and Managing Plug-ins
Track Quick Controls
Nuendo can give you instant access to up to 8 different parameters, for example, track, effect, or instrument controls. This is done with the aid of the Quick Controls, set up in the Quick Controls section of the Inspector for the corresponding track.
Remote Controlling Nuendo
It is possible to control Nuendo via MIDI.
MIDI Realtime Parameters and MIDI Effects
MIDI realtime means that you can change or transform MIDI events on MIDI or instrument tracks before they are sent to the MIDI outputs. This allows you to change the way MIDI data is played back.
Using MIDI devices
MIDI Processing
This chapter describes the various MIDI processing functions available on the MIDI menu. They offer various ways to edit MIDI notes and other events, either in the Project window or from within a MIDI editor.
MIDI Editors
There are several ways to edit MIDI in Nuendo. You can use the tools and functions in the Project window for large-scale editing or the functions on the MIDI menu to process MIDI parts in various ways. To manually edit your MIDI data on a graphical interface, you can use the MIDI editors.
Expression maps
Note Expression
Chord Functions
The chord functions provide you with many possibilities for working with chords.
Chord Pads
Chord pads allow you to play with chords, and to change their voicings and tensions. In terms of harmonies and rhythms, they allow for a more playful and spontaneous approach to composition than the chord track functions.
Logical Editor
Project Logical Editor
The Project Logical Editor is a powerful tool for search and replace functions in the Project window.
Editing Tempo and Time Signature
Project Browser
Track Sheet
The track sheet provides a text-form flow-chart representation of your project. It lists all audio and video tracks and their contents, and you can easily print it out.
Rendering Audio and MIDI
You can render existing material to new audio material.
Export Audio Mixdown
The Export Audio Mixdown function allows you to mix down and export all audio that is contained between the left and right locators of a project or in ranges defined by cycle markers.
Networking
Synchronization
Video
Nuendo is a full-featured postproduction media tool that allows you to work with video content. You can import video files, play back video, and apply speed changes to compensate for film transfers.
Audio Editing to Picture
Nuendo is a production tool that allows you to create music and sound design for film and video.
Film Transfers
When working on film projects, video postproduction editors typically transfer the film footage to video for use with computer video editing systems.
ReConform
The ReConform function allows you to automatically adapt edited audio projects to new cut versions of video material.
Exchanging Files with Other Applications
ReWire
Key Commands
Customizing
Optimizing
Preferences
The Preferences dialog provides options and settings that control the global behavior of the program.