Yamaha Nuage Control Surface

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Yamaha Nuage Control Surface

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Yamaha Nuage Overview

Yamaha Nuage Control Surface


Yamaha Nuage DAW Control Surface/Mixer

Finally, a dedicated, scalable, DAW control surface/recording mixer for Nuendo has arrived.

A marvel in both ergonomics and sound quality, Yamaha Nuage combines a comprehensive modular DAW work surface comprising Fader (16 channel) and Master control surfaces, with mastering-grade ADA interfaces (Nuage I/O) featuring ultra low-latency monitoring for artist-friendly tracking. Providing seamless integration with Steinberg Nuendo 6 (included), Yamaha Nuage doesn’t just blur the lines between hardware and software—it renders them invisible. Nuage’s precision hardware control eliminates the need for a mouse to perform functions such as instantiating plug-ins, trimming files, and grabbing clips. Even the most delicate and critical editing functions can be done at the control surface. Additionally, the ergonomic design of Nuage eliminates the long commute from one end of the console to the other to access controls and channels. Plus, there are numerous dedicated postproduction features built into Nuendo 6, such as an ADR system—all directly controllable from the Nuage work surface.

Tying the Nuage control surface and Nuage I/O units together are Dante audio accelerator cards. Dante is a PCIe card (by Audinate) that can transmit 256 audio channels (128 in/128 out) at 24-bit/96kHz. The card itself has a latency of 150 microseconds, and making the round trip from input through Dante to Nuendo 6, back through Dante to output puts latency at less than 3ms at 48kHz (at lowest buffer setting).

And while Nuage was designed primarily for video postproduction and live sound recording, it can also fit quite comfortably into a recording studio as well.

Yamaha Nuage Unique Features:
  • Seamless hardware/software integration with Nuendo 6
  • Channel name and icon/color-matching with Nuendo tracks
  • Dante protocol audio network card allows 128 bi-directional channels at 24-bit/96kHz resolution with ultra low latency
  • Innovative Touch Slider for quick and easy channel navigation
  • Fader units can be linked or run independently for multiple operators
  • Multi-function touch-screen display and touch-sensitive knobs
  • Nuendo 6 DAW software included

Yamaha’s designers didn’t base Nuage on any pre-existing systems. With input from professional users around the globe and painstaking ergonomic experimentation, Nuage was crafted from the ground up to provide the best possible solutions for adding sound to video in post-production. The most important objective for the Nuage system was to make its operations fully compatible with the Nuendo 6, so that the software’s vast number of advanced functions could be accessed intuitively. And thanks to numerous innovations, such as a touch slider to bring channels to you, Yamaha design engineers have successfully removed the boundaries between hardware and software. In short, it’s near impossible to tell where Nuendo ends and Nuage begins.

Yamaha Nuage Key Features:
  • Deep integration of hardware and software in a system that functions smoothly and intuitively as a unified whole
  • Innovative Touch Slider for channel navigation, precision jog wheel, and other advanced controls contribute to fast, efficient workflow
  • Multi-function touch-screen display and touch-sensitive knobs provide intuitive access to all parameters
  • Channel name and icon/color-matching with Nuendo tracks facilitates visual identification and navigation
  • Select and control up to three DAWs from a single Nuage Fader unit
  • 192kHz-capable Nuage audio interfaces feature minimum jitter, 32-bit DA technology, and painstakingly designed circuitry using carefully selected components for unrivalled sonic quality
  • True Integrated Monitoring™ built into Nuage audio I/O units achieves stress-free, ultra low-latency monitoring
  • DSP sound processing easily handles speaker bass management as well as level/delay management within the Nuage system
  • Each Nuage Master unit can be used with up to three Nuage Fader units and up to eight Nuage I/O units (128 channels) for flexible system configuration and expansion
  • Dante audio network protocol for flexible system design as well as compatibility with other Dante capable digital mixers and audio devices

Yamaha Nuage Features in depth

New in Nuage V1.6

The newly released Nuage Version 1.6 software (available as a free download from the Yamaha Pro Audio website) takes it to the next stage. Cubase Pro 8, the newest flagship version of Cubase, the DAW that is favored by music creators everywhere, is now fully supported. The RMio64-D Dante/MADI audio interface can be used to provide seamless integration between an extensive range of devices and applications. And numerous improvements to overall operation have been added on the basis of feedback from our users. The new features and functionality provided in this software update can raise production efficiency and quality to unprecedented levels.

Deeper Cubase Integration for Solid Music Production Support

Steinberg Cubase blends innovative technology with artistic capability in a powerful, intuitive music production tool. It has been a favorite with musicians, composers, and producers since its initial release in 1989.

The latest flagship version, Cubase Pro 8, offers VCA faders for high-level mixing and automation workflow, a Render In Place function that makes it easy to bounce MIDI and audio parts, Chord Pads that can assist composers with creative chord and pattern variations, and more. The latest audio technology combines with advanced music tools for an extraordinarily intuitive production workflow. Nuage V1.6 provides full support for all of these new features, with full access from Nuage Fader and Nuage Master units.

Dante/MADI Conversion Revolutionizes Device and Application Communication

The Nuage system uses IP based Dante network infrastructure for maximum system design flexibility and post-install expandability. Nuage V1.6 supports remote control of the RMio64-D Dante/MADI conversion audio interface, allowing selection of SRC, word clock sources, and other parameters via the Nuage display. This allows convenient audio communication with external devices that use the MADI format for significantly increased system expansion capability. Nuage becomes a powerful way to bridge the gap between production, broadcast, and live sound applications.

Tireless Pursuit of the Ideal Workflow

Our quest for software and hardware unification that will give our users enhanced operability and efficiency continues. Feedback from the field has led to the following new features.
  • Quick division of audio events within the selected range via a Nuage Master shortcut (SHIFT + SPLIT).
  • Stereo panner type selection (Stereo Combined or Stereo Balance) from Nuage Fader units.
  • Channel strip access to cut filter slope, gain, phase, HA high-pass filter, and +48V parameters.
  • Overall ON/OFF switching of selected channel inserts and dynamics bypass from a Nuage Fader or Nuage Master unit.



Workflow efficiency—the primary focus of Yamaha Nuage

Yamaha states quite confidently that that the workflow efficiency of Nuage is second to none. Yamaha engineers have eliminated the need to use the mouse to insert plug-ins, manage files, and grab clips in the Event window. All of those functions are available on the control surface. Nearly all editing, routing, sends, and more, can be done via Nuage hardware.

Seamless fusion of hardware and software

A common issue with controls surfaces is that what happens in the DAW project window and where things appear on the mixer surface are often out of sync. To ensure Nuage integrates with project window displays, Yamaha employs what they refer to as the “extensive console view concept,” which means that a monitor display can be placed in alignment with each fader pack and master touch screen to provide a direct visual connection between channel strips in the Nuendo mix window and the physical faders. Any standard 24" LCD monitor can be used (1920 x 1800 resolution is recommended). Plus, Nuage windows can be resized, so even if a monitor of a different size is used, the width of the on-screen channel strips can be easily matched to the Nuage faders.

The continuity between control surface and display keeps all controls and parameters in context so the operator can intuitively reach for the right fader, button, or knob, while concentrating fully on the job at hand. Sixteen channels can be controlled at once, with two encoders per channel, or all encoders can be mapped to one or two highlighted channels in the Channel Setting Mode.

If you’re going for a full-size Nuage system, Yamaha recommends the HP ZR2440w 24" monitor display, since it has an ultra-wide viewing angle of 178°, which means you can be at one end of a 10' console and still clearly see the monitor readouts at the other end.

* Monitor display(s) are not included and must be supplied by the user.

Scrolling Touch Slider for quick channel access

Dealing with high track counts across large-format control surfaces can be more than a little inconvenient when it comes to accessing specific tracks. After all, who wants to commute to the other side of a long mixing desk? The innovative Nuage Touch Slider makes finding and selecting channels easy. Placed along the length of the surface like the old masking tape scribble strips, Yamaha has gone all Tony Stark on you with the Touch Slider strip. Just slide a finger along to Touch Slider strip to shift Nuendo channels left or right in relation to the Nuage Fader channel strips. Use “flick” gestures to quickly shift a larger range of channels, or use the “Bank Flick” feature to flick channels in groups of eight. There are also customizable channel layouts that bring important channels to the surface with a single button press. Stems or master busses can be locked to the surface for access at any time.br>

High-precision jog wheel

Nuage’s precision jog wheel is machined from solid, high-quality stainless steel. Its weight and feel makes critical editing moves easy, and long editing sessions far more comfortable than standard jog wheels. With a resolution of 1,024 steps per rotation, Nuage’s jog wheel provides unmatched accuracy for controlling forward and reverse playback at up to 8x speed; scrubbing; object and range selection; zoom; fades; and more.

Ergonomically efficient, comprehensive control layout

Located just above the jog wheel are the transport section controls, which are key to most editing processes. They’re strategically placed where you can easily manipulate both transport and jog wheel with minimum hand movement. The control room section, providing direct access to Nuendo’s Control Room monitoring features, as well as monitor source and cue sections, are also located within easy reach above the transport controls, and thoughtfully organized and grouped for fast, efficient, error-free operation.

Superior production quality

At the end of the day, the only thing that really matters to your client is a high-quality product—and that’s where Nuage really delivers: first by providing an uninterrupted creative flow for engineers and re-recording mixers; minus the distractions of workarounds and poorly implemented, complex processes; and secondly, and more importantly (to the client), Nuage offers mastering-grade, audiophile sound quality along with advanced processing capabilities that make all the difference in the end product.

Yamaha’s decades of expertise in sculpturing sound, whether it’s applied to making their renowned concert grand pianos or digital recording gear, is the other essential component in the design of Nuage. The 24bit/192kHz hardware operation in the Nuage I/O units ensures that outstanding sonic detail and depth come through without compromise. The Nuage I/O units also feature advanced JetPLL™ jitter reduction technology for extremely low jitter and superior AD/DA resolution. The overall result is simply outstanding sound, no matter how complex the mix, or how much processing is applied.

Nuage will also work with third-party interfaces or AD/DA converters, so you can benefit from the Nuage controllers while keeping your preferred audio path.

Ultra-low latency via True Integrated Monitoring™

Nothing is more frustrating or obstructive to artists and musicians trying to give their all than dealing with latency when trying to lay down tracks in the studio. Expressive performance, not to mention timing, goes out the window when even the slightest amount latency is perceptible during tracking. The Nuage I/O units make latency issues a problem of the past thanks to advanced audio interface DSP hardware and Yamaha’s trademarked True Integrated Monitoring, which reduces monitoring latency to well below the perception threshold of even the most sensitive performer. True Integrated Monitoring works flawlessly with the Nuendo Control Room monitoring, which features a 32-port bus cascade that enables 32 audio busses to be shared between up to eight Nuage I/O devices, plus a 16x16 monitor matrix that provides expandability and easy setup.

State-of-the-art surround DSP

In today’s postproduction environment, surround-processing capability is essential. Nuage systems incorporate state-of-the-art surround features, including a large timecode display, speaker level/delay adjustments, bass management, surround panning, mix convert, and much more.

SyncStation: sample-accurate audio and video sync

Nuendo SyncStation is a complete hardware synchronizer solution with full Nuendo integration, engineered for postproduction, music mixing, and broadcast dubbing environments. Designed by industry legend, Colin Broad, SyncStation offers sample-accurate sync with video tape recorders, analog tape machines, other DAWs, and house sync generators, to name but a few. All Nuage interfaces include BNC and AES/EBU connectors for direct connection to SyncStation, as well as full support for the sample-accurate VST System Link.

Modular scalability and audio transmission via network

With the ability to add 16-channel fader packs and 16-channel I/O, Nuage lets you combine components you currently need, or add on as you desire. But the number of faders and channels doesn’t really tell the whole story regarding Nuage system scalability and flexibility—that’s where Yamaha’s use of the Dante networking protocol comes into play. For example, if you have to share rooms in a multipurpose facility, a different Nuage I/O unit could be in rooms 2 and 4, for example, and without patching, you can access either interface via network. Dante can also use the standard IT infrastructure built into a studio, or in the case of an office or home turned into a studio, you can actually use existing connections (no need to add new audio lines), while maintaining undiminished audio transmission quality throughout. Only Nuage offers this kind of outstanding flexibility.

Total studio environment

Nuage is a complete system, comprising a fader-based controller, a master/monitor section, I/O cards, and audio interfaces, the SyncStation and, Nuendo 6 software. Nuage Master and Fader controllers can be used individually, so you could, for example, just use the Master unit, or just use the Fader unit, or combine them. The largest Nuage system can have three Fader sections and one Master for a total of forty-eight physical faders.

Three types of audio interface are available, also usable individually or in combination as your needs require: the Nio500-D16 with 16 channels of AES/EBU I/O; the Nio500-A16 with 16 channels of analog I/O; and the Nio500-A8D8 with a combination of 8 channels of analog and 8 channels of AES/EBU I/O. The Nuage I/O units connect to computers running Nuendo via the highly expandable Dante digital audio protocol, allowing multiple Nuage I/O units to be flexibly incorporated in a wide variety of system configurations.

Ultra-low latency and solid reliability with high channel counts

The Dante Accelerator audio interface card is installed in the computer running the Nuendo DAW to provide extra low-latency audio transfer. The card itself has a latency of 150 microseconds. Dante can transmit 128 bi-directional channels of 24-bit/96kHz audio, providing a distinct performance advantage when communicating with Nuage I/O units. The Dante Accelerator card also features a secondary port that can be used to provide redundant connections for failsafe reliability.

Thanks to Dante, monitoring latency is near zero for comfortable, stress-free monitoring while recording, even when multiple I/O units are used with cascaded monitor buses. The Nuage development team was adamant about designing near-zero latency into the system to allow artists to deliver their utmost in creativity and performance.

Workspace units for a streamlined and productive working

Nuage Workspace units are blank sections in which you can install other studio gear, such as keyboard, surround panner, 19" rack mount devices, and other custom extras. Two Nuage Workspace units are available: a large model that is the same size as the Nuage fader unit, and a small model that can be added to a Nuage Master unit to match the width of a standard 24" monitor display. The large workspace has a drawer for a keyboard or storage.

Handle large projects with multi-DAW functionality

A Nuage system can currently connect to up to three DAWs*, which can be brought online individually from the Nuage Fader Daw Select controls. The DAWs can be located in separate studios, each focusing on a given section of a large project, and later be brought together at the Nuage system for final assembly and editing. And since Nuage includes HUI control compatibility, it provides basic access to any HUI-compatible DAW you may wish to use as a player or dubber. * Up to three DAWs with the initial firmware, increasing to four DAWs with a subsequent firmware update.

The whole world of audio post in one powerful package

Nuendo 6, the core of the Nuage system, is a milestone release that comes with an enviable selection of features not found in any other postproduction software. EBU-compliant loudness measurement; some of the world’s most advanced surround panning and up-mixing capabilities; and full ADR Taker functionality; are just a part of this remarkable DAW'S enormous production potential.

Top 10 Features of Steinberg Nuendo 6

  1. World’s most dedicated audio post-production environment with a wealth of features for TV, film, advertising, games, and multimedia production
  2. Revolutionary new mixing console: New single-window concept and a cornucopia of workflow-accelerating functions
  3. Nuendo 6 ADR Taker: An ideal solution for voice recording and language dubbing, making external ADR redundant
  4. Fully integrated loudness measurement: EBU-compliant metering with a large choice of RMS metering scales and dedicated loudness lane
  5. Iosono Anymix Pro for state-of-the-art surround: The world’s most flexible surround panner plus quality up-mixing algorithms
  6. Nuendo 6 Channel Strip: Enhanced mixes with direct access to professional channel strip modules
  7. Voxengo Curve EQ with sound matching technology
  8. Steinberg ASIO Guard: Extensive dropout-prevention techniques for maximum playback reliability
  9. Remote Control Editor: Assign individual effects and instrument parameters to the hardware control surface
  10. Pro Sound Effects postproduction library: 1.5 gigabytes of top-quality, 24-bit sound effects, from animals to Foley to warfare and more

An elegant synergy of hardware and software

Nuage is a complete turnkey solution for audio post professionals and recording engineers that integrates Steinberg Nuendo 6, the industry’s premier postproduction DAW, with a superbly designed, dedicated hardware platform. Yamaha engineers thought of everything; from the ease of accessing high track-count projects, to fine editing and file manipulation from the control surface itself; to the performance needs of the talent, and comfort of the engineer—and wrapped it up in an elegant package that makes a visually stunning addition to a world-class postproduction facility or recording studio.

Top-of-its-class hardware and software in perfect harmony at last: Yamaha Nuage—a complete system for mixing, editing, and dialog replacement for audio postproduction. Call or chat with an RSPE representative to customize a Nuage system for your specific needs.



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Yamaha Nuage Video Tutorials

Yamaha Nuage Video Tutorials

Welcome to the Yamaha Nuage Tutorial Videos. These videos, guided by Ashley Shepherd, describe an overview of the entire NUAGE system and also its basic features and capabilities in detail, both with Nuendo/Cuubase and Pro Tools!

1. Yamaha DAW Systems "NUAGE" : Introduction
In this tutorial, a state-of-the-art post production system by Yamaha and Steinberg called NUAGE is introduced to you by Ashley Shepherd from Hamburg, Germany. He will describe the concept, and also the basic operation of the system.
2. Yamaha DAW Systems "NUAGE" : System Overview
Until now, Yamaha and Steinberg's success in audio post production has been achieved in two separate worlds. Yamaha wanted to change that and that's how they got started creating NUAGE.
3. Yamaha DAW Systems "NUAGE" : NUAGE Audio System
The NUAGE system consists of three major components, the hardware controllers, the audio system with analog and digital interdaces, the Dante Accelerator card and the Dante audio network, and of course, Nuendo at its core.
4. Yamaha DAW Systems "NUAGE" : Nuendo
The entire NUAGE audio system is connected together using Audinate's Dante networking technology, which can carry up to 512 audio channels over standard Gigabit Ethernet infrastructure.
5. Yamaha DAW Systems "NUAGE" : Installation
This chapter describes how to install releated hardware and software, also how to configure them.
6. Yamaha DAW Systems "NUAGE" : Control Room
This chapter describes how to set up and use Control Room feature, one of the most important features in NUAGE.
7. Yamaha DAW Systems "NUAGE" : User Assignable Keys
NUAGE's User Assignable Keys allow to freely assign various key commands of Nuendo. Here Ashley describes how to configure and use the User Assignable Keys.
8. Yamaha DAW Systems "NUAGE" : Transport Functions
In addition to standard Transport function, Ashley describes how to use the high-quality Jogwheel and also various modes of it.
9. Yamaha DAW Systems "NUAGE" : Edit Functions
This chapter describes various Edit funtions using NUAGE Master unit.
10. Yamaha DAW Systems "NUAGE" : Channel Control
With NUAGE Master unit, not only can you edit audio, control the transport and Control Room, but you can also have complete control over a Nuendo channel.
11. Yamaha DAW Systems "NUAGE" : Channel Track List
Another very helpful tool on the Touchscreen is the Track List. Here we get on overview of the entire Project in several different ways.
12. Yamaha DAW Systems "NUAGE" : ADR Control
In this video, Ashley is going to show you how to use the Master unit to control the ADR functions in Nuendo.
For further information on Nuendo ADR funtion, please refer to Steinberg's YouTube channel
13. Yamaha DAW Systems "NUAGE" : Fader Unit Encoders
In this video, we are going to take a closer look at the Fader unit, especially how to use the Encoders at the top.
14. Yamaha DAW Systems "NUAGE" : Track Management
This chapter illustrates how to manage and operate the channels and tracks of Nuendo fast and effectively, by showing how to use acclaimed Touch Slider, Mixer Agents, Channel Lock and so on.
15. Yamaha DAW Systems "NUAGE" : Automation
This chapter describes Nuendo's Automation features. In addition to normal Read/Write function, extensive features will be explained such as each Automation mode, Suspend, Preview and Touch Assist.

Working with Pro Tools Video

Ashley shows you how to use a Nuage system with up to three different workstations running Nuendo, Cubase or Avid Pro Tools.

1. Working with Pro Tools - Introduction
In this Nuage tutorial video, Ashley is going to show you how to use a Nuage system with up to three different workstations running Nuendo, Cubase or Avid Pro Tools, as is really powerful feature of Nuage because we can switch between these workstations with a touch of single button.
2. Working with Pro Tools - Device requirements
Here you can learn a couple of thing that are required, such as devices including KVM switcher and video switchers, and also software to be installed.
3. Working with Pro Tools - Software installations and configurations
Here we will show you how to install the required software such as Nuage PT Bridge, and also how to configure them.
4. Working with Pro Tools - KVM switcher
In order to set up the display switching in a Nuage system, it is first helpful to understand how KVM switcher works.
5. Working with Pro Tools - Video & USB connections
Here you can learn how to connect KVM switcher to Nuage Fader/Master unit in detail.
6. Working with Pro Tools - Nuage Workgroup Manager configurations
Once you have connected the KVM switcher and the video switchers for each Fader unit, it is time to configure the Nuage Workgroup Manager.
7. Working with Pro Tools - Switching between the DAWs
Here we will show you how to switch the entire DAW, as well as how to switch them independently, so you have a different workstation on each unit of the system.
8. Working with Pro Tools - Audio connections
Once you have added the external workstations to the Nuage Workgroup Manager, it is time to get some audio channels into the main Nuage system so that we can listen to those workstations. There are basically two different ways to do this.
9. Working with Pro Tools - Pro Tools configurations
Once the Pro Tools workstation has been added to the Nuage Workgroup Manager, it is time to configure the HUI ports within Pro Tools.
10. Working with Pro Tools - Pro Tools control from the Fader unit
Here we will show you how to control Pro Tools from Nuage Fader unit in detail.
11. Working with Pro Tools - Pro Tools control from the Master unit
Here we will show you how to control Pro Tools from Nuage Master unit in detail.
12. Working with Pro Tools - AAF file export from Pro Tools
In this video, we will show you how to exchange the Session file between the Pro Tools workstation and the Nuendo workstation. The way we do this is by using the AAF format. It is very easy to export an AAF from Pro Tools and then import it into Nuendo, and also it is just as easy to export an AAF from Nuendo and import it back into Pro Tools. First, we will show you specifically how to export an AAF file from Pro Tools.
13. Working with Pro Tools - AAF file import into Nuendo
Here we will show you then how to import the AAF file into Nuendo which was previously creadted on Pro Tools.
14. Working with Pro Tools - AAF file export from Nuendo
Next, we will show you how to export the AAF file from Nuendo.
15. Working with Pro Tools - AAF file import into Pro Tools
Now that you have exported the AAF file from the Nuendo workstation, you can copy that source media and the AAF file over the Pro Tools workstation, and we can import it back into Pro Tools.

Yamaha Nuage Master


Yamaha Nuage Master Control Surface

Comprehensive control surface master section with touch screen, jog wheel, and user-assignable controls


The brains of the outfit, Nuage Master puts all things Nuendo within easy reach. With form and function built from the ground up for the demands of postproduction mixing and editing, Nuage Master is the culmination of countless years of experience from both Yamaha digital systems engineers and post-pro professionals. The Yamaha Nuage Master control surface gives you what you need, where you need it, and doesn’t try to be all things to all engineers by taking up valuable console real estate with arcane features you’ll never use. The “Seargent Friday” of digital control surfaces, Yamaha Nuage Master gives you “just the facts” you need to get the job done effortlessly and elegantly.

Yamaha Nuage Master features:

  • Everything needed for fast, efficient Nuendo editing within easy reach
  • Responsive touch-screen display plus eight touch-sensitive multi-function knobs provide direct control of EQ, dynamics, plug-in effects, and other parameters
  • Precision-machined, high-resolution jog wheel contributes to effortless editing and transport control
  • User-assignable section with controls that can be customized to allow direct access to workflow-specific functions and parameters
  • Comprehensive control sections including numeric keypad, user-assignable controls, monitor source selection, control room, automation, transport, editing, communication, and general control
  • One Nuage Master unit can be used with from one to three Nuage Fader units, according to the number of physical fader channels required

Multi-function touch-screen display and knobs

To give you ergonomically efficient control of Nuendo, the Nuage Master control surface features a built-in, highly responsive, multi-function touch screen that displays pages for editing parameters in various sections, or pages for editing channel parameters, such as EQ, dynamics, effect sends, inserts, and plug-ins, etc. To the left of the touch screen are talkback mic and DAW select buttons. On the right are six touch-sensitive controls including, Setup, Track List, Channel, Plug-in, Dynamics, and EQ selection. Below Nuage Master’s touch-screen display are eight touch-sensitive, multi-function rotary knobs that control EQ, dynamics, plug-in parameters, and more.

When used with one or more Nuage Fader units, the display also shows selected fader unit parameters, plus the multi-function knobs work in the same way as those on the fader units, which provides consistent operation with any combination of components.

High-precision jog wheel

Nuage’s precision jog wheel is machined from solid, high-quality stainless steel. Its weight and feel makes critical editing moves easy, and long editing sessions far more comfortable than standard jog wheels. With a resolution of 1,024 steps per rotation, Nuage’s jog wheel provides unmatched accuracy for controlling forward and reverse playback at up to 8x speed; scrubbing; object and range selection; zoom; fades; and more.



User-assignable section

To accommodate an ever-changing workflow dictated by unique circumstance arising from a given project, or the individual needs and work habits of the engineer, the Nuage Master unit features a User-Assignable Section located above the numeric keypad. The controls of the User-Assignable section can be customized to provide direct access to the functions and parameters needed for the task at hand. For example, functions that need to be performed repeatedly, such as importing audio files, can be assigned for single button-press access.



Comprehensive, easy-access control layout

Strategically located just above the jog wheel are several control sections including transport, which can be accessed in conjunction with the jog wheel with a minimum of hand movement. Other sections, along with the user-assignable section mentioned above are monitor source and cue sections, a numeric keypad, automation functions, communication section, and a control room section that gives you direct access to Nuendo Control Room monitoring features. Of special note, along with downmix control, the Control Room Section remains in communication with Nuendo control room regardless of which DAW is selected. There is also a Modifier section that offers buttons used the same way as shift, Ctrl/Command, and Alt/Option found on computer keyboards. The Nuage Master’s General Control section is for file saving, undo, and cursor movement (up, down, left/right).

Additionally, the Nuage Master front panel features two 1/4" headphone outputs with level control. The rear panel has an RS-232C port for connection to KVM switches to select between multiple DAW applications. When using the DAW Select Section with KVM switches configured in the Nuage Workgroup Manager, the display content, active keyboard, and active mouse will change accordingly. Also on the rear panel are Ethernet port, +4dBu talkback output jack (XLR) that routes signal from the top panel talkback mic, and two XLR (L/R) headphone inputs that route signal to the front-panel 1/4" headphone output jacks.

Combine Master with up to three Nuage Fader units

For applications that are all editing with little or no mixing, a Nuage Master unit and appropriate I/O may very well be all you need. However, when mixing multiple sources/channels are the order of the day, one Nuage Master unit can be used with up to three Nuage Fader units for a full 48-fader system.

Workspace units for additional efficiency and functionality

Nuage Workspace units are blank sections in which you can install other studio gear, such as keyboard, surround panner, 19" rack mount devices, and other custom extras. Two Nuage Workspace units are available: a large model that is the same size as the Nuage fader unit, and a small model that can be added to a Nuage Master unit to match the width of a standard 24" monitor display. The large workspace has a drawer for a keyboard or storage.

Total studio environment

Nuage is a complete system comprising the Nuage Fader controller; Nuage Master section; Dante network card; a choice of three audio interfaces, including the Nio500-D16, Nio500-A16, and Nio500-A8D8; Syncstation; and Nuendo 6 software. If desired, Nuage Master and Fader controllers can be used individually. The largest Nuage system can have three Fader sections and one Master for a total of forty-eight physical faders.

Supercharge your Nuendo postproduction facility with Yamaha Nuage. Call or chat online with an RSPE representative to configure your perfect Nuage system.

Yamaha Nuage Fader


Yamaha Nuage Fader

Where intelligent design and science coexist in perfect harmony.


Perhaps the most advanced channel strip control surface ever built, Yamaha Nuage Fader pack renders the line between software DAW and physical control surface invisible—essential for any endeavor where technology meets creativity (such as recording). Nuage Fader is a 16-channel fader pack that works in conjunction with the Nuage Master controller, as well as in standalone. It features 16 touch-sensitive 100mm faders that extend +12dB above unity; monitor and transport section; high-resolution OLED displays; and illuminated touch-sensitive controls. All controls, including faders, buttons, and rotary knobs are the product of painstaking ergonimic research and high-quality craftsmanship, giving the Nuage control surface a solid and responsive feel—tailored to suit the needs of the creative professional.

Nuage Fader offers an unprecedented level of integration with Nuendo software. The size of the Nuage Fader is designed to line up perfectly with Nuendo’s on-screen controls when using standard 24" flat-screen monitors. (For monitors of different dimension, Neundo channel displays can be resized to line up with faders.) Impressive in both looks and functionality, the Nuage Fader hardware controls become a visual and physical extension of the DAW channel strips displayed onscreen above the Fader controller.

  • Refined, comprehensively integrated channel strip control surface for DAW operation
  • Sixteen touch sensitive 100mm channel faders with extended range to +12dB
  • Extensive Console View: a standard 24" LCD monitor display (not included) provides a seamless visual connection between physical Nuage fader channel strips and Nuendo mix window
  • Unique Touch Slider strip quickly shifts Nuendo channels left or right in relation to the Nuage Fader channel strips
  • Each channel strip includes two touch sensitive knobs with integral push buttons for direct control of channel parameters

The perfect marriage of hardware and unlimited software options

One of the major issues all makers of control surfaces must contend with are the almost infinite number of parameters available on a software DAW, relative to the limited number of faders and knobs that can fit onto a hardware controller. If Yamaha and Steinberg were to attempt to create a physical replica of the myriad possibilities and parameters of Nuendo, the resultant console would probably require its own zip code—so how did Nuage engineers solve this problem?

Rather than trying to cover all bases in a cursory fashion, or forcing users to make a career out of software/hardware mapping, Nuage designers made choices based on real-world mixing workflow, with controls defaulting to the most used parameters, such as pan, or compressor threshold and ratio. Nuage also makes use of the extended channel, or “fat channel” mode, commonly found on digital consoles, in which one button-press expands the parameters of the chosen channel (or plug-in) onto hardware controls.

Nowhere is the problem of assigning parameters to hardware controls felt more profoundly than with third-party plug-ins, which often display all parameters regardless of how often used. For example, “High Frequency Gain” on an EQ plus-in might appear near the bottom of the last page of parameters. Rather than deal with time-consuming XML file mapping, Nuage provides an editor with a graphical user interface allowing you to change the XML files and make sure that the most useful parameters are allocated to hardware controls. In practice this means that the parameters you really need come up on your chosen hardware controls (which happens automatically when using Nuendo’s excellent suite of plug-ins).

Scrolling Touch Slider for quick channel access

Dealing with high track counts across large-format control surfaces can be more than a little inconvenient, especially when it comes to accessing specific tracks. After all, who wants to commute to opposite sides of a long mixing desk repeatedly? Conversely, if you only have one Nuage Fader, how can you access channels in a 200-track project easily without interrupting the creative flow? Answer: Yamaha has gone all Tony Stark on you with the Touch Slider strip.

The innovative Nuage Touch Slider makes finding and selecting channels easy. Placed along the length of the Fader surface (like the masking-tape scribble strips of old), just slide a finger along the Touch Slider strip to shift Nuendo channels left or right in relation to the Nuage Fader channel strips. Use “flick” gestures to quickly shift a larger range of channels, or use the “Bank Flick” feature to flick channels in groups of eight. There are also customizable channel layouts that bring important channels to the surface a single button press. Plus, stems or master busses can be locked to the surface for access at any time.

Color-matching with Nuendo track icons

Reading channel names can be difficult if you’re sweeping through multiple channels quickly. To address that issue, channels can be color-coded. For example, if you designate all Foley channels red, simply swipe until you see red on the Fader controller (rather than seeing red when using traditional bank controls trying to reading channel name abbreviations in small fonts whizzing by). To facilitate fast fader flicking (alliteration abounds) Nuage designers took great care in matching OLED display colors with Nuendo. And, to enable you to confirm channel relationships at a glance, Nuendo channel names appear in corresponding Nuage Fader displays. Plus, the colors of the illuminated knobs, and bars below the channel display match the colors of the Nuendo channel-type icons.

Hob-knobbing with Nuage and Nuendo

In addition to a linear fader, each of Nuage Fader’s 16 channel strips include two illuminated rotary encoders, or “knobs” if you will, for a total of 32 knobs per Nuage Fader unit. The knobs are touch-sensitive and also include an integral push button. Normally the two knobs function within their own channel strip. For example if you activate a compressor, each knob will control the two most important functions of the compressor, e.g.: threshold and ratio. In this mode, you have individual control of two most used parameters across 16 channels. However, and here’s where it gets interesting, in the Channel Setting Mode, all 32 knobs can be mapped to just one channel. In this mode you have all the Nuendo racks available, which means you can activate all the dynamics modules and have all controls of all five dynamic modules available on the 32 encoders. There is also a two-channel mode that assigns 16 knobs for each channel. In this mode you can compare two equalizers or two dynamics sections. (As a useful aside, Nuendo now has spectrum analyzers on EQ.)

All this versatility means the Nuage Fader unit will mesh effectively with just about any workflow, and perhaps inspire you to find new ways of working.

Minimal user setup

As you would hope from a highly integrated, modular system, Nuage keeps user set-up to a minimum. For example, Nuendo automatically “knows” when several hardware units are connected and combines them into a workgroup. This is a very important and useful feature if you want to have different setups for different applications. Once Nuendo “sees” a Fader pack connected, it will display the custom mix console on the screen over that Fader pack, providing a one-to-one relationship between each hardware channel and corresponding virtual channel on the Nuendo screen. Metering is also displayed per channel, and can be user-designated to display normal peak metering or a vertical scrolling waveform from the Nuendo project window. (A great feature when editing waveforms from the Nuage work surface instead of using a mouse.)

Organization for a smooth workflow

In addition to straightforward mixing and parameter tweaking, the Nuage Fader unit has a utility control section that keeps everything neatly organized for easy, confusion-free access. Channel View controls let you to switch between mixer channel displays; Section Control controls allow convenient channel strip section switching; and DAW Select enables you to switch between multiple DAWs connected to the Nuage system.

Total studio environment

Nuage is a complete system comprising the Nuage Fader controller; Nuage Master section; Dante network card; a choice of three audio interfaces, including the Nio500-D16, Nio500-A16, and Nio500-A8D8; Syncstation; and Nuendo 6 software. If desired, Nuage Master and Fader controllers can be used individually. The largest Nuage system can have three Fader sections and one Master for a total of forty-eight physical faders.

Supercharge your Nuendo postproduction facility with Yamaha Nuage. Call or chat online with an RSPE representative to configure your perfect Nuage system.

Yamaha Nuage I/O

Yamaha Nuage Control Surface

Yamaha Nuage I/O Audio Interface

Designed with the highest quality components and Yamaha’s superior know-how, these meticulously designed units provide the kind of sound quality you’d expect for feature film postproduction. Nuage I/O Nio500-D16 features advanced DSP processing for stereo and surround monitoring, 24-bit/192kHz operation, and JetPLL™ jitter-reduction technology for extremely low jitter and superior resolution. Available in three different configurations, up to eight Nuage I/O units can be or combined for a 128-channel system.

Yamaha Nuage I/O features

  • Designed and constructed to bring out the full sonic potential of Nuendo DAW software
  • Up to 24-bit/192 kHz hardware operation with extremely low jitter and outstanding AD/DA resolution
  • True Integrated Monitoring™ reduces monitoring latency to well below the perception threshold
  • True Integrated Monitoring works flawlessly with Nuendo Control Room monitoring features, a 32-port monitor bus cascade, and 16x16 monitor matrix
  • Up to eight Nuage I/O units can be cascaded and provide a maximum of 128 channels

Yamaha Nuage Control Surface

Yamaha Nuage I/O features in depth

Three 16-channel models with different I/O configurations are available, including the Nio500-A16 with 16 channels of analog I/O; the Nio500-D16 with 16 channels AES/EBU I/O; and the Nio500-A8D8 with a combination of 8 channels of analog and 8 channels of AES/EBU I/O. The Nuage I/O units connect to computers running Nuendo via the highly expandable Dante digital audio protocol, allowing multiple Nuage I/O units to be flexibly incorporated in a wide variety of system configurations.

Nuage I/O mastering-grade, audiophile sound quality

Yamaha’s decades of expertise in sculpturing sound, whether it’s applied to making their renowned concert grand pianos or digital recording gear, is the other essential component in the design of Nuage. The 24-bit/192kHz-hardware operation in the Nuage I/O units ensures that outstanding sonic detail and depth come through without compromise. The Nuage I/O units also feature advanced JetPLL™ jitter reduction technology for extremely low jitter and superior AD/DA resolution. The overall result is simply outstanding sound, no matter how complex the mix, or how much processing is applied.

Ultra-low latency via True Integrated Monitoring

Nothing is more frustrating or obstructive to artists and musicians trying to give their all than dealing with latency when trying to lay down tracks in the studio. Expressive performance, not to mention timing, goes out the window when even the slightest amount latency is perceptible during tracking. The Nuage I/O units make latency issues a problem of the past thanks to advanced audio interface DSP hardware and Yamaha’s trademarked True Integrated Monitoring, which reduces monitoring latency to well below the perception threshold of even the most sensitive performer. True Integrated Monitoring works flawlessly with the Nuendo Control Room monitoring, which features a 32-port bus cascade that enables 32 audio busses to be shared between up to eight Nuage I/O devices, plus a 16x16 monitor matrix that provides expandability and easy setup.

State-of-the-art surround DSP

In today’s postproduction environment, surround-processing capability is essential. Nuage systems incorporate state-of-the-art surround features, including speaker level/delay adjustments and bass management.

Ultra-low latency and solid reliability with high channel counts

The Dante Accelerator audio interface card is installed in the computer running the Nuendo DAW to provide extra low-latency audio transfer. The card itself has a latency of 150 microseconds. Dante can transmit 128 bi-directional channels of 24-bit/96kHz audio, providing a distinct performance advantage when communicating with Nuage I/O units. The Dante Accelerator card also features a secondary port that can be used to provide redundant connections for failsafe reliability.

Thanks to Dante, monitoring latency is near zero for performance-friendly monitoring while recording, even when multiple I/O units are used with cascaded monitor buses. The Nuage development team was adamant about designing near-zero latency into the system to allow artists to deliver their utmost in creativity and performance.

But latency doesn’t tell the whole Dante story. Because Nuage systems use Dante for system communication, connection between I/O unit and computer can be made via a single standard Ethernet cable. In more complex systems using multiple I/O units, standard network hubs and even existing architecture can be used to configure the network as required. Flexible connectivity also means that a Nuage network can be linked to a live sound console, or included in an audio-sharing installation.

Total studio environment

Nuage is a complete system comprising the Nuage Fader controller; Nuage Master section; Dante network card; a choice of three audio interfaces, including the Nio500-D16, Nio500-A16, and Nio500-A8D8; Syncstation; and Nuendo 6 software. If desired, Nuage Master and Fader controllers can be used individually. The largest Nuage system can have three Fader sections and one Master for a total of forty-eight physical faders.

Supercharge your Nuendo postproduction facility with Yamaha Nuage. Call or chat online with an RSPE representative to configure your perfect Nuage system.

Yamaha Nuage Panners & Accessories


Yamaha Nuage Panners & Accessories

Workspace units for additional efficiency and functionality



Nuage Workspace units are blank sections in which you can install other studio gear, such as keyboard, surround panner, 19" rack mount devices, and other custom extras. Two Nuage Workspace units are available: a large model that is the same size as the Nuage fader unit, and a small model that can be added to a Nuage Master unit to match the width of a standard 24" monitor display. The large workspace has a drawer for a keyboard or storage.


JLCooper Electronics Surround Panner For Yamaha Nuage



JLCooper's Nuage Surround Panner combines a high-quality, three axis joystick with five touch-sensitive, push-button, rotary encoders, nine illuminated buttons and a three digit LED display for indicating track number. The controller is extremely easy to connect, thanks to its own built in 10/100 ethernet interface.

With it's custom software plug-in for Steinberg Nuendo (Mac and Windows), the panner is specifically designed to mount directly into the Yamaha/Steinberg Nuage Console expansion chassis.

Supercharge your Nuendo postproduction facility with Yamaha Nuage. Call or chat online with an RSPE representative to configure your perfect Nuage system.



Yamaha Nuage Dante Accelerator


Yamaha Nuage Dante Accelerator

Ultra-low latency, high channel counts of high-resolution audio,
and rock-solid stability


The Dante Accelerator Card is hardware/software network protocol that delivers uncompressed, multi-channel, ultra low-latency digital audio over standard Ethernet networks. A significant improvement over previous audio-via-Ethernet technologies, such as CobraNet and EtherSound, Dante has the ability to pass through network routers and provide native gigabit support, as well as higher channel count, lower latency, and automatic configuration. Developed by Audinate, a Sydney Australia-based company, whose innovations were being carefully tracked by Yamaha, The Dante network protocol provides several advantages that go beyond latency and channel count, such as the ability to use existing IT infrastructure without having to add new audio lines.

Dante Accelerator Card benefits

  • High-performance hardware implementation
  • 256 channels of uncompressed digital audio
  • Ultra-Low latency
  • 24-bit/44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 / 192kHz audio
  • Gigabit Ethernet interface
  • High-quality, built-in word clock
  • Standard PCI Express card format
  • Mac OSX and Windows driver support
  • Standard sound card interface to software applications
  • Interconnect with other Dante-enabled audio equipment
  • Supports network Quality of Service
  • AVB (audio-video bridging) ready

The Nuage development team was adamant about designing near-zero latency into the system to allow artists to deliver their utmost in creativity and performance—hence their decision to make Dante the nerve center of Nuage.

When implemented in a Nuage system, the Dante Accelerator Card itself has a latency of 150 microseconds and can transmit 256 channels of 24-bit/96kHz audio (128 in/128 out simultaneously). At higher resolutions up to 192kHz, it provides 64 bi-directional channels, which is four times the resolution available via MADI optical for the same simultaneous I/O channel count. Small wonder why Yamaha chose to base Nuage audio transmission on Dante, especially when you take into account the number of tracks typically found in feature film production.

Installed in the computer running your Nuendo DAW, Dante provides a distinct performance advantage when communicating with Nuage I/O units. The Dante Accelerator card also features a secondary port that can be used to provide redundant connections for failsafe reliability. Thanks to Dante, monitoring latency is near zero for performance-friendly monitoring while recording, even when multiple I/O units are used with cascaded monitor buses. At 48kHz (using lowest buffer setting), latency from input through Dante to Nuendo 6, back through Dante to output is less than 3ms.

Audio transmission via network

Creating a flexible, scalable system doesn’t end with knobs and faders. You must take into account the physical idiosyncrasies of the facility you’re setting up in or moving into. That’s where Nuage’s use of the Dante networking protocol really shines. These days, it’s not uncommon to have to share rooms in a multipurpose facility. With Dante, a different Nuage I/O unit could be in rooms 1 and 5, for example, and without patching, you can access either interface via network. Dante can also use the standard IT infrastructure built into a studio. Or, in the case of an office or home turned into a studio, you can actually use existing connections (no need to add new audio lines), while maintaining undiminished audio transmission quality throughout. Dante’s network-centric, audio-independent approach allows perfectly synchronized playback across different audio channels, devices, and networks, even over multiple network switches. Only Yamaha’s Nuage offers this kind of outstanding flexibility.

Dammit Jim, I’m a mixer, not a code monkey!

To minimize time spent on system configuration, Dante makes networking a true plug-and-play process, allowing automatic device discovery and system configuration. (Dante-enabled devices will automatically setup their network configuration and present themselves and their channels on the network, reducing complicated, error-prone set-up procedures. Instead of manufacturer-designated ID numbers, networked devices and their input and output signals can be named to make sense to the user. Beyond that, Dante is not restricted to allowing configuration and transmission of audio channels alone. Dante also provides mechanisms to send or receive control signals and monitoring information across the Dante IP network, including device-specific messages and control signals specified and developed by a particular manufacturer.

Network Quality of Service support

Quality of Service (QoS) is a name for a set of technologies that provide cost-effective management of network traffic, designed to enhance user experience in both home and enterprise environments. QoS technologies allow you to measure bandwidth, detect changing network conditions (such as congestion or availability of bandwidth), and prioritize or throttle traffic. For example, QoS can be applied to prioritize traffic for latency-sensitive applications (such as audio or video), and to control the impact of latency-insensitive traffic (such as bulk data transfers).

Audio Video Bridging (AVB)

Historically, audio and video (AV) equipment connections were one-way, analog, and point-to-point. The same held true for digital standards, such as S/PDIF for audio, and the serial digital interface (SDI) for video. The result of all this single-purpose connection in professional applications was large, complex, and confusing masses of cables, a.k.a. spaghetti. (That tangle of cables is how multi-platinum producer, Michael Wagener, came to name his studio, “Wireworld.”)

Audio Video Bridging is a technical standard developed by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The goal was to "provide the specifications that will allow time-synchronized, low-latency streaming services through IEEE 802 networks". These consist of: Timing and Synchronization for Time-Sensitive Applications (gPTP), Stream Reservation Protocol (SRP), Forwarding and Queuing for Time-Sensitive Streams (FQTSS), and Audio Video Bridging Systems. The ultimate goal of course, was to reduce the tangle of wires necessary to connect the worlds of audio and video. Another reason Yamaha chose Dante to be the nerve center of a Nuage audio postproduction system.

Network Audio plus flexible modular design

Nuage offers outstanding system flexibility and scalability via modular architecture that lets you combine the ideal components to support your specific needs, plus network audio that allows you to match available infrastructure and installation requirements—while maintaining undiminished audio transmission quality throughout.

For more information on the remarkable Yamaha Nuage postproduction console and its components, call or chat online with an RSPE representative.



General Specifications

PCI Express card Compatible with PCI Express X4 slots v1.0 and above
Audio Interface ASIO (Windows 7 / 8) or Core Audio (Mac OS X 10.7 /10.8*)
Audio channels 256 channels (128 in/128 out @ 96 kHz or less)
128 channels (64 in/64 out @ 176.4 kHz or more)
Supported Sample Rates 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, and 192kHz
Pull-up/Pull-down +4.1667, +0.1, -0.1, and - 4.0 %
Sample bit-depth 24 bit
Dante Network interface Gigabit (1000Mbps; 1Gbps) Ethernet RJ45 port x2


System Requirements

Win Mac
OS Windows7 SP1 (32-bit/64-bit), Windows8 (32-bit/64-bit) 10.7.5, 10.8*
PC PC with Intel Core i5 / Intel Core i7
(2nd Generation "Sandy Bridge" Core i7 or later recommended)
Mac Pro (Early 2009) or later
Memory 8GB or more 6GB or more
HDD 64M Cache (recommended) 7200rpm
PCIe SLOT x4 lane or above x4 lane or above **

* Also compatible with OSX 10.6.8 for use without Nuage or Nuendo.
* Pull up/down function for the audio sample rate is not supported in OSX 10.8. Noise may occur when pull up/down function is used. Please use OSX 10.7 if you need to use the pull up/down function.
** The Dante Accelerator must be installed in slot 2(directly above the graphic card)



Steinberg Nuendo 6


Steinberg Nuendo 6


The whole world of audio post in one powerful package

Since its introduction in 2000, Nuendo has become a hugely popular audio production tool, empowering professionals in the film, advertising, television, and media industries with higher levels of productivity. Nuendo 6, the core of the Nuage system, is a milestone release that comes with an enviable selection of features not found in any other postproduction software. EBU-compliant loudness measurement, some of the world’s most advanced surround panning and up-mixing capabilities, and full ADR Taker functionality add to this remarkable DAW'S enormous production potential.

Top 10 Features of NUENDO 6

  • World’s most dedicated audio post-production environment
  • A wealth of features for TV, film, advertising, games, and multimedia production.
  • Revolutionary new mixing console
  • New single-window concept and a cornucopia of workflow-accelerating functions.
  • NUENDO 6 ADR Taker
  • An ideal solution for voice recording and language dubbing, making external ADR redundant.
  • Fully integrated loudness measurement
  • EBU-compliant metering with a large choice of RMS metering scales and dedicated loudness lane.
  • IOSONO Anymix Pro for state-of-the-art surround
  • The world’s most flexible surround panner plus quality up-mixing algorithms.
  • NUENDO 6 Channel Strip
  • Enhanced mixes with direct access to professional channel strip modules.
  • VOXENGO Curve EQ with sound matching technology
  • Enhanced mixes with direct access to professional channel strip modules.
  • Steinberg ASIO Guard
  • Extensive dropout-prevention techniques for maximum playback reliability.
  • Remote Control Editor
  • Assign individual effects and instrument parameters to the hardware control surface.
  • Pro Sound Effects post production library
  • 1.5 gigabytes of top-quality 24-bit sound effects, from animals to Foley to warfare and more.

Steinberg Nuendo Syncstation


Steinberg Nuendo Syncstation




A benchmark-setting hardware sync solution with Full Nuendo Integration, engineered for postproduction, music mixing and broadcast dubbing


Designed by film and broadcast industry legend Colin Broad, Nuendo SyncStation offers sample-accurate sync for video tape recorders, analog tape machines, house sync generators, and most importantly, between different DAWs—a handy thing to have when working with multiple DAWs in a system such as Yamaha's Nuage control surface/mixer. Designed for, but not limited to use with Steinberg's Nuendo software, Nuendo SyncStation supports an exhaustive list of standards and protocols. Rock-solid performance and true sample accuracy make the Nuendo SyncStation a one-of-its-kind synchronization solution.

Nuendo SyncStation unique features:

  • All important synchronization tasks available in one unit
  • The world’s first sample-accurate synchronizer in conjunction with VST System Link
  • Extremely accurate sync using traditionally less accurate standards, such as MTC
  • Designed and built by industry legend, Colin Broad

Nuendo SyncStation key features:

  • Dedicated to Nuendo with a deep integration that ends up in an outstanding operation from within Nuendo
  • Works with all DAWs (with some limitation), not just with Nuendo, even standalone operation is possible
  • Cross-platform support for Nuendo SyncStation together with Nuendo on Mac OS X, Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP

Steinberg Nuendo SyncStation features in depth

Designed for, but not limited to operation with Steinberg's Nuendo Advanced Audio Production System, Nuendo SyncStation supports an exhaustive list of standards and protocols, including MTC; LTC; MMC; Sony 9-pin RS422; WordClock; VITC; Tri-level, Black Burst, and Varispeed operation, over a huge array of Pull-up/Pull-down settings. Neundo SyncStation also provides sample-accurate VST System Link via digital connections. Unlike any other sync solution, Nuendo SyncStation can provide extremely accurate sync using traditionally less-accurate standards, such as MTC, by referencing audio with sample-accuracy to each video frame.

VST System Link Integration

Steinberg’s VST System Link protocol allows SyncStation and your audio system to exchange positioning information on a sample basis. The connections for VST System Link communication can be made via digital formats including, AES/EBU, as well as coaxial and optical S/PDIF.

SyncStation—the bridge between old and new technologies

Sample-accurate synchronization between devices is essential, especially in current digital music and postproduction environments. And quite often, modern technology has to talk to older technologies. However, the results of those “conversations” have to be up to modern standards. Simple MTC and LTC (without additional word clock connection) are incapable of truly accurate sync. In fact, MTC can vary up to several milliseconds, but Nuendo SyncStation can align an audio sample with the leading edge of a video frame reference, thus integrating timecode, word clock, and video frame reference, so that accurate sync can be maintained between multiple audio devices. Plus, special situations, such as pull down in film postproduction, are made seamless when SyncStation handles video sync, timecode, and word clock.
  • Master/slave machine control is provided via two dedicated RS422 ports (In/Out) utilizing the Sony 9-pin protocol
  • Master/slave machine control with two dedicated MIDI ports utilizing the MMC standard
  • All timecode functionalities can be used in addition to machine control operation

Tape Machines—audio and video

Tape machines have special requirements when being synchronized to digital audio systems. To begin with, most analog tape transports and VTRs cannot be locked to the sample clock in order to maintain speed. Secondly, since mechanical tape machines cannot locate instantly to a given point, they require commands to be sent that will shuttle the tape to the desired position (i.e. FF, REW).

Using both MIDI Machine Control (MMC) and Sony 9-pin RS422 protocol, Nuendo SyncStation slaves Nuendo software to audio and videotape machines. This allows for easy locating of an entire system to a specific time code location. Plus, machine control can be used to arm tracks for recording and automating audio playback to VTRs using Nuendo’s punch features.

LTC (Longitudinal Time Code)

Nuendo SyncStation can read analog timecode (LTC) that has been recorded on a tape machine and use that to synchronize Nuendo as a slave to the tape transport to set position, speed, and phase. Nuendo SyncStation can also generate LTC.

GPIO (General Purpose In/Out)

Nuendo SyncStation’s GPIO interface allows control of external items, such as video streamers, record, “on-air” signals, lock indicator, and others. Also, it allows external switches to enter record or activate the online status of Nuendo SyncStation. Also, incoming GPI commands can be used to control specific functions in Nuendo. GPI input and output connects to external devices via DB-25 connector.

About Colin Broad

“For years, the film and broadcast community have relied on Colin Broad's expertise to solve a range of problems in the area of machine and system control. In fact, you would have to search hard to find a UK film dubbing theatre without at least one of his products, known to all and sundry as 'Broad Boxes'. They are also a common sight in dubbing theatres across the world. Because big film dubbing theatre requirements are so complex most of the previous products have tended to involve a degree of customization to suit individual requirements."

“In 1994 Colin Broad received an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Technical Achievement Award in the category of Sound for the design and development of EDL (Edit Decision Lister) which creates encoded timecode track and database during the initial transfer of the production sound ‘dailies’”

— Rob James, Studio Sound magazine

Who is Neundo SyncStation for?

SyncStation for DAW users

With Nuendo SyncStation, DAW users can interconnect and synchronize external audio/video systems and devices with the DAW of their choice. With Nuendo audio and post-production system, you’re able to easily control all the synchronizer’s functions from within Nuendo.

SyncStation for producers of video post

For movie postproduction tasks such as audio editing, Foley, voice recording, multi-channel mixing, and DVD authoring, Nuendo SyncStation’s vast I/O capabilities not only interconnect and sync multiple DAWs and peripherals, but also allow for machine control of the Nuendo system from mixing consoles.

SyncStation for music producers and mixers

Nuendo SyncStation supports Steinberg’s VST System Link, which allows you to seamlessly interconnect Nuendo with a Cubase system running VST instruments and external MIDI devices for editing and mixing. In addition, Nuendo SyncStation provides the master clock source for all your studio’s audio gear.

SyncStation for broadcast dubbing editors

Sound dubbing for broadcast requires a flexible solution; Nuendo SyncStation is capable of synchronizing multiple Nuendo and other DAWs to handle audio playback and surround mixing, along with machine control and track arming for dubbers. In this scenario, Nuendo SyncStation is the Virtual Master, generating timecode for all devices.

Why Nuendo SyncStation?

Whether you’re working in multiple DAWs or just Nuendo and need sample-accurate synchronization with external equipment of various ages and types, Nuendo SyncStation can tie it all together for you in one single-rackspace unit.

Nuendo SyncStation and Yamaha Nuage—a total studio environment

Yamaha Nuage is a complete system comprising the Nuage Fader controller; Nuage Master section; Dante network card; a choice of three audio interfaces, including the Nio500-D16, Nio500-A16, and Nio500-A8D8; Syncstation; and Nuendo 6 software. If desired, Nuage Master and Fader controllers can be used individually. The largest Nuage system can have three Fader sections and one Master for a total of forty-eight physical faders.

Supercharge your Nuage-based postproduction facility with Steinberg’s Nuendo SyncStation. Call or chat online with an RSPE representative to configure your perfect Nuage system.



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