Steinberg has released Nuendo 11. The latest version of post-production’s favorite DAW comes with many improvements aimed at the film and multimedia audio markets, including integrated Dolby Atmos ADM authoring, a Netflix loudness meter and more. The developers have also added features from the latest version of Cubase to Nuendo.
Steinberg Nuendo 11
Nuendo is a popular DAW for audio post production in film, TV and multimedia, and Steinberg clearly positions it as such. As a result, some of the new features will be of little interest to the composing and producing musician, although there’s something for them, as well.
First and foremost, Steinberg has integrated ADM authoring for Dolby Atmos. According to the developer, the new authoring module and integrated Renderer allows you to create content that adheres to Dolby Atmos specifications, without the need for other software or external hardware.
The SuperVision analyzer that arrived in Cubase 11 is now also available in Nuendo. It offers 20 different display modules for level metering, loudness measurement and analysis. You can customize it to display just what you need in its nine module slots.
Two other new metering features are geared towards the content production market. Nuendo now features a Netflix Loudness Meter, which is calibrated to the platform’s official Sound Mix Specifications, Steinberg says. There’s also an Intelligibility Meter, which tells you how hard it is to understand speech in the mix, based on algorithms developed by Fraunhofer IDMT.
If you often find yourself needing to export audio from multiple jobs with different export requirements, you’re going to love the new Job Queues feature. It lets you line up up to 20 tasks in a list and then export them all at once.
Improved sound design tools
Steinberg has also upgraded many of the DAW’s sound design tools. The MultiTap Delay now supports 7.1 surround sound. Nuendo has also received the upgraded Frequency 2 EQ with dynamic equalization from Cubase 11. The Multiband Imager, Squasher and enhanced Sampler Track with sample slicing are other improvements that first arrived in Cubase and have now been added to Nuendo, as well. The same goes for SpectraLayers One, a simplified version of Steinberg’s SpectraLayers spectral editor.
There’s a long list of other workflow and performance enhancements, including ARA improvements and GUI optimizations for Windows and macOS. You’ll find the full list on the Steinberg website.
The bottom line remains the same: If you just want to compose and produce music, you’ll probably do just fine with Cubase Pro, which is much less expensive. But if you work in audio production for media and film, some of these new features have the potential to make your job a lot easier.
Price and compatibility
Steinberg Nuendo 11 is now available for USD 999.99 or EUR 999.99. Various upgrade, crossgrade and competitive crossgrade options are available, which you’ll find on Steinberg’s website.
The software requires Windows 10 (64 bit) or macOS 10.14-10.15 (Mojave or Catalina).