Test Drive: Steinberg Nuendo 2.0



This program is vast, and it’s deep. There’s a lot going on here, and if you’ve never used a Steinberg product before it may take a while to become accustomed to how things work. But once you’re in the zone with Nuendo you’ll find a lot to like. Let’s start with a bit of nomenclature.

A multitrack recording, including all the audio, mixer automation, effects and settings, and any MIDI stuff is called a Project, and the Project is the main window in Nuendo [see screenshot]. All audio (and video) bits connected with a Project are stored in a “Pool”, and each Project has one dedicated Pool [see screenshot]. Nuendo lets you open more than one project at a time, so you can drag and drop audio files from one Pool to another. It’s a handy way to keep track of all your bits.

You can also create a Library, which is essentially a global Pool that is available to any project. The Library is ideal for storing frequently used sound effects and music beds. Both the Library and the Pool are searchable, so it becomes important to give your effect files descriptive names in the Pool and Library to make them easy to find later.

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