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Owners of competing products can now crossgrade to Nuendo for a great price!

Qualifying products:

  • ProTools 9/HD/HDX and higher (incl. subscriptions),
  • Apple Logic 9 and higher
  • Ableton Live 8 or higher
  • Adobe Audition (Single/subscriptions)
  • Cockos Reaper (Commercial license)
  • MOTU Digital Performer 7 or higher
  • Presonus Studio One Pro
  • Propellerheads Reason 6 or higher
  • iZotope RX 5 or higher

Nuendo is the center of your modern studio environment and the most complete DAW available today. It is the technology leader in audio post production for film, TV, game audio and immersive sound, with a range of tools and user friendly processes that deliver what the professionals need.

Thanks to major improvements for recording, cleaning up and editing dialogue, which help to deliver clear, natural sounding speech stems quickly, accurately and efficiently, Nuendo 12 has gained a new status as the Home of Dialogue. Its immersive mixing ability is enhanced with a comprehensive environment for binaural mixing with headphones, powered by artificial intelligence algorithms, while also introducing new and improved FX plug ins and better integration with third party solutions With further new features for sound design and music production, workflow and productivity improvements, compatibility with modern technologies and more, Nuendo maintains its place as the Gold Standard for Professional Audio.


  • Dialogue Detection AI powered algorithms to remove silent parts from a recording and leave only the dialogue.
  • Audition tool allowing you to preview material detected as silence or dialogue.
  • Multiple reference clips for Audio Alignment for aligning lavalier microphone clips to a boom mic reference track.
  • Free Warp in the Project window for subtle timing corrections directly in the Project window.
  • Auto Align® Post support for time and phase alignment of continuously moving microphones.
  • EdiCue V 4 support support allows dialogue supervisors to load character text from PDF shooting scripts into Nuendo.
  • ARA improvements making it possible to use SpectraLayers directly at track level.
  • Create Markers from Events functionality lets you create markers from events.
  • ADR attribute filters are a big help when working with several voice actors.
  • ADR API enables external taker systems and dialogue script editors to interact with Nuendo's ADR system.
  • Netflix TTAL dialogue script import/export for supporting Netflix's proprietary script format.
  • New Supervision Modules including 6 brand new metering modules.
  • Headphones Match to apply an accurate compensation curve to the monitor output for 387 headphones
  • Dolby Atmos Setup Assistant for converting a channel based project to a Dolby Atmos mixing project automatically
  • Binaural Downmix via Headphones offers a binaural re-render of the Dolby Atmos mix.
  • VST AmbiDecoder now allows for a comprehensive monitoring chain from channel based sound up to binaural.
  • Raiser is a new dynamics processing tool to let you dramatically increase the loudness of your projects.
  • Lin One Dither powered by MAAT, Inc, is a new high quality dithering plug in replacing the old UV 22 HR.
  • Verve piano is a beautiful new felt piano.
  • SpectraLayers One improvements integrated spectral editor now includes a new Cursor Crosshair.
  • FX Modulator plug in provides an arsenal of effect modules and a comprehensive envelope editor.
  • New MIDI Remote system API for better integration of third party MIDI controllers.
  • Import tempo and signature tracks from other projects and track archives.
  • Create Chord Events from Audio Events improves the way how chord progression are laid out.
  • Logical Editor and Input Transformer improvements allowing you to customize your own workflows.

Dialogue Detection powered by AI

The AI powered Dialogue Detection algorithm will reliably detect spoken dialogue, regardless of any background noise, and remove silent parts from any recording. A new Detect Silence Using Last Used Settings command lets you execute the processing using the most recent values.

Audition tool
With the new audition tool, you can click anywhere in the waveform display and preview material detected as silence or dialogue before committing edits to the selected clips.

Multiple reference clips for Audio Alignment
The improved Audio Alignment functionality allows you to use multiple reference clips of a full scene and apply their precise timing to the corresponding set of field recorder files. Now you can align all imported lavalier microphone clips to a boom mic reference track, for example.

Free Warp in the Project window
Make subtle timing corrections to the audio event waveforms directly in the Project window, for example if you want to use a dialogue clip from a different shot with the perfect expression, but which has the wrong timing.

Auto Align® Post support
The distance between lavalier microphones and the boom may vary as actors move around, shifting the phase over time. Nuendo 12 features seamless integration with Auto Align Post 2, making time and phase alignment of continuously moving microphones much easier.

ARA improvements
The production sound has captured a great performance, but unwanted background noise is making it difficult to edit the scene. You can use SpectraLayers at track level through ARA extension to eliminate background sounds with surgical accuracy. Now, you can also make all process permanent afterwards, so you can continue with other editing tasks.

Create Markers from Events
If a project needs ADR, but there isn't a tabular script available to import ADR markers, the new Create Markers from Events functionality lets you create those markers automatically by selecting one or more existing audio events.

Marker window attribute filters
The improved ADR System in Nuendo 12 features attribute filters that can be combined, for example to record the cues of two different characters that are performed by the same voice actor. You can also search within the dialogue attribute values.

Marker handling improvements
Selecting a marker in the marker window will select the marker in the Nuendo project window and vice versa. You can also configure marker attributes (e.g. character name) to be displayed directly on the marker track. New key commands have been added.

The ADR API enables external programs, such as taker systems and dialogue script editors, to interact with the marker system in Nuendo.

Netflix TTAL dialogue script import/export
The TTAL script content is converted to record ready ADR markers, including the dialogue text, characters and useful metadata. Script change decisions made during the ADR production can be documented within the Nuendo marker editor.

New Supervision Modules
SuperVision comes with 6 brand new metering new metering modules, among them Leq (A), a VU meter, Spectrum Keyboard, Phase balance, Level histogram and Loudness histogram.

Connection to EdiCueEdiCueV4
Creating cues in Nuendo with the EdiCue Project Interface window allows dialogue supervisors to load character text from PDF shooting scripts. Cue data is stored in Nuendo's cycle markers, allowing for instant record. EdiCue can import cue data from PDF cue sheets to send directly to Nuendo, ready for recording. You can also import data from Nuendo's cycle markers direct into EdiCue and export customized cue sheets
as PDFs.

Headphones Match
To judge the frequency and spatial domain of binaural content on headphones, a neutral frequency response is vital. The Headphones Match plug in applies an accurate compensation curve to the monitor output for 387 different models of headphones. You can also emulate the sound of a different pair of headphones.

Dolby Atmos Setup Assistant
With the new Setup Assistant, the steps to convert a channel based project to a Dolby Atmos mixing project are performed automatically. The Setup Assistant will create a straightforward Dolby Atmos configuration with the internal Renderer for Dolby Atmos.

Binaural Downmix via Headphones
The Nuendo 12 Renderer for Dolby Atmos now offers a binaural re render of the Dolby Atmos mix. Rendering all Bed and Object inputs, it allows the replication of an immersive, multi channel audio experience in headphones, using (HRTF) filters.

VST AmbiDecoder improvements
The processing algorithm used in VST AmbiDecoder to convert from Ambisonics to stereo binaural has been significantly improved. It is now possible to build a monitoring chain from channel based immersive sound (such as 7.1.4) to Ambisonics to stereo binaural.

Multi selection/phase coherent AudioWarp
The phase coherent mode for multitrack AudioWarp makes sure that the spatial relationship between the edited tracks remains accurate when warping.

Space Controller OSC support
Nuendo 12 also includes full support for Space Controller OSC. Developed by Sound Particles, Space Controller OSC connects a mobile device to Nuendo and links the physical movements of the device to the software, enabling full control over its panning tools by simply pointing the phone to where the user wants sounds to come from.

Sample accurate volume automation
In Nuendo 12, volume automation is now near sample accurate and completely independent from the buffer size.

FX Modulator
The new FX Modulator plug in provides effect modules and a comprehensive envelope editor that create time based effect modulations to shape your sound effects. You can also create complex curves and effects chains to create drops, stutters, risers, lifters and stops, triggering the focused curve via MIDI to control the modulation.

Raiser is a new dynamics processing tool with ultra fast attack times to let you dramatically increase the loudness of your projects, without compromising on transients or transparency. Delivering smooth processing of speech or background music, it also excels in aggressive limiting for creative sound effects.

Lin One Dither
The Lin One dithering plug in is powered by MAAT, Inc, and replaces the old UV22HR dithering plug in. Opening a project that contains an FX chain or track preset using the UV22HR plug in will automatically replace it with the Lin One Dither plug in. The parameter settings are reset to default.

New MIDI Remote system and API
In Nuendo 12 we have implemented a completely new way of integrating and using third party MIDI controllers. Connected MIDI controllers with scripts are now shown in the MIDI Remote tab in the Lower Zone. If a MIDI Remote Script is available, Nuendo will automatically detect your device and map the controls.

Import tempo and signature tracks
You can now import tempo and signature tracks from other projects and track archives, helping to seamlessly exchange content between projects.

The StepFilter plug in has been updated with two additional parameters. The Cutoff and Resonance now each have a Randomize (RND).

Verve felt piano
Recorded in the Yamaha Studios in Los Angeles, Verve is a beautiful felt piano created to let you to tell a new story with every note you play.

Create Chord Events from Audio Events
The new Create Chord Events from Audio Events feature letting you drag your audio recording to the Chord Track where it will lay out the chord progression for you.

Scale Assistant in VariAudio
The Scale Assistant in VariAudio brings two powerful tools together to make pitch editing quicker and easier. Whether you want to pitch correct recordings or get creative with melodies, you can set the scale and follow the Chord Track or let the Scale Assistant suggest the scale.

Logical Editor and Input Transformer improvements
With improvements to the Project and MIDI Logical Editors, the Input Transformer, the Transformer MIDI plug in,new preset browsers and many new functions and filters, in Nuendo 12 you cancreate and customize your own workflows in more ways than ever before.

New licensing system
Replacing the familiar USB eLicenser , we are introducing the new Steinberg Licensing system to Nuendo, which doesn't need a physical copy protection device anymore.

Performance metering
The Audio Performance Meter gives you the best possible feedback about the load on the audio engine and allows for a quick diagnosis of any issues.

SpectraLayers One improvements
Nuendo's integrated spectral editor now includes a new Cursor Crosshair to help easily locate the mouse cursor and serve as a visual guideline.

Move Events to Cursor
The existing Move Events to Cursor functionality has been extended to support both alignment of events with their start as well as their end to the cursor position.

Invert the color on selected events
Nuendo users can choose to have events displayed in inverted colors (instead of the red outline)

Performance improvements
We have upgraded Nuendo's performance for navigating and zooming within large projects, making it faster and snappier than ever before.

Video Engine update
The Video Engine in Nuendo 12 features performance and stability improvements. For macOS users it no longer requires OpenGL, allowing native Apple silicon support.

New Track pictures for post production projects
This feature will help you identify different track types in large sessions.

Smooth waveform drawing
Waveform drawing is now much smoother, making it easier to look at and to edit audio with pinpoint accuracy.

Native Apple silicon support
Nuendo 12 natively supports the Apple silicon architecture for Macs using M series processors and third party VST 3 plug ins as Apple silicon version (when available).

Note that by default the application currently starts in Intel compatible Rosetta mode.

Audio Event display options
There is a new preference to show or hide the audio file name in addition to the selectable attribute.

New Nudge Cursor key commands
Key commands can be assigned to jump backwards or forwards by 5, 10 or 20 seconds in the timeline.

Independent Grid Settings for Nudge edit operations
You can now decouple editing operations using Nudge commands from the Snap/Grid settings, letting you work with a bars/beats grid for mouse based editing.

Sample Editor: User interface improvements
The Sample Editor now also uses updated UI controls for the different sections.

Freeze Detection (Windows only)
Freeze Detection checks if the main UI thread is hanging for an extended amount of time at regular intervals. If a freeze is detected, Freeze Detection creates a dump file.

Channel freeze improvements
You can freeze or unfreeze currently selected tracks via key commands, using the last used settings or settings from the dialog. Now you can also freeze or unfreeze multiple tracks at once.

Audio Engine improvements
The performance of all actions involving routing changes has been improved. Nuendo 12 now also supports High Core Count CPU on the latest AMD Threadripper generation.

Windows Bluetooth MIDI support
Nuendo now supports MIDI over Bluetooth in Windows. The benefits include enhanced plug and play functionality and the ability to handle multiple identical connected devices more efficiently.

Zoom and scroll with trackpad, Magic Mouse and mouse wheel
Zoom and scroll behavior with a mouse wheel or trackpad has been improved in all editor windows, the MediaBay and the MixConsole.

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Product Specs

Mac System Requirements macOS Monterey
macOS Big Sur
Rosetta 2 App (Silicon Mac)
Native App (Silicon Mac)
Windows System Requirements 64 bit Windows 11 (version 21H2 or higher)
64 bit Windows 10 (version 21H2 or higher)
Processor Intel Core i5 Series (4th generation) or AMD Ryzen
Memory 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended)
Storage 70 GB free HD space
Display Graphics card with native Windows 10 support (minimum)
AMD R or RX series and later or NVIDIA Series 700 and later recommended
Graphics Card with Metal support (Mac only)
4GB GPU memory or higher for 4k displays
Audio Hardware OS-compatible audio hardware
ASIO compatible audio hardware recommended for low latency performance
Authorization Internet connection is required for download of installation package, license activation, account setup and personal/product registration
Notes 32 bit plug ins are not supported.
VST 2 plug ins only run in Rosetta 2 mode on Apple silicon based Mac computers.
Nuendo does not support VST 2 when running natively on Apple silicon Macs.

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