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Nuendo v2.2.0.35: A Complete Guide to Recording and Editing Audio in Surround Sound

How to Use Nuendo: A Beginner's Guide

Nuendo is a digital audio workstation (DAW) developed by Steinberg for music recording, arranging, editing and post-production. It has advanced features that audio professionals working with TV, film, and video games will want. However, it is also more expensive than Cubase.

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In this article, I will guide you through the steps of creating a project and recording audio in Nuendo, as well as some of the benefits and advantages of using this software compared to other audio software. Let's get started!

Creating a project

To use Nuendo, you must set up your audio and MIDI system first. You can do this by going to Studio > Studio Setup and selecting the appropriate drivers and devices for your audio interface and MIDI controller. You can also adjust the sample rate, buffer size, latency, and other settings here.

Next, you need to create a new project. You can do this by going to File > New Project and choosing a template or an empty project. You can also specify the location where you want to save your project files.

After creating a project, you can configure the project settings by going to Project > Project Setup. Here you can set the tempo, time signature, frame rate, bit depth, sample rate, and other parameters for your project.

Now you are ready to add tracks to your project. You can do this by going to Project > Add Track and choosing the type of track you want to add. You can add audio tracks, MIDI tracks, instrument tracks, group tracks, FX tracks, marker tracks, arranger tracks, etc.

To set up the input and output busses for your tracks, you need to go to Studio > Audio Connections. Here you can assign the physical inputs and outputs of your audio interface to the virtual busses in Nuendo. You can also create group channels, FX channels, external effects, external instruments, and control room settings here.

Recording audio

To record audio in Nuendo, you need to arm the track(s) you want to record on by clicking on the record enable button on each track. You also need to select the input bus for each track from the drop-down menu on the inspector panel.

If you want to use a metronome or a count-in before recording, you can enable them by clicking on the metronome button on the transport panel or by pressing C. You can also adjust the metronome settings by going to Transport > Metronome Setup.

To start recording, you can press * (asterisk) on the numeric keypad or by clicking on the record button on the transport panel. You can also press spacebar to stop recording.

When you record audio on a track, Nuendo creates an audio event on the track. You can see the waveform of the audio event and edit it with various tools and functions. You can also record multiple takes on the same track and use the comping tool to create the best take from them.

The comping tool allows you to select the best parts of each take and combine them into one audio event. You can access the comping tool by clicking on the show lanes button on the track or by pressing L. You can then use the range selection tool or the scissors tool to cut and select the parts of each take you want to use. You can also use the mute tool or the eraser tool to remove the parts you don't want to use.

After recording and comping your audio, you can edit and process it with various tools and effects. You can use the cut, copy, paste, delete, move, trim, fade, crossfade, normalize, reverse, time stretch, pitch shift, and other functions to edit your audio events. You can also use the offline process history to undo or redo any offline processing you have applied to your audio events.

You can also add effects to your audio tracks by using insert effects or send effects. Insert effects are applied directly to the signal of a track, while send effects are applied to a copy of the signal that is routed to an FX channel. You can add insert effects or send effects by clicking on the corresponding slots on the inspector panel or by going to Studio > Audio Connections.

Benefits of Nuendo

Nuendo is not just a DAW for music production. It also has many features that make it a powerful tool for audio post-production, game audio, and virtual reality. Here are some of the benefits and advantages of using Nuendo for these purposes:

  • Post-production features: Nuendo has many features that help you with audio post-production for film and TV, such as ADR (automated dialogue replacement), re-conforming, field recorder import, video cut detection, loudness metering, surround sound mixing, etc. You can also use Nuendo with other Steinberg products such as Nuage (a hardware controller system) and Nuendo SyncStation (a synchronizer device) for a seamless workflow.

  • Game audio integration: Nuendo has a built-in game audio engine that allows you to create interactive soundtracks for video games. You can also integrate Nuendo with game audio middleware such as Wwise and CRI ADX2 via extensions that enable bidirectional communication between Nuendo and these tools. You can also use Nuendo with Steinberg's own game audio tool, Game Audio Connect 2, which allows you to transfer audio assets from Nuendo to Wwise with one click.

  • Virtual reality support: Nuendo supports virtual reality and immersive sound formats such as Dolby Atmos and Ambisonics. You can use Nuendo's VR production suite to create spatial audio for VR applications and 360-degree videos. You can also use Nuendo's binauralizer plug-in to monitor your VR audio in headphones.

  • Comparison with other audio software: Nuendo is often compared to other popular audio software such as Cubase, Pro Tools, Logic Pro, etc. Each software has its own strengths and weaknesses, but generally speaking, Nuendo is more focused on post-production, game audio, and VR than music production. However, it still has all the features you need for music production as well. Cubase is more focused on music production than post-production, but it still has some features for post-production as well. Pro Tools is also a popular choice for post-production, but it is more expensive and less flexible than Nuendo. Logic Pro is a Mac-only software that is mainly used for music production, but it also has some features for post-production and game audio.


In this article, I have shown you how to use Nuendo for creating a project and recording audio. I have also explained some of the benefits and advantages of using Nuendo for audio post-production, game audio, and virtual reality. I hope you have found this article helpful and informative.

If you want to learn more about Nuendo and its features, you can visit Steinberg's official website or check out some of the online tutorials available on YouTube and other platforms. You can also download a free trial version of Nuendo from Steinberg's website and try it out for yourself. You can also join the Nuendo user community and ask questions, share tips, and get feedback from other Nuendo users.


Here are some of the frequently asked questions about Nuendo:

  • How much does Nuendo cost?

Nuendo costs $999.99 for a full license, or $299.99 for an update from a previous version. You can also buy a crossgrade license from Cubase Pro or other DAWs for $599.99. You can also rent Nuendo for a monthly or yearly subscription fee.

  • What are the system requirements for Nuendo?

Nuendo is compatible with Windows 10 (64-bit) and macOS 10.14 or higher. You need at least 4 GB of RAM, 36 GB of free disk space, and an ASIO-compatible audio interface. You also need a USB-eLicenser dongle to activate your license.

  • How can I download Nuendo?

You can download Nuendo from Steinberg's website after purchasing a license or a trial version. You need to create a Steinberg account and register your eLicenser number to access the download link. You also need to download and install the Steinberg Download Assistant to manage your downloads.

  • How can I learn Nuendo?

You can learn Nuendo by reading the user manual, watching online tutorials, taking online courses, or joining online forums and groups. You can also learn by experimenting with the software and trying out different features and functions.

  • What are the main differences between Nuendo and Cubase?

Nuendo and Cubase are both DAWs developed by Steinberg, but they have different focuses and features. Nuendo is more geared towards audio post-production, game audio, and virtual reality, while Cubase is more geared towards music production and composition. Nuendo has more advanced features for post-production, such as ADR, re-conforming, field recorder import, video cut detection, etc., while Cubase has more features for music production, such as chord pads, score editor, sampler track, etc. However, both software share many common features and functions, such as audio recording, editing, mixing, effects, instruments, etc.



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