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Steinberg Sequel Software Music Studio

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Sequel combines intuitive tools and gives you the power to record, edit, mix, and perform music with great-sounding loops, instruments, and effects quickly and easily. Sequel is the perfect first step... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

Sequel combines intuitive tools and gives you the power to record, edit, mix, and perform music with great-sounding loops, instruments, and effects quickly and easily. Sequel is the perfect first step into music production and performance. Sequel runs on both PCs and Macs and comes with a massive library of more than 5000 loops, over 600 of ready-to-play instrument sounds, stunning effects and the same state-of-the-art audio engine that is preferred by many world-class producers all around the globe.

Sequel turns you into a producer, and gives you your own fully-loaded music studio. You need hip-hop beats for your latest track? Or want to surprise your friends at your next party with your own electro live-set? Sequel gives you everything you need to produce pro-quality tracks at home, on a plane, in the rehearsal room or even live at a club. And best of all, Sequel is so easy to use that you can get creating your own music straight away.

Want to get them bangin' their heads to Nu Metal or chill out to Ambient? Produce your own tracks in any 'now' musical style with over 5000 outstanding loops and over 600 instruments. Just a few minutes will see you creating your own songs, even if you can't play an instrument or don't have any musical knowledge at all. Because Sequel stays in the right key automatically, and never gets thrown out of rhythm, leaving you to get creative with your own music.

You sing, rap or play an instrument? Sequel gives you your own studio where you can record and rearrange your vocals or instruments. Produce your Sequel song with your very own production style and record your own vocals to produce a demo for a record label or your own MySpace page. Be it disco basslines, guitar riffs, breakbeat loops even piano parts, you can find exactly the right sound or loop in just a few clicks with the MediaBay sound browser. Preview sounds with your song playing and if it fits, just drag into the project. You can use your own loops or add sounds from other companies.

With Sequel you can shape your song so that it sounds just the way you want it. Simply move and copy parts to set up your song structure in next to no time. Let Sequel do the work by automating settings like volume for the whole song. With the sleek, unique interface, you can edit and change loops or instruments you've recorded any way you want, for example by changing the pitch or length of a note or recorded instrument to match the song.

A real hit needs a pro mix. Sequel gives you all the tools and effects you need, including ones used by pros in their own studios. In Sequel, you've got a full mixer, equalizer for each track, and an armory of effects that will get your music sounding punchy, polished and ready for radio. Export your mix as an audio file to burn to CD. Or send your song directly to iTunes to convert to MP3 and get it ready for podcasting.


Sequel lets you play, rearrange and remix your music live, on stage or in a club. Just load up the 16 live performance pads with song sections and variations, and create your own song live. Click on a section, loop it as often as you want and then fire off the next one, reacting to the crowd and keeping that dance floor packed! With Sequel you can come up with unlimited new ways of performing your songs live.

FEATURES

  • Complete all-in-one package - ready-to-use straight out of the box!
  • Record, edit and mix music in any popular style
  • More than 5000 loops from world-class producers included, covering popular styles like hip-hop, R&B, dance, electronic, pop, metal, world, and many more
  • More than 600 ready-to-play instrument sounds including more than 60 drum kits for various styles
  • Unique live performance mode for remixing/recombining songs on the fly
  • Seamless combination of linear and pattern based arranging
  • Audio and instrument parts follow tempo and key in realtime
  • Built-in studio-quality audio effects, including EQ and Dynamics in every channel
  • More than 50 Audio Track Presets for various instrument types, as well as vocals
  • Cross-Platform: Windows and Mac OS X Universal Binary
  • Files and Formats (Import and Export)
    • Recording format: Stereo WAV16-bit or 24-bit with 44.1 kHz sampling rate (CD quality)
    • Supported file formats (import, drag & drop): WAV, AIFF, MP3, WMA, WMA Pro, OggVorbis, Standard MIDI file (SMF)
    • Export: WAV, AIFC, AIFF, WAV64, OggVorbis
    • Export project to iTunes: one-step mixdown/export function opens iTunes with new track in destination format (iTunes converter, including MP3, AAC, and Apple Lossless)
    • CD burning provided using iTunes (pre-installed on Macs, free download for PC)
    • SMF (Standard MIDI File) import and playback
    Audio
    • Audio recording with up to eight simultaneous tracks
    • Unlimited number of audio tracks (only limited by CPU performance)
    • Audio resolution: 16-bit or 24-bit at 44.1 kHz
    • Internal Resolution: 32-bit floating point
    Editing
    • SmartTool changes its function depending on the mouse position. Available options: Move, Trim, Cut, Copy, Loop, and Mute/Unmute
    • Audio Editor with realtime audio warp functions (realtime time stretching and pitch shifting)
    • Warp Modes: Mix, Drums, Plucked, Pads, Vocals, Solo
    • Key Editor for internal instruments with note event and controller editing
    • Note Quantize with variable Swing
    • Legato Slider for dynamic note length editing
    • Step Record Mode
    Mixing
    • Dynamic Track Mixer with Volume, Pan, EQ, Compressor, two variable inserts, two variable send effects
    • Additional Event Effects for Instrument Tracks (Arpeggiator and Chorder)
    • Master Output channel with two variable Output Effects (Inserts) plus two fixed Master Effects (Stereo Enhancer and Maximizer)
    • Automation of Volume, Pan, Mute, EQ, Bypass, plus all effect parameters, and instrument quick controls in instrument tracks
    Arranger
    • Realtime Arranging based on Arranger Parts; up to 15 parts can be assigned to Cue Pads for realtime arranging/remixing
    • "Live Pads" or "Chain Play" modes
    • Variable Jump interval (Now, 1 Beat, 1 Bar, 2 Bars, 4 Bars, End)
    • Stop Pad for break/end
    • Chain Play: up to 15 Chains per Project; up to 99 steps per Chain
    • Realtime Transpose for audio and instrument events.
    • Project Key provides fixed global transpose for entire project
    • Global Transpose Track holds transpose events for global song transpose per bar / beat.
    Effects
    • Delay: Ping Pong Delay, Stereo Delay
    • Distortion: Amp Simulator, Distortion
    • Dynamics: Compressor, Gate, Maximizer
    • Modulation: Auto Pan, Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Rotary, Tremolo, Vibrato
    • Roomworks SE, Stereo Enhancer, Dual Filter
    • Channel Equalizer: three-band with Lo/Hi Shelving EQ (w/ variable frequency), fully parametric mid-band with variable frequency and Q.
    • Fixed compressor in each channel
    • Two variable Track Effects (Inserts) perchannel
    • Two Global Effects (Sends) per channel
    • Two variable Master Track Effects (Inserts)
    • Two fixed Master Effects: Stereo Enhancer, Maximizer (Inserts)
    Instruments
    • Integrated virtual instruments with hundreds of presets
    • Up to 128-voice polyphony (defined by preset)
    • Quick Control editing per track
    • New sounds can be saved as track presets
    • Arpeggiator, Chorder
    Content
    • More than 5000 Loops (2000 instrument loops, 3000 audio loops)
    • More than 600 instrument presets
    • More than 50 audio track presets
    • More than 150 effects presets
    Style Categories
    • Pop: Britpop, Pop/Rock, Teen Pop, Chart Dance, 80's Pop, Dancehall, Disco)
    • Electronica/Dance: Minimal, Classic House, Elektro House, Funky House, Industrial, Electronic Body Music, Trip Hop, Techno, Drum´n´Bass/Jungle, Elektro, Trance, Dub, Big Beats
    • Urban (Hip-Hop/RB): Classic R&B, Modern R&B, R&B Pop, WestCoast Hip-Hop, EastCoast Hip-Hop, Rap/Hip Hop, Soul, Funk
    • Rock/Metal: Blues-Rock, Hard Rock, Rock & Roll, Singer/Songwriter, Heavy Metal, Death/Black Metal, NuMetal, Reggae, Ballad, Alternative Rock, Rockabilly , Thrash Metal, Progressive Rock
    • Alternative/Indie: Goth Rock, Grunge, New Wave, Punk, College Rock, Dark Wave, Hardcore
    • Country: Country/Western, Honky Tonk, Urban Cowboy, Bluegrass, Americana, Squaredance , North American Folk
    • Jazz: New Orleans Jazz, Traditional Jazz, Oldtime Jazz/Dixiland, Fusion, Avantgarde, Latin Jazz, Free Jazz, Ragtime
    • Blues: Acoustic Blues, Country Blues, Electric Blues, Chicago Blues
    • Classical: Baroque, Chamber Music, Medieval, Modern Composition, Opera, Gregorian, Renaissance, Classic, Romantic, Soundtrack
    • Ambient/ChillOut: New Age/Meditation, Dark Ambient, Downtempo, Lounge
    • World/Ethnic: Africa, Asia, Celtic, Europe, Klezmer, Scandinavia , Eastern Europe, India/Oriental, North America, South America, Australia
    • Experimental: New Music, Free Improvisation, Electronic Art Music, Noise
    SPECIFICATIONS
    Minimum requirements
      Windows:
      • Windows XP (Home or Professional), compatible with Win-
      • dows Vista Home Basic
      • Intel Pentium or AMD Athlon 2 GHz processor
      • 1 GB RAM
      • 6 GB of free hard disk space
      • Windows DirectX compatible audio hardware; ASIO compati-
      • ble audio hardware recommended for low latency performance.
      • Display resolution of 1280x1024 pixels
      • DVD ROM drive required for installation
      • Internet connection required for license activation
      Macintosh:
      • Mac OS X 10.4
      • Power Mac G5 1.8 GHz or Core Solo 1.5 GHz
      • 1 GB RAM
      • 6 GB of free hard disk space
      • Display resolution of 1280x1024 pixels
      • CoreAudio compatible audio hardware
      • DVD ROM drive required for installation
      Pro Coverage
      MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
      Lifetime tech support. Warranty terms vary. Check with manufacturer for specific product warranty.


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      SteinbergSequel Software Music Studio
       
      5.0

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      5.0

      Sequel is great

      By BigGuyone

      from Buffalo NY

      Comments about Steinberg Sequel Software Music Studio:

      Sequel is an affordable PC version of Garageband. It works great especially for novice music creators. The interface is much like Garageband in fact. It is extremely easy to use, and Steinberg is a solid helpful company.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Can't get any easier than this.

      By Chad

      from Michigan

      Comments about Steinberg Sequel Software Music Studio:

      Years ago, I purchased Steinberg's Cubasis VST and found it difficult to use. Nothing was intuitive in the interface, and I became frustrated. Sequel is an entirely different animal. Not only is the interface simple and easy to use, but the HalionOne loops and presets that come integrated into Sequel are excellent. You can screen loops as if they are part of your arrangement just by clicking on the loop. Can't get any easier than this. I was able to produce a complete arrangement on the first day, using all the main features of Sequel. The manual is great for picking up hidden treasures within the program, but for the most part, you can just start the program and go. My only complaint relates to the sample rate that Sequel uses. Unlike other software sequencers that allow selection of multiple sample rates such as 44.1Khz or 48Khz, Sequel is locked at 44.1Khz. This is a BIG problem if you have a sound card such as Creative Audigy2, because it has its sample rate locked at 48Khz. This means that you can't use the ASIO driver that came with your soundcard and are forced to use the DirectX Full Duplex driver(included with Sequel). This will prevent you from being able to monitor your inputs in real time because of the high latency (echo effect). I solved the problem by purchasing a Creative "X-fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Pro Series" audio card. This card allows selection of multiple sample rates. In conclusion, I absolutely love Sequel. If it hadn't been for the sample rate issue, I would have nothing but praise for this program. I think Steinberg hit a home run with this one.

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