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Nuendo Live — Advanced Live Production System

Nuendo Live is a professional multitrack live recording solution, perfectly tailored to capture live performances, from club show up to the largest concerts and festivals. Ease of use, utmost stability and an exceptional performance are combined to make your live recording session both more professional and a whole lot easier. Highlights of Nuendo Live include on-the-fly session setup, a convenient record panel, a 60-second pre-record buffer, auto-save functionality and a seamless integration with Yamaha’s CL digital mixing consoles. In plain words, Nuendo Live the ideal choice to capture the essence of now — with superior quality and without any compromises.

Top features

  • Advanced live recording system featuring a straightforward single-window operation, a record panel, a pre-record buffer and more
  • Seamless integration with Yamaha CL-series consoles for controlling essential Nuendo Live functions straight from the live console
  • State-of-the-art recording quality based on Steinberg’s award-winning audio engine with up to 192 kHz lets your production stand apart from the competition
  • Nuendo Live Record Panel shows all essential session information at once creating confidence in demanding live situations
  • Advanced Session Management with auto-naming of recorded files, multiple folder creation, easy-to-use marker track, auto-save and notepad
  • Zero setup time thanks to automatic track creation function that make Nuendo Live record-ready in less than a minute
  • 24+ hours recording time thanks to EBU-compliant RIFF 64 broadcast wave format in standard recording mode
  • Virtual Sound Check allows for easy use of previous recordings for sound check, including marker recall and 1:1 output
  • Deliver with confidence due to standardized rendering formats and Nuendo
  • Editing on the road: Nuendo Live includes essential editing functions, making it possible to create a rough edit of the recordings right after the show

Made for live

Clean and professional design

Nuendo Live highlights a user interface that you will instantly feel familiar with. Recording, editing, marker lane insertion, access to folders — everything is close at hand and can be accessed from one clearly arranged window. Dispensable options and preferences are replaced by auto-setup functions, making Nuendo
Live instantly ready to record. Best of all, Nuendo Live is derived from the professional look and feel of its big brother, Nuendo.

Record-ready in less than a minute
With Nuendo Live you are ready to record in less than a minute. The application automatically creates the whole input/output setting right after the start. Plus, Nuendo Live enables you to arm all tracks at once and to set up the naming scheme of recorded tracks, folders and project files instantly. This time-saving approach allows you to concentrate on what really counts: the show.

Rock solid

Reliability is a fundamental requirement when working in the live recording industry. Nuendo Live combines exceptional performance with utmost stability thanks to a streamlined feature set with carefully selected functions based on the proven Nuendo program code.

X64-bit support for Windows & Mac

The native Nuendo Live 64-bit support under Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.7 increases the addressable amount of RAM from three gigabyte to an astonishing one terabyte. If you are dealing with large projects, you will certainly benefit from the power of 64-bit computing.

Intuitive Marker Track management

Nuendo Live is designed to capture a complete show or even a festival in one single project. Due to the intuitive marker handling, you don’t have to set up individual Nuendo Live projects to distinguish between different artists or bands. The Marker Track enables you to create and name marker points on the fly, even during the recording process. Simply enter the titles of a track to easily identify them during post-production. You can also highlight a significant solo or generate a marker that indicates the recording of the next artist. Plus, the in-built notepad lets you write comments and helpful remarks. Needless to say, all notes are saved together with the session.

Auto renaming and folder creation

Nuendo Live actively supports you in managing your recording session. Recorded files are named automatically with the track number and the track name. You can also assign artist and production names, allowing you to easily identify files related to each other. Direct access to recording folders and the possibility to save the audio files of a session into different folders makes handling your session a breeze.

Soundcheck — one, two, three

Imagine doing a sound check without the artists being on stage — this is exactly what you can do with Nuendo Live. Simply use previous recordings for a Virtual Sound Check through the stereo or the multitrack output via the respective channels of your mixing console is possible. Of course, the mapping of the tracks can easily be adjusted by changing the track order using drag & drop functionality.

Meter bridge

Nuendo Live comes with a dedicated meter bridge, showing the level of the respective channels.

We recorded Flying Colors on tour with Nuendo Live. Reliability was critical as we only taped one other show. You guys got a great system… it's now my choice for live recording.
Bill Evans, audio production engineer for Flying Colors




Stay ahead of things — Nuendo Live Record Panel

Nuendo Live features a convenient Record Panel that shows all the essential live recording information in one spot. Whether it is the recording length (current and total), the remaining disk space, the project timecode, the incoming timecode, the marker position or the record folder — everything you need to know is displayed in real time, providing you a bird’s eye view on your current recording session, even from a distance. 

24+ hours recording without barriers

Nothing should interrupt your recording session. For this reason, Nuendo Live features a timecode-friendly 24-hour timeline, making it possible to record without any limits. And if you’re recording for more than 24 hours, Nuendo Live automatically adds a new day to the timeline. Plus, the software elegantly overcomes traditional file size limitations: the EBU standard RIFF 64 Broadcast Wave File format is used per default, removing the natural 4GB file size barrier of standard WAV recording files. And even when Nuendo Live is being used with a FAT32 file system, the application automatically splits recorded files before the 4GB barrier is reached.

Receive timecode without hassle

Aborted recordings, interrupted timecode, complicated setups — all these known issues don’t exist in the world of Nuendo Live. When you are dealing with video material, the incoming timecode can be captured to time-stamp the recorded audio files. And later on, in post-production, everything matches up perfectly.

Nuendo Live Pre-Record

Capture the essence of now — and also what happened before. Nuendo Live’s Pre-Record buffer holds up to 60 seconds of audio material before the record button is pressed. That’s why you will never miss the first beat of a performance again.

Saves the day: Nuendo Live Auto-Save

Every show is unique and the most important aspect of a live recording job is to save each and every moment of this show to your hard drive. That’s why the auto-save system of Nuendo Live saves projects and recorded audio files automatically. And, don’t worry: typical auto-save interruptions known from other applications are a thing of the past. The auto-save process is a fully integrated  Nuendo Live background function that never disturbs the ongoing recording  process.

Prevention of recording accidents

In demanding live-recording situations it happens every so often that keys and buttons are accidentally touched and — in the very worst case — recordings are lost. The good news is, with Nuendo Live you can easily prevent such recording interruptions. Simply lock Nuendo Live against unintended use during the show and you are safe. Plus, Nuendo Live even allows you to recover unfinished audio files in case a power cut occurs.




Essential editing functions

Cleaning up recordings and creating a rough version of the material is pretty easy using the integrated editing capabilities of Nuendo Live. Functions such as cut, copy, paste — but also splitting and trimming of audio events — make it easy to remove unwanted noise occurring in between two songs. In this way, you can easily fine-tune your session right after the show.

Fully Nuendo-compatible

Data exchange compatibility with other production companies is a must in the live-recording field. The easiest way, of course, is to open the Nuendo Live session directly within Nuendo, Steinberg’s advanced post-production environment. It’s a matter of seconds and you are ready for post-production.

Proven standards for easy file exchange

Even when audio post-production is done using third party applications, Nuendo Live makes the file transfer a straightforward matter. The choice of exportable formats includes three proven standards: (Broadcast) WAV, MP3 and AAF. Wave/Broadcast Wave files are often used for common audio file transfer after a recording session, whereas MP3 files can be used to create a small-sized rough mix. AAF is the format of choice for transferring audio files to an external system, such as Pro Tools.

Steinberg's high-quality audio engine

Award-winning sound quality

Professional audio engineers cannot make any compromises when it comes to sound quality. Steinberg’s award-winning audio engine is known for its natural sound reproduction and can be heard on numerous Grammy and Academy Award winning productions. Audio signals are internally processed with 32-bit floating point resolution based on the IEEE 754 Standard, making it possible to capture even the finest nuance of your recording.

100% sound reproduction

The Steinberg Audio Engine has been designed to provide 100% reproduction of digital audio signals. When an audio signal is not altered, the signal is absolutely identical when it is routed out of the audio engine — right down to the last bit. That means the internal engine avoids colorations, artifacts and other unwanted changes in the sound.

The internal summing bus sounds so good that there is no need for an external hardware summing box like the other systems.
Steve Tushar, sound designer & sound editor

Many bands have heard the results of my recordings and immediately bought a Steinberg system as I have heard numerous times, "it is faithful to my sound".
Randy Lane, FOH engineer


Superior remote control from Yamaha CL consoles

Nuendo Live seamlessly integrates with Yamaha’s all-new digital mixing consoles, the CL series. Once connected, you can control all vital functions of Nuendo Live directly from the touch-sensitive surface of the console. Thanks to the Extension plug-in, a software adapter that facilitates the communication between the console and Nuendo Live, CL features, such as channel name copy, marker set and transport control, are directly reflected within Nuendo Live’s user interface. Record, play, stop — everything you need is just a touch away. Plus the CL console also displays important information provided by Nuendo Live, such as current and remaining record time, making this system solution the perfect choice to master even the most demanding live recording tasks.

1:1 connection

The close connection between Nuendo Live and Yamaha’s live recording desks can also be seen by means of the channel management. All channels of the CL console are represented 1:1 in Nuendo Live, including the channel order, names and even the colors are perfectly matched between software and hardware — integration at its best.

Find out more on the CL Series

System requirements

Mac OS X


Supported operating systems
OS X 10.11 / macOS 10.12 / macOS 10.13 Windows 7 / Windows 8.x / Windows 10
Minimum system requirements
Intel or AMD dual core CPU
8 GB free HD space
USB port for USB-eLicenser (license management)
OS compatible audio hardware
DVD-ROM dual-layer drive
Internet connection required for activation, account setup and personal / product registration. Additional downloads may be required for the installation.

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