Steinberg is a leading creator of audio technology. Their products include Cubase, Nuendo and WaveLab.
Steinberg, the audio division of Pinnacle Systems, has been providing technologically-advanced music and media production products for musicians and producers of music, video and film since 1984. Steinberg is today one of the world’s largest audio software houses with more than 1.5 million users worldwide.
Founded in 1984 by engineer Karl Steinberg and keyboard musician Manfred Rürup in Hamburg, Germany, the company released its first product, the Pro-16, 16-track MIDI sequencer for the Commodore C-64 platform in that year.
In 1996, Steinberg introduced the pioneering Virtual Studio Technology (VST) interface and the Audio Stream Input/Output (ASIO) architecture in its Cubase music production software. VST is an open standard that allows the integration of virtual effect processors and instruments into a digital audio environment. ASIO has advanced to a world standard adopted by audio interface manufacturers the world over. Steinberg innovations that followed include Linear Time Base (LTB), a communication protocol that offers sub-millisecond MIDI timing accuracy and VST System Link, which enables the transfer of synchronization, transport and audio data between two or more workstations equipped with compatible software and hardware.
Steinberg’s audio products remain at the forefront of audio technology today, with its Cubase, Nuendo and WaveLab software forming the backbone of professional studios and audio production facilities worldwide.