Nuage, the much-fêted integrated audio post system jointly developed by Yamaha and its subsidiary Steinberg, has now found a home in a number of studios in continental Europe.
Announced to fanfare in November 2012 but only shipping in the last few months after a short hiatus, Nuage combines Yamaha hardware with Steinberg’s Nuendo DAW software to provide an integrated studio system with clear designs on challenging the “industry standard” of Avid’s Pro Tools DAW and its associated control surfaces.
PSNEurope gathered plaudits from three of the first clutch of owners. First up – alphabetically, that is – is The Shack (formerly SoundShack) in Hamburg, a creative content provider which offers pro audio and video services, animatics, narratives and music composition for major advertising agencies. When building a second, bigger studio room in 2013, founder Konrad Peschmann said the company was looking for a “very console-like DAW control system” and praised Nuage’s haptics, look and feel, large number of faders and “high grade of integration into Nuendo”.
Stone Postproduction, in Bratislava, has installed Nuage in one of its audio rooms, replacing a mouse and keyboard workflow with the Yamaha controller. The install includes a Dante audio network solution using the Nuage PCIe card and interfaces, and a large workspace unit utilised as a 19” rack. Stone founder Tomas Zavarsky, who has over 15 years’ post-production experience, primarily in television and advertising, was one of the first adopters of Nuage.
Finally, the Temple of Tune, in Kuurne, Belgium, which specialises in radio commercials, TV and film, believes Nuendo “has so many advantages compared to other DAWs,” praising its flexibility, speed and user-friendliness. Fredo Gevaert, Temple of Tune’s owner, comments: “All our studios are connected with a network of hard disks, so that we can quickly move files around when several studios [are working] on the same project. Nuendo has ‘open standards’, which makes it easy to work with more users.
“It’s very flexible for a fair price and fantastic quality. There is simple nothing else on the market that can do as much as Nuendo 6 with Nuage.”
At the time of going to press, news of several further installations was imminent.