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Private (GmbH)
GenreMusic technology
FounderKarl Steinberg
Manfred Rürup
ProductsCubase, Nuendo, WaveLab, HALion
ParentYamaha Corporation

Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH (trading as Steinberg) is a German musical software and hardware company based in Hamburg with satellite offices in Siegburg and London. It develops music recording, arranging and editing software, notably Cubase and Nuendo. It also designs audio recording and MIDI hardware interfaces and controllers and iOS music apps including Cubasis. Steinberg created several industry standard music technologies including the Virtual Studio Technology (VST) format for plug-ins and the ASIO (Audio Stream Input/Output) protocol. Steinberg is a wholly owned subsidiary of Yamaha.

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The company was founded in 1984 by Karl Steinberg and Manfred Rürup in Hamburg.[1] As early exponents and fans of the MIDI protocol, the two developed Pro 16, a MIDI sequencing application for the Commodore 64 and soon afterwards, Pro 24 for the Atari ST platform. The ST had built-in MIDI ports which helped to quickly increase interest in the new technology across the music world.

In 1989 Steinberg released Cubase for Atari, and versions for the Mac and Windows platforms would follow soon afterwards. It became a very popular MIDI sequencer, used in studios around the globe.

Steinberg Media Technologies AG had a revenue of 25 millions DM in 1999. It had 180 employees in 2000.[2] A planned entry on the Neuer Markt (New Market, NEMAX50) of the Deutsche Börse failed. The company had a revenue of 20 millions in 2001 and 130 employees in 2002.[3]

In 2003 Steinberg was acquired by Pinnacle Systems[4] and shortly after that, by Yamaha in 2004.[5] With its new mother company Yamaha, Steinberg expanded design and production of its own hardware, and since 2008 it has created a range of audio and MIDI interface hardware including the UR, MR816, CC and CI series.

In 2012, Steinberg launched its first iOS sequencer, Cubasis, which has seen regular updates since then.

Steinberg has won a number of industry awards including several MIPA awards, and accolades for Cubasis and its CMC controllers amongst others.

Dorico Team Acquisition

In 2012, Steinberg acquired the previous development team behind the notation software, Sibelius, to begin development on a new, professional scoring software named Dorico.

Product History

Cubase was released in 1989, initially as a MIDI sequencer. Digital audio recording followed in 1992 with Cubase Audio, followed by VST support in 1999 which made it possible for third-party software programmers to create and sell virtual instruments for Cubase. Steinberg bundled its own VST instruments and effects with Cubase, as well as continuing to develop standalone instruments as well. Atari support eventually ended and Cubase became a Mac and Windows DAW (digital audio workstation), with feature parity across both platforms.

The WaveLab audio editing and mastering suite followed in 1995 for Windows, and the VST and ASIO protocols – open technologies that could be used by any manufacturer – were first released in 1997. WaveLab would come to the Mac in 2010.

In 2000 the company released Nuendo, a new DAW clearly targeted at the broadcast and media industries. 2001 saw the release of HALion, a dedicated software sampler. A complete rewrite of Cubase in 2002 was necessary due to its legacy code which was no longer maintainable, leading to a name change to Cubase SX, ditching older technology and using the audio engine from Nuendo. Since this time, Cubase and Nuendo have shared many core technologies. Cubase currently comes in three versions – Elements, Artist and Pro.

With the growing popularity of mobile devices, Steinberg develops apps for iOS including Cubasis, a fully featured DAW for iPad with plug-ins, full audio and MIDI recording and editing and many other professional features. It also creates standalone apps including the Nanologue synth and LoopMash. In 2016 Steinberg released Dorico, a professional music notation and scoring suite.


Steinberg's first product, Steinberg Pro 16, was sold on floppy disks. This is version 2.3
Steinberg's first product, Steinberg Pro 16, was sold on floppy disks. This is version 2.3

Current products

Music software

VST instruments


  • Steinberg UR824 -24x24 USB 2.0 audio interface with 8x D-PREs, 24-bit/192 kHz, on board DSP, zero latency monitoring, advanced integration. Their top of the line USB audio interface
  • Steinberg CC121 - Advanced Integration Controller
  • Steinberg CI2 - Advanced Integration Controller
  • Steinberg MR816 CSX - Advanced Integration DSP Studio
  • Steinberg MR816 X - Advanced Integration DSP Studio
  • Steinberg UR44 - 6x4 USB 2.0 audio interface with 4x D-PREs, 24-bit/192 kHz support & MIDI I/O
  • Steinberg UR22mkII - 2x2 USB 2.0 audio interface with 2x D-PREs, 24-bit/192 kHz support & MIDI I/O
  • Steinberg UR12 - 2x2 USB 2.0 audio interface with 1x D-PREs, 24-bit/192 kHz support
  • Steinberg Key (License Control Device for Steinberg Software - Dongle)
  • eLicenser (License Control Management for Steinberg Software - Dongle)

Past products

Music software

VST instruments

  • Plex
  • D'cota
  • Hypersonic[20]
  • X-phraze
  • Model-E
  • Virtual Guitarist[21]
  • Virtual Bassist


  • MIDEX-8 - USB MIDI interface[22]
  • MIDEX-3 - USB MIDI interface[23]
  • MIDEX+ - Atari MIDI interface[24]
  • Steinberg Amiga MIDI interface
  • Steinberg Media Interface 4 (MI4) - USB MIDI interface
  • Avalon 16 DA Converter - AD Converter for Atari
  • SMP-24 - SMPTE/MIDI processor[25]
  • Timelock - SMPTE processor[26]
  • Topaz - Computer controlled recorder[27]


Steinberg have introduced several industry-standard software protocols. These include:

  • ASIO (a low-latency communication protocol between software and sound cards)
  • VST (a protocol allowing third-party audio plugins and virtual instruments)
  • LTB (providing accurate timing for its now-discontinued MIDI interfaces)
  • VSL (an audio/MIDI network protocol which allows the connection and synchronisation of multiple computers running Steinberg software)

Steinberg's notable packages include the sequencers Cubase and Nuendo, as well as WaveLab (a digital audio editor) and numerous VST plugins.


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  2. ^ Steinberg Media Technologies AG geht an den Neuen Markt,, 13 September 2000
  3. ^ Jobatey, Cherno: Steinberg: Röhren wie Hendrix, Wirtschaftswoche No. 46, 7 November 2002
  4. ^ Steinberg & Pinacle: The Buyout
  5. ^ Yamaha übernimmt Steinberg,, 21 December 2004
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  8. ^ "The Professional's Choice". Sound On Sound. April 1986. pp. 63–5. ISSN 0951-6816. OCLC 925234032.
  9. ^ "Trackstar". Electronics & Music Maker. October 1986. pp. 80–1. OCLC 317187644.
  10. ^ "Software Tracking". Electronics & Music Maker. September 1986. p. 32. OCLC 317187644.
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  12. ^ "Steinberg Pro 24 v1.1". Amiga Format. No. 24. Future Publishing. July 1991. p. 144. ISSN 0957-4867. OCLC 225912747.
  13. ^ "Steinberg's The Ear". Music Technology. August 1988. pp. 72–74. ISSN 0957-6606. OCLC 483899345.
  14. ^ "High Noon!". Sound On Sound. February 1989. pp. 21–4. ISSN 0951-6816. OCLC 925234032.
  15. ^ "Steinberg Musical". Music Technology. September 1989. pp. 86–89. ISSN 0957-6606. OCLC 483899345.
  16. ^ "Steinberg Cubeat". Music Technology. May 1991. pp. 60–64. ISSN 0957-6606. OCLC 483899345.
  17. ^ "Soft Options". Recording Musician. November 1992. pp. 26–34. ISSN 0966-484X. OCLC 264952514.
  18. ^ "Steinberg Avalon". Music Technology. December 1989. pp. 58–62. ISSN 0957-6606. OCLC 483899345.
  19. ^ "Steinberg ReCycle". Sound On Sound. May 1995. Archived from the original on 6 June 2015.
  20. ^ "Steinberg Hypersonic 2". Sound On Sound. March 2006. Archived from the original on 7 June 2015.
  21. ^ "Steinberg Virtual Guitarist 2". Future Music. No. 175. Future Publishing. June 2006. pp. 52–3. ISSN 0967-0378. OCLC 1032779031.
  22. ^ "Steinberg Midex 8". Sound On Sound. May 2001. Archived from the original on 6 June 2015.
  23. ^ "Steinberg Midex 3". Sound On Sound. March 2002. Archived from the original on 7 June 2015.
  24. ^ "Steinberg MIDEX+". Music Technology. December 1990. pp. 72–75. ISSN 0957-6606. OCLC 483899345.
  25. ^ "Steinberg SMP-24". Sound On Sound. May 1987. pp. 42–46. ISSN 0951-6816. OCLC 779656410.
  26. ^ "Steinberg Timelock". Music Technology. January 1988. p. 18. ISSN 0957-6606. OCLC 483899345.
  27. ^ "Steinberg Topaz". Music Technology. February 1990. pp. 10–11. ISSN 0957-6606. OCLC 483899345.

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