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Steinberg Sequel 3 Budget DAW?

Unread post by Saul » Wed Jun 28, 2017 11:25 am

Just thought I would mention this one as I don't think it has come up before.

Apart from the full Cubase and Cubase Ai there is actually another DAW that Steinberg produce which being at the budget end of things might be of interest to many who want Steinberg quality without the price.

It's called 'Sequel' and at the moment it costs £64.00 which is not too bad a price to get onto the Steinberg ladder.

I would guess from the advertising blurb below that this is aimed at a very specific market, perhaps those who use GarageBand or similar?

There is a 30 day trial so might be worth a look.

What's Sequel

Sequel 3 has everything you need to make your ideas fly and shine in the best most possible way. Plus, it’s easy to use: recording and performing music is as intuitive as you would like it to be, and comes with an array of quality recording and editing tools you wouldn’t expect in an entry-level workstation.

Top Features
  • All-in-one music production studio to create, record, mix and perform your music
  • Easy-to-learn one-window design for intuitive and enjoyable music creation
  • More than 5,000 high-quality loops and sounds from all genres
  • HALion Sonic SE, Groove Agent ONE and VST Amp Rack SE for authentic virtual music production
  • Full range of pro-audio effects to get the most out of your mix
  • One-click tempo detection for easily creating your own remixes
  • Performance Mode for on-the-fly arrangements and remarkable live mixes
  • Plug right into Sequel 3 with almost any hardware controller or keyboard, with easy setup thanks to new Controller Learn feature
  • AudioWarp with élastique Pro for high-quality time-stretching and pitch-shifting
  • Multi-take recording for stress-free recording sessions
  • Flexible and fast media management with integrated MediaBay
  • Step Envelopes for adding varied effects to your tracks
  • VST 3 support for third-party effect and instrument plug-ins
  • Cross-platform compatibility with Windows and Mac OS X
From the first inspiration to writing the next big hit

With Sequel, every time you flip on your Mac or PC, your computer turns into one massive sound studio: synthies, drum kits plus guitar amps, cabs and stomp boxes at your fingertips. Take it along to band practice, record the lot and head on back home to give it a professional makeover.

The many tools at hand help you to adjust tempo, pitch and stretch audio or use the onboard effects to create insane sound combinations. By supporting Virtual Studio Technology, you can continue to add to the number of effects and instruments — providing endless possibilities, easily controlled using your MIDI keyboard. In fact, use MIDI to trigger parts of your arrangement when in performance mode and play your track in different ways.

It’s really an all-in-one solution — Sequel 3 lets you create, record and perform music, it also helps you on your way to become a star.

If it’s easy, is it fun?

Rocking out of your computer has never been more fun. Grab your six-string, plug into your box running Sequel 3 and jam until your fingers fall off. Boasting an arsenal of virtual amps, speaker cabinets and effects pedals, the VST Amp Rack SE is one powerful guitar amp simulator that’ll dish out any gnarly sound you want.

One of the many Sequel features that make you go absolutely wild with your music is Tempo Detection: remix your track in real time or put together another mixtape of some of the long forgotten gems buried deep down within your music library.

But now for giving your tunes a serious groove: the Beat Page shows off a battery of opportunities thanks to its easy-to-use Groove Agent ONE and Beat Designer, great tools for creating custom beats that’ll stand out and set you above the rest. So powerful yet simple and straightforward to use and understand, Sequel 3 comes without any restrictions to your creativity and lets you do what makes you happy, and that’s making music.

Turn your bedroom into a full-fledged studio

Overflowing with premium content that spans more than 5,000 loops and sounds, Sequel 3 lets you get started with making music in next to no time. Play a hook, add a bassline and give it some depth by choosing from the many available pads, all easily accessible through the acclaimed media management too, MediBay. Choose Step Envelopes to tweak loops or use élastique Pro, high-quality time stretching and pitch shifting tool, to adjust tempo and tone in stunning audio quality.

Thanks to Virtual Studio Technology (VST), Sequel 3 includes an array of top-notch effects and instruments. And with VST boasting compatibility with all the high-end gear out there, you can pretty much hook up anything you like. Sequel 3 gives you studio-grade quality that everyone will hear and enjoy.

https://www.steinberg.net/en/products/sequel/start.html
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Re: Steinberg Sequel 3 Budget DAW?

Unread post by SeaGtGruff » Wed Jun 28, 2017 2:31 pm

Thank you for mentioning this, Saul. :) It costs $20 USD less than Cubase Elements, which can be an important difference to a lot of people, especially if it's part of additional savings on other software or hardware. I'll have to give the free trial a spin when I've got more time to devote to it.
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Re: Steinberg Sequel 3 Budget DAW?

Unread post by Saul » Wed Jun 28, 2017 3:00 pm

I can't think why I didn't mention it before. It's been around a long time.

There is a comprehensive review over at Sound On Sound that might be worth a read.

http://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/steinberg-sequel-3
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