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« on: November 23, 2017, 08:23:57 PM »

The MIDI standard was still new and computer technology was still in its infancy when Manfred Rürup and Karl “Charlie” Steinberg meet each other at a recording session for a German rock band. Rürup, a professional keyboard player, and Steinberg, an audio engineer, quickly realize that they have a common interest: the possibilities of computers in music production. Both see a huge potential for the then emerging technologies and begin developing the concept for a revolutionary piece of software: the first “MIDI Multitrack Sequencer”

The two founders start to turn their dream into a reality, spurred on by their passion and idealism. Armed with a Commodore 64 and a self-built MIDI interface, Charlie Steinberg develops a multitrack sequencer. Meanwhile, Manfred Rürup begins using the new program and starts to win over ever more musicians to the possibilities of this emerging new technology. In the same year, Rürup and Steinberg found Steinberg Research GmbH and release Pro-16, the first software product to carry the Steinberg name.

1986 (pro-12, pro-24)
With the advent of the Atari ST, a home computer becomes available that offers both a graphical user interface and a built-in MIDI interface. Using this new computer as a basis, a new software product is born: the Pro-24. The new software offers a range of, for the time, staggering new features: 24 MIDI tracks, professional scoring, quantization (automatic timing correction for “loosely” played notes) and editing for MIDI parameters like Velocity.

The company is re-christened Steinberg Soft- und Hardware GmbH, a name that is to become synonymous with innovation and creativity over the coming years.

1989 (Cubase)
Following on from several years of intense research and development, a new product arrives that will define a musical generation. Cubase 1.0 is significantly more powerful than its predecessors, with new technologies allowing a drastically improved graphical display for musical information and a much-simplified, intuitive new way of using the exciting possibilities of the software. This first version established Cubase as the often copied but never equaled standard for user-friendliness.

Cubase becomes available for the highly popular Apple Macintosh, establishing a Steinberg ethos of cross-platform compatibility that remains to this day.

Cubase Audio represents a new milestone in the development of computer-based music production. Audio data can now be recorded directly into the computer. With this development, computers become a real alternative to analog tape machines.

Cubase for Windows completes the Steinberg product family, and Cubase becomes the first sequencer to be available on all three of the important computer platforms simultaneously.

With the aid of special DSP cards, it becomes possible to compute digital audio effects on a standard computer. Steinberg founds the Spectral Design GmbH company to develop plug-in effects.

Steinberg releases WaveLab. This powerful and intuitive audio editor for PC quickly becomes the standard application for many audio editing and mastering professionals.