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Private (GmbH)
Genre Music technology
Founded 1984
Founder Karl Steinberg
Manfred Rürup
Headquarters Hamburg, Germany
Products Cubase, Nuendo
Parent Yamaha Corporation

Steinberg GmbH (Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH) is a German musical software and equipment company based in Hamburg. It mainly produces music recording, arranging and editing software as used in digital audio workstations and VSTi software synthesizers. Steinberg is a wholly owned subsidiary of Yamaha.


The company was founded in 1984 by Karl Steinberg and Manfred Rürup with the support of Nicole Rürup with headquarters in Hamburg. Its first product was the MIDI sequencer Pro 16 for the Commodore 64. The company achieved great success with the Pro 24 product introduced in 1986 for the Atari ST series of computers, taking advantage of their built in MIDI ports. This product was revamped into the Cubase product in 1989 which was later also offered for Macintosh and Windows.[1] The company changed its name from Steinberg Research to Steinberg Soft- und Hardware GmbH, and was active in the United States for some years as Steinberg North America, Inc.

In January 2003, Steinberg was acquired by U.S. firm Pinnacle Systems, within which it operated as an independent company before being sold to Yamaha Corporation in December, 2004.


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/192kHz, 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)
  • WK Audio ID Controller

Past products

Music software

VST instruments

  • Plex
  • D'cota
  • Hypersonic
  • X-phraze
  • Model-E
  • Virtual Guitarist
  • Virtual Bassist


  • MIDEX-8 - USB MIDI interface
  • MIDEX-3 - USB MIDI interface
  • MIDEX - Atari MIDI interface
  • Steinberg Amiga MIDI interface
  • Steinberg Media Interface 4 (MI4) - USB MIDI interface
  • Avalon 16 DA Converter - AD Converter for Atari


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.


  1. ^ "A brief history of Steinberg Cubase". MusicRadar. 
  2. ^ "Steinberg ReCycle". Sound On Sound. May 1995. Archived from the original on 6 June 2015. 

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