The key advantage of the Windows
Vista 64-bit editions is their capability to address
more than 4 GB of RAM and make it available to
applications. In fact more than 128 GB can be
utilized (depends on the used Vista version) and the
computational maximum amounts to 1 terabyte of main
memory. Being able to utilize more RAM for the
application can have a positive effect on overall
performance for large and complex projects. Please
note that the actual amount of memory you can put
into your system is determined by the technical
specification of the used mainboard.
The 64-bit editions of Vista also
allow you to run 32-bit software applications.
32-bit programs are able to use up to 4 GB of RAM
(instead of the maximum usable amount of 2 GB on
Windows Vista 32-bit editions).
The VST Bridge for plug-ins
and Virtual Instruments
The 64-bit Preview version of Cubase/Nuendo
for Windows Vista 64 contains VST Bridge capability,
which allows you to run VST plug-ins and
instruments, even if they are not (yet) available in
64-bit format. This is meant as a transitional aid
until your favorite plug-ins are replaced by true
Almost all of the plug-ins included
with Cubase/Nuendo are installed as 64-bit versions
and do not need to utilize the VST Bridge, thus
saving performance by not operating in a bridged
mode. By replacing bridged plug-ins through native
VST3 plug-ins installed with Cubase/Nuendo, you can
see the great potential and quality of the generally
reworked plug-in set, introduced with the release of
Cubase 4/Nuendo 4, for yourself.
Please read on here for
more details about the VST Bridge.
All drivers for the hardware of your
system have to be explicitly compatible with Windows
Vista 64 bit editions. They should be digitally
signed/certified. The operation of unsigned drivers
is possible but inconvenient and not recommended.
It is crucial to create a checklist
of all necessary hardware drivers, applications and
plug-ins. Then find out if the necessary 64-bit
drivers and components are available. Also find out
as much as possible about known problems with these
components. Only then decide if the time is right to
switch to 64-bit for your production environment or
if it's better to wait until all components needed
are available. You can always continue using the
Nuendo/Cubase 4.1 32-bit version for the time being.
NOTE: You can install a 32-bit and a
64-bit version of Cubase/Nuendo side by side. Both
versions reside in their own folders automatically
and will not share their preferences, they remain
independent from the other.
Current list of limitations
and known issues
In comparison to the 32-bit version
of Cubase 4.1 and Nuendo 4 there are some
limitations in the current 64-bit Preview versions,
most of them due to 3rd party components not yet
delivered as 64-bit component. A true 64-bit
application needs also true 64-bit 3rd party
components to be entirely complete and functional,
the operation with a mixture of 32-bit components is
not possible (except for the VST Bridge, see above).
- Euphonix EuCon adapter (Nuendo
only): There is not yet a 64-bit EuCon adapter
available from Euphonix, thus EuCon users should
continue using the Nuendo 4 32-bit version on a
32-bit Windows system.
- Apple Quicktime 7: There is
not yet a 64-bit Quicktime 7 for Windows
component available from Apple. Quicktime movies
can only be used within the 32-bit version of
Cubase/Nuendo on a 32-bit or 64-bit Windows
- MPEX 3 time-stretching and
pitch-shifting: There is no 64-bit MPEX
3 component available from Prosoniq.
Time-stretching and pitch-shifting is possible
by using Steinberg's own realtime algorithm in
the 64-bit versions of Cubase and Nuendo.
- zPlane SOLO for Pitch-shifting:
There is no 64-bit SOLO algorithm available from
zPlane for pitch-shifting
- Stepdesigner MIDI plug-in:
The MIDI plug-in StepDesigner is currently not
available in the 64-bit versions of Cubase and
Nuendo and can be only used with the 32-bit
- Dolby Digital Encoder: The
Dolby Digital Encoder from Steinberg can only be
used with the 32-bit version of Cubase/Nuendo,
there is no 64-bit version available. The VST
Bridge does not cover encoder plug-ins.
- dts Encoder: The dts
Encoder from Steinberg can only be used with the
32-bit versions of Cubase/Nuendo, there is no
64-bit version available. The VST Bridge does
not cover encoder plug-ins.
- Pinnacle X-Send (Nuendo
only): There is no 64-bit component available of
X-Send, therefore this functionality can be only
used with the 32-bit version of Nuendo.
- Video codecs (general): The
64-bit versions of Cubase/Nuendo require 64-bit
video codecs installed to playback specific
video content from within the application. Check
the respective websites of the codec
- ReWire support: There is
not yet a 64-bit ReWire component available from
Propellerheads. If you need to connect
applications through ReWire into Cubase/Nuendo,
the 32-bit version must be used instead.
- ReCycle file import: There
is not yet a 64-bit REX Shared Library available
from Propellerheads. ReCycle files can not be
imported into the 64-bit Preview version of
Cubase/Nuendo, the 32-bit version must be used
For all users who are not in
possession of Cubase 4.1 / Cubase Studio 4.1 DVD
installer media Steinberg offer a separate installer
containing all needed data for installing a 64-bit
Preview version of Cubase for Windows Vista 64-bit
editions (Windows XP Professional x64 Edition is not
supported). A Syncrosoft dongle and Cubase license
are required of course.