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NUAGE Workstations
Perfect for the NUAGE Production System

The Steinberg authorized NUAGE workstation is your new rock solid, turnkey solution for Steinberg Cubase and Nuendo. It seamlessly integrates in Yamaha NUAGE environments. We offer 2 different base configurations: NUAGE S (single Xeon CPU) and NUAGE D (dual Xeon CPU setup) to cover studio requirements for different project complexities.

Proven Stability: In production and in test lab

Peace of mind and no nasty surprises: Our NUAGE workstations have been field tested by Yamaha. They are using our systems for intensive testing, presentations and product demos. Every single NUAGE workstation is individually pre-tested in a thorough 72h test cycle to ensure flawless operation, performance and stability before leaving our labs.

  • Up to128 inputs(at 96kHz/24Bit)
  • IntegratedDANTEAccelerator card
  • Up to22 cores1x Intel Xeon CPU
  • Up to44 threads1x Intel Xeon CPU
  • Expandable6xPCIe slots(4x 3.0 x16, 2x 2.0 x4)

Massive native power

As a native audio production solution, Nuendo utilizes the performance provided by our Steinberg authorized audio workstations.

Our NUAGE workstations offer absolute stability in a completely integrated Yamaha Nuage environment. The systems are optimized for the DANTE™ network for both streaming of low latency audio for up to 128 channels at 96kHz (or 64 at 192kHz) from a single system as well as for control of all NUAGE and other DANTE™ capable software and hardware.

Future-proof performance and scalability

The 4U rackmount case contains all you need to scale with your projects: in addition to the DANTE card and 5-bay external backplane (hot swap), there is plenty of room for additional SSDs, extra RAID controllers or 10GBASE network.

High-endurance SSDs – certified for 24/7 audio production

No consumer-standard SSDs on-board: Your NUAGE workstation uses only enterprise-class SSDs certified for audio production.

With their extreme longevity even at 24/7 operation, constant read/write performance and low latency, the SSD components we use are ideally suited to professional audio productions running hundreds of tracks.

Reliability and Endurance

Enterprise-Class features like power-loss data protection (using buffer capacitors), self-monitoring and end-to-end data protection ensure reliable operation.

Custom? With pleasure!

Do you have custom requirements? Questions regarding the integration into your pipeline? Unsure about the exact configuration/performance required for your projects? No problem, our product managers and audio engineers are here to help.

Simply contact us and we will tailor your workstation to your requirements.

Optimized for

NUAGE S info

Single CPU
Intel® Xeon™ E5-1650v4
6 cores/12 threads
3.6GHz base clock, 4.0GHz turbo

(Intel® spec sheet)

DDR4 2400MHz ECC
premium, qualified system memory
AMD FirePro

Operating System:

240GB Enterprise SSD


Session SSDs:

2x480GB Enterprise SSDs (RAID-1 Mirror)

NVIDIA® Quadro P600

Quadhead workstation GPU

(connect up to four 4K displays)

High-end silent PSU

80Plus Platinum certified


(AC 110~240V auto-switching)


price upon request

incl. DANTE Accelerator
audio interface card

Ultra-low latency and solid reliability with high channel counts

256 channels
(128 in/128 out @ 96 kHz or less)

128 channels (64 in/64 out @ 176.4 kHz or more)

Turnkey configuration

NUAGE workstations are turnkey rack workstations, without any bloatware or pre-installed trial software.

Our audio specialists have pre-optimized the operating system and drivers to deliver best possible audio performance and low latency.

No time to install your software?

Our tech specialists can also pre-install your audio software of choice for you, including DAWs, plug-ins and sample libraries for an incredible "out of the box experience".

Do you have custom requirements, additional questions or do you simply want to talk to one of our audio specialists?

Please contact us.

Optionally available

  • Additional storage options, e.g. PCI-Express SSDs
  • Optical drive (slimline DVD or Blu-ray)
  • Lease/hire purchase options upon request
  • Individual configurations upon request
Specifications Info

High-Performance Single CPU workstation for YAMAHA Nuage production environments, authorized by Steinberg for Cubase and Nuendo DAWs.


1x Intel® Xeon™ E5-1650 v4 (6 cores/12 threads)
3.6GHz base clock and 4.0GHz turbo
(Intel® product information)

NUAGE S can be upgraded to max. 22 cores/44 threads (optional upgrade Intel® Xeon™ E5-2699 v4, price upon request)

Mainboard: Passively cooled High-End Xeon® Workstation Motherboard with Intel® C612 chipset for 24/7 use
Graphics card:


  • Quadhead (up to 4 displays simultaneously)
  • CUDA, Direct Compute, OpenCL™
  • 384 CUDA cores
  • 4x miniDP 1.4, Multi-Stream
  • Maximum resolution: 4x 4096x2160 @ 60Hz,
    4x 5120x2880 @ 60Hz
  • data sheet (pdf)
Memory: 32GB DDR4 2400MHz ECC memory
(allows for max. 512GB DDR4 ECC registered, 8 slots)

optional memory upgrades:
upon request
Quad-Channel operation requires at least 4 modules.


240GB Enterprise OS SSD
2x 480GB Enterprise Session SSDs (RAID-1 array)

Endurance (TBW, total bytes written): up to 17.6 Petabyte
Reliability: MTTF: 3.0 million device hours (based on population statistics)

5-bay hotswap backplane (SATA/SAS, SAS support requires optional controller)


4x PCIe 3.0 x16 (16/8/8/8)
2x PCIe 2.0 x4 (x1)


6+4x SATA3-RAID (0,1)
8x USB 3.0 (6x rear, 2x header)
Dual Intel Gbit LAN
7.1 HD Audio
TPM Header
1x serial port
1x PS/2

Operating System: Windows 10 Professional 64Bit, pre-configured and optimized for professional audio with low latency
Power Supply Unit:

Powerful 660Watt high-end silent PSU,
80Plus Platinum certified (AC 110~240V auto-switching)


High-End 19-inch chassis with 4 rack units (black),
perfect airflow due to optimized interior, removable dust filters for front fan(s), adjustable holder for expansion cards, front door can be locked.

Extras: High Quality Keyboard and Mouse

Fields of Application

  • THE qualified system for Nuage, Nuendo and Cubase
  • For post-production, music production, tracking and mixing
  • Optimized for Dante network, set and forget
  • 4U rack case allows maximal expansion in a compact format

Dimensions1 & Weight

S: 522mm
D: 570mm


S: ~22kg
D: ~24kg

ca. 48.5lbs

ca. 52.9lbs

without handles

NUAGE D chassis has increased depth due to the Dual CPU mainboard. Allow room on backside for cables and connectors.

base weight (ready-to-operate,
without external cables or
optional extras)


  • 3 years full warranty for base workstation (any NUAGE model) and components, DANTE cards are limited to 1 year warrany
  • Advance replacement service for internal components in case of RMA during 3 year warranty (DANTE cards 1 year)
  • Free phone- and email-support

Comparison Performance

  NUAGE workstations
CPU family Intel® Xeon E5 "Broadwell EP"
(CPU comparison)
CPU model 1x E5-1650v4 2x E5-2630v4
cores 6 20 (2x10)
threads 12 40 (2x20)
base clock 3.6GHz 2.2GHz
turbo clock 4.0GHz 3.1GHz
smart cache 15MB 25MB
max. cpu config
1x E5-2699v4 2x E5-2699v4
type Passively cooled High-End Xeon®
Workstation Motherboard for 24/7 use
chipset Enterprise-Class Intel® C612
CPU sockets 1 (Single CPU) 2 (Dual CPU)
PCIe slots 4x PCIe 3.0 x16
2x PCIe 2.0 x1 (in x4)
3x PCIe 3.0 x16
2x PCIe 3.0 x8
1x PCIe 2.0 x4 (in x8)
Connections 6+4x SATA3-RAID (0,1)
6x USB 3.0 (rear)
2x USB 3.0 (header)
Dual Gbit LAN
7.1 HD Audio
TPM Header
1x serial
1x PS/2
6+4x SATA3-RAID (0,1)
4x USB 3.0 (rear)
2x USB 3.0 (header)
2x USB 2.0 (rear)
2x USB 2.0 (header)
1x USB 2.0 (onboard)
Dual Gbit LAN
7.1 HD Audio
TPM Header
Thunderbolt 2 (option)
  DANTE accelerator
included DANTE Accelerator audio interface card
max. audio tracks 256 channels (128 in/128 out @ 96 kHz or less)
128 channels (64 in/64 out @ 176.4 kHz or more)
sample rates 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192kHz
pull-up/pull-down +4.1667, +0.1, -0.1, and - 4.0 %
sample bit depth 24 bit
Network interface
2x ethernet RJ45 ports (Gigabit/1000Mbps/1Gbps)
memory 32GB 32GB
upgradable to 512GB 1,5TB
High-End 19-inch chassis with 4 rack units (black)


Performance Index CPU
(Native Power)

CPUs benchmarked based on multithreading performance (test performed 2017-11 using latest available models)

maximum CPU configuration available at time of test (2017-11), upgrade prices upon request

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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

What is so special about XI-MACHINES NUAGE workstations compared to other workstations?

In contrast to most generic hardware solutions (assembly line production) our NUAGE workstations are designed for professional usage with Steinberg DAW software Nuendo/Cubase and the Yamaha Nuage Advanced Production System.

Each NUAGE workstation is manufactured and tested by our audio specialists. All components are selected and optimized for stable, low latency, silent and trouble-free operation.

Every NUAGE system has to pass a 72h stress test in our test lab to verify all components and individual configurations.

By the way, if you need our support/service you can get in touch with the same experts, audio engineers and product managers that designed, built and tested your system - instant support instead of generic hotlines.

Is the DANTE card included in the price?

Yes, the DANTE Accelerator audio interface card (dual port) is included.

Is it possible to upgrade/exchange components like CPU, memory, storage etc.?

Many components can be upgraded/exchanged upon request. With XI-MACHINES you can rely on years of expertise regarding professional audio components and equipment. We know which components you can rely on to ensure best performance and system stability for your audio workstation. Feel free to contact our audio specialists.

Can I use Thunderbolt for my NUAGE workstation?

NUAGE D (Dual CPU) can be upgraded with an optional Thunderbolt interface card to connect audio interfaces, A/V capture boxes, storage solutions etc. Please note: NUAGE S (Single CPU) does not have the option for a Thunderbolt add-in card.

How do I clean the intake dust filters?

Looking at the front of the case the intake fan is located on the left side behind front door. It is covered by a removable lid. You need to loosen the two thumb screws to open up the lid. Just open it a little and carefully lift the lid so you can reach the filter tray on the right side. You can pull out the filter to the right. Take care not to detach or damage the fan cable.

The filter can be cleaned with compressed air or a vacuum cleaner at lowest setting. You can also wash it gently with cold water (let it dry completely before you re-insert it).

Is it possible to use more than 1 DANTE card in a NUAGE workstation?

No, but if you need more than 128 inputs/outputs, you can add additional NUAGE workstations that can be synced.

What is the difference between Consumer and High-Endurance SSDs?

After years of testing and product comparisons (we test dozens of solid state drives from different manufacturers in thorough procedures for each generation) we narrowed down the field to only very few drive types.

While many drives offer high maximum transfer rates only very few can offer constant performance, reliability and durability in 24/7 operation. Consumer drives cannot keep up with our selected Enterprise level SSDs, especially worst-case performance in 24/7 operation is an important factor to avoid drop-outs and data-loss (e.g. in the field of real-time/broadcast, live recording, media servers and professional audio).

What if I prefer a tower case?

We can offer professional audio workstations for Nuage on a custom basis. Feel free to contact our pro audio team regarding individual requirements.

What if I already own an AD/DA converter or DANTE hardware? Can I use my existing equipment with a NUAGE workstation?

Sure. NUAGE uses the DANTE protocol for audio in-/outputs. You can include any existing DANTE-compatible device that can utilize for your studio, theatre or stage production. You are free to combine any DANTE products from different manufacturers to suit your needs. You can use the AES67 protocol (with some limitations) if you plan to integrate devices using the RAVENNA protocol.

NUAGE supports Dolby Atmos. Is the NUAGE workstation able to handle a large number of tracks?

As one of the most advanced environments for scoring and audio post production our NUAGE workstation is optimized for low-latency, real-time data processing with large bandwidths and transfer rates required for multi-channel audio and synced video footage.

Our system supports classic stereo and common surround formats like 5.1/7.1 as well as Atmos configurations at different resolutions.

Is it possible to operate my NUAGE workstation with DANTE and other network protocols simultaneously?

Yes, NUAGE workstations offer additional network interfaces for simultaneous operation of DANTE, EUCON and your local workgroup/domain.

Can I use wireless LAN with NUAGE?

To ensure a stable, fast and reliable network connection we highly recommend using cabled connections. Yamaha recommends Cat.5E STP cabling or better.

Can I use the same network for DANTE, local network, server and internet access?

Due to the complex nature of DANTE data streams we highly recommend to use a separate network for DANTE to ensure flawless operation without drop outs.

We can recommend specialized switches (Yamaha and Luminex) to create a dedicated DANTE network. Alternatively, your IT staff can use VLANs (Virtual Local Area Networks) to isolate DANTE traffic from your existing network. Feel free to ask our experts about best configuration practices.

Do you offer an optical drive for NUAGE workstations?

Sure, just order an upgrade (option) and we will integrate a DVD or Blu-ray drive or writer.

* individual configurations upon request. prices excl. VAT and shipment. Errors and omissions excepted.
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