I’ve only recently come back to Cubase and love it. All other DAWs gave me serious issues that didn’t fit my workflow and hardware.
REAPER was awful with my Waves plugins, the UI would stutter and controls wouldn’t automate. Plus a lot of tools that I expect in an audio suite were community driven, and thus hit and miss as to their operation.
I’d find myself setting up items and customising the software more than actually making music!
Studio One couldn’t process SysEx (needed for control of my synths) or Poly Aftertouch (For V Drums). And Mackie support was limited to only 8 parameters.
Logic was tying me in to Mac eco system when the hardware choices made sticking wIth it hard. But the big issue I had with Logic was running external MIDI gear, you couldn’t select MIDI port on a per-track basis. Only by channel (1-16) basis.
Then you have the others such as Ableton that doesn’t have any kind of vocal takes system
and lacks depth for mixing.
Cubase has lead to me being extremely more creative and I love it. I’ve embraced so many of its features and they’re paying dividends.
I don’t know what it does different but everything mixes and sounds so damn good.
I get that doesn’t echo everyone’s experience, but I guess the point is that although the grass looks greener with others DAWs, they all got their problems.
Stienberg at least engage quite well with their users, coming from Apple/Logic background this is totally foreign to have such engagement. With Logic you haven’t a clue when an update is coming, what may be in it, whether they acknowledge bugs OR if you have to move OS.
For me, Its how good your resulting music sounds as to how you judge each DAW. It’s impossible to compare on features alone.