Yeah, this is what I find even more shocking than the 8 plugin limitation. I see people in here attacking others for asking for the most basic things. Lazy? Entitled? Really?
I just switched to Cubase from Studio One due to cpu consumption problems that S1 was causing. I figured Cubase would be the most like it since they sort of have the same roots, but of course I couldn’t demo it because I didn’t have an eLicenser and I must have missed this info if it’s on the comparison chart. This is burdensome for anyone who, like me, wants to do sound design and mixing while keeping all my plugins online in case I decide to change something.
Fortunately I use another DAW for production and got Cubase mostly for recording, comping and mixing, but I’m of course intrigued by the idea of using it for some production as well given the extensive midi capabilities. An 8 plugin per track limit is a huge minus though. Sometimes I want a couple different distortions in parallel. Sometimes I play with an idea for some effect or modulation and decide to disable it but want to keep it around in case I change my mind. Sometimes I need to add (gasp) an entire insert for a very subtle effect or use two compressors in serial. Sometimes I need to add a little utility plugin to do some gain trimming between inserts. I don’t want to have three tracks side by side for the same thing, nor do I want to be told that it’s excessive or lazy by people who take personal offense to criticism of the tool they use to make music (how ridiculous. get yourself an identity).
As I’m learning the ropes of Cubase I find myself feeling utterly wowed by certain inclusions, workflow and workspace considerations, detailed options, etc. And then I run head first into a “how in the blue hell is it like this in 2016” moment and my enthusiasm dulls a bit.