In the style of Cubase’s Chord Pads, new midi input devices for 3 new types of direct-to-track notation. Arpeggiator, Drum Sequencer, Melody Sequencer.
-Lower Zone consoles for Midi - Arp Console. Continuing in the line of Chord Pads/Players which act on a midi input which allows the processed input midi to be directly transferred to the active track for recording, an ‘Arpeggiator’ console would be a nice addition. Often when one would like to work with arpeggios you would use a midi plugin. The downside of this is that is requires routing setup, and you can’t share the settings across multiple tracks without duplications and management of those instances. If there was an Arpeggio Console you could more easily manage an assortment of arpeggios for your entire project in one place and quickly and easily record to whichever tracks you want.
-Lower Zone console for XOX type drum sequencer. I have often written posts of the limitations to using the Midi Insert pattern sequencers. In comparisons to other scenarios where pattern drum sequencing is desired, there are much better options than to use Cubase’s Midi Inserts. Usually, I find I just want to get straight to some patterns then begin dropping them to various tracks immediately - not wanting to create them for every track and the management that goes along with that. Having an LZ pattern sequencer would be a fantastic option for Cubase to allow for even better compositions and drum creation to patterns of notes directly onto any midi capable track in Cubase.
-Lower Zone console for XOX type melody sequencer. I always find that using quick and elegant melody sequencers extremely useful and fun but find that managing obscure VST plugins to be a big pain. Plugin developers stop updating or issues arise after DAW updates leaving projects not able to load correctly. I think a melody sequencer Console device would be fantastic to quickly allow for easy input of melodies which can be programmed by step-input or simply a mouse. No dummy tracks required, no extra plugins needed. Allow definable melodic phrases to be played and improvised by an internal sequencer and recording/played directly to any midi capable track in Cubase.