I was a fairly early adopter of Nuendo, coming from Sonar. The version I had was 2.something, which was $800 at the time. They were trying to get traction in the post market and I suppose weren’t being taken seriously because of a) Cubase stigma and b) too cheap. So, 2.something.1 came out with roughly three bug fixes and zero new features except for the price, which was now $2400.
Believe it or not, that was a valid strategy. I used to run a sales consulting company back in the day, and I often counseled clients to raise their prices. Right or wrong, perception of quality is absolutely tied to price. People really do think, “If it’s cheap, how good can it be?” The very next month, all the magazines were running features on this great new post software called Nuendo.
At that point I took a step back to evaluate my needs. One of the long running complaints at the time on the Nuendo forums was that Cubase would come out with cool new audio features and six months (or never) later, the expensive flagship Nuendo still didn’t have them. I’m not a video post shop, I’m a musician, so I took a closer look at Cubase.
Honestly, the difference in features between the two at the time was minimal and mostly related to things like Nuendo playing nice with EDL, etc. From a recording / mixing perspective, there was nothing Nuendo did that Cubase didn’t do as well, or better. So, I switched to Cubase. I’ve been through Pro Tools, Cakewalk / Sonar, Logic, yada, yada. Have been very happy with Cubase, and gave up nothing by leaving Nuendo (except for a very expensive price tag).
In fairness, that was Nuendo 2 and they’re now at 8. Back then, there was hardly any difference between the two, and what differences there were, Cubase usally won. At least for music production.
Steinberg wisely knew it was an uphill battle to try to compete with Pro Tools in the professional studio industry as it’s an entrenched standard. So, they’ve targeted post. If that’s the world you work in, there may be differences that are worth the additional expense. If you’re focused solely on recording and mixing music, I’d be surprised if Nuendo brought anything to the party that you don’t already have.
That said, I would dearly love to have the Nuage consoles in my world. Cool and sexy tech, but of course wicked expensive. And thus, an MCU it is.