I see some most excellent posts here so far.
I’m glad that most of them are on target and carefully considered from each person’s work-needs-perspective.
The basic gist of what I see is this (feel free to supplement):
Main Ingredient: CUBASE 6 DAW (lite) software which can be imported into Cubase 6 full versions software and can playback (in a limited way) Cubase 6 files (see limitations below)
AUDIO: only minor editing capability (fades, volume, normalizing, exporting to basic types of files: wav, aiff, mp3)
MIDI: only minor editing capabilities similar to original midi software programs in the 80’s. Ex. cut & paste, move, velocity and basic cc in a single window (to fix on a performance/rehearsal break a major problem before going back to performing/rehearsing).
MIXER: Basic (like a live PA mixer for audio and midi)
16 Audio Input fader channels
16 Audio Output fader channels, 16 midi fader channels
Record, Mute, Solo, Read on/off buttons, Simple Pan knob (like a PA mixer - easy to grab and set)
INSERTS - a couple inserts (2 or 3) for using Steinberg limiter, compressor, eq and reverb plus any third party plugins
FX BUSSES - 2 (e.g. for reverb and more powerful eq or hum/noise cancellation, etc. )
GROUPS - a couple optional busses (2 or 4) in case you have drums, vocals, keys, other (to perform live) like a basic Mackie mixer for example
MASTER STEREO OUT - with some similar option to use a couple plugins on inserts before the final output (limiter, multiband compressor, eq for example)
Marker Track (for those who do track playback live to setup different regions to playback different songs all on one time line (like a set list), but they are still able to go to a request that’s out of order (e.g. using the numbers in the inspector of the marker track)
Simple inspector for setting i/o, midi channels, pan, etc. (not as fleshed out as full version)
No Score module (don’t want this to be a replacement for Cubase full version do we).
A few basic audio menu and midi menu items as mentioned above.
Simple Tempo and Time signature editing.
Simple snap features in the edit and arrange windows (not a full featured editor).
My original concept was that this lite version was not a replacement for the full version.
But either or both a playback engine or simple record version that can swap Full Cubase 5 files back and forth.
And perhaps if you want MIDI back and forth, a kind of a Cubase only midi file output from the full version to this lite version that plays back all the fancy midi stuff, but doesn’t allow you to access and edit in detail all that stuff.
Similarly with the audio for playback. It might have all kinds of automation on the original full version but that stuff is bounced when placed in the lite version for playback though kept on its separate tracks so the automation is there, but not very editable, except for the mixer volume and pan faders. Any plugin and other advanced automation is either unaccessible or burned into the track for playback.
I’m hoping by all of us discussing this topic, that the Steinberg Developers (who are a pretty smart bunch) will consider this option for their full version users and toss about the value of this for their users.
Most of the long time users (I’ve been here since the very beginning in the 80’s in the USA) already own a lot of hardware. We really don’t wish to purchase any more hardware, just to have this capability. We’re all (new and old users) looking for some peace of mind that a software based license would bring to someone whose main Cubase work is done at home or in their studio and this would be a limited ‘ON THE GO’ version suited for just those occasions to record or playback (or that could even be separated into a Record On The GO version and a Playback On The Go version. Hence really limiting the features for each so that you’d get the job done while away from home/studio and own the full version to go back to at home/studio for any serious work on a composition.
On with the dialog!
el profe, LG