I am running Cubase 5 and it is more than I need. It runs flawlessly on my 7 year old Windows 10 machine. None of my compositions would come near to having Cubase break a sweat. I originally went with the Pro version years ago and continued upgrading until I got to version 5. This version does EVERYTHING I’m looking for in home recording software. For that matter I would probably be best served by one of the other versions, but since I originally decided to go this route… here we are.
I have not done any recording for the past 4 years. I am just a hobbyist, and when my old sound card became obsolete with Windows 10 I put the hobby aside. I am now ready to get back into it, thus this explanation in order that you better understand my needs and requirements.
I live in the analog realm. I route all my signals (various analog effect processors) and microphones through an older Mackie analog mixer. At this point in time I only have 1 effect that has an SPDIF connection. I am leaning towards an RME 9632 which would allow me to continue using my analog mixer’s i/o while also giving my some room to grow into the digital realm. I record 1 instrument at a time.
I would prefer to keep any solution around or below $600. I am not stuck on RME and would be open to other options that may allow me to ditch the Mackie mixer (not altogether) while allowing me to record Analog, digital and midi. Low latency is a plus. Although an internal sound card is not mandatory, it is something I prefer.