Thanks for the reply, Enj, I’ll be hoping your particular issues get worked out.
I used to be a Mac Logic user (PC Cubase before that, Bar & Pipes Amiga before that, Music X before that, two tape decks before that), then switched to Mac Cubase, then to PC Cubase then PC Studio One then PC Sonar X3 and finally back to Cubase 7 and 7.5.
And back in the day I had a small recording studio business, but gave up and became a software developer (which I love).
Now, an out of control music hobby is about the only thing keeping me sane. So, my sanity is slightly tied to Cubase, one might say. Yikes!
Cubase ran pretty stable on my 2006 tricked-out Mac Pro, so I think we really do have a platform choice with Cubase, which is awesome. Logic, not so much. Still have love for Logic, but that’s a past life now.
I still have dreams and nightmares of the “Environment” in logic.
Cubase is in a very odd place right now. Ahead in so many ways, behind in so many ways, but is still “Cubase” through and through.
I, too, get a bit worried about the songwriting features, welcome as they are.
This is software that has to be a lot, to a lot of different folks.
Maybe they’re getting the last of the songwriting features lined up, before the onslaught of Ableton-esque features, that the future market will be dictating for them, becomes a primary focus (of which I’m a member, oddly, even as old as I am – O.G. electronica guy here).
They’re clearly trying to hit all the angles, which can’t be easy.
One thing almost all of us have in common as production value increases, plugin counts increase and power-hungry plugins increase, all while raw CPU floating point crunching remains relatively unchanged, is … the freeze/unfreeze workflow. I hope they address that in v8.
My fear is that the light-duty songwriters will keep postponing these sorts of pro studio features.
I think the irony is that there should soon be a rich market of “songwriters” that are electronic-oriented and therefore will be pulled into the “Beatport production requirement” rabbit hole. That tidal force will be putting the “pro” features back in the spotlight even for Steiberg’s “pro-sumer” market side of the spectrum.
But Steinberg gets that (Germany has been at the forefront of many electronic genres from day one). I can sense they are going for the whole cake, not just a piece of the pie. It’s ambitious, breathtaking even, but also a bit stressful, at times.