And so the dream continues… but perhaps with Cubase 13 they’ll announce it…
Ripple editing in Reaper is pretty much perfect, so I’m hoping that feature shows up in Cubase sooner rather than later. There have been various threads about it, and Steinberg has acknowledged it. So they have clearly been thinking about it and perhaps they’ve also been working on it. Cross fingers. Just who knows WHEN they will release it. Even Studio One has a limited ripple editing mode now. And some people may not be aware of this, but Wavelab has great ripple editing in the montage mode too. So Steinberg already knows what good ripple editing is in-house. I think it’s a matter of time before they add it to Cubase/Nuendo.
Anyway, as for Reaper vs Cubase, I use Reaper along side other DAWs, primarily because I have clients that use lots of different DAWs. But even besides that, there are two features I love about Reaper: Ripple editing (of course!) and subprojects, which is one of Reaper’s killer secret weapons that doesn’t get much press for some reason. The subprojects feature is deceptively simple, but insanely powerful. Those two features are fantastically implemented in Reaper, and I’d love to see them in Cubase.
BTW, I’m not a scripting junkie (don’t have the time or desire), but that would be the third reason I would use Reaper, since it is insanely deep for people who want to script. And lastly, Reaper runs on Linux too, which is fantastic, but that’s a different discussion for different reasons.
However, in every other way, for serious composing and the core tools I need for my projects, I get much more out of Cubase (and other DAWs too, including Studio One, which really hit a home run with Studio One 6.5, but that’s also a different discussion!). Reaper is brilliant in its own ways though. But for me, it’s a secondary/tertiary DAW at this point. Between the two, if I had to just choose between Cubase or Reaper, then it would be Cubase.
There’s no need to stick with ONE DAW though… you can live in a multi-DAW world, and take the best from each product.