With DAWs being so feature rich these days, it’s hard to find any Holy Cow additions in a new version. For me, some of the smaller things have made me happy. I have pro so I don’t know if these are in Artist or not.
One is the comparative EQ window (don’t know the Marketing name for it). Bring up channel EQ on track 1, point the second to track 7, and you get a translucent overlay of both EQs. Really, really handy for helping one track to get out of the way of another one. Could I do this with my ears? Sure. But man, it’s quick and easy.
Another small thing is that now when you have multiple projects open and close the active one, it doesn’t automatically activate some other random one (which always turns out to be the wrong one).
I can’t remember if it was 9 or 9.5, but now you can split the top window so that markers, tempo or whatever else you want can stay put in the top while everything below scrolls.
Honestly, it’s often the seemingly small stuff like those things that make me pull the trigger. Cubase already does what I need, so the workflow enhancements are often worth it to me.
Everyone’s needs and preferences are different, so I don’t know if any of this would be worthwhile to you or not, but thought I’d share.