Cubase 8 has been one of the most stable new version releases which I can remember, for any program, but in my opinion, it is full of bugs. Not so much bugs that lead to crashes, but bugs which make me feel that the program was released a few months too early.
I have made good use of the Issues and Feature request forums, but my main issues are:
- Visuals, so flat with high contrast compared to V6.5 and rough edges around graphics and fonts
- Display errors, with sections of the Mix Console getting jumbled up unless the section is selected (meter and loudness tabs of the master section of the mix console).
- Silly errors like the left and right locators not reacting to the mouse properly.
Those hidden buttons on things like insert and send bypasses drive me up the wall; trying to get something done quickly can make the wait for the buttons to appear seem like an age!
I admit I was a sucker to upgrade to version 8 before the demo came out and it is something I regret. I was sold on all the great stability reports which users gave, but if I had known that it was going to contain so many general errors I don’t think I would have touched it. I feel very much that version 8 was released too early, for whatever reason, I don’t know.
I loved 6.5, it was also rock solid in terms of stability but it had the best of the visuals, which combined SX3 and the more flat V5. Even now, I find myself going to 6.5 just to have a more positive workflow experience. I may try 7.5 as I am enjoying the new MixConsole, but from what I see, the silly hidden buttons mentioned above started off there.
Well done on a stable release, at least.