It’s just different, I prefer the stock instruments in Cubase - they just work very well for me and can find what I like easily. Trouble with Logic is that I grew tired with the sounds as used most of them for almost a decade! So it’s all very subjective.
I’ve always liked the Yamaha Motif sounds, so when first using Cubase I really liked the stock sounds and ended up adding to it via the Steinberg Absolute collection.
The stock effects, particularly compressors in Logic are much better than what’s found in Cubase though. But then the whole mixer and channel strips I find much better in Cubase.
I get far better results with Cubase over Logic and that’s my main reason for using it. Things just sound great, it has a very complete suite of tools and I adore variaudio for vocal tunings., fact that it links in with Chord track is just bliss!
Oh it’s one of the largest DAWs out there used by some top professionals, Steinberg were one of the original innovators of audio software and are responsible for the invent of the mainstream VST plugins and instrument formats.
I don’t know if you’re aware but original members of Steinberg split off and helped develop Studio One into the DAW it is today, hence why it’s quite similar. But to recommend one or the other is an impossibility really, too subjective. Using the trials as you’re doing is the best method to find out what works.
You won’t get any issues with interfaces like that, it’s more if you’re just wanting to plug headphones directly into a laptop (i.e. no interface) where the issues arise. On a Macbook this is just simple and straight forward, not so much on a windows laptop.
Similar, if you ever want to aggregate multiple audio interfaces into one - so simple on Mac.
RME will guarantee you the best results, even though they are expensive their drivers are solid. But it depends if low latency reliability is all that important to you. i.e. if you’re recording guitars and applying real-time amp sims and such like, it probably is.
Yeah definitely, Even the base Mac Mini M1 is a great machine for audio. Silent, efficient and affordable. Although the 16GB model is minimum really, and you do need to expand them via external SSD’s.
If I didn’t need a windows machine for compatibility with my work I’d be straight back in the Mac world. As I said before, I didn’t like paying premium price for Apple standard components back with the i5/i7/i9 models - I just feel that Apple Silicon machines at least have a justification now. i.e. there’s more valid reason for SSD and RAM to not be user upgradeable.
I look at the Macbook Air M1/M2’s. They can run for 10-15 hours, handle 4k video and pro level audio, and without fans spinning up. It’s revolutionary.
But of course, it really depends on your needs - if you’re not mic’ing up and recording then fan noise isn’t as critical. Then you have people who game on their audio rigs so tend to go the windows route so they’re flexible.
Others just like to be able to self build and dictate which components their machine run on. So many factors as to why people choose what they do.