No, actually, I didn’t (and don’t). But, if you’d really like to know why…
I evaluated three DAWs after I bought Cubase 12 Pro (Cakewalk, Cubase, and Reaper - I abandoned my go-to post environment (Adobe) when they went subscription-only, plus Audition doesn’t do MIDI). I bought Cubase based on reputation and the extra content that comes with it. A 90 day trial and RTFM didn’t uncover the issues I ran into once I got into an actual project, though.
I built an identical film post production project in all three DAWs and began working through each DAW in parallel, performing the same editing functions: tracks, routing, colors, folders/groups, sends, I/O, automation, FX, etc. I found Cubase nearly impossible to work in (or at least uncomfortable), and the workflow illogical compared to any other DAW I’ve used. Inflexible, comes to mind. I’d have to rewire my brain to use it effectively. Some of the simplest audio editing tasks I do in post are overly complicated, if not impossible to do in Cubase (like grabbing the line between two points on a clip volume automation curve and moving it, along with the two points on either end as a unit - maybe it IS possible, but definitely not as easy or intuitive as in any other DAW where it just works as expected).
Given the cost (and the hype), I really expected more, especially given Nuendo’s legacy as a Post product. The money is not the issue for me; the VALUE is. So, I put Cubase 12 aside back in April/May. I really like Cakewalk but, being a free product, I was concerned about its long-term viability (that has now changed and something to watch going forward). So, I focused on Reaper and the more I used it, the more I loved it. I created a custom theme and layout (overcoming that default ugliness factor), and it is fast, lightweight, very capable, and very stable. Bonus tip: I paid $60 for it back in 2016 for V5, and received free updates up to V7 (which dropped last week), for which I had to lay out another wallet-bending $60 for free updates until V9 (ouch!). Maintenance updates are practically continuous. I can also run Reaper as a portable install off a USB thumb drive. The user community is absolutely fantastic. Expansion via scripting using 3 or 4 different programming languages is simply amazing. Write your own compressor or EQ if that’s your thing using the built-in Reaper Scripting IDE and the Reaper-provided API (or just find an existing free one in the Reaper stash).
So that’s where I am, or was, until I got the email yesterday about Cubase 13. So I watched Dom with interest to see what might have improved, and the new mixer changes, dnd functions, cleaner, more logical functionality in a few places, and a few other things like workflow improvements I saw on the “changes” list, seemed to address some of the complaints I had about 12. I figured $99 was worth the price of entry to see if it was indeed better. At least I’d have the latest and greatest if I ever did need the few advanced features Cubase has that Reaper does not yet have (like built-in Atmos).
Sadly, it won’t even open the ONE (and only) real project I have in Cubase 12 correctly. As I reported in another post, the MP4 video file I used in the post project in Cubase 12 won’t even load in Cubase 13. It says “Invalid or not supported file!” in the Import Video dialog. Go figure.
So, yeah, just a bit of buyer’s remorse.
And to those who suggested that the de rigueur method to upgrade to a new version of Cubase is to reimport tracks from past projects into the new version if you want to use it, all I have to say is… you’re joking, right?