UPS delivered the package this morning.
Update from C4 took around 40 minutes (including the re-installation of various 64-bit driver) and went though without any errors or complaints.
Licence update (and registration) went through without a problem (though heart missed a beat when it asked for my “Activation Code” and I couldn’t find - found it on a bit of paper that had dropped on the floor as I opened the box!).
Haven’t installed all the trial VST stuff yet - will get to that later.
On the initial run it found the C4 installation and built new preferences based on it. Then did some background “media updates” - not sure what was going on there - then launched perfectly.
I’ve loaded a couple of existing C4 projects and dealt with any minor config inconsistencies around VST instruments and audio routing. When you save such a project it warns you that you won’t be able to re-edit it in C4 unless you rename it and then gives you the opportunity to do so or will do itself (brilliant!).
The display looks cleaner and more professional. Need to change my right-click habits though (unless there’s a preference setting I haven’t found yet).
So far, the thing is absolutely rock solid. I deliberately loaded a project which generated lots of clicks, pops and audio drop-outs under C4 and there is not a single hiccup in the whole play-back. The VST performance indicator hardly lifts off the bottom (it was all over the place with C4). It’s a delight to hear the whole file rendered without midi notes ciphering on after their note offs and the audio tracks completely free of glitches.
Had a go with the Variaudio and pitch correction on a previous project and I’m very impressed (as will the talent be when they hear themselves).
Going back to it now to play some more (including the media bay).
Seems well worth the upgrade price at the moment.