The thing is pretty easy: a standard plus an additional expert mode accessible via the prefs. Just like now, but more parameters than 9.03. Using the latter, the online community will create a wealth of choices for every personal taste and, more importantly, requirement. Everything you see in a GUI can be propagated the frontend ( prefs). The infrastructure is there already, but instead of opening it up to make it more flexible, the opposite happens. I have spent at least a week to tweak the shit out of the available options in C9; it’s been a massive pain due to its previous inflexibilities but eventually I found a viable look, one that serves my purpose, works on my screen, and doesn’t annoy me after looking at it for more than a day. Days of tweaking for nothing, I just can’t get this to look right anymore. What I couldn’t fix for a dark theme is the more than weird inverted logics for selections being darkened (e.g. shaded regions in the sequencer). Cubase is intended to look like a candy shop and not meant to be configured towards a monochromatic, dark feel, which, and I guess I am not alone with this opinion, is not exactly an attribute to pro software. Look at Autodesk Flame 2018, which is living proof to that. Also, Avid Media Composer is beautiful, and guess what - both are NLE softwares. This assertion thus cannot be too far fetched.
Just give us all the options, and end of story. For as light as one wants and pitch black the like. No more clever “the-software-knows-better-what-looks-good”-mechanisms. Candy shop or military software, whatever supports your creativity. The former is so repelling to me, as I need to my brain to process audible information. The laser show happens on stage, not in the studio.
The 9.5 colour customisation is indeed so hideously screwed and curtailed that I am beginning to wonder if it’s actually the final intended version, or if they simply didn’t have time to finish this for the (early?) release, given the new graphics subsystem. Yes, the one that Steinberg representatives claimed to be totally sound in the first place and would not require a rewrite not so long ago on this forum. But that’s a different story, thank god it’s finally fixed now.
Has anyone ever complained about the plugin menu? Or the visibility list? Or the workflow of Media Bay, apart from it’s notorious sluggishness? Not to my knowledge. So please, hands off the bits that apparently are good as is.