Thanks you for all your help. I have considered switching to another daw for reasons like this, and it is only the issue of money and sheer features that keep me from doing so. Here is my listing and opinions of other daws:
Pro Tools - doesn’t support vsts and is overall featureless for the price
Reaper - everybody seems to like it but it just doesn’t hold in the purely feature department
Studio One - the most viable alternative
Fl Studio - unlike some say, this is a very professional app but it was a bit to quirky for me
Reason - too incompatible with the rest of the sound world and not super mature.
Digital Performer - too expensive and not well known enough.
Logic - mac only
Cubase------I describe Cubase with one sentence. “It has it all, but it is completely inconsistent.” Cubase has got to have every feature in the book, but it is inconsistent in every single way: design, operation, and stability. It will randomly drop my sound card, some of the windows look like they are from 1998 whereas others look like they’re from 2014, it will crash on me for no apparent reason (though most of the time it appears to be stable), the vst connections never seem to remember their settings, sometimes cubase will perform one way on a project but the next minute that feature doesn’t work properly, etc etc.
The Steinberg team is changing for the better — I am very happy about that because they seem very eager to assist their customers…but the issue I’m having is that the company keeps tacking on new features without perfecting the design and workflow of the old features. Even pro tools has perfected their daw in such a way, though I don’t think I would switch to that platform.
Thank you again.