about a year and a half ago i switched from my cubase 8 to another daw because i couldn’t live w/the bugs in cubase. but although the other daw works fine, it doesn’t support vst, and i’ve missed using some of my old kvr favourites, so i decided i’d give cubase 10 a test run.
what a disaster. cubase wouldn’t even get to a point where i could test it to see if the bugs were fixed. it just stops running shortly after i start it. in fact, there were problems right from the start, during the install. the installer tells me that the new e-licensor can’t be installed on my system because it needs windows 7 or later…
then when i try to run cubase 10…
- it exits on first startup. vstscanner continues to run in the background for a short time.
- even worse, my cubase 8 now also exits.
- a bug in the de-installer : choosing to de-install cubase 10 de-installs only cubase [i.e. all extra content also installed w/cubase 10 still left hanging around]
- de-installing cubase 10 and manually de-installing all cubase 10 extra content allowed cubase 8 to work correctly again.
i figured maybe there was a problem with one of the vst’s, so i selectively re-installed cubase and removed existing vst’s.
re-install, selecting ONLY cubase 10 and required components [no loops or instruments]
- new e-licensor wouldn’t install because it thinks my win7 system is older than win7.
- cubase exits on first boot. vstscanner continues to run in the background.
- renaming my vst plugins folders, effectively taking all vst’s out of the picture, restarting cubase : cubase still exits immediately.
- removing C:\ProgramData\Steinberg\Content*\VST Sound, which was erroneously left on the machine after the last de-install : cubase still exits immediately.
- deleting my user settings folder %AppData%\Roaming\Steinberg\Cubase 10_64 that cubase copied from cubase 8 and moving my cubase 8 user settings folder so it can’t be found : cubase exits right after ‘importing factory presets’.
- restarting cubase holding ctrl+shift+alt when clicking the ‘start cubase pro 10’ button, then selecting ‘delete program preferences’ : cubase exits immediately.
- selecting ‘start cubase artist 10’ instead of pro : no difference, it still exits immediately.
- de-install vst transit and restart cubase pro 10 : cubase exits immediately.
- de-install the generic asio low-latency driver : cubase still exits immediately.
- de-install cubase 10 and manually expunge all the files the de-installer left behind. verify that cubase 8 now works again.
i don’t know, steinberg… given cubase’s abrupt exit w/o even a crash dump, and the pretty blatant installer/de-installer bugs, it sure doesn’t seem like this was tested very thoroughly before being released. this experience doesn’t leave me very optimistic about the rest of it being any better.