I downloaded the trial version of Cubase 11. I wanted to share my thoughts despite the many feedback links in the forum.
There’s no question that Steinberg has added a boat load of new tools and enhancements to some of the older tools, including their appearance. The new tools cater to mostly advanced users, which is a good thing because it keeps Cubase in the professional realm but is still attractive to the novice and intermediate users. For example, these new tools can stay in the drawer until guys like me create a desire to use them. They’re not going anywhere.
There are some new VSTs that only cater to the EDM and electronic crowd. There’s nothing new for the conventional players of light jazz standards, country, folk, and other similar genres. It’s almost like people who play the older genres don’t count anymore, as demonstrated by the many instructional videos on YouTube. Virtually every teaching video is done using EDM, which is a serious learning impediment to conventional players – but that’s another topic.
My initial impression of the GUI is, it looks more “buttery.” This is a positive comment. It looks like the flat icon designs have been enhanced. Despite the improvement in overall appearance, there are still inconsistencies in the icons, especially the record icons.
The Inspector window is still not sizeable. It’s often difficult to identity tracks by name that are listed in the Visible column because the names are cut off and shortening the track names is often not feasible.
Opening the MIDI Editor window on a second screen still does not sync the cursor position until you either press Play or manually click the ruler in screen #1 to set the bar you want to audition. There’s many a time where I just want to click in each MIDI track in the Project area and look at the MIDI data in the MIDI Editor window on monitor #2. The lower zone MIDI editor can be synced but it has size limitations, especially for looking at left and right hand piano MIDI parts. I’m surprised Steinberg didn’t fix the cursor syncing issue. It’s most annoying.
So overall, I can see the attraction to advanced level users but there are still a lot of basic GUI things that have not been corrected. These may seem trivial to some users because they have created some effective work-arounds. Hats off to those of you who can do that but we shouldn’t have to correct basic design things that impede workflow.
I’ll go take some Tylenol now in anticipation of getting the crap beat out of me for this post .