My first Steinberg product was their Pro-24 III MIDI Sequencer followed by early releases of Cubase. Despite tending to stick to Cubase Pro versions, from Release 4 through to 8.5, I recently moved back to Elements/AI 1o.X as a result of the free software I received with various hardware acquisitions. Simply put, if you want to record a reasonable guitar oriented rock album (drums, bass, guitars + vocals), AI/Elements 1o.X is pretty much all you need.
However, as of late, I’ve been thinking that an upgrade to Release 11 would make sense; with a return to the Pro version most likely. After a review of the online documentation, I decided to watch the video produced by Steinberg which (as far as I know) is intended to assist you in selecting the correct version (Pro, Artist or Elements) to suit your needs.
Simply put, with a few minor exceptions, the video failed to provide anything of substance to entice myself, as a rock musician, to upgrade to Release 11. Based on the premise that you can play your parts properly during the recording process, the functionality on offer is superficial, if not unnecessary; a trait that seems to have been gathering momentum since Release 4.
Is it just me or has Cubase 11 been targeted at the non-musically minded at the expense of people who know how to compose a song, can actually play their instruments proficiently, and can handle the basic techniques required to record, mix, produce and master a track?
Please tell me it’s just me! What am I missing here?