From the moment I started using Cubase Pro 12 in March of this year I loved the GUI. It felt different from everything else, neither Mac nor Windows, very original and professional.
And I loved this weird font that looked old but at the same time not bad, like a good classic car. Not the full GUI, but the buttons like the mute and solo, things like that.
But now Steinberg has taken the awful course that Microsoft has been taking for the last two decades or so, making everything flat and boring:
I don’t know what font is 100%, but it seems to me that it’s a lame font like Arial or similar. Even worse, if you compare the buttons and other graphical elements, again they did the same with Cubase than Microsoft did with Windows, make everything flat and tasteless.
Look at the buttons in the first screenshot. They have rounded corners, not to much, but enough to make it look good. Also look at the surface of the buttons and you can see that they have a gradient that makes them look as if they are protruding from the background.
Now look at the second screenshot. The buttons don’t have rounded corners, they are plain rectangles, and they have no gradient, it’s just a flat boring red, yellow or gray. It has no personality like Cubase 12 had. In fact, it seems like a GUI that is about half way between the first design, and that it looks finished and polished in the first screenshot. It looks like a GUI from a much cheaper program, some free DAW that was just released in version 1.0.
So this GUI is a huge step back, I just don’t get it. They had a great looking GUI that needed some polishing in a few places, mostly functional stuff, and they just turned it into a cheaper looking version of that great GUI.
It’s not even across the board, because they made these buttons with sharp corners, but many other GUI elements have rounded corners as usual. So it doesn’t even follow its own style.
Please Steinberg, give us back the old GUI. Just leave the new great features in, but at least make it an option. It’s just a bunch of tiny bitmap files you have to put back in the app, that’s all.