Hi, I’m new here too, returning to computer music after a few years hiatus and thinking I’ve made the most horrible, expensive mistake…
I have very, very little free time (3-4 hours per week max) so I decided to throw some money at the issue - I wanted something that would just work, that I wouldn’t have to fiddle around with, and could get on with creating. So I bought the (at the time) top of the range Macbook Pro, 15", quad core i7 2.5 GHz with a 7200RPM 750GB disk, and fitted 16 GB of RAM. I’ve been using Cubase since VST, and most recently ran SL on an iMac running Windows XP under bootcamp (I had never actually used MacOS X on it, except to install XP - long story, but it worked for me). With so little free time, and already knowing Cubase, I didn’t want to learn Logic. XP is not supported under Lion, so… I made the decision to jump completely over to Mac, and bought Cubase 6 and Wavelab 7.
I’m horribly disappointed. Wavelab 7 uses 80-90% of my CPU in 64 bit, with one file open and no plugins. The laptop fans quickly spin up, very noisy, making it pretty much useless for any kind of audio work. Steinberg support have been useless - first suggesting that they could not reproduce the issue, then ignoring me when I gave them some more information to try to pinpoint the problem.
Cubase 6.5 continually glitches, performance is horrible and again the noisy fans spin up. This is with just one instance of Miroslav Philharmonik and one reverb plugin. It’s much worse than it was in Windows my old iMac (a 2006 dual core 1.8Ghz with 4 GB of RAM). I used to be able to run full SATB Symphonic Choirs with Wordbuilder on that thing, and it barely got warm- the only limitation was the 4GB of RAM in 32-bit XP.
Seems to me things have gone backwards in the last five years - Cubase SL must be positively ancient now. I’m several thousand pounds down and horribly disappointed. I’ve spent the last few weeks fiddling and tinkering, trying to get my system to work, and haven’t done anything musical apart from one mastering session in Wavelab (which I had to do on my HD280 closed-back headphones to try to drown out the noise of the fan). I was really looking forward to getting back into creating music, but now I’m horribly disillusioned and will probably just give it a miss. I’ve wasted too much time on this rubbish already.
My own fault, though, I should have researched it properly (I’ve been reading about the whole sordid issue on the web the last couple of days) and bought myself a Windows laptop instead. I’m a bit stuck now though - I can’t even get Windows 7 and bootcamp it as I’ve already bought and authorised Mac versions of several expensive plugins (Melodyne, Ozone5, Alloy2 and Wavestation).
So yes, to the OP, Steinberg won’t acknowledge it but Cubase (and seemingly Wavelab) are pretty crippled under Mac OSX- but Steinberg support can’t replicate the issue .