There is one German company, Behringer. Everybody is complaining about it. Buggy software, and buggy hardware. When you fire it up, you allways have a bad feeling in guts that it will die on you. Many use their products, because they are cheap. I do. And they look quite nice too, lots of lights and stuff. It looks like you get much bang for the buck, but there are problems. Power supplies breaking all the time, quality is so so…
Just right on the limit of tolerance, right on the edge where you want to throw it out of window, but then, well, why not give it another chance… I must say, their greatest expertise is sailing on the limit of customer’s tolerance.
Just to say, in pro audio, German may not be what it is hoped to be. But I must say, in my experience, there is less problems with Behringer gear than with Cubase. Probably because Cubase is more complex and this and that, and whatnot… And it is software only, so no real physical damage even if it is broken - just restart it, or restart computer, or reinstall, or delete some drivers or…, and don’t click that button again, or even better don’t use that newest half-broken function ever again. But no real harm done, its all just virtual.
I have no experience with Steinberg hardware. I know Yamaha is good, I have good experience.
I think it will cost way too much for Cubase to ever become COMPLETE product again. We will never be able to pay as much as is needed to make it real good. After all, it is 500eur product. It is like the cost of smart phone, and those have some problems too. It will allways be just patch on patch and more patch over patch.
To do it right, they should sit down, and rewrite it. Too many inconsistencies already, it is like having 10 apps in one window. Even graphically it is not consistent, what to speak of functional consistency. Too many things from way back, and too many new shiny half working things.
I have no idea how they will ever make it shine with nowadays economy. Who will pay more for just a bit of improvement? Not me. Better we get used to what it is, and do what we can with it. Peace.