The whole professional versus hobbyist thing is a bit snarky, a tad elitist and totally unnecessary. Hobbyist or professional we are here to try to help and learn from each other. I’ve seen plenty of whiners from both camps in my time.
I’m not a professional. I don’t make my living at this. (I make my living in a large corporation. My job chews up my time and a good part of my soul as well.) This “hobby” is something I’ve been dedicated to in one way or another for the last 30 years. I decided recently that - because of the soul crushing part - i need to figure out how to make this hobby into something that can provide income. I’ve gotten closer in the last 2 years to being able economically to make a switch, but, with a family and two very young children, I have to be smart about it and not self indulgent.
Bedroom hobbyist or no, time is time. I would argue that time is even more precious for the bedroom hobbyist in some cases. The time I can get in my project studio is EXTREMELY limited. Therefore I need tools that are stable, don’t require me to relearn them if I put them down for two weeks (i.e., well designed interface and workflow), and can help me be efficient.
For all of those reasons I stopped using Cubase after version 5.5. I essentially abandoned Cubase for Logic and eventually StudioOne. I have not really used Cubase in 2 or 3 years. There are things in Cubase I really do like, and I had kept up with the upgrades during that time in the hopes that something would improve. But I saw nothing during that time to change my mind.
I had written Cubase off.
Then version 7 hit the streets. I thought the pictures and videos of the new mix console were AWFUL looking. I remembered Cubase and its plethora of windows as being a PIA to use. I was extremely skeptical, but as before I bought the upgrade to check it out.
At first, it didn’t go well at all. It wouldn’t launch and kept crashing out during plug in validation. I thought the solution suggested to me by tech support - remove all plugins and put them back “one by one” - was insane. (Those of you who have a lot of plug ins and less than infinite extra time know this isn’t an option.) I couldn’t understand why Cubase couldn’t be more intelligent in its validation mechanism. “More of the same BS” I thought, and I put it away.
A few weeks later for unrelated reasons I pared down my active plug ins dramatically. (As Eno says, it’s not the number of options but having a few really good ones that matters.) I remembered Cubase and tried to launch it…and it worked! I set about re acquainting myself with the program…
I LOVE the new MixConsole. I think that alone helps workflow tremendously. It is operating almost flawlessly on my system. (I’ve had a few issues with video so far.)
In short, buy it. Understand that you will need to put a little time into setting things back up and learning the new paradigms. (There are some good getting started tutorials in the app now and there is a tutorial video over at MacProVideo.com that walks through the new features in a few lessons. It really helped me.)
And let’s stop the sniffing about hobbyist versus professional. Boorish behavior is the issue, not where your cash flow originates…