Just to put my 2 cents in here - I am also holding back on advancing from N6.5. It works, despite some bugs around MIDI/Instrument Tracks. N7 and beyond feels undercooked.
Call it a feeling, but N6.5 feels like a solid-ish iteration of Nuendo and, so long as all my plugs, interfaces and OS are happy, why on earth change? For some new features that are really not vital.
Personally I have not felt the need for VCA, and this is probably more a reflection of my compositional background as opposed to an engineering background. So I am not saying that I don’t sympathise with users struggling with what is clearly one of the most disastrous implementations of a new feature. But given the Post Production remote of Nuendo, it is rather astounding that a correction of this much requested/bemoaned tool is still not forthcoming.
For me, I will stick with N6.5 until I start reading consistent satisfied reports on this forum.
I have launched and played with N7 and just felt, is it worth it really? On top of this, SB manage to alienate me with further interface “degradations” which are quite beyond me (specifically track control icons, track pop-up menus, track names have all taken a step backwards in clarity of readability and status).
It’s a LOVE HATE relationship with Nuendo, and I guess with SB in general as a consequence. I really do rather wish that SB would make a greater effort to make this a LOVE LOVE relationship.
A single maintenance update just seems to insult the premium price we pay for this software. It feels like SB are lacking resources to maintain a product. It’s become, here on Earth, an unwritten understanding that when you publish software, if it’s broke, it gets fixed in an update for free. This is because what is written on the box, at point of sale, describes functions that the user would reasonable expect to work in return for their hard won cash. When these don’t work, the user IMHO has reasonable expectations of fixes, in reasonable amounts of time.
Out problem, as pointed out in other posts, is defining words like “reasonable” and “priority”.
Anyway, my relationship with Nuendo remains LOVE HATE.