Could Cubase be the safe refuge that some of the present Sonar users are looking for? In my case the answer was YES! Cubase meets the requirements of what might be called the “traditional Audio+MIDI recording studio” exceptionally well. Sonar does a good job too but still has a few areas like MIDI editing where it is, in my opinion, a bit weaker than Cubase.
But that’s not the biggest issue. Over the past year Sonar has been going though what one might call “Victor Frankenstein’s approach to marketing” with their Membership model plus Monthly Updates. This meant that you had to pay forward for unknown items and whatever version you had was out of date in a month. Now they seem to be offering lifetime memberships and announcing huge changes in the next few months. What next!
With this in mind it might be a good time for Steinberg to offer the Sonar users (i.e. the ones that don’t thrive on software chaos) some assistance or crossgrade, so they can move to a more sane/stable environment and a great DAW; namely Cubase 8.5. Even without the assistance/incentive I am glad I moved over to Cubase. I can finally get back to focussing on the music, not the software!