Cubase Pro 11.0.30 crashes after "Reading Project File" - doesn't even load tracks/plugs

Cubase crashes after “Reading Project File”, before it starts loading tracks, plugins, instruments, etc

I’m on Cubase Pro

All the usual fixes don’t apply as I don’t even get to the start of loading up tracks. So moving VST folders, trashing preferences, starting in Safe, mode, etc, don’t do anything. I also can’t import the project tracks into another clean project - that also crashes Cubase.

I closed the project last night, couldn’t open it this morning. I can open the previous saved version.

Cubase 11_2021-08-18-103425_Toms-Mac-mini.crash (146.8 KB)


Reported to Steinberg. Thank you.