The reason why Apple has added features like a Clip Launcher and invested in updating things like the Sampler/Quick Sampler and others is because they aren’t blind. Same with Digital Performer.
Many people here… ARE blind. They can’t see past their noses - e.g. the market segment in which they primarily operate.
If Cubase could sell 1M copies to EDM producers tomorrow, that would do a lot to help fund bug fixes, feature additions, etc. for everyone. But, people here are too ignorant and bigoted to see how these two markets can mutually benefit each other. Instead, they prefer to polarize with elitist attitudes and posit a “competing market” as childish in an attempt to decrease its validity.
Things are completely different over in Ableton land. They’re adding more studio DAW features, and you don’t hear any of the producers there calling them “features for old people,” etc. This attitude seems to exist primarily in the film composer market and in the “fan base” for “Old DAWs” (SONAR had the same kind of user base - still does, at least on the forums; and we all know what MOTU Nation is like…).
The Electronic Music Production market is probably bigger than the film composer market, at this point - and that’s ignoring the fact that Electronic Music is making more and more inroads into film, anyways. It’s certainly a better market for growth, right now.
That growth creates long-term users. If you don’t get many users early, you lose them, often forever. People choosing Ableton, FL Studio, Logic, Pro Tools, etc. right now as 22 year olds are likely to be using those same DAWs in 10 years. A decent grass roots effort is necessary.
So, a DAW that has feature sets geared towards that kind of production not only helps the “EDM Kiddies,” but also Film Scorers.
This is why you see DAWs like DP and Logic moving in that area. Because this stuff is increasingly needed within those market segments.
The only thing this thread tells me is that there are a lot of “film composers” who are unwilling to modernize, and probably have very rigid ideas surrounding what a film score actually is.
It’s 2021. Time to move on.
P.S. It’s almost impossible to sell anyone onto Cubase who isn’t already a user, due to the dongle. Not only is it really awful if you have to use a laptop, but it’s also an inconvenient licensing method as you has to constantly move hardware around just to run your DAW on your Desktop/Laptop… and some Laptops don’t have a lot of USB Ports (and some don’t have ANY USB-A ports).