The thing that annoys me about Steinberg and Cubase is all the bloat soft synths and plugins, which I NEVER use. I use 3rd party soft synths like Omnisphere and plugins from Waves, Softube, DMG Audio, UAD-2 and so on… Cubase plugins and synths doesn´t stand a chance against those. They´re hardly even mediocre in my opinion.
So if I want to keep updated with Cubase versions (and I do), I always have to spend money for these plugs that they keep adding. It´s like they are forcing these plugs down my throat! Why can´t Steinberg just sell them as add-ons for those that actually want to buy them?
I would love a stripped down version of Cubase, without any bloat plugins. I would be willing to pay even more for it. In fact I would pay double, just to prove my point!