I regularly use Cubase 6 and Wavelab 7 at the same time. I opened them both today to do some recording, and again it really jumped out at me how completely different in quality CB6 and WL7 design are?
CB6 is really professional, sleek, quite beautifully drawn menu’s and thought out colours and backgrounds, WL7 icons are like something from Windows 3.1 (just look at the speaker icon and the other top menu icons - actually do think they are from Windows 3.1!!!) and the other menu icons and window icons look as if a 12 year old designed them as a computer class project?
I am amazed that the same company designed and released these two pieces of software.
Whenever I use WL7 I just get this sinking feeling that I am using a really archaic, lazily bodged together piece of software, and that has a definite effect on my use of the software. It doesn’t stimulate or inspire the eye, and it makes menu and window choices a really unpleasant experience.
WL7 WORKS technically very well as a piece of software but at huge expense of little comfort and little pleasure to use visually.
Does anyone else have this experience? If enough users came up with their views and offered suggestions for improvement, maybe just maybe Steinberg would listen?
You just don’t get this with Open Source software, and I do wish someone would put together an excellent Open Source music equivalent of Joomla with such a vibrant and ongoing sense of improvement and design by a responsible and contributing community of users. There are some Open Source DAWs but they are not suitable for professional use really.
I don’t have the technical computer skills to do this unfortunately, or I would do it.