I see this request way too much - “Cubase should look more like Abelton”, “Cubase needs clips”
No, Cubase needs to be more Cubase, and then it needs to be more Cubase.
First of all, the whole Clip Based Ableton Production Arranging Thing is over hyped, over rated, and over done. I wont say it sucks or has no place, but, it is overrated. And it’s not what Cubase is about.
Cubase is about boring details - studio infrastructure, signal management, sound/sample asset management, expanse project management and oversight, workspace management, complex MIDI studio management, excessively large editing and export tasks, and start to finish compositional workflow. Anyone who knows what’s up, knows there is a universe of creativity in this way way beyond clip based loop production of which that style can still be easily constructed in Cubase.
If some Cubase users want utilities and workflow like Ableton, they should request Ableton to release a VST/i version of the program that can be hosted in Cubase, just like Propellerhead did with Reason.
At most, if Steinberg does try to do something Abletonesque, just like above, it should be done as a VST/i rather than be baked directly into the base code. Why?
-Updating it/adding features/revisions/etc wont interfere with the rest of Cubase, create bugs, crashes.
-It wont take resources away from the rest of Cubase development
-it can be on its own update cycle
Also, Groove Agent can already pretty well do what Ableton does if you go deep into the features and UI of Groove Agent.
Groove Agent doesn’t have to be only drums, Steinberg could easily expand its concept to just generally more about “Groove”. Bass, drums, rhythm, etc.
Groove Agent could be updated with a full editor view, with clip based system which already exists with patterns.
Groove Agent is pretty much a DAW of its own right, and pretty much can do what Ableton does.
Conclusion: Cubase does not need to aspire to anything Ableton does
All resources should be put into bettering what Cubase already does better.