I would like to share with you my feelings about Cubase but I would also be pleased to hear your feedback too.
For some time now and despite all it’s qualities, I feel that Cubase might be not a DAW made for me anymore. And this for many reason.
But before this I would just like to clarify that I use Cubase for years now and I make music, mostly EDM and film scoring like, as a hobby, I guess like many. I am not a pro and I don’t work in a Studio.
So, in fact, what is boring me so much with Cubase is, of course, it’s slow (to not say endless) start-up and shutting down time. The worst being the shut down of a project and then the shut down of Cubase it self. So, I know that for some, Cubase runs like a charm and its quite fast at starting/shutting down. But I also know that for many others, the situation is just like mine… and I don’t believe that we can say that the fault is about computer performances as, in comparision, with other DAWs the process if must faster in the same conditions.
Also the constant bugs… I rencently made the experience of the “Invalid project file” issue, which pissed me of quite a lot.
People could arrgue that I don’t know how to use Cubase and that is were my frustration comes from but that’s not what I believe.
More generally, I have that feeling that Cubase is too cumbersome, that it works on the basis of an old system, that is too fragile and that it is not intuitive enough.
The way of adding tracks with all its distinctions, the coloring system, the quantize, the right tools and the routing system, where you can now simply drag and drop things into tracks in other DAWs… The eLicenser which is gone but I still have licenses that I can’t move from the dongle to the virtual eLicenser! The systematic crash at startup one time out of five…
That been said, I don’t want to offend people that feel all the opposite using Cubase, that’s not my goal. Moving from another DAW is not my first choice, I don’t want, in my today’s life, start it all again by learning from the begining.
Another thing that is annoying me is, I have noticed that, more and more nowadays, the majority of the tutorials and profesionnal courses/training that I watch are made using Ableton Live or Logic. Some uses Fruity loop but I can’t count the one using Cubase… Ableton Live is coming in the first place almost every time.
About Ableton, I am wondering if that would not be the DAW I need at the end (I don’t have a MAC so I can’t use Logic). I have seen so many tutorials using Live for which I always struggle to apply the technique in Cubase and when I manage to do it, it is clearly not as smooth and quick as in Live… It seems so smooth, like you do things in an instant, even if I know that it can’t be as easy as this but that is what it looks like.
I have seen so many people moving to Ableton Live and saying that they should have done it way before.
I am also using Reaper for many years too so I have a good idea of how fast and smooth can be another DAW and, in the case of Reaper, for 10x less the price…
So, what are your feeling? Have you tried to switch? If so, did you go back to Cubase and why?
Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences