A bit late to the party.
I was in the same place about 2 years ago.
I had a PC with an i7 Extreme Edition and a 24 Giga Ram, which lasted me for about 11 years.
When I bought it, it was state of the art and Cubase (I think it was 6 back then) run reasonably well.
But what I didn’t figure out was that the more I use Cubase, the more problems started to happen, Error codes, corruptions of Cubase files, etc.
Also, things were becoming heavier and heavier. Libraries, plugins, and so on, my computer started lagging very badly.
Add to that, good old Cubase would stop at MIDI in the starting phase, would crash, would take forever to close, and the whole thing became a nightmare.
The final nail in the coffin was when I lost files due to the unique privilege by Steinberg to have created a program, that when it feels like it, it just invalidates your files. Awesome huh??
Seeing red is a gross understatement.
I was determined to switch.
I tried Reaper and Studio One, and to my disappointment, they were both extremely alien to me.
I finally managed to get a very powerful computer. Updated to the latest windows 10 service pack and what-have-you, had a look at the power settings and I am happy to say that Cubase (11) works really well for me.
Does it crash? Of course, it does. All programs do, but the frustrating thing is that I had to spend £2500+ pounds to get a computer that Cubase seems to be happy with.
And that’s not cool.
But, here is the thing. I am a professional film music composer. That’s all I do.
Firstly, the stuff that Steinberg has thrown in there, such as plugins that some rival 3rd party plugins, exporting ease (render in place, Good God, thank you!!!), and many, many other functions, are imperative to me and cannot find in other DAWs.
Secondly, even if these functions can be found in other DAWs, I simply don’t have the time to re-learn a new program from scratch. As I said, S1 and Reaper were so, so very alien to me, I was astounded when I first opened the DAWs to have a look.
In addition, and so sorry to say that, but I also have experienced Logic & Digital Performer, and guess what, they both crashed, burned, and died…On a Mac too.
I took a look on the Bug Reporting page for Reaper, out of morbid curiosity, and guess what, it’s pages, and pages, and pages of topics…
There is no perfect DAW and granted, some may suit you best, I can’t quit Cubase for the reasons I mentioned,
I agree with you about Cubase, it can become so very frustratingly horrific, it’s beyond belief.
I think I stated this many times. I wish they would stop releasing stuff, and concentrate on stability.
Nowadays, I make sure all updates are in place, power schemes are set to suit Cubase, and I ‘Save As New’ RELIGIOUSLY. In addition, I have cloned Windows with everything ready to go, and when things go downhill, I wipe the main disk, and clone again to my main disk, and for some reason, problems are gone. What can I say, is this the right way to do things? Surely not, but, it is what it is for me.
But, all power to you, try them all and see which one works for you.
Good luck man,