I recently switched to Cubase from Sonar. I’m still figuring out where everything is but I"m continually amazed at how easy it is to do what I want to do in Cubase. Things just seem to work the way one would expect them to and usually require around 10 less steps to get there. I’ve been watching Groove 3 videos to get up to speed and just about anything I can think of is usually a quick Google search away if I need a “how do you do that?” question answered.
I used to have to switch to Live if I wanted to do warping, Cubase seems to have that covered nicely. Basic editing operations are much easier, the score view is amazing. I’m at a loss to think of anything that hasn’t been thought of in the interface, it’ll probably take me a while to find it all but so far it’s been a joy to use.
As an example, I just got ARC2 for my monitors. It made them sound a LOT better but I knew right away I didn’t want to deal with disabling the plugin when I needed to do a bounce. I checked out a couple videos on the Control Room and was up and running in about 10 minutes. Now I can use my nifty plugin without it affecting the master bus. Brilliant! I’m finding this kind of stuff every day and I’m a happy camper, it just keeps getting better.
I still have around a hundred or so projects that I’ll have to use Sonar to tweak if I need to make changes but all of my new work is being done in Cubase. It’s like switching to a new Mercedes after driving a used Chevy.