I’d like to make a suggestion about making a pro version of Sequel.
When I heard a new version of Sequel had been released, I instantly downloaded the demo, as I was curious to see what had changed from Sequel 2, as things looked a lot better now that VST support had been added. What I didn’t expect was that Sequel 3 would be so addictive that I couldn’t put it down, and by the time I did, it would be 3AM the next morning!
I’ve always thought of Sequel as a very basic beginners program, but it seems I was wrong. It’s far better than I ever imagined it would be and if some of the following areas were addressed, I think it would become the next must-have music making app for any serious dance artist, remixer, beat maker or live performer.
THE THINGS I’D CHANGE:
- ONLY 48 AUDIO TRACKS - Change this to either 64 or unlimited.
- ONLY 24 INSTRUMENT TRACKS - Change to either 32 or unlimited.
- ONLY 16 EFFECTS - Again, this limitation should be removed.
- Add VariAudio - Sequel’s the perfect app for this kind of audio editing, it really needs it.
- Add LoopMash 2 - Again, Sequel could really benefit from having this addition for remixing.
- Add VST 2.4 Plugin Support - essential really, as the VST3 plugin format is still quite new.
- Add support for Versions in Mac OSX Lion - a real time saver!
- Add support for Full Screen App mode in Mac OS X Lion - Sequel needs to be full screen on a Mac too!
- Add Multitrack audio quantise - Quicker than having to address each track individually.
- Add Step Designer - Could be a nice addition, though maybe not essential?
- Add Pitch Correction Plugin - Great for when you don’t need the detailed editing of VariAudio.
- Add Channel Batch Export - Great for creating stems for remixes and pro mixing apps.
- Make it a 64bit app - Far better to be able to access more memory than not.
- Lose the GarageBand-style side panel (end cheeks) - They wouldn’t look too good on a pro app!
Now, the first thing I’m waiting for is for someone to say “Why don’t you just buy Cubase?”, but if you’ve actually used both (and I’ve used Cubase since v2.0 on the Atari ST), you’d already know that the workflow is really quite different and that Cubase is not ‘Sequel Pro’! It’s now my deepest wish that Steinberg realise this and see that people who buy Sequel are faced with a bit of a dead end when it comes to upgrading, especially if you want to keep all the things you love about Sequels super fast workflow in-tact.
IMHO, Sequel is going to waste (as well as being incorrectly mis-marketed) as an entry-level music program for beginners. It’s so much more than that and I personally regret missing out on it for the last four years because I thought that’s all it was. Anyone reading this who hasn’t tried the demo, I strongly urge you to do so, as you’ll be in for a real surprise.
So, how about it Steinberg? Food for thought?
Oh, and yes… I have bought Sequel 3… just as soon as I’d had a few hours sleep from playing with the demo!