At it’s current price point - I have “crowd funded” Steinberg and Wavelab enough over the years - thank you very much.
My own opinion is that it’s time for PG to get out of “one man show” mode and get real with the WL internals and discuss the “processing” part of the app with his Steinberg colleagues or ANYBODY at any other company - like say Presonus and fix WL to conform to industry standards rather than using whatever he has cooked up now.
No other app here that I have (or have had - like Nuendo etc) has ever barfed on playback or locked up with RME drivers (my current woe) so this tells me that WL and WL alone - has a problem on several levels.
If I experienced all my other apps locking using with the same interface (RME Multiface II) then I would say RME has a problem - but I believe WL is the problem. With drivers, with plugin interfaces etc.
Whatever internals it is using - it’s becoming very clear (especially with 8.x) that WL does not play well with the rest of the industry and these woes will continue (crashes, playback lockups, bizarre plugin UIs etc etc) unless something is done to fix WL.
And by fix - I mean take the exact code that Nuendo or Cubase uses for ASIO and Plugin interface display and stick it right into WL.
This app used to be the standard for stability and now (its crazy ass UI not withstanding) - it’s becoming a has been.
This is a primary reason that I am moving most of my workflow out of WL and over to Studio One. I feel like I simply cannot trust WL to be there when I need it to be.