Okay guys, I go back with Cubase a long, long time.
The year was 1991; I was tired of sequencing on my Roland W30 keyboard workstation, and seeing the little screen display a couple lines at a time of midi information. I ordered a Macintosh LC2 Computer and a Mitsubishi 14 inch monitor. I thought I was in heaven. I went to the Woodwind/Brasswind in South Bend, IN (when it was in the little shop on State Line Road) and purchased Cubase. It was just a midi sequencer then.
I had a Fostex R8 with the optional midi sync controller on top. I would time-stripe track 8 on the Fostex, and link it to Cubase. When I hit play on the computer, the Fostex started moving. When I selected which tracks to record, a control message was sent to the Fostex to put it in record mode.
Yeah, that’s how it was back then. I stayed with Cubase…VST 24, VST 32 (my favorite).
Back in the VST 24 and 32 days, audio was recorded to parts without giving it a second thought. One part was on the track screen, no matter how many lanes were contained inside it. You could punch in and the audio was recorded on lanes under in the part. The bottom lane was the active lane, clip, mute, drag all editing was done in the part, close the part and there you go !!! All the audio was self-contained, just like the midi information is now. It was beautiful !!!
This is what I mean by audio to parts. Now, you have to record the audio, select it all, turn it into a part. God forbid if you should need to make a quick edit. You have to dissolve the part, make the edit, make it all a part again…TOO MUCH WORK FOR WHAT USED TO BE SIMPLE. And the audio was in a container, ready to be moved along the time-line. It was perfect for radio commercial work. If the voice or sound effect needed to be moved, it could be, then edited again if need be, while still all being inside one part. It makes my heart hurt to think how (as my kentucky grandpa used to say) how GOMMED UP it is. Cubase had it right then; They need to go back to when it was right and fix it.
And, selecting which tracks to work on (which ones are visible and which ones are hidden) is a beautiful thing. Saves screen real estate for what you are actually working on at the moment. Studio One and Digital Performer both have this right. Logic has the “hide” button, but it is still more cumbersome than the other two.
And, Studio One Pro 2 has it right as far as the window following the selected track. It is a beautiful thing. Yes, beautiful. In the interface window, select a track, and the open plug in switches to the one that is selected. No need to open and close boxes all the time. The plug in window follows the selection. What a time-saver !!! And at the top of the plug in window insert 1, 2, 3 or whatever can be chosen. They are in tabs at the top of the window.
And, all the DAWs have automation on TOP OF THE AUDIO. In Logic, just click A and the automation pops on top. In Studio One, one click displays the automation and in DP, hold the option key down and select one tracks setting for automation and they all change to that. Brilliant.
But where that can’t hold a candle to Cubase is in the mp3 export. NONE OF THEM SOUND AS GOOD AS CUBASE. Steinberg got this one right. The algorithms are perfect. (Fancy word, I think that’s the term.)
Okay, this is why I take the stand on the things that I do. Just wish I could use one program and get good mp3s. Studio One comes closest. With the integration of Melodyne into the program, it is beautiful. But, Steinberg’s Vari Audio is not shabby at all. It works great and I think they are both better than Auto Tune.
There you go, guys. That’s my reasoning. What do you all think?
From the old guy on the block,