I discovered projects were backwards compatible since before xmas. Since then I’ve been jumping from 6.5 to 7 and back again trying to make up my mind as to which version I will continue to work with.
As you can guess I’m not too happy with Mixcontrol at all. Regardless of the new functions It just doesn’t sit well with me and slows down my workflow considerably. The whole issue has me installing demos of other DAWs wondering if I will switch.
It would be an understatement to say that I will never enjoy using this mixer as much as the “old” one. I don’t like it’s overall “Web 2.0” design, values changing from one thing to another etc. I prefer a static interface just like the old mixer.
And what is the purpose of those little grey boxes that appear around absolutely everything when you mouse over them? They drive me nuts. They have no function whatsoever, they’re just a distracting eyesore.
For me it would have been enough that Steinberg upgraded the old mixer by adding some new options like the ability to stack rows and have it full screen and maybe some other minor additions.
Mixcontrol is sluggish to use especially when opening and closing the rack sub-sections. It has this opening/closing animation which not unlike those little grey boxes has no function except for visual effect. When I re-install Windows for whatever reason the first thing I do is switch off all the useless eyecandy, I would like to do the same here. This is supposed to be a professional mixing environment, I don’t need to be dazzled with flashy graphics, that’s what games are for.
As someone mentioned 6.5 was damn near close to perfection. An updated version of the old mixer and that would have been it. But of course there will be version after version of Cubase because in the end it’s a company and money needs to be made, people need to get paid so changes will come whether they are needed or not.
This wouldn’t be a problem except for the fact that many companies refuse to update older versions. Otherwise I would be safe in the knowledge that I could stay with 6.5 for a long, long time and not have to worry about the software becoming unusable on newer systems.