“man, with all due respect, I disagree with you. That style of beat making, while perfectly acceptable, is not the preferred choice for the majority of Cubase users.”
Blanket statement based on nothing.
“It may be easier to work with for people less skilled or newer to beat making but it is also way more limited compared to Cubase’s “diamond” grid.”
Again, a blanket statement and not true even slightly. And limited in what way? Do you think those icky grids are for electronic music only? Also, ou do realize once you place a “block” on a a grid it doesn’t mean it’s stuck there, right? you can move it anywhere you’d like, just like magic. (And for what’s it’s worth I’ve been producing music professionally since the 90’s.)
Like I mentioned before, the Beat Designer plugin was created for users, such as yourself, that prefer to create “mechanically looped” beats the way you mentioned. You typically aren’t going to be creating jazz, fusion, rock, classical, etc. with that style of drum sequencing.
I’m starting to get the idea that really have no idea what you’re talking about, which is fine, since that what forums usually consist of. First off, It’s not an either or thing. You can have both a grid and your beloved (yet very dated) “diamond on lines”. Cutting off potential users by not having a place to put your drums on anything less than Pro is silly in my opinion. I know people who loved Cubase, but decided to go with Abelton for instance for a more complete experience at a basic level. As for your genres comment, I’m not sure I understand. Typically if you really want to program jazz or any genre with complex patterns (not sure rock or classical fit into this) you would have individual hits assigned to the keys on your controller and PLAY the parts and make adjustments after. I’m not sure anyone programs complex drums for an entire song placing diamonds on lines in the Cubase drum editor, but it’s your free time, if you like spending hours on something that would take me 10 mins, that’s your prerogative.
Despite what you may think, diehard fans on forums are actually harmful. Companies listen to suggestions, believe it or not. Shooting anyone down immediately because they offer an idea you clearly don’t understand is not a good thing. And despite what you may think, there’s countless threads online dealing with the exact issue I brought up. So like, relax and try to embrace the future.