Yes, you read it right.
I don’t wish for ANY new features in Cubase 11.
What i DO wish for is
- Refresh and redesign of the user interface
- Simplification and modernization of existing features
- Cohesiveness in menus
- Reliability and speed
- Priority on squashing bugs before new features
Cubase is extremely powerful featurewise but the GUI, consistency and overall usability is a mess. There are heaps of amazing features but functionality in many cases is downright horrible and some are so convoluted and hidden that people hardly know they are there.
Presonus promoted Clip Gain Envelopes as a ”fantastic new feature” in Studio One v5 even though it’s been in Cubase for quite some time! The feature is extremely useful in Cubase but the way it works could be improved. Why can’t you manipulate it like ordinary automation? Why do I have to click EXACTLY beneath the 1-pixel thin border to the next track which makes it prone to erroneous clicking and manipulating automation on the wrong track?
Or just a couple of other things I can think of right away:
Why are there different menus for loading and saving track presets? Why is the Solo button red and Mute yellow when it’s the other way around in all other DAWs? Why does different parts of Cubase look like they are different pieces of software? Why are Midi Devices so badly implemented? Why is it so tedious to work with physical inserts? Why are there inconsistensies in menus? Why is ARA still not fully working? Why, why, why?
I am quite happy with the feature set in Cubase but I feel that the way Cubase works could (and should!) be greatly improved.
I have collegues that think Cubase has amazing features but they just won’t work with it because it’s so cluttered and downright ugly in parts.
The best christmas present I can imagine would be a Cubase where GUI and usability is at full focus so the DAW layout/functionality is consistent, easy to use and stable.