Okay, my first Cubase experiences go back to the early 1990s, the days of midi-only Cubase on my Mac LC2, synced to my Fostex R8 recorder. Pretty cool setup, had to waste a track for time code though, but it worked great.
I stayed with Cubase until VST 32…this was when, in my opinion, it was great to use. With the Cubase versions beyond VST 32, some good things took place, but some irritating changes were made that I believe could be improved upon by looking back.
Cubase 6. What I wish were in Cubase 6:
Audio recorded automatically in parts. This was done back in VST 32 and 24. So simple. One audio part on a part line that when clicked, could be edited or even recorded on another lane below the existing audio. How simple !! Then, when on the main paste board the part could be moved at will. I understand that audio can always be converted to part, then dissolved? But why? Audio parts make it easy to manipulate in instances of radio commercial recording when placing thing around existing soundtracks and music beds, to get everything manipulated to fit into a 30 or 60 second format.
Automation on top of the audio, instead of under it. Recording 24 tracks and wishing to look at the volume for everything…boom…now you have to look at 48 strips of information, instead of just 24.
Clicking open and close of all the boxes, just to get to the plug in. Why cant ONE plug in box be open at a time, then if a track or mixer channel is clicked, the open plug in box would follow whatever track is clicked or highlighted. Would be so much more efficient for screen real estate. Instead, how it is now, if I want to see a dynamics insert on a track, I have to click the first box, click the second box and then it STAYS ON TOP OF THE PASTEBOARD until it is clicked closed. Why can’t the pasteboard be brought to the front when clicked and the plug in box go behind, open, ready to be selected again by looking under open windows…why must it always stay on top?
A consolidated style window, with the mixer board always visible and on the bottom of the screen, open or closed at will.
I try to use Cubase. I miss it. I like a lot about it, but because of these irritating issues, I reach for Studio One 2, or Digital Performer, even though I am making mp3s, I do all the mix work in the other programs and bring it back to Cubase to convert to the final mp3 for my website, as the mp3 Conversion that Steinberg has is superior to anything I have found. I can make the smallest mp3 files, that sound the best. I’ve tried Digital Performer, Logic Pro, Studio One 2 and Steinberg’s system for making mp3 files is still KING.
Okay, let’s get Cubase up to speed on some of these other really simple convenience things and then I could use it for everything. Until then…well, it will be a two-step process for me.
My wish list…