Agreed! And thank goodness. Some of the biggest pains in the neck I’ve experienced with Steinberg in the past have been directly related to including third party developer tools or libraries, etc. So I’m very glad they have phased that out. While in the short term it has indeed caused other issues or missing plugins/features/etc., in the long run it is much much better for us IMO, especially if Steinberg is put in a very difficult position by third parties, like when Apple suddenly dropped Quicktime security support on Windows, thus severely impacting the video engine situation. That precipitated Steinberg finally re-writing the entire video engine from the ground up, which I think is great for the long term. I never want to see such a critical feature dependent on a third-party again.
And there’s no reason why Steinberg should even bother trying to compete with noise reduction plugins now since there are some really mature/advanced solutions on the market for a great price. It would be foolish of Steinberg to even try, would take years and years, and I’d far rather they focus on their core strengths with Nuendo.
However, if they DID want to bring noise reduction tools back in house, then I think it would be best if they did it by acquisition, rather than developing from the ground up, sort of like what they have been doing with some of the new tools Steinberg has brought under their umbrella like Spectralayers, etc. In any case, I think Steinberg’s strategy of owning the technology stack of the DAW (except for computer hardware and OS) is very good overall. Hope they stick with it.
One other option they could consider for people like JDSStudios – is that maybe Steinberg could do a super promotion with iZotope for Nuendo users to get a big discount for RX, for those that still don’t have it. Just to give long-term customers with JDSStudios’s point of view some opportunity to get something to make up for the lost feature from years ago. Now I don’t know how JDSStudios already doesn’t have RX, since it has sort of dominated that market for years, but just in case, might as well give a promo to people like him, and keep focusing on other areas. Just don’t BUNDLE it with Nuendo or we risk getting back into trouble again. It should be 100% separate, and not tied to Nuendo at all.