New to Cubase, but not to DAWs, I had a hell of a time trying to install Cubase AI 11 during the notorious eLicenser server outage. After that bad weekend, I got Cubase installed, and started getting used to it.
The documentation is basically a quick install guide and does not even mention content. As with most any DAW, I expected to see loops that I probably wouldn’t use and VST instruments and effects that I probably would use. There were none. Since the box and documentation didn’t say there would be any, I just thought it was strange Steinberg didn’t give any.
On a YouTube video, I happened across a reviewer saying there is such content, but that for whatever reason it doesn’t reliably install with Cubase. So I start following his suggested fix using the Steinberg Download Assistant. Ah, there’s the content. So I spent pretty much a whole day downloading a ton of VSTs that sounded good.
Starting up Cubase, I am met with a dialog saying a ton of that loaded content was not licensed! What the what? Seriously? The Steinberg Download Assistant can’t tell me something is not licensed before I spend all that time and SSD space?
So I am over a week into this install and still not actually using it to make music. Yes, it looks like Cubase has a ton of features, but if someone who has worked with half a dozed DAWs can’t hit the ground running as a new user, Steinberg has a seriously bad ignorance around user experience issues.
Just to add to this, I also found that VST instruments not listed in that “unlicensed” list also don’t load for similar licensing issues after startup. I can add a VST track for them, but am then told they’re not licensed.