I’m helping spec a new Win10 PC/Cubase system for a friend (I know very little about Cubase), who composes large classical pieces on piano/Sibelius. He used Cubase at University (some years ago), and likes the look of it now vs other DAW’s he’s investigated, and because of the impressive sound quality of these Orchestral instruments nowadays, he want’s to try and bring his compositions to life… as it’s next to impossible to get anyone to play them… and he is also interested in trying his hand at composing small commercial pieces to supplement his teaching income.
As a base system PC to get him started, he’s getting a HP Z2 workstation with i9 processor, 128gb ram, and 2T of fast PCI SSD storage (waiting for it to arrive). I had considered getting him 2 x 32in 4K monitors… as a start… but when researching this I hit an unexpected snag that Cubase Hi-def setting will only scale at 100% and 200%, and nothing in between… which has caught me out. (two standard monitors provide too little space)
I use graphics programs a lot in my own work, and I have experienced lots of 4k scaling problems with my existing software, when I saw that Cubase had proper 4k support, I thought I was home and dry, then stumbled across the lack of scaling… which has presented me with a headache. 100% scaling on a 4k 32in is uncomfortably small (200% obviously doesn’t work).
I can see some people on here, and other forums seem to be experimenting with 50-55in 4k TV’s… it’s difficult to be certain about the screen position from where my friend will be sitting, as he hasn’t yet sorted out how he will set up his work environment with keyboard etc… But we have to start somewhere…
I did a bit of screen scaling testing last night, and it does seem a 55" 4K screen set towards the back of a large desk (providing more desk space between the operator, and the screen for say… keyboard/mouse/audio-digital hardware in front of it), would give about right scaling/size on screen, to comfortably display Cubase in 4k @ 100% scaling.
Just a bit concerned about getting this right… wouldn’t have a problem if Cubase scaled between 100 and 200%… as he could just alter to fit his needs, but the lack of adjustment means we have to get this right… first time… and to me… having a 55 inch screen on your desk is odd… even bizarre… and it seems weird ordering it… but I can’t see a better solution.
For those who have experimented with using a large 50-55" 4k screen in Cubase at 100%… are there any pitfalls I’m missing?
Any other advice about the system… also gratefully accepted…