Along with a seemingly countless list of irritants regarding my Artist Series Controllers, one of the most annoying would be the disruption of work flow caused by the “Nuendo Environment.” Granted, this is clearly a Steinberg Issue and cannot be blamed on the controller. But it really is annoying to be working on something and selecting a control that just worked 5 seconds ago and then not have it work now because your “Focus” has changed. ie: I group several tracks IN THE PROJECT WINDOW for mass processing. I hit the Quick Link control and it doesn’t work! Why? Because I’m in the Project Window and not the Mixer Window. But wait, the Project and Mixer Windows ARE LINKED! Doesn’t matter, apparently. I HAVE to switch the focus to the Mixer Window in order to activate the Quick Link button.
This has been a PITA ever since they switched the work environment to this “Fragmented Version” in Nuendo 7. I dearly wish that they would return it to the ONE ENVIRONMENT FOLDER we enjoyed from Nuendo 6 back to 1! But my reason for bringing this up is that I wondered if the NUAGE controller(s) eliminate this fragmentation of the environments. So, it doesn’t matter what screen you’re on, when you pick a function on the hardware surface, that function then works in the software.
If that’s the case, I can see a significant argument for the savings you would eventually enjoy, once you get past the very real fiscal pain of investment. This stuff really does add up when you’re “in a flow!” The gear is supposed to be essentially invisible in it’s assistance to the process. These other controllers ARE NOT, unless they are purpose built to work with the software. So Avid/Eucon is great with Pro Tools. Fairlight was totally holistic in it’s Ecosystem approach, before BMD disrupted it. And so too NUAGE is really the only route to an unencumbered working relationship with Cubase/Nuendo, right?