Well, here’s a thought:
Since they’ll get rid of the NEK because everybody hates it and it’s a waste of time and money, Nuendo will get all features of Cubase by default.
Therefore, give all Nuendo users a default Cubase license to go with it.
Thus any leapfrogging is partially offset by Nuendo users being able to load Cubase instead of Nuendo when they need those features.
People should be happier this way:
Steinberg get to sell a bunch of Cubase copies and make money
Cubase users get to get all the new features as soon as possible
Nuendo users get those features as well but in Cubase, with the sole drawback of having to run two apps
In any case, this only showcases the folly of running two completely separate apps. It’s much smarter to have a “tiered” approach to licensing. When you move from the lowest level license to the next, you retain the right to use the lowest level app, and so on. So owning the right to run ONE instance of the flagship should give you the right to run ANY of the lower tiered products in the same range (one at a time of course).
Seems to me like a simple solution…
…but then again, perhaps SB doesn’t want music people to buy Nuendo, or perhaps they just want Nuendo people to buy Cubase too. That cynic and greedy approach, should it exist, should be fully negated by the dissatisfaction held by the users resulting from it though…
Anyways… just my .02…