I could make a long and dramatic post about my frustration and go into detail on why I might leave Cubase, but I’ll spare you that valuable lifetime. Instead, I’ll make it short and precise:
The quality of the last couple of Cubase releases did not meet my expectations for a “professional”, expensive product.
After sticking around for a few years, I have noticed the typical cycle of a broken major release, dealing with annoyances and unfinished new features while waiting months for updates. These updates often do not address the specific issues some users may be hoping to get fixed.
Then, a paid .5 release which repeats this cycle.
With the next major version, usually remaining bugs and annoyances that are not deemed critical are being carried over unfixed, accumulating over years and years.
I am used to both better release quality and update frequency from competitors like Reason, which I have not encountered a single crash or issue with from version 3 to 7.5 in the time span of about 10 years. In terms of update frequency and amount, Reaper is a shining example, while being at a fraction of the cost. They manage to deliver updates the size of a typical Cubase maintenance update within days, difficult ones in 2-3 weeks. Compared to Cubase, which lets its “professional” users deal with their bugs for months.
So, I’d like to make an informed decision on whether or not I should keep investing patience, energy and money into Cubase. Please just give me an official statement about the following questions:
Is Steinberg currently in the process of increasing the frequency of maintenance updates?
Will there be public beta tests in the near future to ensure broader testing?
Will Steinberg increase the amount of maintenance updates for the Cubase versions that came before the newest, latest major release? ( e.g. now that version 11 is out, still supporting the 10.5 branch to make it a more stable option for people who don’t want to upgrade )