Keeping the backstory short. I started with Cubase on Atari ST - since then I moved on to using Logic and Pro Tools heavily, and then Ableton more than Logic since around 2012 - and still an everyday Pro Tools user.
So far generally I am really liking Cubase Pro on Mac, and as you guys already know it is extremely deep and I am sure for years to come I will still be discovering things. It has been a pleasant surprise how quickly I have become pretty fast with understanding the UI and using all kinds of key commands to navigate and edit my way around.
So why switch, in one word MIDI. Also in the hope that I can use one application for audio, mixing and MIDI.
Some things I like
- Software instruments are great. Loving Groove Agent, and also getting in to Retrologue, Padshop etc
- Customisable key commands
- Nice GUI
- Powerful and slick MIDI editing
- MIDI plugins, Arpache etc
- The stock Cubase processing and effects plugins I have tried are really good
- The colourful and powerful mixer. I love how easy it is to copy channel settings etc. ‘Copy First Selected Channels Settings’ yeh!
- Side panel inspector
- The range of editing tools
Some things I don’t like (it’s possible I don’t understand fully)
Some key commands are laborious. For example ‘Show Automation’ and you need a separate key command for ‘Hide Automation’ - Pro Tools has a single key to toggle automation on and off
Volume automation is shown on a lane below the main clip, as opposed to over the clip? I know you can have the waveform displayed in the lane, but this I am not digging as yet.
No way of rendering in place group or folder tracks?
A bit clunky switching between projects
Graphically, waveform display not quite as slick as Pro Tools
No tempo display in the top bar???!!!
Things I really miss from Pro Tools Ultimate (course I might be naive to their existence)
Trim fader mode ?
Realtime clip FX
Export clip direct from edit window
The price (only joking)