I’d like to preface this by saying, Cubase 9.5 is the best DAW I’ve ever used (and I’ve tried them all) The one thing I’ve been hoping would pop up, but never has, is a more intuitive drum sequencer, which would make the most sense now that the right zone media bay and sampler have been added.
Now before veins start popping in peoples heads, I understand there is a drum editor that people love, my problem with it has always been, that it hasn’t changed much in well over a decade.
I had a similar thread a couple of years ago and took a beating for saying the same thing I’m saying now, all of which was before Steinberg decided to give you the option of changing those diamonds into squares (rectangles?) which I found to help with my workflow, sllightly, but was still far too time consuming.
My suggestion would be to have a tab on the low zone (similar to the sampler) that you can drag drum samples into a simple sequencer (like beat designer!) individually, and build a “kit” that you’re happy with, and go from there.
This would save a LOT of time for people, I’m sure. Maybe Steinberg hasn’t done this in hopes that they can sell the full version of groove agent, or just stuck in their ways? but I believe there is more than 1 way to skin a cat, and different options work better for different people, but I’d like to bet that having a compact drum grid style sequencer would make people jump to Cubase 10 from their current favorite DAW.