I would agree with Shanabit and Compiositor.
I don’t think there is anything wrong thinking of this as a “public beta” program. But how would it be different than the forum here?
How do you define a “core” user? If you genuinely are a die-hard “core” user with years of Cubase experience, and have the time, then why not become a real Cubase beta tester?
If you break down all posts here, IMO it’s fairly easy to distinguish verified and confirmed bugs apart from users with questions or problems on the user end or problems with their own computer. It’s easy to see users wishing for features. It’s very easy to see users unhappy with either dropped functions or feature changes such as the new right-click change or floating transport. Steinberg representatives don’t ignore their own forum.
If anything it would be nice to see increasing communication between users and Steinberg representatives, especially with confirmed and verified issues. But even then, use caution because often a Steinberg representative can’t give more information because they aren’t the actual coder or person working on the problem. Give a date for a fix and something last minute goes wrong, guess who gets the blame? Martin helps out, but even he is limited. And NDA’s always exist due to competition.
FL and Ableton do not have nearly the amount of features found in Cubase. Not even PT or Logic. What may work with those DAWs doesn’t mean it would necessarily work with Cubase. I have confidence that someone in Steinberg marketing is aware of those public beta programs too.
Keep the big perspective in mind. A user forum represents a very small percentage of all users. I would guess the majority of all Cubase users are not even on C10. Many stay with what they need over time…even C6 for many. There are some users in forums that don’t even use Cubase as a tool to complete a track. Instead their hobby is to push every Cubase function and feature to the extreme as they are focused on Cubase or the other DAW’s alone. Then they expose the problems in forums. This is just one example of a person who loves to focus on DAW’s.
I’m not saying it wouldn’t necessarily work. I’m saying they are aware how other public forums work and unlike myself, they know the resources it would take including the potential pitfalls applicable to the Cubase environment that is unlike other DAW’s.