I need some help in deciding how to spend a couple of hundred USD.
I do mostly live studio recordings of improvised music (acoustic and electric). I record on a Zoom F8. Since I am pretty new to this, I am still buying the hardware needed. My next investment was supposed to be a Beyerdynamic M201, which I would use for snare drum and/or saxes and clarinets, and guitar cab.
Now, yesterday I saw that Steinberg has a 40% discount on upgrading to Cubase 8.5 pro. The discount is good until 15 August.
I am currently using Cubase Elements 8, which I am very happy with.
However, I can see how it might be useful for me to upgrade to Pro, especially at this discount.
My main interests in the upgrade would be
- Better automation
- Some fx, particularly the Deesser and Reverence (I now use Voxengo’s Pristine Space, which is excellent, but 32 bit)
- Better metering
- Workflow optimisations
I do not use midi at all, nor any VSTis. I do not use any composition features. I do not use comping. I have no problem with the limited track count in Elements. I only record and mix audio tracks. So there is a lot in Pro that I don’t need, at least not in the foreseeable future.
In fact, if Steinberg didn’t offer this discount right now, I wouldn’t be considering upgrading to Pro at all. I have an UAD-2 Duo card and enough UAD fx and processors to make ma happy. I have been considering getting the UAD Precision deesser.
Now, please help me decide what to do here. Should I continue on the mic track and get the M201 and just forget about upgrading. Or should I take this opportunity to get the better featured Pro?