In case the Cubase development team is watching these forums…I just wanted to share what I’m pretty sure at this point will become my workflow for the foreseeable future. Recording in Cubase, then exporting and mixing in Logic X.
Although not super convenient…the reason I have decided this will be my best workflow is the following:
- Logic X can distribute plugin load to multiple cores much better
- Logic X lets you hear your real-time mixdown by default, without having to setup Studio. I have an Apollo Console so I dont need Studio.
- Logic X bounce-in-place include external hardware inserts <— my bad Cubase allows you to do this
- Logic X has better way to integrate external hardware…examples:
(-I have a patchbay of 32 channels of external hardware normalled to my interface I/O. When recording I insert into these channels. However Cubase doesn’t allow you to have I/O for both recording and external FX. They dont even allow you to save External FX routing.
-If I have a pair of 1176s, Cubase makes me decide to use these either as a pair or 2 mono. Sometimes in a mix I will use 2 1176s on 2 different sources, or both to effect a stereo track… Logic X lets me do either on the fly.
-Mono to Stereo devices like many of the old reverbs are not handled very easily with Cubase External FX. You have to create a group to apply this on a mono source etc.
-There is no MIX knob on the external FX insert plugin. Really cool for applying distortions or other effects in parralel within the channel)
- Logic X has much better/easier way (in my opinion) to create track stacks (their version of groups)
- Logic X has a better way of turning a mono track into stereo. (90% of the time I want my mono tracks to stay mono. But occasionally I want to add some stereo effect to the insert then apply further shaping plugins. Logic X handles this within the channel, while Cubase you need to create a new group)
I should also mention I recently have incorporated a Console 1 into my setup. And although Cubase might be integrated more with that device in the near future, most of the items on this list are a show stopper for me. Until Cubase has them I dont see myself being able to mix with it.
Logic X in my opinion is a totally unreliable and crappy recording software which I feel is not professional enough for my studio compared to Cubase. However for mixing it seems like it will be my choice for now.