Struggling with C7 to get it working with the same efficiency as before, I got tired of all the useless UI ‘evolutions’ since 5.1. So, I retrieved my little Cubase 5 case with its 4 DVDs and reinstalled C5 in its 64 bits flavor, just to see how it behaves with Windows 7. Three years ago, I was still under Windows XP SP3 32 bits, so I didn’t know what to expect. I immediatly upgraded it with the 5.1.0, then 5.1.1 updates. The results, for the same template project :
- Cubase 5 launching is more than two times quicker, even for loading my samples libraries (EMu X3, Alchemy, BFD2…)
- The ASIO usage is, at least, 40% less,
- The three VSYis that I still have in 32 bits format are bridged without issues,
- Rock stable setup, even after tweaking it in every possible way.
And, more then these (see the attached screenshot) :
- Transparent events as they never should have gone,
- No more oversized Info line, this with a relevent font display,
- Simple and efficient project cursor (no C7 cursor horrible white ‘mask’ feature involved, which makes it all blurry)
- An overview line without flashy white background,
- An efficient ‘Wrap controls’ behavior : no more half appearent buttons when the track is reduced in high for the group/FX tracks,
- No more shaded/3D display of events. These were getting on my nerves as sson as I upgraded to 6.0…
- And the thing that is not visible in the screenshot but is probably the most important : a still existing ‘Preference/Work area’ page which allows you to set precisely the relative display of the vertaical and horizontal grids : it has been dropped since C7 for an unknown reason.
This with the .vmx files fully working… C 7.0.1 anyone ?
Let’s say I’m a happy camper, this evening : I was expecting all kinds of problems and, actually, all went without issues. I have even been able to integrate my 6.5 generic remote and quick controls definition files, windows layout (workspaces…) and key commands one, without hassle.
The lesson ? Don’t be afraid to reinstall C5 if the C7 UI doesn’t match your needs : what I’ll do in a foreseeable future is to do everything I can with C5, using only C6/C7 only for specific tasks that C5 isn’t able to provide. And there are not so much of them. The new MixConsole, comping stuff, etc ? I can live without them. This, from a certified bedroom studio owner…
7.0.2 ? I no longer care…
At this point, I am wondering why I purchased all the upgrades/updates that followed since 5.1. Let’s say it’s a commitment to Steiny to keep on developing Cubase, but I’m not really pleased about how the whole process is evolving…