I’m starting to think we are too quick to blame plugin companies for plugin incompatibility issues in new releases of Cubase. Isn’t it reasonable to expect that currently supported plugins from current companies should work in C10 if they worked in C9.5?
It seems to me that one of three things must have happened to cause plugin incompatibility issues in C10:
- Steinberg notified plugin companies that plugin affecting changes were coming in C10 but the plugin companies failed to react.
- Steinberg failed to notify plugin companies that changes were coming in C10.
- C10 contains bugs the break some plugins.
I tend to think option 3 is what’s happening here since the plugin companies are supposed to adhere to the interface published by Steinberg. Plugins that worked in 9.5 successfully did adhere to the interface. But I’m on the outside. Maybe I don’t know that I’m talking about. Maybe Steinberg had coded exceptions to the interface that were removed in C10. In that case, 1 or 2 is the answer.
I have not tested all my plugins yet but all the Fab Filter and UAD 2 plugins seem to work ok. These are the ones I use the most. Slate and Melda Productions work too. However, I have found three that I rely on that do not. EW Spaces 2 which works fine in C9.5 but crashes C10. The two Bettermaker plugins I use which control hardware over USB do not work correctly but I’ve (thankfully) found work arounds for them.
I guess maybe as a former programmer, I’m wondering how these plugin problems could even happen in the space of one release. Clearly C10 is the variable here. I did not update my plugins, I updated Cubase. And bottom line… Which company is responsible for the fix? I expect the answer to that depends on which of my three possible causes above is actually happening.