There were a bunch of videos on YouTube that showcased Cubase Pro 9, by Darren Jones of MTT. I had planned to post the links to them but, when I double-checked before making this post, I found that they had been removed. I don’t know why, but it’s a great pity. They were excellent. Being a third-party reviewer, he pointed at some instances where Cubase 9 didn’t work as expected (bugs?). Something I’m sure Steinbergs official videos won’t do, when they are released. I base my opinions below on Darren’s videos.
I’d say that Steinbergs main gaffe this time is the long requested Sampler! It’s not implemented as a VSTi, but as a Sampler Track. You can only have one single sample loaded to a Sample Track. That means no multi-sample instruments (which rules out just about every instrument under the sun). It also means that, provided you don’t use a single loop during your entire song, you need to set up a separate Sampler Track for every loop you use!
Steinberg has a real knack for rendering good ideas useless, by poor implementation, don’t they?
The best new feature, for me, is the Plug-In Sentinal (provided it works properly, of cause) as it may help combat rogue and poorly programmed plug-ins.
I’m disappointed that Steinberg has chosen to not implement another widely requested feature: A VocAlign-like feature. That would really have been useful. Not only for dubbing audio to video, but also for making sure that the individual vocals in a multi-track choir are aligned properly.
It shall also be interesting to see if a couple of major bugs have been fixed:
I) The Econ visibility bug. This has been fixed years ago, according to Steinberg, but they have neglected to release it.
II) The bug that makes the Hardware Set-UP for the the Steinberg audio interfaces to disappear from the Devices menu and the MixConsole, if Cubase crashes or is shut down incorrectly. It’s not enough to reboot Cubase, you have to reboot the entire computer to get it back.
Steinberg claims increased compatibility with Steinberg and Yamaha interfaces, so one can only hope.
Is it worth the cost of upgrading? At about €99, I’d say I had expected more of a .0 upgrade. This feels more like a .5 upgrade to me. However, I don’t expect that I would save any money holding out for Cubase 9.5 or Cubase 10. Judging by the upgrade cost from Cubase Pro 8, I would most likely loose money. Therefore; I will pay for the upgrade. However, If I didn’t expect to loose money by holding out, I probably wouldn’t.