Today I actually used for the VERY FIRST TIME (!) the punch-in while trying to mangle all the difficult guitar in - part by part. Even only less than a second long parts.
What RIGHT AWAY hit me was, that there seems not to be a way of using Looped-recording so that it… Well if you for example plan to record between time segment 2:30 and 2:40 and you use pre-roll (let’s, say 5 seconds) AND you activate that LOOP-button AND you want the looping so that it would ALWAYS do that pre-roll manuver (start looping from time position 2:25) AND start recording exactly at 2:30 position - and not before.
Now it seems to work so that it executes the pre-roll only initially and NOT during the second loop (or loop no. 1) and so on, but instead it return to that left locator and starts looping and recording from that!! Now may I ask, WHY??? Why doesn’t it utilize the pre-rolling again?? Now I can’t hear what I have recorded before that punch-in point (left locator) and if I move the left locator even more left;… I then STILL can’t hear what I played earlier since it records over them!
This immediately pretty much shocked me to thinking: what the he*l were they thinking in Steinberg? Or if I’m doing something wrong, please enlighten me. This really should be fixed if not intentionally done this way. And if it’s intentional, then I must be plain stupid for not understanding one bit of the logic.
The second thing that should be fixed is that when MIDI-event is double-clicked, it should open at the horizontal position equal to the point where you double-clicked the event on. It sucks searching the correct point. And yes, if you zoom out full by pressing G and then start zooming IN by pressing H, it will jump to the location where the cursor is, but first off, having to play with the zooms and feeling stupid, is in no way meaningful and can’t possible be how you planned it there in Steinberg? Can it? And the cursor position can’t be equally important as the point where you double-clicked the MIDI-event as to how people want to see their MIDI-file.
The third thing that I encountered is that one can “browse” or select the events by left/right arrows but it only starts selecting the events from the beginning of the track, like when you press right arrow and reach the end of the track’s event entries, only then it jumps to the beginning of the events on that track and selects them one by one. BUT what I would find very, very useful is to be able to use left arrow and when the left-most event on the track is selected then pressing the left arrow would also return to the last (right-most) event of that track. You know, and not ONLY vice versa. What reason there could be NOT TO enable this? I don’t wanna get into details but using the keyboard for hours and mis-hitting the space button, the cursor would jump allover the place (accidently hitting B or N etc.) and locating with the arrow buttons by selecting an event would be VERY useful.
The fourth thing is that when doing automation (by selecting multiple automation points) the otherwise just excellent automation tool could show up entry points’ info IF THERE’S ENOUGH ROOM FOR THEM. Now like when editing two volume points with the same volume, it’s frustrating having to move the cursor between to see the volume value in the Inspector. Info line shows one point only and if you have zoomed out enough, there is sufficient space for showing the entry points’ info (vertical value) beside them!
WHoah* The FIFTH thing is that Arranger Track section change terminates recording. I understand this if the sections overlap but when they don’t, it really would be nice to have the recording going on. Like I have an Arrangement on this very same project and I want to keep it active while recording (since I have arranged already the rest of the song except for the guitars) because it’s a tedious job recording those separate parts… separately. Not impossible of course, but I can’t see no reason why not to keep recording enabled by the arrangement section change if there’s no overlapping.
Well this might be enough for now.
Let me just say that I absolutely LOVE Cubase and Steinberg for bringing such a magnificent software to me and all of us. It makes my life a hell of a lot better. I’m sure that Steiny will do everything they can to make the software even better. Hope that these comments of mine have any value…
Anyone thinking alike by those notifications that I listed, btw?