Although this forum is the unofficial group therapy room (via cathartic ranting) for momentarily-frustrated Cubase users, I thought I would interrupt for just a moment to say a few nice things.
1.) The new lane behavior and the consequent streamlining of multi-take comp editing is perfect. (I know that the MIDI folks are not too pleased with the change; I do mostly audio, so my glowing comments only apply to audio work.) In Cubase 5, I frequently found myself angrily muttering, “Why can’t it just…” while doing vocal edits. Every way in which I ever finished that sentence has been realized in Cubase 6. I’m very impressed, and the new workflow is vastly better.
2.) Group editing, including slicing/quantizing based on mulitple hitpoint-containing tracks is a time-saver like few others. They did a fantastic job with this, and it has moved drum editing from “painfully tedious” to “as effortless as one could realistically expect”.
3.) The program as a whole–and especially the arrangement window–looks way better. Some people don’t care about this, but if I’m going to be staring at something for hours on end, I want it to be as un-ugly as possible. Steinberg did a great job updating the look of the program, including the immediately-noticable look of the parts and events. Cubase 6 is very easy on the eyes and now looks as good as or better than any other major DAW out there (in my opinion).
and, just because the details count…
4.) The Fixed View/Lanes View control that used to be a drop-down menu–with only two options–is now a toggle. That always irritated me, and they improved it. Mouseclicks add up, and reducing them is a big deal. ‘Click-aim-click’ is now just ‘click’. Awesome.
There will always be things that could be fixed or made bettter, but I thought that it wouldn’t hurt to throw out some appreciation for the things that Steinberg got right.