This morning, I bounced some tracks via Cubase 8 Pro amidst several crashes. This was an existing project I had done in 7.5.
Upon playback, they didn’t sound quite right to me. I got the WAVs I bounced with 7.5, and to my horror the difference was notable.
I checked my project in 8 to ensure all the tracks, levels and plug-ins etc were the same and present. Everything checked out. Indeed, it sounded very different unbounced.
I did a test with some dry tracks. What I found confirmed what I heard originally. The quality of the fidelity in the bounced via C8P was poor by comparison to C7.5.
To my ears, it just sounded awful bounced in 8. I checked the files with some tools to analyse the frequency curves and spectrum, and sure enough they are not close.
I’ve just done another test on a song and I’m astounded by the differences. Some of the differences are subtle, some more obvious, but this is totally unacceptable to me.
To me, this is a step in the wrong direction. It’s like they’ve gone one step forward and five steps back.
If this is the new Cubase, for me I can’t live and work with this. For now, I will use 7.5.
But if Steinberg don’t resolve these issues and improve the fidelity, I won’t be able to use 8. I’m disappointed.
When I stopped using Sonar a few years ago as my main DAW, I opted for Cubase against Pro Tools because I’d already used Cubase more than pro tools previously too. But this is so bad, and frustrating.
I want to use the features in 8 but whatever they have done to the code has adversely affected the product and fidelity.
I love using Cubase, but if this represents the future of Cubase, it’s not for me.