G’Day Cobber, I’m glad Cubase is working out for you. Yeah, Cakewalk was around for about 30 years as well. It was a shock to all users when Gibson killed it! I’m not convinced Yamaha won’t do the same to Cubase. It will be interesting to see what comes along in version 11.
Sonar is resurrected as Cakewalk by Bandlab and is free, but it is still quite a bit behind the times.
There are lots of things I like about Cubase Elements, especially being able to write patch scripts to access the patches in my external gear in groups that make sense musically, instead of being forced to use the 20th century concept of “banks” (Which bank? They are all bar stewards). It is stable for me in Win 10 now I went back to an older Intel machine. I couldn’t get it working on the newer AMD machine.
Elements doesn’t have an event viewer/editor, which I miss, and it can’t record Sysex messages, which limits its usefulness to me. As a hobbyist who doesn’t get to spend much time inDAWs these days, I can’t justify the cost of upgrading to Pro, and the dongle scares me off anyway. Also the fact the EVERYTHING has to be on C: is a PITA when you have a small SSD for C: and you can’t offload stuff to the empty 2Tb D: