OK, look, no one is asking for preferential treatment here: we’re simply asking that broken MAJOR features get an update quickly.
Lots of people were very excited to use Elastique, and rightly so: it’s remarkable. The fact that it doesn’t work for a wide swath of users just because they don’t happen to work at 44.1kHz exclusively strikes me as a serious oversight.
This whole paradigm of never relying on an initial release to be very usable is dead and dying in the rest of the software world. It’s seldom tolerated in most other avenues–why is it such an “everybody knows” thing for musicians?
I’m sorry, but I’m not willing to continue to bend over and accept this way of doing things as a given. Lots of people aren’t, “as per” (gods, I hate when people use that term constantly to make themselves sound more astute…) my “necroed” thread where the Hotfix poll came out decidedly in favor of those who’d like to not wait just a few more months to use a MAJOR, highly advertised feature.
This is Steinberg falling down a bit, pure and simple. I really like Cubase quite a lot, and I’ve been a loyal customer for years. I also own full versions of Ableton Live, Reaper, and Logic. So, I’m not exclusive, but the vast majority of my serious work takes place in Cubase. Why? Well, I really like the workflow. I do not, however, like it when an important, powerful new feature is touted all over the Internet which compels me to go ahead and upgrade, only to find out that I have to wait months to use it.
I don’t feel I’m being irrational here in questioning the wisdom of this paradigm, when Lord knows Steiny could be doing public betas that would EASILY catch these glaring omissions before the product goes to market. That they don’t, and that these problems show up and typically take an unreasonable amount of time to be addressed is a problem–it is a nearly industry wide problem.
I think the emphasis should be on releasing and maintaining solid, usable, working tools. Nobody will complain if they know they’re beta testing, if they’ve agreed to it. That Steinberg so often expects a n.0 release to be both paid for and gleefully beta tested is irrational, and they deserve every bit of ire they’re getting for it.
5.5.2 has been crashing lately for me more often than is comfortable, so I’m having trouble with that as well. It’s like there really is no safe pasture here.
Make music, get irritated. Everybody knows, that’s just how it is, and nothing will ever, EVER change, right?