Pulled the trigger and got me self an early Christmas gift
- Just loaded 8.5.20 project into Cubase 9.0.1
Audio card is set to default buffer size (10ms) and Asio-Guard to high, 24bit/48kHz.
Cubase 9 shows up to 10% less CPU usage which results in 5-10% better VST performance.
Overall VST meter and CPU performance are more stable with less pikes. All used plugins are same versions.
On heavy plugin/VST instrument usage Cubase 9 performs even better and more stable compared to 8.5.
I was able to push it further then 8.5 version which started to peak earlier into red.
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- VST Transit does clean and good job. Installation and licensing of C9 went perfectly fine.
- GUI is same as before while zooming/editing - not smoother but not worse. It’s a bit cleaner workspace and brighter look then 8.5 version.
- Cubase 9 program loads a bit faster, projects load and closes a bit faster too, but still get crashes on exit (never solved this from 8 version)
- New features - mixer undo, lower zone, sampler - might be useful, but I need to work more with those.
Overall it’s most stable x.0 release by far. From first launching C9 there were no problems, all the settings were transferred from 8.5 and also noticed a bit better VST/CPU performance.
Is it worth the price it’s up to personal preferences and needs. From my perspective I’m not disappointed nor thrilled, but it seems like C9 is very stable release with focus on under-hood performance and some useful workflow features.
Hope that helps