So I just checked out the features list for Cubase 13 and I’ve watched several different promotional and review videos and is it me or does Cubase 13 seem extremely underwhelming?
For me, the highlight features are:
- Stereo/Mono Track Button
- Range Tool in MIDI Editor
- Route Input Audio from other tracks
2 of 3 of those you could sorta already do, but it just saves an extra step. You could always use the Range Tool on a MIDI event from the main project window. And you could always route audio from one track and use it as input for another; you’d just have to route the audio to a group channel and then select the group channel as the input for the other track.
Everything else is either such a tiny improvement that I’m really trying to determine if it would even be useful/practical, or it’s another built-in VST, which I’m sure is great for those just starting who can’t afford extra VST’s, but 3rd Party companies have already made better or equally good versions of all these plugins. For instance, Izotope’s Vocal Synth is probably even easier to use than the new vocoder plugin, and with Vocal Synth you have more control over the timbre of the carrier. I was disappointed that there is no real timbre controls/options for the carrier.
I’m not sure the new Channel Tab does a whole lot, if anything, that the Inspector tab couldn’t already do. You could already see the output fader, the sends, the EQ, the plugins, etc… on the Inspector tab… so is the difference that you can see multiple at once? If so, couldn’t that have just been a preference change for the Inspector tab?
The improve video functionality sounds cool. I thought that replace audio in video was already an option but maybe now this is faster because the old version re-rendered the graphics and now it doesn’t? Actually, now that I think about it, none of the videos I watched, including the official product videos, mentioned this new feature.
Overall, it seems like there are some good steps in the right direction, but the steps are so small that it feels really weird after waiting soooooooooooooooooooooo long for Cubase 13 to come out. I was hoping they’d have something a little more revolutionary for the extra wait. I’ve seen a lot of people mention a gapless audio engine; that would have made it worth the wait I think.
I know every release they say that they’ve made it more fast and stable and they’ve cleaned it up and fixed bugs, but every release always seems to be riddled with tons of new bugs. So did that extra time go toward fixing all the bugs or something? Or what did all the time/resources go to???