I just upgraded my license cause price with the summer deal was good and I was afraid Steinberg would cancel the upgrade path from Cubase Studio in future. I would have appreciated an option for the boxed version very much; a single 10gb file to download all at once can be a problem and I’d rather having physical media at least for my main software.
Anyway, I’m gonna share some considerations about the difference, since there’s a lot of people who usually go for the “middle” Cubase edition and might be in my same situation.
Coming from 6 years of Studio 5 I was very used to it, so now I feel a bit disoriented; environment, colours, style of the panels… the mixing console also is totally new but fully integrates with my UR44 now. I have to reset my workflow and get used, but that’s normal.
What I find mostly disappointing is that Artist also has some heavy limitations that make it a downgrade compared to the old Studio 5. Aaaaand, they are:
- 64 audio tracks only (Studio 5 had unlimited)
- 128 midi tracks (Studio 5 had unlimited)
- 32 instrument tracks (Studio 5 had unlimited)
- 32 group tracks (Studio 5 had 256)
- 32 physical in/outs (Studio 5 had 128)
- the worst: No Batch Export… (Studio 5 had it)
Now, I can understand most of these; I just think it can happen for a Project Studio to work with large projects with 100 audio tracks and, most of all, I can’t see the Batch Export as a Pro feature only… a product marketed towards Project Studios should have such features. I also remember Studio 5 had more Expression Control features, but I’m not sure.
These were my first impressions, I’m still totally new to the new layout though. I’d be glad if you could share your experience on the subject or talk me about the upgraded features in the Artist version.