Long time Nuendo user here (since V2).
Started out on the PC, worked with that until around V6, when I moved back to the Mac.
I much prefer the Mac as a platform in terms of productivity, though the speed of PC’s (and Windows in particular) can’t be denied.
However, I’ve found with both V7 and especially now V8 that GUI speed (or lack of it) is becoming a real issue.
Part of is thinking to bite the bullet and just get a PC for Nuendo work, and keep the Mac for everything else.
But after testing a few other applications on the Mac (Logic, Studio One, Reaper) and running Nuendo on Bootcamp on W10, the conclusion is that it can’t be much else other than a coding / cross platform issue.
Logic, though not the fastest, still performs much better in moving around a session with many tracks. In fact, it’s slightly hampered by its own ‘smooth scrolling’ algorithm because if you scroll around using a trackpad (where it seemingly turns off) it absolutely screams in terms of speed.
And logic is doing a lot more in terms of ‘fancy’ graphics for its audio and midi parts and automation, with transparency effects and bezier curves for automation.
Reaper too, is much snappier both in terms of perfomance and GUI updates (but apart from some skinning looks like poo).
Studio One, which afaik uses the JUICE platform is also rather snappy in its GUI updates.
And bootcamped to W10, Nuendo flies as you would expect (and as I remember from my PC days).
I have tested this quite extensively, running identical sessions on the same machine with the exact same configuration in terms of plugins, audio hardware etc. on both Mac and Windows.
The difference isn’t subtle. Nuendo on W10 outperforms the Mac version on both GUI responsiveness and ASIO performance by a large margin.
I’d say about 30/40%, but of-course it’s hard to put an exact number on it.
So it is clear it’s not the computer or CPU, or its GPU - nor can everything be leveraged at OS X, as it manages to achieve good GUI speeds in other applications.
I appreciate that some of this might have to do with Retina displays - I use a late 2015 top of the line iMac 5k with 4ghz cpu, AMD 395x GPU and 32gb of Ram, and with Retina it appears the OS needs to draw 4 times as many pixels.
But this still does not account for Nuendo 8’s sloppy GUI performance, which at the moment is so bad I can’t really use it anymore on bigger orchestral sessions (the PC version appears fine)
So the question is, Timo, SB, whoever is listening - what is SB going to do? Is there a fix for this in the future, and if so, when?
Are there plans to start leveraging the GPU to do some of the heavy GUI lifting?
Or should I just save my breath and get a PC?