I’ve been using Cubase since SX3 and have remained a loyal customer for many years. It gets the job done when it works, which is most of the time, but bugs, crashes, instability and total loss of projects have never been too far away through all the years. Many years ago I got into the habit of saving copies of projects after every moderate or significant change/addition/recording/tweak so I always have a previous version to revert to if and often when disaster happens. And with every project I work with constant fear. When Cubase gets close to its maximum performance load bad things start to happen. And in years past it was a case of if a project gets too big, not only might it crash but it might not open ever again once closed. Upgrading to later versions of Cubase has almost always rendered many of my projects from previous versions corrupt or inoperable. It has always been a struggle.
I do not use any other software that behaves like this. My question is: Is Cubase just an unstable product compared to other DAWS (I have only ever used Cubase) or is it simply that it’s inherently difficult to program such a powerful piece of audio software and have it be reliable. Other software packages have their bugs here and there too, but nothing like this. For example, Photoshop has never crashed and corrupted my projects before. Upgrading Paintshop Pro has never rendered my older files inoperable. Soundforge has never crashed or given me a single bug in 16 years of almost daily use. And my video editing suites don’t simply crash whenever they reach maximum processing capability.
Cubase 8 performs worse than Cubase 5 for me and I’m just starting to think this pattern will never end and we’ll never have a version that is reliable enough to not have to sweat every time a large project is opened or an update is installed.