I seldom post here unless I have a problem with my software. However, I feel the need to post now because I am in having trouble purchasing the 7.5 update to Cubase 7. It makes sense only in the sense that a satisfied user of Cubase does not want the economic burden of waiting too long before he/she upgrades/updates. Based on the features provided in Cubase 7.0, I am quite satisfied. My upgrade path over the last few years have been both based on economics and features. At this point, the upgrade would only be for economic reasons. The new features in 7.5 and the potential for down time with bugs are pushing me not to upgrade. However, I am going to simply because it makes sense in a dollars and cents way.
This fact bothers me. Why? It is a form of coercion to maintain status quo instead of a transaction for the benefit of the consumer and the manufacturer. I will buy the upgrade but it is simply to maintain the future value of the software. This is an unfortunate trend with software companies. Let me correct that, it is a trend with manufacturers in general.
In the past, if I bought a Gibson Les Paul, the value would only fluctuate in slight increments. It never completely lost its value. I could pick up a 50 year old guitar and I could still play the instrument. I still have hardware compressors that are 30 years old and I still use them. Yes, there was maintenance but it amounts to less than $300.00 over that 30 years. However, with the lifespan of hard drives, motherboards, and operating systems, software I buy today will have zero value in less than 10 years unless I update/upgrade. This has been true for quite sometime but the speed at which the updates/upgrades occur puts one in perpetual state of spending to maintain the value. Not to mention a perpetual state of troubleshooting to continue a workflow.
I have been writing, recording, and playing music for nearly 35 years. I say this only to point out that I remember what it was like before software recording. I appreciate the benefits of recording with software. I recognize that it is substantially cheaper than the hardware alternatives. However, I also recognize that some of these benefits have been stumbling blocks.
This post is not so much to complain about Steinberg/Yamaha but to put voice to what so many older consumers feel is the downfall of consumer products in general. As I stated a few paragraphs back, I like 7.0 and will probably like 7.5 but upgrading/updating for me is about saving money than features.