February 26, 2007

Cubase 4 Initial Impressions...

by Chris Randall

Got Cubase 4 in the mail today. Some initial installation funnies ("This program requires Windows XP SP1 or greater to run. Exiting installation...") that were solved with a 5-minute browse of the Steinberg site, but otherwise all seems to be in order. The two major problems I was having with Nuendo in Vista (the entire graphics system not updating for 10 seconds about every 40 seconds chief among these) seem to be solved, and some minor annoyances as well. All in all Cubase 4.0.1 seems to be happy with Vista.

I'll put up some more thorough thoughts after I've spent a little time with the new features. I haven't tried out the synths, and I haven't looked at the studio manager, and these are the only major differences between Nuendo 3 and Cubase 4, as far as I'm concerned. If anyone has any specific questions, I'd be happy to attempt an answer.




Feb.26.2007 @ 6:04 PM
What is actually their all-in music package , C or N ?
I always thoughted Nuende was the complete music production software.

Feb.26.2007 @ 6:12 PM
Chris Randall
It is. However, Nuendo 4 isn't done yet, and while I'm snobby about Nuendo, as far as I know, I don't actually use any of its extra features.



Feb.26.2007 @ 11:28 PM
Adam Schabtach
The difference between Cubase and Nuendo has decreased with each release of Cubase SX. There have been times in which features appear first in Cubase, e.g. the rather elegant support for external hardware that came out in SX3 (or was it 2? I forget). My understanding--and I'm not a Nuendo user--is that most of the difference now lies in features specifically suitable for people working on music for film/video. I believe that the audio/mixing engine has been the same for several major versions of SX, although Nuendo has had (and may still have) a more flexible architecture for routing signals. Nuendo used to have some plug-ins that SX lacked, but I think that that is no longer the case.

I'm pretty pleased with Cubase 4 but I've spent only a little time with it. The new plug-ins are certainly a welcome addition and I rather like the new synths. The studio manager would be handy if I didn't work on music alone. (Personally I'd much rather have proper side-chaining in the mixer than ways to create several separate headphone and monitor mixes.) The new preset management database whatever is sort of a "huh, well, I guess this will be useful if I ever take the time to figure it out" sort of thing.

Cubase 4 does represent a minor slap in the face for VST developers, however. All VST plug-ins of version less than 3.0--and this means all VST plug-ins other than those bundled with Cubase 4--are categorized under an "Older Plug-ins" submenu of the plug-in menus. The VST 3.0 spec isn't yet available to anyone outside of Steinberg. On top of that, they took away the modifier-click option that opens a generic slider window for plug-ins, rather than their native GUI editor. This is an extremely handy feature during development.



Feb.27.2007 @ 3:05 AM
I absolutely hate the "Older Plug-ins" behaviour.

Otherwise C4 Studio works ok here (aside from occasional "puff, it's gone").





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