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Cubase 6.5 or Cubase Pro 9?
Last post Mon, Jan 09 2017 by Dietz, 5 replies.
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Posted on Mon, Jan 09 2017 09:49
by Jim Shipley
Joined on Wed, Nov 11 2009, Posts 20

I've been using Cubase 6.5 on my Mac for years. I've avoided upgrading because the enhancements haven't seemed relevant for my needs or worth the extra cost. I particularly like using the Expression Maps for midi input using my VSL instruments. Is there any advantage to upgrading to Cubase Pro 9? Has the Expression Mapping been improved at all since 6.5, or are there other features of Pro 9 that would be worth the €300 upgrade cost?

Thanks for any help.  - Jim

Posted on Mon, Jan 09 2017 10:04
by fuzzydude
Joined on Mon, Jun 24 2013, UK, Posts 5

Hi Jim,

There are a lot of new things in since CB 6.5 that may interest you or annoy the hell out of you. I personally would never consider going back to 6.5 and think 9 is a great update. I'd suggest holding off for the trial which should be around in a month and checking it out for yourself as you'll need to dig deep and spend time with it to know if it works for you.

I'd strongly suggest doing a system wide backup prior in to installing it so you can be sure you can recover your computer to its prior state if something goes wrong! Installing V9 trial will not stop you using CB 6.5 

Posted on Mon, Jan 09 2017 12:57
by Jim Shipley
Joined on Wed, Nov 11 2009, Posts 20

Thanks Fuzzydude. Are you saying that Steinberg will start offering a trial period for Cubase Pro 9 starting in about a month? That will be great to explore it before I commit to buying. Thanks for your help.  - Jim

Posted on Mon, Jan 09 2017 17:03
by fuzzydude
Joined on Mon, Jun 24 2013, UK, Posts 5

Yes, they've had the same timiing for the lst two years/releases. Its always a couple months after so defnitely worth waiting. :)

Posted on Mon, Jan 09 2017 19:43
by Dietz
Joined on Tue, Aug 06 2002, Vienna / Europe, Posts 7422

Hi Jim,

Personally, I went back from Nuendo 6.5 to 5.5 (which is equivalent to Cubase 7.5 and 6.5). In my opinion, the handful of great new features isn't worth the hassle which the newly designed mixer page gives me. I'm used to work with mouse and keyboard shortcuts a lot; the mixer of Cubase 7.x and later is constantly getting in my way, as it needs more attention and more mouse-clicks.

... I repeat: That's my personal opinion as a full-time audio engineer, not an offcial statement for VSL. I know quite a few people who are happy with the latest & greatest versions of Cubase and Nuendo. :-)

Kind regards,

/Dietz - Vienna Symphonic Library
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