Edit: 0) Just learned of an issue that, if true, will be at the top of my list: Sample accurate automation! Appearently, sound card buffer size changes, change where automation aligns, slightly. If so, yikes!
1) Number one feature: Stability when projects get large -- they will. No excuses, no finger-pointing, just do whatever it takes to treat 5gb+ projects a like first class citizen.
2) Cubase needs more than 6 freezable inserts. Period. (And it needs more than 2 post-fader inserts.)
Sidebar / TL;DR: [This is not debatable. If you don't produce electronic music I don't wanna hear the mantra that 6 is enough for your recorded guitar -- it is. I don't wanna hear that more effects are bad engineering practices, they're not for newer dance genres that require extreme sound design. If you do produce electronic music and make this claim, I need to hear a link to your work and it better be of commercial quality and something modern and fresh one might imagine being sold in reasonable quantity on Beatport. A simple ambient track does not count. If you do, and it is, then please explain your workflow and I bet it involves lots of bouncing of audio. My argument revolves around not having to do that as much. If you're a "bouncer," great, then this feature doesn't harm you. There, I think I spared this thread from every indie rock guy coming out of the woodwork to proclaim 6 freezable inserts are enough for their overhead drums channel -- yes, it is. In fact, 3 inserts are probably enough. :lol: ]
3) Batch freeze/unfreeze. And its own "Settings Menu" like Render In-place has, so that one button (on, say, a surface controller) will perform the operation based on options set in its settings menu; i.e., no annoying dialog box / workflow stopper.
4) Render In-place needs:
a) Pre-fader option.
b) A Disable Track that disables all plugins (even post-fader inserts) and that doesn't cause crashing in subsequent freeze operations (a confirmed bug) and it also needs a menu item for it under Project so that it can be hardware surface controller initiated
c) A feature / option that remembers its first audio clip it bounced and will automatically replace it (and all its shared copies) on subsequent renders. Basically, make a change and have it automatically reflected across the entire project where that share audio clip exists.
5) Ability to rearrange frozen tracks. And unlike Studio One's implementation, it shouldn't flatten shared copies during the process. That's a destructive, lossy process that entirely defeats the purpose of its championed reversibility.
6) Add a feature to Track Versions that incorporates Automation. Without it, it's useless to us. We use automation on every track.
7) Remote Device Editor needs to not be tied to the "ordinal position" of channels. Adding a single channel breaks the Remote Device. It should be tied to some internal ID of the channel. This one simple "fix" would make Remote Devices useful again.
8) Automation needs real Bezier curve tools.
9) Better ways to implement VST2 compatible Sidechains, or at least a friendly way to implement the Quad-channels.
10) Options to remove all annoying dialog messages in favor of "Setting Menus" that provide options and defaults. Basically, anything that has a dialog box, that could conceivably be something someone would want similar defaults for, time after time, should be accommodated so that the dialog does not ever pop up (unless the user goes into prefs or settings to disable it or change an option).
11) Better support for Drag-and-drop of samples, MIDI, presets, plugins, etc.
12) A gain plugin. Some of us don't like to automate faders, use the Trim feature or use VCA fader groups, we just want a gain plugin to automate ourselves. We use freeware plugins, but it would be nice to have a stock one for this.
13) A "audio transporter" plugin with a transmitter and receiver to send audio from anywhere in Cubase to anywhere else (feedback loops and all).
14) An overhaul of the Audio Pool. It's bright, ugly, needs a better layout, more features and integration.
15) A smarter low-latency-mode feature that allows the user to choose which inserts to power down.
16) A simple way to power off (not bypass, power off) all inserts on a track (not Disable Track).
17) Better ways to multitask and cut and paste between two or more projects. It's not reliable now and no one with a real project of any size uses this.
18) Better ways to import/export tracks, channels, presets, mixer settings, etc.