Is €49 really that expensive? It's not much more that what Steinberg usually charges for a free
(?) grace period update!
If any criticism should be made on Steinberg's pricing policies, it that they charge the same for a boxed version as for a download version. Steinberg does
save the the cost of manufacturing and shipping when a customer downloads a product. Most marketing vendors, particularly these who want to show that they are
environmentally conscious ( a very important marketing argument these days) and not use it as an empty marketing ploy, pass on these savings to their customers.
As a matter of fact, it is more expensive to buy a downloadable product from Steinberg's Web Shop than buying a boxed version at your local store! That is not the way to promote environmentally conscious trading. The message that Steinberg is sending is this: "Give us your money. Screw the environment and screw our children".
And now for something completely different...
There was some (serious or not) speculation about whether Steinbeg would roll HALion into Cubase (as ESX was rolled into Logic, years ago). Now we know. They didn't. Not that I care that much. HALion is a dead duck, anyway, in my opinion. I am a bit curious, though, about how Steinbergs marketing people are thinking. Is anyone
really buying HALion as a stand-alone product?
A sampler/sampleplayer lives or dies by third-party libraries. And by that account Kontakt has, practically, killed off all competition. Everybody supports Kontakt. Very seldom, these days, I see one that support ESX and/or Gigastudio. When was the last time you saw a third-part developer support the HALion format? If one crops up occasionally, it because it's about 10 years old.
Another example to The Grand. Who buys The Grand? There are a gazillion sample libraries out there that runs rings around The Grand with regard to quality and performance, at a fraction of the cost. The Grand is a total waste of resources.
I am sure that Steinberg loses money on maintaining these. Money that has to be covered by the sales of Cubase/Nuendo/Wavelab. Money that could be put to much better use. My advise to Steinberg is this: Either roll all lossmaking plug-ins into Cubase/Nuendo (as Apple has done) or drop them altogether. Then use the freed up resources to improve the maintenance of the core products (Cubase, Nuendo and Wavelab). Perhaps some could also be used to plug a gaping hole in the product line-up: A serious hardware mixer control surface.
Anyone who agrees, cast your vote here:viewtopic.php?f=30&t=45663
And now for something completely different (again)...
I am looking forward to see if one of, what I consider
being, major flaws in Cubase 7 has been addressed:Variaudio
: Why aren't we allowed to use the professional HQ algorithms that are included in our professional product, Cubase? A brilliant idea, wrecked by poor implementation.Expression Maps
: It's practically useless, since it does not conform to how Expressions (i.e. Expression Keys) are generally are implemented. Another brilliant idea, wrecked by poor implementation.VST Connect
: Setting it up is a total mess. Imagine if you had to set up everything in "VST Connections" every time you launched Cubase
! Yet another brilliant idea, wrecked by poor implementation (beginning to look like a signum, doesn't it).
How is it the saying goes? "Hope is the last thing that abandons you".
Cubase 7.5 - 64bit, WaveLab Elements 8, Mac Pro 2.8GHz 8-core 8GB, 10.9.1 Mavericks, Firewire Audiofile (to be replaced)