[Poll] Future versions: Which features are most exciting?

All feature requests and suggestions for upcoming releases of Cubase 7 and Cubase Artist 7 can be posted here.

Future versions: Which types of feature additions would you like to see

New/improved included FX plugins
4
3%
New/improved included VST instruments and sample content
7
6%
New/improved handling of external devices and controllers
4
3%
Workflow and software handling improvements globally affecting ease of use
36
29%
Visual improvements for overall program appearance
16
13%
Performance improvements under the hood
30
24%
Feature additions for audio editing/recording
9
7%
Feature additions for MIDI and Score editing/recording
13
10%
Feature additions for scoring to picture/video
5
4%
Feature additions for network and/or Internet collaboration
0
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[Poll] Future versions: Which features are most exciting?

Postby Marsman » Fri Feb 07, 2014 10:30 am

Cast your vote and let SB know which types of features would be most exciting to you for future versions.

I made up some general categories instead of mentioning specific features.

You can choose up to 3 categories.

There were only 10 options possible so if you miss anything leave it in the comments.
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Re: [Poll] Future versions: Which features are most exciting

Postby ipanema » Fri Feb 07, 2014 10:50 am

Thank you for initiating this thread. I gladly cast my vote, however, I wonder if this thread would be better off to have been posted in the Feature Requests section of the forum.

What I'd like to see in future updates, as a film music composer, is a second Marker track…just to clarify.

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Re: [Poll] Future versions: Which features are most exciting

Postby Prock » Sat Feb 08, 2014 8:01 pm

All improvements of course welcome but I would like Steinberg to concentrate the next few revisions on making the Cubase software best-in-class for performance & usability. So I voted for items 3, 4 & 6.
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Re: [Poll] Future versions: Which features are most exciting

Postby Marsman » Wed Feb 12, 2014 11:52 am

cool, keep the votes coming
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Re: [Poll] Future versions: Which features are most exciting

Postby Marsman » Tue Feb 18, 2014 4:25 pm

bump for more votes
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Re: [Poll] Future versions: Which features are most exciting

Postby Marsman » Wed Mar 12, 2014 1:14 pm

another bump for more votes
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Re: [Poll] Future versions: Which features are most exciting

Postby claesbjo » Wed Mar 12, 2014 6:04 pm

Happy to see that most votes are for general workflow enhancements instead of samples, synths and such.
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Re: [Poll] Future versions: Which features are most exciting

Postby Greg Houston » Thu Mar 13, 2014 3:32 am

Performance & Stability > Workflow Improvements > New Instruments & Effects

GUI, MIDI Routing, MIDI Automation enhancements/features, etc all fall into workflow improvements for me though.

I voted for "Workflow and software handling improvements globally affecting ease of use" since I am more happy with performance right now than I am workflow. I do crash fairly often but am starting to suspect its my audio interface more than anything. Time for an upgrade.
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Re: [Poll] Future versions: Which features are most exciting

Postby Babak » Thu Mar 13, 2014 3:58 am

+1 For VST sandboxing (plugin crash protection) and other stability enhancements.
Feature Priority: Performance & Stability > Functionality & Workflow Improvements > New Instruments & Effects

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Re: [Poll] Future versions: Which features are most exciting

Postby roel » Fri Mar 14, 2014 1:09 am

.+1 for performance under the hood.
workflow is just great, and last year or two there have been a lot of huge improvements vsti-wise, but the less expensive multicore workstations seem to have some troubles with performance.
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Re: [Poll] Future versions: Which features are most exciting

Postby curteye » Fri Mar 14, 2014 1:37 am

Aloha guys,
Workflow and software handling improvements globally affecting ease of use


Can be sooo subjective user to user.

Wondering if this goal can ever really be achieved for all users.
Something tell me not!

But never say never.
I'm sure Steiny will keep working on/at it.

@ Marsman. Nice poll. Mahalo.

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Re: [Poll] Future versions: Which features are most exciting

Postby Greg Houston » Fri Mar 14, 2014 1:47 am

curteye wrote:Wondering if this goal can ever really be achieved for all users.


It isn't a goal. As a goal I doubt it could be achieved even for a single user. It's a preference for where resources/time are committed during development. It's a general preference for where we would like to see the most improvements/enhancements made; not where we hope to see some notion of perfection attained.
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Re: [Poll] Future versions: Which features are most exciting

Postby curteye » Fri Mar 14, 2014 1:51 am

Greg Houston wrote:we would like to see


That's my point Greg,
What mean we? Am I a part of that group? Are you? Is everyone?

And back to the poll; kinda ironic to me that the thing I believe
would make the most diff going forward has gotten the least amount of votes so far.

Feature additions for network and/or Internet collaboration.


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Since the development of DAWs (1980's till now) one thing I have noticed is how many of us (musicians) now work alone or nearly alone.
Back-n-da-day many pro musicians would 'hang' at studios sharing thoughts and ideas and get info fights etc. Ha! :)
However with the development of the 'DAW', many of us stopped doing that for the last 15-20 years or so and have retreated to our man-cave/studios.

But now the innertoobs (with increased bandwidth) have now evolved; and with all the new audio/MIDI communication tech coming on-line
musicians/artists can once again collaborate/get together in a way that has not been possible. Till now.

This IMHO could help to change the face of popular (and perhaps other forms) music.

Future looks bright. And I for one am counting on the young ones to push/move us forward.
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Re: [Poll] Future versions: Which features are most exciting

Postby Greg Houston » Fri Mar 14, 2014 2:16 am

curteye wrote:That's my point, What mean we??


Whatever we individually voted on above. Sure, you could keep breaking down any of these categories into sub-categories within further sub-categories until you got down to specific feature requests, but I don't think that's the point of the poll.

The general feeling that I have been getting on the various forums is that in general where not too many years ago a significant chunk of folks spent a good deal of their time just trying to get a decent overall sound that it isn't so much the case anymore. A lot of things have contributed to making that fairly accessible for most users now. Similarly, the quality of virtual instruments and effects at the lower price points and those actually included with Cubase and other DAWS have increased significantly in recent years. There is a lot less dissatisfaction in this area. So an increasing number of people have instruments, effects, and an overall sound quality that is sufficient for them. Since those people are investing much less time in that area they are able to start diving more deeply into actually making music, but aspects of this are still much more difficult than they need to be. I can't even begin to count the number of threads I've ran across where people are wanting easier MIDI routing, MIDI automation, sequencing, etc. Once you start to see those technical needs met for a significant number of folks in DAWs a lot of those people will likely be most interested in seeing better composition tools. There already seems to be a good chunk of people whose style of music isn't impeded so much by the current technical elements of the workflow and who tend to emphasize the scoring/composition features.

We quietly reached a sort of mass threshold and folks are asking all the DAW developers for a shift in emphasis now.
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Re: [Poll] Future versions: Which features are most exciting

Postby curteye » Fri Mar 14, 2014 2:24 am

Point taken.
And we are having a kool discussion.
I like that!

How about this POV.
As human beings with two hands, two ears. ten fingers etc etc
I do not believe that the 'UI' of a grand piano or a trumpet or a guitar,
tennis racket, drinking glass, word processor, spread sheet etc etc
can be much improved upon.

Those items and many more have evolved to/reached a 'level' that is most compatible with being human.

Consider after 30 years audio recording/playback technology as fast approaching a similar state.
Variations yes.

Just one POV here.
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Re: [Poll] Future versions: Which features are most exciting

Postby Greg Houston » Fri Mar 14, 2014 2:53 am

I just now caught your additional comments on internet collaboration. I'm starting to think Marsman is a subtle genius because the poll options themselves are roughly organized with basic needs at the top, intermediate needs in the middle, and advanced needs at the bottom. Also, considering you have 4267 posts it doesn't surprise me in the least that you are most interested in the very last one. :)

I would wager to guess that if you had this same poll 7 years ago that there would be a lot more weight in the upper (basic) needs. In the current poll the major mass is in the intermediate needs in the middle. I imagine if you offered this same poll 7 years from now that a significant part of that mass in the middle will have shifted further to the bottom of the poll. You're just ahead of your time curteye. :)
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Re: [Poll] Future versions: Which features are most exciting

Postby Greg Houston » Fri Mar 14, 2014 3:14 am

curteye wrote:Those items and many more have evolved to/reached a 'level' that is most compatible with being human.


Though I have been making "music" with DAWs for a couple decades I am not a professional musician or audio engineer by trade. I am a user experience/interface designer. I would agree there are a lot of interfaces it would be rather difficult to improve on. The piano is certainly a great example. Is it perfect? Absolutely not. Modern tuning is a workaround to fit something that isn't really a perfectly linear progression into an interface that appears perfectly linear. It is good enough for the majority though. This is not the case however for many aspects of modern DAWs where it still feels like you are programming rather than using an instrument refined for human use. Just because it is possible to get good results with the current presentation doesn't mean that the current presentation is accessible to the masses like a piano is.
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Re: [Poll] Future versions: Which features are most exciting

Postby curteye » Fri Mar 14, 2014 6:14 am

Just because it is possible to get good results with the current presentation doesn't mean that the current presentation is accessible to the masses like a piano is.


Agreed!

But IMHO (like the commercial)
'We are this close' (pinched thumb and forefinger)

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Re: [Poll] Future versions: Which features are most exciting

Postby spinlud » Fri Mar 14, 2014 11:56 am

For me the best features i would like to see in cubase are:

1) bounce/freeze in place and hybrid tracks: would be awesome to have hybrid tracks like Reaper and Bitwig, where you can have midi and bounced audio on the same track

2) drag and drop audio clips from arrange to plugins (samplers like Kontakt etc) or to browser

3) Improoved automations and macro-quickControls: i need real automation curves with an easy way to curve a line of automation (no parables or something like that...) and macro-quickControls where you can assign multiple plugins parameters to only a quick-control, scaling each of them at your taste, and automate all of them using that quick-control (just look at ableton...)

4) lfo, envelope and step sequencer plugins to modulate vst parameters (not only CC, but every vst parameter)

Adding these will make my experience with cubase near the perfection, but i think it will never ever happen ^_^
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