..."Evolutionary Delivery Process" and is both "finished" and also "never finished."
Actually, it's called BETA TESTING. And we, as musicians, should not be Steinberg's guinea pigs and paying them for it.
Message to Steinberg: Fix it, BEFORE you release it, please.
I won't be upgrading to 6.5... Know why? Because 6.0.x has issues that both Steinberg and Cubase users know about. These issues haven't been fixed.
You can either be a yeasayer and waste your hard earned money on a version that, when you click to adjust your time-stetch parameters in the audio editor, for example, crashes on you, OR, you can tell Steinberg to get their act together and F-I-X IT, which is what I recommend doing. (I understand there are issues with the lanes as well.)
As a professional musician, I find myself spending too much time anchoring my fingers on Command-S, worried about losing hours of creative inspiration, and I'm frankly getting tired of it. (No, auto-save isn't an excuse you can use to bail out the program's frequent crashing.)
But this really takes the cake: To then read a representative from Steinberg tell me that he's doing Cubase users a favour by releasing free updates to them is just insult to injury.
Steinberg - listen up: We shouldn't be paying for updates (no, 6.5 is an update, not an upgrade, as you call it), and these updates should fix issues that WERE NOT PROPERLY ADDRESSED WHEN WE BOUGHT THE SOFTWARE.
Any improvements to the Steinberg VST compressor in this release? The previous one had horrible sidechaining.
One more thing: Releasing your user interface in Mandarin won't guarantee a huge boost in sales. The Chinese community isn't stupid; they won't pay for buggy software either...if that's what you guys were thinking. Ni hao ma!
BTW, I'm not as livid as it seems, but I'm really frustrated that as a musician, who spent hundreds of dollars on Steinberg's software, that I should have to put up with something that won't perform as advertised. It almost makes me want to peek over at the competition.