Cubase Forum Feature Requests Poll August 2019

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Cubase Forum Feature Requests Poll August 2019

Post by Matthias Quellmann » Fri Aug 23, 2019 4:09 pm

And here are the results for August 2019. Thanks to everyone who participated! The result are calculated by the rank and the number of votes (Rank 1 => 10 points, Rank 2 => 9 points, Rank 10 => 1 point). What do you think about the results? Any surprises?

1 Move tracks within the MixConsole
2 Export to Video
3 Chord Detection from audio
4 Polyphonic audio editing
5 Stereo effects on mono channels
6 Bezier curves in MIDI editor
7 Open all Plug-ins of one track in one Window with tabs
8 General improvements to MIDI Editor
9 Smart tools for MIDI editing
10 Automation shown directly on tracks
11 Gapless Audio Engine
12 Scalability of the user interface
13 Multitrack Audio Warp
14 Improved zoom and scroll bars
15 Full coloured tracks in the MixConsole
16 Modulators like LFOs for all parameters
17 Multiple Track Freeze / Unfreeze
18 Customizable right click menu
19 Smart Tool (Range/Select Tool)
20 Analog MixConsole emulation
21 Improved Import Tracks from Project function
22 New Arpeggiator
23 Multiple VST Instruments in one Instrument Track
24 Improved integration of Dorico.
25 Audio Export with Send and Master effects
26 MixConsole Snapshots including automation
27 Plug-in Sandboxing
28 Automation saved with TrackVersions
29 External Controller integration improvements
30 Multiple active projects simultaneously
31 Horizontal mouse wheel should scroll the mix console
32 Expression Maps UX improvements
33 Renaming Plug-ins in Plug-in Manager (Alias)
34 VariAudio in Project Window
35 Slicing in Sampler Track
36 Track Header with Volume, Pan, Inserts & Sends
37 Loop based production features (like clip launcher)
38 Free Warp On Project Window 
39 Audio Connections overhaul for external FX and instruments
40 Beat Designer in Lower Zone
41 Ripple Edit
42 Multitouch screen support
43 MIDI Editor UI Tabs for Controller lanes
44 Inspector In Lower Zone
45 Multi quick control 
46 Increase the number of Sends
47 DDP export for mastering
48 Improved Event Envelope editing
49 Global Tracks in editors
50 Improved VST Transit functionalities
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Re: Cubase Forum Feature Requests Poll August 2019

Post by The Elf » Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:22 pm

Thanks for sharing this, Matthias.
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Re: Cubase Forum Feature Requests Poll August 2019

Post by In_Stereo » Sat Aug 24, 2019 12:46 am

Thanks for sharing, Matthias.

Interesting. I must admit I'm stunned that something like "show volume/pan in track headers" is so low on the list, though it might be that some people that have only used Cubase (and no other DAW) don't know what a big and immediate workflow speed enhancer this is for nearly everybody (aside from those who want to see the least possible amount of things in the track headers). Also that Free Warp and Vari Audio in the project window, and Automation saved with Track Versions are so low is surprising to me.

As anyone else will be, I'm happy about some things in the top 10 and disappointed that others are so low in the list, but c'est la vie -- not everyone will ever be happy. Pretty bummed that gapless audio is now not in the Top 10 anymore, because it feels like such a significant advantage when you use other DAWs and experience it. Hopefully it's in the works anyway (I'm assuming it is), so that Cubase can be up-to-date with other DAWs.
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Re: Cubase Forum Feature Requests Poll August 2019

Post by Quinn3k3 » Sat Aug 24, 2019 1:35 am

Let me first thank Matthias for the continued communication with us here in the forum. It has been great to hear from someone on the Steinberg side of things. A lot of the results didn't match up a closely to my personal preferences compared to the previous poll, but regardless there are a lot of great features on the list. I could find some value in the majority of these potential features.

I am surprised that the Gapless Audio Engine dropped from #1 to #11. However,I realize the previous poll was scored differently. It is still my personal #1 request.

I was glad to see the tabbed VST window at #7 which is another one of my favorites.

Seeing Export to Video at #2 was a little surprising to me because I thought Cubase was considered to be mainly an audio product and that Nuendo was the way to go for video work. I only use Cubase for audio, so it is one of the few features on the list that I wouldn't find any value in, personally.

Finally, I was surprised to see the plug-in alias (rename) all the way down at #33. I really don't like the way the plug-in names are truncated and would have thought more people would have ranked it in their top 10. In theory, this one seems like an easy fix, but I realize it may more involved than what I think it is.

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Re: Cubase Forum Feature Requests Poll August 2019

Post by keyxmusic » Sat Aug 24, 2019 3:09 am

I share the same sentiment that others have here. I'm happy about some things that are highly ranked and unhappy that the feature I want most is ranked so low (multi quick control.) I've seen some people here who were confused by how you label it, since they thought it's just adding more quick control slots. Perhaps something like "controlling multiple parameters with one quick control" would be more descriptive?

I'm also gonna comment on one of the highly-ranked features here: chord detection from audio. This is a job for Melodyne, especially now that we've supported ARA. And even Melodyne, being as good as they are, haven't managed to do it perfectly because chord detection is still fairly difficult for computers to do, especially with multiple instruments. Therefore so there's no reason for a DAW maker to put their resource on this only to end up with a tool half as good. Also musically, transcription is really something that musicians should do themselves.

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Post by Tj99 » Sat Aug 24, 2019 3:32 am

I am kind of suprised/shocked that so many feature requests came from the electronic production/midi department instead of the mixing department.
I use Cubase as my main recording/mixing and mastering tool and there is no need for things like chord detection or (big) changes to the midi editor. Not really sure what export to video makes on the list.

I am happy though that tabbed windows and polyphonic editing made it into the top 10. Really shocked that plugin aliases is so low on the list, with an alias you could give each most used plugin a short name, for a much faster search and easy visibility (like for the fabfilter plugins). And it seems to be one of the easier fixes compared to other things.
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Post by The Elf » Sat Aug 24, 2019 8:46 am

I'm similarly bemused that video export is high on the list. I would prefer Steinberg avoid that rabbit hole and concentrate on audio-related features. There are plenty of video editors out there to satisfy that need.
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Post by MrSoundman » Sat Aug 24, 2019 9:11 am

Equally, I think those who really needed the video functions that were removed when Quicktime died will have already moved on to using other products. It would however be extremely convenient to be able export (render) a region of video between the loop markers complete with audio for use as a quick demo!

Whether video export should really be one of the top priorities is debatable, especially considering there are already plugin solutions such as VidPlay/VidRender. Similar arguments apply to (3) chord detection, anyone who really needs this will already be using Melodyne. Should Steinberg development resources be wasted re-inventing the wheel? IMHO it would be better to improve the ARA2 integration to achieve the same thing.

In that list, also I see an emphasis on fixing and enhancing existing features rather than adding new features.
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Post by JoMark » Sat Aug 24, 2019 1:25 pm

Thank you for reaching out for our input. I am a bit surprised that so much MIDI was voted for in the top 10. Hopefully, more mixing tools will be included in your next major update.
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Re: Cubase Forum Feature Requests Poll August 2019

Post by noiseboyuk » Sat Aug 24, 2019 2:38 pm

The Elf wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 8:46 am
I'm similarly bemused that video export is high on the list. I would prefer Steinberg avoid that rabbit hole and concentrate on audio-related features. There are plenty of video editors out there to satisfy that need.
Export to video isn't anything like a video editor, nor a rabbit hole. It's a basic requirement for those working with video to be able to export.

MrSoundman (on the same subject) - Cubase is still very much one of the most-used, if not THE most used - DAW for professional composers. I don't know of any who have swapped DAWs just because this feature has been missing for a couple of versions, though it most definitely has been a PITA to work round this.
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Post by MrSoundman » Sat Aug 24, 2019 3:30 pm

noiseboyuk wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 2:38 pm
I don't know of any who have swapped DAWs just because this feature has been missing
No, me neither, I haven't abandoned Cubase but I have added Vegas for rendering the assembled video and audio.
it most definitely has been a PITA to work round this
+1, but the AAF support in Cubase 10 has been a great help transferring back and forth.
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Post by denstrow » Sat Aug 24, 2019 4:44 pm

By the way, are these meant as guidelines for new features in v10.5 or v11?

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Post by mitchiemasha » Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:30 pm

I'm very surprised by those results.
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Post by In_Stereo » Sat Aug 24, 2019 10:07 pm

keyxmusic wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 3:09 am

I'm also gonna comment on one of the highly-ranked features here: chord detection from audio. This is a job for Melodyne, especially now that we've supported ARA. And even Melodyne, being as good as they are, haven't managed to do it perfectly because chord detection is still fairly difficult for computers to do, especially with multiple instruments. Therefore so there's no reason for a DAW maker to put their resource on this only to end up with a tool half as good.
I agree with this in a huge way. Melodyne is so good at it, and now that we have integration with Melodyne (which will keep improving), I strongly hope that Steinberg isn't diverting much-needed resources for this. I use Melodyne a lot in various ways, and even I don't want this in place of other highly needed everyday workflow and speed-related things.
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Post by MrSoundman » Sat Aug 24, 2019 11:50 pm

keyxmusic wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 3:09 am
there's no reason for a DAW maker to put their resource on this only to end up with a tool half as good
... such as Variaudio, which is actually better and easier to use in Cubase when dealing with monophonic audio. People who do not have budget for Melodyne will of course vote for polyphonic VariAudio. To those I say, try out the demo of Melodyne, and start saving ... you'll have a better solution, and quicker.
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Post by Tj99 » Sun Aug 25, 2019 7:02 am

JoMark wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 1:25 pm
Thank you for reaching out for our input. I am a bit surprised that so much MIDI was voted for in the top 10. Hopefully, more mixing tools will be included in your next major update.
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Re: Cubase Forum Feature Requests Poll August 2019

Post by Thurisaz » Sun Aug 25, 2019 11:31 pm

Well,
Most of the mentioned feature in the list are very important and useful, no doubt! Finally Steinberg should focus the attention on the MIDI / Composers
Tools. The last few years the focus was around 90% on the Audio and the MIDI was almost abandoned...
Would be great if we have more simplified and Score Sheet - like way to working MIDI.
1. Much faster and simple way to assign Expression Maps
2. To have, for example, Violins I and all their available articulations on single Instrument Track
- Exactly the same way as the Notation Software work
/Even ability to combine articulations from different libraries, for example - Legato from Orchestral Tools, con sordino from Spitfire Audio/

For now the fastest way is to open MIDI Track per VI library patch and use the KeySwitches directly in the Key Editor. And it is the most common
practice, because during the composing process one should be focused on the creativity, not on tech things... But then if you need to transfer such
project into notation software... it's a terrible nightmare...
So, would be awesome if the guys provide us Scoring software workflow in Cubase! :-)

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Post by J Buckingham » Mon Aug 26, 2019 6:06 am

Thurisaz wrote:
Sun Aug 25, 2019 11:31 pm
To have, for example, Violins I and all their available articulations on single Instrument Track.
For now the fastest way is to open MIDI Track per VI library patch and use the KeySwitches directly in the Key Editor.
I have up to 16 articulations per Instrument Track. The fastest way IMHO is to use Expression maps set to 'Attribute'. ;)
I am also glad to see MIDI editing get some attention.
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Post by Thurisaz » Mon Aug 26, 2019 2:48 pm

J Buckingham wrote:
Mon Aug 26, 2019 6:06 am
Thurisaz wrote:
Sun Aug 25, 2019 11:31 pm
To have, for example, Violins I and all their available articulations on single Instrument Track.
For now the fastest way is to open MIDI Track per VI library patch and use the KeySwitches directly in the Key Editor.
I have up to 16 articulations per Instrument Track. The fastest way IMHO is to use Expression maps set to 'Attribute'. ;)
I am also glad to see MIDI editing get some attention.
Hello J. Buckingham,
Thank you for the reply! :-)
Well, the direct E.Ms. mapping (to map articulations during the composing process) is actually the fastest way, but it isn't available in Cubase, nor in Dorico.
Combination of both, predefined and direct mapping, provide much faster way for working with E.Ms.

The screenshot attached by you shows another problem that needs to be solved. Тhe articulation list in the Controller Lane takes so much screen space.
Imagine if you have more articulations, but not wide screen monitor?!
To me the Articulation Lane should contain single line and the maps to be selected from right mouse click drop-down list.
Once again the Score Sheet - like conception is a must to have! :-)

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Post by Winter Rat » Mon Aug 26, 2019 3:37 pm

Hi, Matthias, how many years will it take SB to implement all 50?
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Post by cubace » Mon Aug 26, 2019 4:55 pm

Will there be any more polls like this?
I have one feature, but it not direct code feature. It's a service for vendors, but it's goal is better quality for cubase users.
The thing is a "certification" of plugins for "cubase/nuendo" comparability. Many plugin vendors totally ignore some features. Like findParameter in GUI, and if that is ignored AI-knob and QC does not work. So even if it is using VSTSDK from Steinberg it is not compatible with cubase in the sense that they work as intended from Steinbergs applications.

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Post by jimmycooper » Mon Aug 26, 2019 9:47 pm

Great poll. I am glad to see "Polyphonic audio editing", near the top.We have Variaudio which is good--but lets make it great.Melodyne is awesome but really expensive.
Also great to see"Move tracks within the MixConsole" at the top.

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Re: Cubase Forum Feature Requests Poll August 2019

Post by Funkybot » Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:34 am

For future polls, we may want to discuss some better names. For instance:

"Polyphonic Audio Editing" should be "Polyphonic Variaudio"

and

"Multi Quick Controls" should be "Macro Knobs"

Those weren't clear to me originally.

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Post by skijumptoes » Tue Aug 27, 2019 3:17 am

keyxmusic wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 3:09 am
I'm also gonna comment on one of the highly-ranked features here: chord detection from audio. This is a job for Melodyne, especially now that we've supported ARA. And even Melodyne, being as good as they are, haven't managed to do it perfectly because chord detection is still fairly difficult for computers to do, especially with multiple instruments. Therefore so there's no reason for a DAW maker to put their resource on this only to end up with a tool half as good.
Many people use tools like this in the composition stage, so quality of sound/tone is not the sole aim. Being able to play guitar direct into Cubase and for it to analyse the chords of that performance (as Studio One 4 can) is a really helpful addition to build the bones of a song.

Melodyne is not a composition tool so it makes perfect sense for Cubase to extend its chord track features from MIDI to audio like this .

So while you’re valid to say compositions are best manually scripted, don’t forget there’s many great emotional (guitar) players who haven’t a clue what the ‘exact’ chord is that they’re playing but can present a sweet recorded performance when asked, this would be such a useful tool for them to breakdown an learn/understand theory which they subconsciously adhere too already,

It’s about adding structure I guess.

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Post by pbognar » Tue Aug 27, 2019 6:31 pm

skijumptoes wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 3:17 am
keyxmusic wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 3:09 am
I'm also gonna comment on one of the highly-ranked features here: chord detection from audio. This is a job for Melodyne, especially now that we've supported ARA. And even Melodyne, being as good as they are, haven't managed to do it perfectly because chord detection is still fairly difficult for computers to do, especially with multiple instruments. Therefore so there's no reason for a DAW maker to put their resource on this only to end up with a tool half as good.
Many people use tools like this in the composition stage, so quality of sound/tone is not the sole aim. Being able to play guitar direct into Cubase and for it to analyse the chords of that performance (as Studio One 4 can) is a really helpful addition to build the bones of a song.

Melodyne is not a composition tool so it makes perfect sense for Cubase to extend its chord track features from MIDI to audio like this .

So while you’re valid to say compositions are best manually scripted, don’t forget there’s many great emotional (guitar) players who haven’t a clue what the ‘exact’ chord is that they’re playing but can present a sweet recorded performance when asked, this would be such a useful tool for them to breakdown an learn/understand theory which they subconsciously adhere too already,

It’s about adding structure I guess.
I agree with adding composition features. Having homogeneous (single instrument) polyphonic audio tracks follow the chord track, ala Studio One, is the logical evolution of what is currently present. Also, extracting MIDI from homogeneous polyphonic audio tracks would be excellent - one use case would be recording guitar chords and converting to MIDI so that the performance could drive a synth VSTi.

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