Despite having Cubase 5, I wanted to install this software because it comes with the Zoom R16 recorder and I wanted to know if it had any new features to control it other than the ones in Cubase 5. Yes, I am naive, but there's nothing, except for a couple of paragraphs, in the Zoom documentation that addresses this issue.
During installation, the software asks for a serial number, which is nowhere to be found, LOL. According to the leaflet, it's on the CD box. The problem is that there's no CD box, since it comes inside the recorder's box.
It's not serious! It's annoying. The CD ended up in the trash.
Long and somewhat strenuous installation...but I had no problems.
I was disappointed by the preference setup (for example: It's impossible to assign Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V to copy and paste)
The manual is clear enough.
I use it on a laptop PC (Dell, 1G RAM, Windows 7 64bits).
External RME Fireface UC soundcard.
The software works pretty smoothly, no latency, good support of insert effects (amplitube, melda,...)
I've been using it for a year and a half.
I have only used it in parallel with logicpro (on a Mac) and, to be honest, I prefer Logicpro! The latter clearly has a better usability and is more practical and...logical.
Setting up keyboard shortcuts is hard and even impossible on Cubase6E, it lacks an MP3 converter, the original VST effects are less effective than the ones on Logicpro.
However, it does the job you expect from it, recording is all right, the settings are precise and I can achieve what I want.
Overall, it is practical, it does what you ask of it and it does it well.
So, yes, I would've preferred to get Logicpro, but I would need to buy a Mac...
Installed in 2min, clocked. No printed manual...Paper saves a lot of money! The authorization with challenge code is easy, however you need to follow a whole procedure to get a new code after reformatting, for example. One star less due to that.
I recently put together a new Sandy Bridge-based system with a Core i5 2500K @ 4.2GHz processor, an Asus P8P67 EVO motherboard and 8Gb of Corsair Vengeance memory. My OS (Windows 7 Pro - 64 bits, obviously), Cubase 6 Elements and my VSTs are installed on a 128GB SSD Crucial M4.
I'm really happy because everything is really stable and works really well with my Presonus FP10 soundcard. I've had no issues with my 64-bit VSTs (Superior Drummer 2, TH2 Overloud, PodFarm 2.5...). The only snag is that the Cubase VST bridge works fine with some of my 32-bit plug-ins (Sampletank 2.5), but not so with others (TSE 808, which makes Cubase crash, but it's the VST Bridge process that makes it crash, so you only need to kill the process and everything's fine).
But since I don't need 36 different plug-ins, I don't have much to complain about. Besides, it's time to turn the 32-bit page, anyway. Half a star less due to VST Bridge, if you really need 32-bit VSTs you have jBridge as alternative.
I've been using it intensively for a month and I'm quite satisfied with it. True, the software is limited in this version, but as far as I'm concerned, it has everything I need (I'm not a pro, nor a beginner). The interface is nice, very pleasant to work with, although it would be nice that they revisited the usability of the menus one day...
I also tested Sonar X1 and Presonus Studio One. Sonar didn't really do it for me, but Studio One isn't bad at all with its window management (compared to Cubase's poor Transport Panel). In the end, I stayed with Steinberg because a DAW of this quality that works at 64 bits and costs less than $100 is hard to beat
And if you think the software is incomplete, you can always upgrade to a more comprehensive version for a very attractive price.