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  1. It cost me $200 to go from C6 to C8 Pro, which I did about a month before C8.5 released. When it released, I got bumped up to C8.5 Pro for free, because I was within the grace period. But I checked the price after getting the upgrade, and if I had bought an upgrade from C6 to C8.5 Pro after it was released, it would have cost $250 instead of just $200. Basically, every new 0.5 increment is a $50 premium over the previous release, and upgrading from old versions reflects the number of 0.5 differences of version in price. A lot of this stuff is small, but some of it is also stuff I've wanted in Cubase for many years, and so it's pretty exciting for me to now have it. Things like the additional punch in markers, group routing, the new drum editor tool that enables writing and erasing a hit point without changing tools, though small changes, increase baseline satisfaction in using the program for me, and are things that will be making a regular difference in my Cubase usage. On the Steinberg forums, it sounds like there is going to now be some major focus on addressing bugs in Cubase, which, it seems, a lot of people posting there think have been neglected for too long in favour of constant new features. Staff have posted to a criticism thread reassuring Cubase owners there that they are doing something about it.
  2. Here are some of the new interface features - cleaner transport panel with larger buttons and expandable / collapsible sections - new Profile Manager to create custom organizations of key command, plugin sets, and more, and use them on other computers running Cubase - all transport commands now exist in sub-menus in the Transport menu in the title bar, and there are some new commands - new punch points, which are like a second set of locators, which can be set independent of the regular locators - tempo track can be input into transport panel whether tempo track is active or not - locators / seek zones of ruler track are now highlighted differently when moused-over - can now create cycle-ranges within cycle-ranges. and switch between them by clicking on them - ruler colour can be customized - new tracks can now be added inside our outside of a folder, rather than just inside of one - group track routing by selecting all tracks and holding down the shift key while routing on one of them There are still lots of other changes, including stuff to MIDI, VST, editing, media bay, and some new plugins New enhancements to the drum editor are particularly welcome by me, and I'm sure others: I also like the redesign of the EQ and sends hover controls, and that they can be made static.
  3. I haven't used 8.5 much yet. Actually, my preamps and power amp are all waiting at a repair shop for different things that I need / want to have done with them. The place usually has a lineup, and my stuff's been there about 2 weeks now. The one thing that's apparent to me, even without going through the Cubase 8.5 new features list, is that the transport panel has a cleaner organization and design than before, and parts of it can be collapsed or expanded by clicking them. I'm sure the new Profile Manager will be useful to many audio engineers.
  4. I just got an email notifying that Cubase 8.5 is now available! I haven't yet checked out what's new, but I ran the maintenance on my elicenser and my C8 license was updated to C8.5 for free, because I bought the license within the last 1.5 months. Cubase 8.5 video features: https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...rce=opensearch Grace period info: https://www.steinberg.net/en/support...riod_info.html
  5. NGOD is for New Gear Ordered Day. I hadn't owned a phaser pedal before, and didn't really know for what I'd use one, but today I ordered two. One of the phasers I ordered today is a NUX Phaser Core: https://youtu.be/uVM-I5yGqUA?t=6m28s I listened to some demos and like the smooth and full sound it can provide, as well as the extensive configurability of its effect. People's opinions of its effect seem to be positive, though I also read some views that its knobs move too easily - although it does have a switch position that locks an effect in independently of where the knobs are turned to, and can also store a setting as a preset. I saw a good deal for a NUX Phaser Core on Amazon, only $54 CND + free shipping, so I decided to go for it, since I did like it sound, and I thought that would fulfill my phaser needs. After ordering, and reading some more opinions about which phasers are good, I read someone mention the Mad Professor Tiny Orange Phaser: I checked it out, and it seemed awesome to me, with a quality sound, and also with lots of configurability. I also found the PCB version on sale on eBay for $165. So I ordered one of those, too. I'd also heavily checked out the BOSS PH-3, though there's something about its modulation that doesn't fulfill the sound I am looking for right now. It sounds to me sort of like the PH-3 doesn't experience as much modulation dimension as many other phasers. I don't know the exact description to give it. Anyone else have thoughts on these pedals?
  6. -- posted in wrong forum, posted in Effects now. This thread can be removed -- NGOD is for New Gear Ordered Day. I hadn't owned a phaser pedal before, and didn't really know for what I'd use one, but today I ordered two. One of the phasers I ordered today is a NUX Phaser Core: https://youtu.be/uVM-I5yGqUA?t=6m28s I listened to some demos and like the smooth and full sound it can provide, as well as the extensive configurability of its effect. People's opinions of its effect seem to be positive, though I also read some views that its knobs move too easily - although it does have a switch position that locks an effect in independently of where the knobs are turned to, and can also store a setting as a preset. I saw a good deal for a NUX Phaser Core on Amazon, only $54 CND + free shipping, so I decided to go for it, since I did like it sound, and I thought that would fulfill my phaser needs. After ordering, and reading some more opinions about which phasers are good, I read someone mention the Mad Professor Tiny Orange Phaser: I checked it out, and it seemed awesome to me, with a quality sound, and also with lots of configurability. I also found the PCB version on sale on eBay for $165. So I ordered one of those, too. I'd also heavily checked out the BOSS PH-3, though there's something about its modulation that doesn't fulfill the sound I am looking for right now. It sounds to me sort of like the PH-3 doesn't experience as much modulation dimension as many other phasers. I don't know the exact description to give it. Anyone else have thoughts on these pedals?
  7. I didn't realize the FS had SPDIF I/O (it's sat in my basement unused for years). I'll check that out, thanks!
  8. There's been a new Cubase installment in December for the last 3 years. Has anyone heard anything regarding a release before this Christmas?
  9. Thanks for that information. The Firestudio I have is 8 channels. Do you know if I were to use an XLR splitter to run an e906 and SM7b into one channel, would that work, and would their signals be equal in volume? And do you think the A/D converters on the Firestudio would negatively impact sound quality if I ran all my preamps into its channels at line level?
  10. I recently did a recording using another person's interface and 3 microphones, one of theirs (Shure SM7b), and two of mine ( MD421, e906). The SM7b about perfectly filled in the sound between the e906 and MD421, and I also gave the e906 a top-end boost to make it occupy more range that doesn't overlap with the SM7b. The result is fantastic, and just double tracking yielded a huge sound, probably a lot bigger than 4x tracking with just the MD421 and e906. So I want to get myself an SM7b to this trio my default recording setup. However, my interface is an API A2D, going into my soundcard via SPDIF, and that interface has only 2 channels. But I also have other equipment that could help me overcome its limitations: a Firestudio Project, a couple Seventh Circle preamps (an API and a Neve clone), and a Little Labs Red Eye reamp DI. So one possible means to accomplish recording these 3 mics is to do everything reamped, but I think that might affect sound quality, with signals going back and forth through non-balanced cables. The other potential means I can do this is running one of the 7th Circle preamp outputs into a channel on the Presonus Firestudio, and having it send the digital signal to my PC alongside the A2D signals. I haven't tried this yet, I don't know if I would be able to use both my soundcard (which has SPDIF to receive the API A2D) and the Presonus Firestudio in Cubase at the same time. Another thought regarding using the Firestudio is that maybe the A/D converters will not sound very good. Another thing that might work is running one of the 7th Circle preamps into one of the API A2D's channel's A/D input, while also having another mic running into the mic input, and perhaps both signals will feed to my PC as one track. Any thoughts, advice, know of some gear that will make this easier that isn't another $2000 preamp / interface?
  11. Great info, thanks again. I made a new track and tried out more of these suggestions. Not all, but I'm adding to my production repertoire bit by bit. Here's the track I just finished:
  12. Thanks for the replies! I looked into the pedals that were mentioned, and I think I'm going to get a BOSS CS-3. I really like the sustain and attack knobs. I can turn the compressor threshold all the way down, which goes to -40 db, and I think it will completely throttle the guitar signal. I don't know if that's still not doing something or not.
  13. I have an alesis 3632 rack compressor which I run my guitar into before it hits the amp. I have found it difficult to get a substantial plucking sound with it, and I'm wondering whether different compressors are capable of getting that sound to different degrees.
  14. Thanks for that detailed information. I did have a variety of tubes to play around with, and I've ended up with an eclectic setup. I might make a separate thread detailing the tube configuration I ended up with.
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