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Cubase SX vs Nuendo

Discussion in 'Nuendo' started by WDavidW, Mar 26, 2004.

  1. WDavidW

    WDavidW Guest

    I was wondering what the difference is between Nuendo and Cubase SX? If I don't do any video, do I even need Nuendo or is Cubase SX fine? Also, is there any major difference between Cubase SX and SX 2.0? The reason I ask is because the Guitar Center near me has Cubase SX on sale right now for $299. Thanks.
  2. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Cubase SX 2.0 is exactly like Nuendo except for a bunch of little things you'll never need unless you're a complete freak (no offence to anyone who uses these features - I mean the cool kind of freak :) ). Save your money and go for SX. Take my word for it or get the whole scoop here. From SX 1.0 to SX 2.0 is night and day... FX return channels, latency compensation, customizable I/O configurations, 'Freeze' for VST tracks, Multi channel audio, and many more little things. Definitely worth the extra cost IMO. SX 2.0 is a killer app.
  3. WDavidW

    WDavidW Guest

    Thanks. Do you know if you can upgreade 1.0 to 2.0 or do you have to buy a whole new version for 2.0? Thanks again.
  4. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Yeah, you can do that. It costs about $150.00 Also, there's a crossgrade for about $300.00 if you own Sonar, Logic, et. al.
  5. Doublehelix

    Doublehelix Well-Known Member

    I'll second everything that David says...SX2 is the way to go for most stuff. Nuendo has a few more features (more surround stuff, better video compatibility, and a few other minor goodies), but if you get SX2, then it is truly the same app as Nuendo for a lot less, with just a few less features.

    I really love SX2, and it is a *huge* leap over SX1.


    It seems I've heard so much about Cubase SX being buggy and Nuendo being so solid. Is this still the case? Also, does Cubase work equally well with Mac as it does PC?

    Anyone have first hand experience with either?


  7. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    I haven't used either on a mac. As for SX being buggy... no way! SX2 has never given me problems.
  8. sie7e

    sie7e Guest

    I use Cubase SX 2 and I love it. I switched from Cakewalk 4 years ago to Cubase and I think that was the best choice I have ever made.

    Cubase has never gone bad with me. The only times I had problems those were more related to my computer than the program itself. As long as you configure your system right, you should be trouble free with Cubase SX.

    Also, the extra features Nuendo has that cubase does not are very small. If you are into Audio Recording only Cubase is the way to go. Nuendo's extra features are more for video synch and more complex networking. I am no fan of pro Tools or any other DAW software out there. Cubase, like a German Car, is as best as you can get.


    Jose L Arbelaez
    Sound Eng.
    Nashville, TN
  9. Doublehelix

    Doublehelix Well-Known Member

    I have to agree that Cubase SX is pretty stable. There have been past versions that were not not perfect, but the current version that was released about 2 weeks ago is rock solid (2.02).
  10. WDavidW

    WDavidW Guest

    I bought Cubase SX 1.0 and will probably buy the upgrade to 2.0 for $150 that David suggested. I have read on tghe Steinberg forums that a lot of guys are having trouble with the 2.0 with bugs etc. Should I worry? Also if I record some songs with 1.0 and then upgrade to 2.0 will I still be able to access my songs? One last question. If I uninstall Cubase SX and then reinstall it will I have trouble retieving my old song files? Thanks for all the advice guys!
  11. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    I can't guarantee you won't have problems, but I can tell you that I never have. I'll have to take a look at the forums and see what the hell their problem is ;)

    You can access 1.0 songs just fine with 2.0.

    There should be no problem with reinstalling and opening your old songs.. just make sure you have backups.

    I think you've made a great decision - you're gonna love SX. And... free tech support! (right here) :) Tell us all about it in a couple weeks.
  12. Lachoza

    Lachoza Guest

    With a $700 difference in price, Nuendo must have more than just "a few" minor extras. C'mon now. :)

    Some people say Nuendo sounds alot better.

    Also, ProTools LE comes with some nice plug ins. How are the stock effects/plug ins that come with Nuendo?
  13. Hiwatt

    Hiwatt Guest

    The option of recording sample rates higher than 96k in nuendo should be mentioned. I know alot of people that didn't have a clue that SX only goes up to 96k. Oh ya, and the level meters are orange compared to green, I know that's an important one. :D
  14. Hiwatt

    Hiwatt Guest

    By the way don't expect a whole lot from the bundled plugs. They are useable but barely. I don't know anyone that bought those apps on the basis that the bundled plugs were kick ass. You are gona have to budget for some third party plugs, might I sugest getting a UAD-1 card.
  15. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Quite true about the plugs.
  16. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    I recently sold my SX licence because of the poor Mac performance.

    SX has the highest system requirements, when compared to DP4 & Logic.
    From my observations SX2 used 40%-60% more cpu than the competition.

    It choked my 6 month old Powerbook at 8-10 tracks, the same machine can easily handle sessions of 32-48 tracks with loads of plugs using DP4, or Logic6.

    If you want to use Steinberg products use them on a PC. :x

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