I was told by an anonymous avid, um...pro tools....software writer person, that people have dealt with it in the past, so they can deal with it now. He politely apologized for the buffoonery of bureaucrats running the software division (who are finance and business guys that don't know the first damn thing about software) and explained to me that the mentality is 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it', and that they are to focus their energy on developing new things that make money. And beyond that, he said it would take time and energy to figure out how to reconcile something about multi-mono vs interleaved, and that the audio clip file management system was somehow deeply embedded in the architecture of the DAW.
In logic you can toggle OO button to O right on the front of the channel strip. You still have to declare instrument or audio. In DP, a track is a track, and its like you have a front half of the track and a back half. The front half is always the same, but any variation format (audio, VI, external midi, Aux) can be attached to the front have. This is probably the closest thing to reaper. Ableton is a just a pain the ass and probably always will be.
Of all the majors, I Cubase is by far the worst in my opinion when it comes to routing. Not only is your routing and bussing restricted, you have to open up a separate dialogue box to configure your Auxes. You can't do it from your mixer window or workspace. Furthermore, the heavily restricted use of inserts is appalling. They only give you 7 insert slots. The first 2 are dedicate pre, the last 2 are dedicated post fader.
Get this. If you are using a controller like a System 5 or a Nuage rig, you're also committed to their effects chain, which is completely independent of your inserts. So you have a Cubase EQ. A Cubase Saturator. A Cubase compressor. A cubase Gate. Whatever. So what...a gate's a gate. Just use it. Right? You can re-arrange the order of their native effects chain. But you can't re-arrange it around your plugins. All Cubase effects come either before or after your 3rd party plugins. So you can NOT do this:
The worst part of all of that, is you can't deactivate or remove that native plugin chain. If you have 100 tracks in a session, that things either on all 100 tracks, or off all 100 tracks. And those annoying as fucking hell racks take up the 2 whole damn screen, and opening one gate, opens ALL dynamics processors on ALL 100 channels.
The real kick in the junk, which I can't believe Steinberg didn't deal with is when using the Cubase mixer you can't scroll with your mouse. You have to click and drag a handle bar on the side of the screen. This goes for up and down, and side to side. I've been all over forums trying to see if there's a way to change the mouse behavior but no. And it is VERY annoying
I hope and pray that someone reads this that can tell me how to work around this shit, because I've been tolerating it for years. PLEASE somebody make me wrong here!!!!