I chose Nuendo/Cubase SX over Pro Tools LE for a couple of reasons.
My goal: A good control surface with great pre-amps to provide a more convenient reccording/mixing platform. Not to be locked in to particular hardware or software choices. (If I switch software preference later, I don't want it to generate a hardware problem.) Easy to use, great sounding software with as many built-in features as possible.
I'm PC based so to me the choice was between Pro Tools LE and Cubase. Here's what I found.
- Cost. Digidesign locks you into their expensive hardware/software.
- I've, actually, had a few engineer/audiophiles tell me they think Pro Tools doesn't sound good. (Not sure I believe that.)
- I think my Tascam FW-1884 board and Nuendo/Cubase SX or LE sound Great. (I have no idea whether it sounds better than Pro Tools LE. With good engineering, I doubt it.)
- Nuendo/Cubase's Virtual Instruments (Record something as MIDI info w/a guitar syth (or other), create your Own instrument sounds, and change the sound completely, even years later, if you like. Wow!)
- Tascam FW-1884 firewire board had a lot more ins and outs and seemed better built than the Digi 002 Factory board.
- 32 bit w/floating point ... recording with Nuendo/Cubase is supposed to, actually, sound better than Pro Tools.
- The pre-amps in the FW-1884 must be good too. (My recordings sound good.)
- All I know is, I'm making simple recordings with a Sure 58, Amp, FW-1884, Nuendo/Cubase, maxing my volume to disk and it sounds Great. I have plenty of volume, signal:noise etc.
Tascam FW-1884 board <$1100.
Try-before-you-buy version of Nuendo. $0
Even if I had bought Cubase SX (The Full "high end" version) I think it's $800. My total would have been $1900. Compared to the Digi 002 Factory at over $2100 w/Pro Tools LE (not equiv. to Cubase SX, and a lesser board!
Yes, it sucks that so many people are following Pro Tools like lemmings and it seems like Digidesign is taking full advantage. I may have to use Pro Tools one day which means $400 in lesser software and now I understand a $500 translator?!?!?! If that's the case, I'll be pissed. I'd like to continue to use my Tascam board.
When I buy software, I'll have to weigh all this again. Arrrg.