Dear Gods of digital music wizardry,
Apologies for the length of this bad
boy... I am sort of on last resorts with this one and so want to make sure I convey my
agony, hopes and dreams to their fullest.
Early(ish) last year I regrettably
strayed away from the Mackie control surface flock in favour a PC/SONAR V-Studio 700
set-up. Don't get me wrong, the Cakewalk offering is pretty awesome.
months ago I decided I had grown sick of constant SONAR/Vista crashes and losing hours of
work as a result of lost or corrupt projects. I do realise Windows 7 is being touted as
the PC DAW users' prayers answered but, I had already had enough at this point and just
couldn't face the risk of gambling another year of lost work on the promise that Microsoft
may have finally sorted their act out.
So, in a pretty major shift in DAW
policy and use/workflow, I recently purchased the Mackie Universal Pro bundle. I found
someone willing to part with their Uni Pro, both XT units and the C4 Pro unit! In doing so
I also made the move back to a Mac Pro/Cubase set-up... yes, back to a stable, reliable
and usable system where you don't need a PhD in computer science just to keep it running
long enough to do some work! <insert sigh of relief here>.
something I didn't realise was that the C4 Pro unit doesn't integrate with Cubase at all!
Eh?! You mean I can buy the Uni Pro and it's XTs but not the C4 Pro if running Cubase...
STILL?! How long has this been an issue?!?! Not that it matters, the Uni Pro kit was sold
as a bundle and, due to the fact these things are hard to come by these days (like gold
dust!), I would have bought it anyway and sold the C4.
I'm aware Steinberg
haven't made it easy for third party vendors like Mackie to write drivers for devices such
as the C4 Pro but, those days are over now, aren't they? Steinberg have released SDKs.
Without wishing to re-open the age old 'which DAW is better' can of worms, Cubase is huge
and has a massive, global customer base! Surely Mackie must feel some motivation to
produce C4 Pro compatibility for Cubase? Unless, of course, they no longer make the C4
Is there a real, useable work around/third-party solution to this i.e
something that truly allows the C4 to work in harmony with Cubase? I've read articles
advising various 'work arounds' but they all seem a little half baked and don't really
pull off the job of true Cubase integration i.e. some will get the C4 Pro talking to
Cubase but some functions won't work or, all functions will work but not how you'd expect,
I have Cubase 5 which (finally!) comes bundled with some very
useful, high quality plug-ins (took yer sweet-@ssed
Steinberg!) meaning we Cubase users no longer get laughed at (quite so loudly) by smug
Logic users who waist no time in telling me about the abundance of Logic plug-ins in
almost obsessive detail. The thought of how useful this baby could be (almost) makes me
foam at the mouth with excitement. The C4 Pro unit is well built, looks good and I've read
some very good reviews about it... basically, it's a bit sexy and looks like something I
want to spend quality time with and show real, loving commitment to. All I need is either
the blessing of Mackie in the form of compatibility or, someone who knows some tricks to
get the C4 and Cubase talking in a fully functioning manner.
I will be
eternally grateful (and possibly even worship) anyone who can offer some real help and
advice with this.
On the flip-side to the above comment, any 'advice' telling
me "it's never going to work" and then immediately offering a price to buy it will be
respectfully ignored... unless of course it really, absolutely won't work in Cubase, in
which case I'll get back to you later!
Seriously though, if you have any tricks
up your sleeve please don't be shy coming forward with any (none sarcastic "should have
gone with Logic or Pro Tools") tips.
Thanks and, Moog bless everyone!
P.S. This post/pathetic cry for help is also on Gearslutz.... for those of you who feel
they're experiencing Déjà vu.