I’m currently evaluating different DAW products. My perspective is:
- Windows 10 (64-bit) user.
- Can’t buy the pro versions to check out the pro version full feature set.
Ableton Live 10 Lite
- No 32-bit VST support. There are tons of free plugins available at vst4free.com,
but most of them are only available as Win 32-bit VST plugins.
- Support for MIDI input channel selection: this is important for MIDI input controllers like MPK249 where the pads
have their own MIDI channel, and which can be used to actually assign different tracks (instruments) to pads and keys.
That’s particularly useful if you are not only using the DAW for strict single-track recording.
Cubase AI Elements 10.0
- No 32-bit VST support.
- No MIDI input channel selection.
- No VST chaining support.
Conclusion: the AI/Elements versions of Cubase have been intentionally crippled to create a USP for their full versions. I consider this crippling so bad that I have a very hard time about even thinking to get the full version.
- 32-bit VST support.
- MIDI input channel selection.
- VST chaining support.
- Special price for up to semi-professional use.
- No limitation of the free version. You cannot even call it a trial or test version. It’s the full version and the only downside is that you should feel bad about using it without paying for it.
- Standard FX aren’t that great.
- No dongle required.
Conclusion: fantastic if you don’t care about packaged FX plugins.