So, I've been a long time Cubase user since version 2 or 3. I've held on to my 'SE' version of 4 since it was released. I just sprang for a copy of Cubase 7 Essential, which should be arriving this week, along with 16G of ram for my machine. I'd love some input on the 'new' version...I know there are some radical changes. And I look forward to being able to use both VST and AU, although I'm sad I'll never be able to use my old PC only dub effect plug ins again. What I do: No MIDI or VST-Instruments. Mostly 'live' tracking of 8 to 16 channels for my band (practices, demos, etc... What I have: MacBook Pro Late 2011 15" with quadcore i7 2.0ghz processor, (soon 16G ram), 2x MOTU 8-Pre (Firewire) Optically linked as a 16 channel audio interface. During live recordings I also use the MOTU Cuemix software for live in room monitors (vocal mics->8-Pre->Cuemix->P.A monitors. Here's what it sounds like: Now tell me what you love and hate about the new Cubase.