Just came across this post after having searched Google for "cubase 7 ugly".
Having demoed Cubase 7
for 4-5 days now I think that the term 'ugly' is spot on regarding the UI. The first thing that happens when I open Cubase 7
for the first time and choose recording - vocal and piano is: 3 separate floating windows open in a not-maximized mode (arranger, transport and Halion SE). To me it just looks very uninviting for at creative session, and all my other apps keep being visible in the background. So, I size and resize the windows all the time to try and make it fit my workflow and the screen (22" 1920x1080). Somehow it's just intrusive on my creativity. Compare this to Logic, Studio One, Reaper et al and see what huge difference an integrated, well designed and clean interface makes. The inspector in Logic suddenly seems light years ahead of the one in Cubase which is way too complex graphically (you have to go through endless mouse clicks in order to adjust the different settings). And the new mix console.. While I like the idea of having the entire channel strip visible on each track (including visual feedback for the dynamics and eq), the graphical implementation is just not there yet; it's too complicated to find your way around, and unless you have a super-duper high resolution monitor, you simply have to scroll and click around the interface all the time. Extremely time consuming and it defeats the purpose of having all the goodies visible simultaneously. I was very close to upgrading to Cubase 7
, but will definitely stick with Logic Pro 9 for now. If Steinberg, however, do change their way of thinking the GUI sometime in the future, I'll give it another try.