Nuage prices are MSRP announced during trade show, but even like that it's $35K for the controller, $40K for the whole system with software and I/O. And even at $40K (if you wish) it's still way less than $120K for the same setup with a S6 M40 32 faders with software and I/O. (or around $100K for the controller "only"). Count it as you like (MSRP or Street, with or without software and/or I/O), it's still 3 times more expensive.
Yamaha can target the post prod and still get the Music business where Avid left it. That's the whole point actually. There's still A LOT of people in the Music Industry that aren't hobbyist and still have PT HD3 with Control 24, Pro Control, or even D-Command that would need to upgrade their entire setup to use PT11 (HDX card, I/O, new surface control).
And a lot of these guys are definitely not ready to spend another $120K if they can spend almost three times less for a similar setup on a different software... all they will need is a native version of PT11 to exchange / convert their sessions if it's really required.
The DM2000 is not even remotely close of a 02R
in terms of Protools control. And for Protools 11, the Control 24 or Pro Control just won't work at all... So yeah, technically, a DM2000 in HUI
will still be way better than a Control 24 or Pro Control for PT11.
Music market is dying and the omnipresence of Protools in that market is not true anymore. I just got a producer friend of mine that called me last week because he's selling his PT HD3 rig... Why? He's only using Ableton Live with Prism Orpheus
now and he'll just use a native version of PT11/10 if he needs it. This is just a example, but I have plenty of similar cases that I'm aware of.
Actually, most of the producers/musicians aren't using Protools HD anymore, there are using Logic, Cubase, Reason, Fruity Loops, Sonar, etc... Avid clearly knows that and that's the reason why they're just dropping the Music market now. But of course, you can live in the complete denial, it's fine by me...
BTW: Steinberg hasn't been sold countless times... but twice. Steinberg has been acquired by Pinnacle back in the days when Steinberg wanted to reach the Video and Post market. And then it has been acquired by Yamaha in 2004.