RE: praying to the aliens
I consider myself a moderately intelligent guy, with an IQ approaching 3 digits. Cubase was not an easy transition for me. And I stuck with it for Cubase 5.1, SX1, SX2 and ditched it with instability problems on SX3.
Some people call me Maurice SPLAT Pro lifetime, ADK 6 core 3.6Ghz with 32 GB RAM, SSD 1TB system drive, 3 3TB regular drives for samples, recordings and misc. Behringer X Touch, UAD Apollo Quad. 2 UAD2 Quads PCI (i think - inside the box whatever that is), Console 1. More guitars (40??) and synths (hard and soft) than talent. Zendrum!!!