Cubase has never appealed to me and now, with their SX version everything has become even worse. Try dealing with a 100+ tracks template for example. According to reliable sources performance is so significantly decreased with lots of tracks that it becomes impossible to work with it. Checking/unchecking a solo or mute button takes 2 seconds(!!) and things are generally even more sloppy than it used to be.
I have spoken with some \"nameless\" people at Cakewalk and hear that the update is really huge. One area that I hear they are working on is 5.1 mixing. I am not sure if that will be included in the 3.0 release but I know it\'s coming. That is something I really look forward too.
At any rate, Cakewalk is producing some amazing software at present and I feel better all the time for choosing Sonar as my recording platform.