I have used Cubase for many years now and was always curious about it's hooks into Yamaha consoles since the day they bought Steinberg. Cubase is in some ways a better product than ProTools, and in some eays not. Regardless, combining the two products makes for an incredibly powerfull platform. So as a first thought based on the logical progression of digital designs and the marriage of the companies, this desk appears to be Yamaha's top dog in a battle with Avid. I'm not so sure though that this would be what I might want for a stadium concert, however, I'll bet Mac see's one before any of us and will be mighty pleased with it's capabilities.