Upgrade from Artist 6
If you're after most of the features of the fully fledged Cubase 7 but are focused more on recording music and less fussed about features like 5.1 Surround sound mixing and intelligent composition assistance then Artist could be for you! Cubase 7 contains a lot of extra features designed for scoring soundtracks and some advanced features most users will never actually touch. So why not save the money on those features and get Artist instead!
Here's what Steinberg say about Artist 7
Cubase Artist offers a range of proven editing and sequencing tools based on the same core technologies used and appreciated by musicians around the world. With an easy-to-use interface, unsurpassed performance and inspiring instruments and effects, Cubase Artist remains unmatched in its price range. This Cubase version is simply the perfect choice for talented newcomers and seasoned musicians.