I'm not looking to produce grammy award winning cd's, but I do need something to work out arrangements and provide demo's of original songs to the rest of the guys in the band I have joined. Recording quality is important, as its hard to sell someone on your idea if it sounds like crap and I am going to be doing a fair amount of audio and midi editing. Also, I will be recording multiple tracks at the same time (plan on micing up a drum kit on occassion). Mac or PC does not matter. Here is my take so far: Pro Tools Le: Lots of users, midi has a bad rap as many claim it does not have the editing features found in other programs, audio editing and recording is supposed to be very good and intuitive, under OSX there have been some stability issues (as it is not a native application under OSX). Cheap since it comes with the Digidesign interfaces (which seem to be very good). Logic: In my opinion this seems to be geared toward guys using a lot of soft synths and plug-ins, OSX support and functionability is good, no longer being offered for Windows, interface has a steep learning curve, popular with dance music/electronica crowd. The full version seems to be the way to go, but retails at a grand. Cubase: This may be one of the last dual platform, do it all DAW programs out there, lots of VST plug-ins available, lots of dedicated users, a lot of bugs still evident (or so folks say). Good price, but a lot of conflicting information and opinions about this one. Digital Performer: I have read so many differeing opinions on this software (even more than Pro Tools Le) that it is hard to tell what is what. I do like the fact that it seems to dynamically allocate tracks and plug-ins based on your hardware and ram, rather than on give you a fixed number. Midi support is supposed to be top notch, but I don't know about its OSX support. Sonar: Tried it at a friends and didn't like it. Seems to be an incredible bargain for what you get and his CPU may have been the problem. My temptation is to pick up a used piece of Digidesign hardware, such as a Digi002r or a Digi001, and if Pro Tools Le doesn't cut it, try Digital Performer of Logic Express (if I buy a Mac) or try Cubase or Sonar (if I go the PC route). I've never owned a Mac, so I am tempted to go that route. While the G5's are impressive, one of the later G4's should do the job if equipped with a suitable amount of Ram. Plus, Logic and Digital Performer (what my gut instincts are going for) are only available for the Mac OS. Going with the used G4 also allows me the option of going with the Digi 001 or the Digi 002. I'm still researching the Motu audio interfaces. Latest and greatest isn't really that important, as I will probably purchase everything but the software used. I will only be using ten to twelve audio tracks at a time, with no more than a dozen or so real time plug-ins. What opinions do you guys have of these software platforms.