I have an older copy of Reason (not seriously out of date - it has Record embedded), and have downloaded Reaper but haven't really messed with it yet. I've made a couple of abortive attempts to learn to use Reason, but limited success so far. Should I just update Reason and plow ahead, or would I be able to do more with less effort by putting that aside for now and switching to Prosonus Studio One Pro with plan to later Rewire Reason into it to use some of the instruments? I want to do some simple recordings including guitar, vocal, and MIDI/soft synth (some using a Fishman Triple Play) instruments first, make some backing tracks for use with my band, and eventually work my way up to pro sounding recordings for distribution to my tens of adoring fans. I currently have a decent Windows PC and an M-Audio box, a couple of mics, a couple of older hardware mixers, and nice stereo for playback. The emphasis for me is on ease of use and an easy learning curve, along with the fewest technical hang ups (like getting it to talk to my Triple Play and other hardware).