I started with Cubase, it was a lite version but I still had used the full versions. I loved the variaudio pitch correction in 5. I switched to Sonar right when they were about the release X1 because I got a great deal to buy 8.5 for really cheap because I had register a previous version of 6 that came with some cheap hardware that I bought forever ago. The upgrade to X1 was free and I have been using it ever since and I love it. I have used just about all of the big softwares out there through working/apprenticing at studios. By far I think Sonar is the easiest and best looking. I also love the console view.