Here's my situation... I have been using audacity, very happily I might add, since I discovered it in 2008. I record my drums with 2 overhead mxl mics (990's and 991's), and a nady dm90 (I know, not a great mic) in the kick. Basic "recorderman" positioning. I have the mics run through my old tascam 4 track as a mixer, and into the audio in on my computer. For guitar and bass, I play a strat style esp through a digitech whammy 2 and a zoom gx1 pedal, and into the audio in. For a long time, I felt I hadn't reached the ceiling of what audacity had to offer. My stuff sounds very good for the equipment I use, very clean and tight... What I lack as anything other than a drummer, I can make up for, using cut and paste, and I find audacity so simple to use, with no loss of sound quality that I'm aware of. But the whole "real time effect editing" thing is starting to become a lot more appealing to me, and of course audacity doesn't offer that. So, I have reaper, audition, and nuendo on my computer, and just downloaded multi hundred page tutorials on each, but I'm looking for a little human opinion. I'm assuming nuendo is the most advanced or professional, and also perhaps the most difficult to learn. Any opinions on which program would be easiest to get down, or the most flexible, or the most capable?