Well, you can always check out the deal of the century, here: Special offer: MAGIX Samplitude Pro X Suite – Audio production
$149.00 for Samplitude ProX 3? That is an excellent deal for one excellent DAW. Check it out at least. That's the DAW I've been using for some time--it's the only one I've ever used, actually. This is the latest version, and if you don't have a DAW of choice yet, by God, buy it.
Ableton has a great feature - "external instrument" - that allows you to rewire any Reason instrument using only one midi track. It's a little hard to find but it eliminates to use of a "to" and "from" track.
This allows the user to use Reason as a huge sound bank, while recording the midi in Ableton. Using Ableton's looping capabilities you can make as many loops as you want on the fly and have them be automatically assigned to something like a Lauchpad. Add to that the ability to record keys, or whatever else you want in real time and it's awesome.
For years I´m using Sonar for my productions, but I know there are newer and more sofisticated daw´s out there, I tried Studio One and Reaper, but learn the shortcuts and other trick for every audio suite is boring and hard. My concern is: am I losing a lot staying in a old but well known daw? Actually I use Sonar Platinum. For MIDI composing sonar platinum is sh**, or I missing something, but I use guitar pro to compose my drum lines, it´s too easy and I can´t find other program that is similar or easier than.
I am still tracking to my Tascam MX2424 (I have 3 of them) with the windows version of MX view.
Recently started mixing in Reaper and loving it, I did get Harrison Mixbus a while back but it hangs up on my computer which I believe is due to graphics being demanding and my computer being old and a bit slow, when I get the new computer I may use it again as it sounds very good and it also imports Broadcast (time stamped) wav files directly from the MX2424.
The old MX2424's will be converted to a AD/DA interface by using a MOTU LP32 when the new computer is up and running.
Logic Pro X, it does what I need it to do. I used Cubase back in the day and loved that also. Once you get use to a sequencer it doesn’t really matter which you choose, they are all good in there own ways.