I'm looking for a DAW that does MIDI and Audio well. I've played around with Sonar X1 and really like it. The new GUI is better and it just seems more user friendly now. For knowing almost nothing about it, I got it running and was creating music in a few hours. Its a MIDI giant for sure. MIDI is so tight, blows away Samplitude in that respect. Seems as fast as Reaper ( the dark horse). Sonar never crashed on me and ran flawlessly. Samplitude can't come close to the speed of Sonar's MIDI performance. Too bad, its really forcing me to look for a second DAW. The majority of my producing is VSTi and MIDI programming but I also need a good tracking/ hybrid system. The combination is proving to be a challenge. I'm thinking about buying an MPC5000 and going back to MIDI hardware. Here's what I noticed about Sonar though. The sound quality was not there. I tried everything I could to get it to sound as full, clean and quiet as Samplitude ( using RME ADi-8 QS converters) should sound killer. Tracking audio at 88.2 , Vocals sounded like a toy compared to Samplitude. Sonar had noise in the background all the time and the actual recording of the vocals sounded smaller and metallic. Once again, when someone is testing a product on something, keep this in mind. Even a U87 sounded different between two DAW's. This wasn't some clinical test but it was enough for me to 100% forget about Sonar as an audio system after knowing Samplitude. So, the testimonials that all DAW's sound basically the same, no way. Sonar is great for MIDI and VSTi but its not a professional audio tracking system in comparison to Samplitude and Sequoia. Too Bad, I would have loved this platform. I'm not asking for much. I don't need tons of Midi functions either. I just need something that is fast like Sonar and doesn't choke going between audio and Midi. So far Samplitude is king but its a bit sloppy for midi. erk... The perfect world, where are you? PT 9 next and then Cubase.