One thing someone told me recently (as I'm a SONAR user very interested in investing in a Nuendo setup) is that a good craftsman can produce something worthwhile on whatever tools he uses - on any range of the quality scale, even. (Not to say any one product is most definitely better than the next, of course. ) His advice to me was to stick with SONAR for the time being, see how far I can go on it, and then invest my saved-up money later on something I really need. I've already got workable software, and spending money on a (seemingly) better software package wouldn't be as wise as using it on something I absolutely don't have as of yet. (Good mic, good mic pres, decent plugins, etc) I personally felt his advice was sound, and now I'm waiting out and just watching to see what I can get that will give me the most mileage and value for my money. Of course, this advice is quite specific to my situation, but I thought I'd just float it to see if you thought likewise.