I've been using PT6.9 Le for a long time. It was doing what I wanted it to do. I am aware of the drawbacks of both the hardware and the software, but rather than move to another DAW and upgrade my interface, I decided to stand pat with PT and the 002Rack and keep improving my mic and preamp collection. I figured (and still figure) that at some point I will make a major upgrade and move away from Digi products, but I kept the DAW that I bought a few years ago intact, said to heck with software upgrades, and worked on other areas. So a week ago I broke down and bought PT8. I've used it in only one serious recording session, so I can't really give a well informed review. But I am very pleased. Well worth the $150 to upgrade. First, the obvious thing is the look of the interface. Much easier to look at and work with for a long time (at least to me). You can change more things and make the changes more easily. Just a more pleasant environment in general. Second, more inputs, more sends, more tracks. All good. Third, at least for me, they did well on the plugins. Upgraded the compressor/limiter and expander/gate (at least in their interface). Added basic effects like chorus, phaser, etc. Added the Sansamp plugin. At the very least these are going to give a reasonable headphone sound when I am recording direct with the idea of reamping (and they may end up being good enough to keep without reamping). Added a drum machine. (Wish they had put better sounds on their click. I guess the drum machine was a substitute.) Kept all the plugins that were advertised as "extras" with 6.9 (Maxim, Amplitude). Finally, they have added some "obvious" functionality that will save me a lot of time. They have automated making and saving templates. (It wasn't hard the old way, but this is so much faster and easier.) They have created a "playlist view" that allows you to view all takes of a track simultaneously. Now there are a ton of changes that I have not explored and there are a ton of PT features that I don't use. (In particular, I don't use midi right now. Only know enough to create a click track on a drum machine. That is where they have made a lot of changes. My daughter will probably play with that (and maybe teach me) some more when she comes home from college. Maybe I'll review that in 6 months.) There are still big drawbacks. Can't burn directly to CD, etc. But this will probably keep me in check until college tuition is paid off.