Hi I've been reading a lot about software DAW's. I hear PT is famous across the industry, but surely they are talking about the H/TDM version with DSP? ..which can't be compared to the low budget LE version, where, I hear you still have to pay for extra features, like mp3 conversion or something? I also heard PT is basically a rip-off of Logic, so technically it's an option if I don't want to buy a Mac. I'm just starting out in the music tech game, but I do want software that will go the mile with me. Sure, there are upgrades available with most, but I can't justify spending thousands..ever! There must be a simpler way, especially as I don't want to over-produce anything (wouldn't know how to, anyway I'd like to use virtual instruments to supplement 'real' instruments: digital piano, elec guitar and vocals, so not just virtual ones. It will be experimental, which brings Ableton to mind.. but how good are they with virtual instruments? But I could always get some extra add-ons. I'll be doing a lot of genres (apart from hip-hop, electro and rap). I'm almost considering getting a mac just so I can use Logic because all my friends rave on about it (even the salesman who studied 'PT' at college!) That said, I don't want to spark off another 'my software is better than yours' row especially as that kind of post has been 'done to death.' I'm just getting lost in the whole war of Logic v. PT v. Cubase v. Ableton..but I'm sure there are very clear differences to the experienced user based on the type of music they're creating and what they can get out of software. Is Cubase good enough? Why is it more expensive than some of its competitors? Is PT LE worth its salt? Which DAW is user-friendly? I don't mind doing a course, but things should be logical too! Thanks, He-.