Reading thru the "which DAW" thread and otherwise, I get the feeling there are a bunch of folks looking at the same question that's on my mind: whether to switch from Cubase to Samplitude. I use Cubase 5.1, because I'm terrified of changing my OS and actually not totally convinced that the rest of my rig would be happy in XP. The main thing Cubase has going for it is that I know it. There's nothing I want to do in a DAW that I can't do in Cubase -- I've learned all the work-arounds, weird tricks, and nonsense that's required to make Cubase work for audio. I have a long, long list of complaints. Highlights: plug-in latency for sends and groups tarnishes my otherwise wonderful UAD-1; the general way Cubase handles routing, especially send effects, is counter-intuitive, being actually the opposite of the way I would do it; the automation really only works consistently for faders and mutes, and requires all kinds of patience to edit; the wave editor is amazingly easy to mess up, with no easy way to do most of things I actually want to do; the way separate takes are handled is really odd, and I still find myself scratching my head, looking through tracks to find where the offending take has made it's way to the top; there's no batch export, so to transfer tracks to another program you have to export each audio track one by one -- 20 tracks X 4 minutes, you get the idea; etc. . . I've been playing around with the Samp demo, and it looks like most of my complaints are addressed there. For sure: plug-in latency is fixed; the routing is sensible, and editable(!); the way takes are handled was clearly set up by someone who had recorded audio in their life; and batch exporting is provided. I haven't figured out automation or wave editing, but then I'm stuborn about reading manuals . . . Am I missing something? Can anybody think of any reason I shouldn't abandon Cubase and get on to Samplitude? Thanks.