1 Kevin Frye 1 year ago Once upon a time, I had a small, 24trk digital studio in the basement. It was hardware based (Roland, for the most part), and it worked well back in the day... But now I do most of my work in software and it's time to nail down a budget-priced, semi-pro DAW application (not ProTools) that will handle input from outside the computer through an interface (voices and "live" instruments) as well as all digital MIDI files (plus WAVs) from the PC world.I was using Reaper, which was very inexpensive, but Reaper has become amazingly process heavy these days, with the result that I spend as much time figuring out HOW to do something as I do actually accomplishing it! So I am looking for something more sophisticated than Audacity, but not so process-heavy as Protools (never mind expensive) that can be installed on a stand-alone PC and become my "new" recording studio.I have looked at a couple- M-track Studio 9 and Presonus Studio One (names are simply coincidence, methinks). Neither really turns my crank, so I am wondering what others are using these days in the way of semi-pro, budget tool sets?PS- if it interfaces nicely with my primary composition and arranging tool -Finale- so much the better.