Presonus Studio One
Sound:This DAW sounds very clean and transparent to me. Does not sound very colored or thin from the audio I listened to. DSP'ing sounded natural to me. I have enough professional experience to decide what will work professionally or not. This certainly will for those that have trained ears and are technically skilled.Feature:It has all of the features I would need for audio/midi production and more. Only thing that I wish it did have is the ability to score to video, which is why I score it a "9". You can't import any type of video file .mov, .avi, .mpg, or whatever to score to picture. This of course will not work if you are a film composer of some sort. But regular songwriters and producers could care less about this feature. I'm sure this is probably some feature that they will include in a future update somehow.Ease of Use:Very, very simple to figure out and understand, without loking at the manual, which I tried to purposely do. The layout is very intuitive and logical for easy workflow. At least it was easy for me, because I've been producing with DAW's since 97'. However, considering that I have used everything since the original legacy Nubus Mac version of Pro Tools and Digital Performer 2.1, I would say that Studio One is very easy to figure out. To be fair, if you have no prior experience with using DAW's on a computer, then it really doesn't matter what app you start out with, there's still going to be a learning curve for you. I just don't think the learning curve for a newbie will be as steep with Studio One.