New user and first post.
Here's how I got here. I'm a home-studio-based songwriter who uses a DAW mostly as a composing tool. Sonar was my primary DAW for years, although I've had productive flings with other products. Right now I'm looking to commit to a new one. Been busy the last few weeks trying out trial versions of some of the specially-priced packages aimed at us Sonar refugees. One of those was Mixcraft. After playing around with it, I quickly discovered that I liked it a lot--liked it enough to buy it. I found real intelligence behind an understated package. It's full-featured, totally intuitive, light on the CPU, and installs fart-free. Beneath its simple GUI and seemingly-spartan menu, there's a powerful, easy-to-use DAW with some very cool tricks.
I'm still in the uninformed-newbie first-impressions stage, so please take these suggestions with a big grain of salt.
1. I use multiple monitor screens in my studio. When I'm editing audio or MIDI full-screen in the sound editor, it would be nice to be able to open (and undock) the mixer and park it separately in its own space for quick simultaneous reference.
2. Another vote for expanded options in drawing MIDI automation. I like the MIDI editor a lot--this would make it better.
3. On first sight, the fake wood on the vertical edges of the mixer almost made me uninstall the demo version of Mixcraft. Whoever said get rid of it sees the world the same way I do.
Cheers to you all.