So along comes Bandlab - to resurrect the software previously known as Sonar.
By now, I'd selected the option of looking at Studio One, even though it didn't "check all of the boxes".
Why? Because. Really - that's the best I can come up with. Yeah, there are a lot of things that I really like about the way that Sonar worked and I was very familiar with it, but after trying out Studio One, I have found it to be VERY responsive to my needs. It doesn't feel like it's going to crash at any moment, which is something that has really plagued Sonar for a while now. I just didn't feel like I could depend on it. As someone who doesn't get a lot of time to "play" in the studio and also someone who does computer troubleshooting for a living who also doesn't really want to do it while trying to get a part down, I really want reactive software that doesn't crash, doesn't feel like it's going to crash, and just behaves "like an appliance" to a certain degree. Studio One does that.