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.
So now - Studio One Professional 4 comes out and I have to consider if I am going to dump another $150 on this program right now. That new version doesn't have a huge number of +1 things for me, but one of the negatives it had before was a lack of a decent drum map. V4 has this. It's still not as extensive as Sonar's was, but it is definitely in the right direction.
All that said - I will still keep the Cakewalk By Bandlab software on the computer, but FREE doesn't always win. Presonus has won me over with their very stable software. I am trying to start all new songs in Studio One at this point.
As a business owner, I know that keeping a client is easier than getting a new one. Re-gaining a previous client is even harder in many ways, and Bandlab is really going to have to go 10 steps beyond to get me back as a loyalist!
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Thanks for detailing your journey. I'm a hobbyist like you but had been completely unplugged from music recording for a while when a colleague told me sonar had died (note that this was long after the fact), and then a few months later, told me that Bandlab had brought it back. I'm just now getting back into things and have installed Cakewalk by Bandlab.
So, unlike you, I never needed to switch DAWs because, by the time I came back to things, CbB was here. I'm glad for that, but also, maybe I'm missing out because I'll probably never try another DAW as long as Cakewalk is around. I'll check back sometime to see how your Studio One experiment is going.
Hey "Loss Mentality". I am glad that you got something out of this.
In fact, I will start doing a few posts about the new Studio One 4.x product now that I have it. There are a number of things that are of value. I'll be doing a few other posts not specific to the 4.x product, as there are a lot of a features that I simply hadn't really dug into and so in many cases, I don't really know if it is an old or new f4eature, but maybe just one that I haven't messed with. Stay Tuned!