Artist doesn't support plugins, but it comes with many good basic drum loops.
The Studio One 2 Pro upgrade is on sale now. It supports all plugins and includes a entry level Melodyne
Studio One 2 is actually a very cool DAW
But so is Reaper, and it supports plugins just fine.
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