So I think I am ready to leave Garage Band behind. Nice program, and I managed to do some nice work with it, but I'm beginning to run up against things that I can't do. The next step is to move up to a more powerful DAW, and that brings ProTools, Logic and Ableton Live onto my radar. I think that these three programs seem to get the most love around here. I'm aware that there are other low cost solutions like reaper and so on, but I don't want to be limited by lack of plugins. A drummer friend of mine wants to experiment with some live dubstep/DJ stuff. He can play drums and keys while I play bass, keys and trumpet. The idea is to improv loops on the fly and build songs with addition and subtraction. Ableton apparently is user friendly on stage, and Logic has a module called MainStage that is supposed to be performance oriented as well. I think I can safely throw PT out. If you want to, make a case for alternate software. My criteria is that it must be a good recording package, not merely a live looping application. This project is not the only reason I want to upgrade. I still have a ton of music in my head that needs to be recorded, I am hoping to kill two birds with one stone. Can I have some users of both or either weigh in on these programs? What do you use and why? What suite does which tasks better or more intuitively? I think this thread belongs here, but if not feel free to move it to Live Sound. Much obliged.