I really only run Reaper. I don't have a love affair with it, but it works fairly well for what I tend to do. I'm not an engineer type tho and I have gotten extremely frustrated at times when something doesn't seem intuitive. [I also have licenses for Samplitude Pro X and Samp Music Studio, but meh, I just don't connect with them anymore. Buggy, crash a fair bit, they all just feel a bit long in the tooth if that makes sense.] I do most of my writing on my ipad with garageband. Love the sounds, love the amp sims, love the drum samples, the process just works great for me. When I'm ready to take my ideas from the small screen to my studio setup, things fall apart. I just don't have 'enough' yet. My important regularly used plugins: Steven Slate Drums, Magix Vandal, Bias Amp, Peavey Revalver, as well as a bunch of freebie VSTs. I don't have any samplers, I don't have any of those 'get the creative juices flowing' type of plugins or resources and I really wish I did. The Samplitudes come with the Independence library (~12GB) which is pretty nice, but it's tied to Samplitude. Game over. AFAICT, I have two paths to take, both ending up around $300.. which would you do? 1) Studio One 4 Pro.. comes with Melodyne Esst, comes with a bunch of sample libraries, comes with more plugins and sounds.. all stuff I wish I had now. I'd be tied into the Presonus eco-system but everything I've seen about it suggests that's not a bad place. $300ish 2) Stick with Reaper and get Komplete Select and Melodyne Esst. Takes care of the sounds + samples things, plus Melodyne. Pro: I could take Komplete and Melodyne to any DAW I want, Con?: Still using Reaper. $300ish I think mainly my question comes down to whether I'll like Studio One more than Reaper. Thoughts? Anecdotes? Similar experiences? PS - Spent years running Logic (before it hit MAS), that's sort of what I'm looking for. I don't Mac anymore (nor do I want to - not an option). Logic love always explains my stints with Samplitude, but it was just meh.