I've used Cakewalk for so many years, I've kind of gotten locked into buying the upgrades every year. But getting into it can be a bit expensive.
I know Darren uses Reaper. I was thinking of downloading it and see what it's like, just for kicks. In actuality, they all probably do a pretty good job of letting you lay down a few tracks and play them back.
It's really a question of all the other stuff (vst plugins and such) that get bundled with them that allow you to add effects, synths, play with midi, pitch shift, etc...
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