I only had about half an hour to work with it yesterday…My very first thought was that it feels a LOT like Logic Pro. I’m impressed with how easy it is for a first time user to find their way around here. I almost didn’t even need the manual. Usually the first thing I do with a DAW is re-organize as many of the core functions and navigation key commands to work like Pro Tools. Enough to where I can whip up a quick song or two using half Midi VI’s and half recorded sources. And then I spend a couple days finding the rest of the stuff discovering as I go. I typically keep a groove3 window pulled up on my tablet and a youtube window on my laptop so I can bounce around to different categories of training materials without too much trouble. Looking forward to getting to know this DAW better over the next few days.
I must say I’m impressed with the extra assets. I feel like the plugin and VI library is pretty robust. S1’s macro command options are lacking in pro tools, and the mixer layouts are much more flexible than logics. I don’t think the arrangement tools are quite as insane as Abletons, but they appear to be on par with Cubase and possibly DP. It definitely has Pro Tools beat in this area.
Sadly there is no Eucon support, so that means I’ll have to mix with a keyboard and mouse. But that’s ok because the publishing companies I’m buying this to collab with aren’t going to be doing long intensive mixes anyway.