For me, Reaper hurted Cakewalk more than anything. And releasing bad/buggy upgrades.Benedict wrote: ↑10 Oct 2021Oh indeed Reson is not ProTools at all. Nor is it Reaper. Each of those has focused on things they major in. As has Reason - and I sure hope they stay that way as the more that every tool tries to be like every other tool, the less they are able to shine at anything. I put this as a great part of why Cakebalk failed. The more they tried to be hip, the more they upset their core userbase of Rock people and instead of getting stronger there, they got Gibsoned.
I have just had the displeasure of having to spend a few days in n-Track 9. It leaves me feeling shaken about everything (yes incl life and the universe). I even feel hesitant in Reason! I would be delighted if it was what they promise about making a DAW fun to use. If you see work disappearing under you as fun, I guess they are doing great.
I'm far from a Rocker (I do Rap) but used Cakewalk for Audio and Midi work in the early and mid 2000s. Sonar did kind of do hit/miss updates in the midi/EDM department, but Sonar was truly great with audio and one of my favorites as I thought it ran circles around Pro Tools in many things. Sonar would produce very bad upgrades though one in which I had to reinstall Windows to fix. What finally made me move permeanatelly was one update that was so buggy I couldn't record a client, I was more/less forced to try Reaper which surpringly worked pretty good with no major bugs. That was it after that.
Also I did leave Sonar for Ableton to regarding midi side of things as Sonars Hip Hop/EDM features did seem sort of an afterthought we're Ableton kind of understood. That said Ableton wasn't that good for audio production/mixing and plan was to use Sonar but the X1 update was truly bad.
I will say that I,ve seen skimpy updates with Reason, I've never seen it get as buggy as Sonar X1. If it did, that would be a huge problem.