I switched from Cubase 5 to Sonar X1 when it was released. At that time the workflow and mixer in Sonar was light years ahead. But Cakewalk just doesn't keep up with Tech like they should. They have the best interface, but when it comes to features it doesn't hold a candle to Cubase. I bought Artist just to see if the New version was all that was claimed. It is...and then some. If Cubase could get a better interface (the NEW Mixer is a start0, or Sonar could get the features that Cubase has...that would be the IDEAL DAW!!! Don't see that happening. Still waiting to try the Windows Version of DP8. But feature wise...Cubase has it hands down!