Looking for a DAW - this is the one!
The studio engineer I am working with has DP8 and since I wanted to be on the same page with him in moving files back and forth I decided to invest in my own copy for my Mac. I am so glad I did! It is a powerful program - comes with a 900-some page manual, but, hey, it actually comes with a printed manual - no online downloads you never end up printing out. The manual is very, very good and if you still get stuck, MOTU customer service is amazing! I have always been able to get someone on the line in seconds - they are just a great, great company. While the program is complex--in a good way, I mean--it is still intuitive. If all you want to do is start recording some audio tracks it pretty much works like any other DAW. There was a little learning curve for me to figure out midi recording and the virtual instruments, but again the paper and phone support was great and made it super easy. The plug-ins are very, very nice and also easy to use. One other thing I really liked is that DP8 will take multiple audio interfaces with no problem and no need to make some Mac aggregate console. And I love the customizability of the whole thing. I am happy, happy, happy with DP8. I can see why so many pros use it. It's great! Have no fear, don't be intimidated. Just buy it!