I'm looking for a DAW to use to create quick and easy backing tracks to play guitar over and maybe record simple songs. I own native instruments komplete (with the keyboard) so I've got a whole bunch of instruments, patches, drum tracks etc. So I'm not tied to included instruments. I don't want to spend too much money on it preferably <100 euro. There are weeks and months that I don't use the software because I'm just too busy with other stuff or learning songs. Before coming here I've tried some and clicked around: Ableton: I used ableton before for a while. The thing is that the 79 euro version is quite limited and 350 euro is a lot for something that's just on the side for quick noodling. garage band: I actually quite enjoyed this. Integration with VST's isn't great but on the whole it's simple, fast and works great. The thing is my mac is slowly dying and it just can't handle the load anymore. So the price of using garageband suddenly becomes very high. I LOVED the drummer function and being able to just input keyboard chords. FL studio: Sounds good; haven't tried it yet because the fruity edition doesn't support recording audio. And the next version gets expensive quickly. Reaper: Good on paper but if I need to download a script to change the vst instrument on a track I'm done. (Seriously that's such basic functionality? I don't get how they don't have that) mixcraft: Just spend 5 minutes with it so the jury is out. Looks great on the loops department. Not sold yet on the vst department. I feels wierd to have to click through a menu to get the instrument to open when i select a track. So in general: Simplicity is great. Good VST support (When i select a track it should show my instrument right away) Loops are nice to have Chord progressions, guidance, keys etc built in are a plus. (like garageband, I believe cubase also has something like this) Thanks for reading and your advice!