Hi everyone, Sorry if this has been discussed before (I spent a couple minutes searching, please point me to a thread if it has)! I'm getting into this whole electronic music thing, and I have a lot of questions about different computer software. Namely things like FL Studio (fruityloops), Cubase, Ableton Live, Sony Acid, Reason, and Avid Protools. I am just wondering what some of their pros/cons are, and which one would you use if you wee only interested in a specific purpose (like live performance versus production). Is there any one that you would consider to be "general purpose" or better than the rest? Also, which ones do you usually use together, and can those be substituted for another software? I'm mainly interested in their MIDI capabilities, but I'd also like to know the other things too. From what I understand, Ableton seems to be popular for live performances, but I've heard the same for Reason. Also, I've heard Cubase is mainly used for things like sequencing and not so much live work. I'm familiar with FL Studio, and it seems really nice for recordings, but I don't know how well its live features compare with the other software. I know it has options to link things to midi controllers, but I'm not sure how flexible it actually is (I don't have any MIDI gear yet). Also, what features are key in each category? Like what kind of features does Ableton offer that make it so much better to deal with live performance than FL studio or vise versa? I'd just like some opinions for users with experience with any of these. Like I said above, I don't actually have any MIDI gear yet, so I haven't had a chance to mess with much. I think once I get started I'll probably be mainly interested in live work, but recording also seems interesting. So which software would you recommend for someone like me? Thanks!