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Pro Easy to learn
This DAW has an intuitive layout that is quite easy to grasp and learn.
Pro Great mixer
works great as a mixer for stems exported from another DAW; this is arguably one of it's best uses. Otherwise, the general UI is a vast improvement over vanilla Ardour.
Pro Based on Ardour
All of the best parts of Ardour, with the great included plugins, plus improved UI for track routing and EQ, along with built in analog summing. This does add some proprietary code to the otherwise open-source foundation, though.
Pro Great customer support
Their customers support is fast and personal, absolutely unmatched in the industry. They also listne to their customers, take feature suggestions which really make it into one of the next versions (if feasible).
Pro Detailed manuals including video links
Pro Emulation of their award winning physical, analog consoles in software
Great built in summing on mixbusses and final output bus. Use with an actual console for the double whammy, if you can afford it.
Pro Supports plugin AU
Con Not free
Not free, and not open source.
Con Can be a bit resource heavy
Adding more tracks and plugins is surprisingly easy on the RAM, but the base system usage is a tad high. 8 GB of RAM as a minimum is a very stern recommendation.