Times have changed in the DAW world, as increased competition has presented engineers with new options and opportunities. One example: Steinberg's digital audio workstation (DAW) recently underwent an overhaul with Cubase 7. It's more affordable than Pro Tools but still very innovative and powerful. The new changes have been described as overwhelming but inspiring. You'll find a bunch of new features on the latest version, but one of the main highlights is the new MixConsole, which gives you a lot more flexibility.
Many engineers swear by Cubase period. To see what 's new, head over to the Steinberg website for the lowdown on Cubase 7.