From day one of my audio engineering education I've had the word 'professional' ringing in my ears and I'm still not sure what it means. Every new project that I begin usually carries the weight of the artist saying that they want their album (EP, single, etc) to sound "professional, but not too professional" and the meaninglessness of this statement never ceases to give me a headache that lives right behind my eyes. I've touched on this topic before (I believe that it had to do with preamps at the time) and I'll doubtlessly talk about it again but for now I wanted to address DAWs. A DAW is a Digital Audio Workstation, and there are two types, an integrated DAW or a software DAW. I don't know why I even brought up integrated DAWs because I haven't seen one outside of a pawn shop in ten years (get off my lawn you kids!). Since 2006 I've done all of my main tracking and mixing with Garageband, a streamlined DAW created by Apple Inc that comes with the iLife package. Within ten minutes of opening your brand new Macbook you can write and record a song. If you're a fan of the democratization of art this is a wonderful tool to have at your fingertips. I've also experimented with Audacity, and JackOSX but I've always stuck with Garageband because of it's user friendly interface. Since 2009 I've been implementing AbletonLive and Reason into my recording set up as necessary and the workflow has been working out fine for me. But as I said, the "professional" bug started buzzing in my brain and wouldn't let up so I bit the bullet and got a copy of Logic Pro, I made the decision based on it's similarities to Garageband and the high praise that it received from peers. As of this posting I haven't recorded any new projects in Logic, I've only been playing around with the software and trying to relearn all of the functions that I can apply so quickly in other applications that I've had more practice with. So far my results have been mixed. I've only spent a couple of days recording and I'm having fun with the software but I'm not completely sold on the "must have" factor of the pro app. I appreciate the advantages of having a near godlike level of customization inside the box, but at the end of the day if the song's not there what does it matter? I came to this conclusion long before I acquired Logic, but I'm happy that I made the switch because there's no harm in learning something new. If you're someone who's thinking of working with me and you'd prefer to work in one program or the other just let me know and I'll start a tally. Or if you have your own home studio let me know what you prefer working with, I'm interested in hearing another engineer's take on the subject.