Nice job Peter.
As a Logic Audio Gold (4.81) Windows user I\'ve had a week to do a lot of investigating and thinking. There\'s been a lot of discussion on various internet fora, much of which has been helpful. I realize this is not a Logic forum, but there are Logic users here and everyone of them has at least one Windows system (to run Giga).
You\'ve given some great advice I would simply add a cautionary note. Many of the crossgrades being offered, Logic to CuBase or Cakewalk, Logic PC to Mac are time limited. Don\'t wait too long.
So here\'s some bits of information (and some speculation) that may offer some further insight.
* It\'s been suggested that Apple has an agreement with Microsoft that precludes them offering anything that uses MS technology. Since Logic Windows has a significant DirectX component that means Logic Windows must go. No one at Apple, EMagic or Microsoft has confirmed or denied this.
* Logic for Mac doesn\'t support VST so all the investment in VST instruments and plugins will be lost unless developers offer a crossgrade as well as developing products for the upcoming audio unit protocol (OS X). This will make any migration from PC to Mac much more difficult, troublesome and expensive.
* CuBase doesn\'t support DirectX, Cakewalk doesn\'t support VST, so there\'s nowhere to go that offers the functionality of Logic Windows.
* Someone from Steinberg one a CuBase list suggested that they may write a Logic song import tool. That would help immensely and if they\'d include DirectX I\'d jump in a heartbeat.
The situation is complex and there is no obvious answer. Frankly, I\'m seriously considering the upgrade to Logic Gold 5.X (eventually at least 5.2) and various EMagic employees have stated there will be bug fixes well beyond September 30th, but no new features beyond then. I may opt for both Logoc and CuBase, but that puts additional strain on my limited budget that I\'d much rather use for Giga libraries. Hopefully there will be additional communication from EMagic that will help clarify the issues in the coming weeks.
Right now all I can say is THIS SUCK$!