In order to use GigaStudio, I recently bought Sonar 2.0. But for me, a composer of classical music, it seems very limited in notation and step input (you can\'t enter a tied duration, or a double dotted note, not to mention more complicated rhythms). So step input is rather slow and cumbersome. Also, Cakewalk offended me as well by confessing in the fine print after I purchased that you must pay $29 more to generate mp3 files after 30 days of \"trial\".
Are there other sequencers that people are using successfully? Particulary ones with good step recording and midi editing tools?
I\'m using SONAR for its audio and MIDI features, but I agree that notation is not its strength.
I find it best to use Finale when I want to enter music by notation (as opposed to performance). Finale isn\'t much of a sequencer, but it will certainly let you hear what you\'ve done. Finale files can be easily imported into SONAR (or something else) for performance tweaking.
(BTW, don\'t blame Cakewalk for the mp3 mess. Several other pieces mp3-capable software I\'ve bought have had the same post-purchase licensing scheme. I think this is done at the insistence of the original owner of the codec, who has licensed it to Cakewalk, Sonic Foundry, and others.)