Go with Cubase LE. Much nicer although there's a bad habit of the CPU performance peaking for no reason on my system. You get 8 VST instances instead of 4, 4 send effects, and 2 master effects and 2 aux bus effects on each audio track.
Hands down, Cubase LE is the one to learn. Wish I had 300 bucks to upgrade mine to SL/SX.
No, they are no longer giving away NFR copies of Tracktion. I missed out.
Funny thing. I tried the demo for Tracktion and now I think I'm dumping everything else and going with it. It was so nice not being cluttered with to much interface. I wouldn't try to mix in it, but it will do fine for sequencing. I felt liberated not having sensory overload for once. And I was able to slap together a track in minutes.
At 80 bucks its worth every penny (and then some.) I can't wait for version 2 to see what it brings.