DS, I use ableton as my main brain these days. I wrote VAST on Sonar and it was really hard for me. A few friends kept nagging me to try live and as soon as I did I realized it's perfect for the way I write my music. I like the simple nature of the program and I also really like the closed instuments and effects. I wrote Villa Galaxia entirely in Live.
Hi Saul, DS (Mike) here. Nice to know! I'm still learning this beast even though I've been using it for some time now (well...having gotten into it back in 3.02 days and slowly messing with it, really slowly....). There's a lot to it than meets the eye IMHO. I am still waiting on m-audio but they have yet to respond to my request to beta test the drives (3 wks since I think I put in the request). Maybe because I flamed them for taking so long on getting Vista 64 drivers as a way of getting back? If that's the case I'll move on to other hardware! Not that I am running Vista all the time, I haven't fired it up in weeks. I suppose I should but I'm avoiding SP1 for the time being due to issues still with it apparently.
Do you have samples of VAST online at your site? I'll have to go take a look.