I started with a very little known DAW called Musicator. Then I started using Acid 2.0. From there, I moved to Adobe Audition. I used that for quite a few years. I used to think that there was no other DAW that could do things Audition could not. That was so far from reality it’s crazy. Audition has virtually no real MIDI support at all. And zero VSTi support.
But I recorded albums 3-5 with it and they all turned out pretty good. The first one I did with it, Synthpops, actually did really well on sales for me.
But then I discovered Sonar X3 and discovered DAWs could be so much more. I stuck with Cakewalk until “The End.” When I heard about Gibson shutting it down, I switched to Studio One and loved it even more. The workflow was so much more logical, though it was (and still is) missing a few key elements that Cakewalk had. Then Bandlab resurrected Cakewalk. I still use both CW and Studio One today. SO4 has such a clean look and great workflow, but CW has great MIDI implementation. If they could somehow merge together, it would be amazing.