Conclusion: If you're serious about music creation, take a good look at Sony ACID Pro 7. This is a powerful DAW that every musician, sound engineer, etc., needs in his or her toolbox. Have a Mac? Use Apple's Boot Camp to load Windows and get started with ACID Pro! The price is $299.95 for a download, $314.95 for the package. Upgrading? It's only $134.95 from an older version, or $214.95 if you're upgrading from ACID Music Pro.
Excerpt: Acid Pro 7 is able to manage more CPU-hungry plug-ins than before. Acid Pro has long served as validation for music producers who work on the PC platform, or at least have a PC integrated somewhere into their studio setup. Someday, this DAW will be available on the Mac, but until such time, PC-based music pros will enjoy some significant workflow advantages.