I find FL interface by far the most user friendly and the most “self explanatory”. If you don’t know anything about sequencers and you have no previous studio experience you still can get something after half an hour in front of it.
FL is a masterpiece of GUI design, that I give to it.
I use FL as a sequencer and export split tracks to Audition for final touch and mix.
Logic 9 Rocks!
Very surprised by the lack of Pro Tools users here so far… Perhaps not so much the industry standard it used to be…. hmmm Anywho, for me its Protools, various plugins inc waves, kontakt libraries, EWQL stuff, etc.
Pro Tools is certainly the industry standard for recording live audio (especially very large ensembles), and is extensively used in the entertainment industry and most pro studios that – again – are handling large ensembles or huge numbers of track inputs at the same time, which is where the program (especially the HD versions and beyond) excels and doesn’t really have an equal.
However, it’s also well-documented that compared with other programs that focus on sequencing, it’s MIDI features are pretty lacking compared to Logic / Cubase / Sonar, etc… It’s still good, but Pro Tools is probably overkill for the computer-based composer. To each their own though!
Most composers I know (all working in film/TV or games) compose in a sequencer such as Logic / Cubase, and simultaneously run a Pro Tools computer which helps them prepare their files for delivery to the studios for orchestral recordings, and additionally, the post-production houses for audio mixing.
I’m Using Cubase+VST)) Some of Waves plug-ins. some of SSL Duende Native Bundle (Amazing thing!!!) Reason is good only like drum-machine (Re-Drum and Kong). All another features i prefer to do in Cubase. So Reason+Re-Wire+Cubase makes me happy)))