Im presuming your on windows on your desktop...so that rules out logic, which is mac
you then have a decision to make.
propeller head's Reason
ideal...it has the sample library your looking for...the internal virtual synths, samplers
etc and a fully fledged recording system.
Reaper could be considered a more
'traditional' type of DAW...but is cheap and reliable and well regarded...i don't think
you'll get the range of instruments and orchestral samples that you require, so you'd have
to budget for them
Ableton Live is a different beast - it's plus points (IMHO)
are the clip session views and workflows....although this may be perfect for you...a lot
of folks rave about Ableton, and rightly so
you are quite lucky
really......your in a 'period of time' where there are a lot of very good programmes which
are relatively cheap but very effective
reason and ableton live cost around
£250 - £300....reaper is much cheaper at $60 (£45??)
you can get very good demo's
of each of these programmes...well worth exploring
you also say you've used
cubase in the past - cubase is a very capable programme.....due to move to version 7 next
month i believe......
it is a more complex programme and has features the other
programmes don't...which is reflected in price. It also may have moved on in looks and
workflows since you last used it...but i'd demo as well
i think you'd like
reason tho.....especially since you've been using garageband....i think you'll find the
workflow to your liking......although as with anything, practice makes perfect...and it's
bonus for you is the amount of instruments and sounds available.