I thought it would be interesting to hear what your favorite DAW is, and why. Other than the fact that it's just always interesting to know what people are using, sometimes it's helpful to those who are still looking for their 'perfect' DAW to hear what someone else is using and why it works best for them.
I used to own and use Pro Tools way, way back when, but for my purposes it just wasn't worth the cost. I'm not saying the software isn't worth the asking price, it just wasn't for me.
I picked up a copy of Sony's Acid when it first came out, and for a few years that was my favorite (and primary) DAW. And even though it hasn't been updated in ages, I still like and use Acid Pro 7 for a number of things. But, I'm one of those people who like variety, and firmly believe that the guy who dies with the most DAWs wins.
These days I have a number of DAWs (or DAW wannabes) on my audio system. In part because each one might have its own particular feature or feature set that I like, and in part to be compatible with other people for projects. My primary go-to DAW at this point is Reaper, simply because it does almost anything I want it to, does it well, and has a very small footprint (very light on system resources).
Right up there with Reaper, though, is Reason from Propellerhead. Reason not only does a great job of recording and mixing, but it's also - in my opinion - the best synth instrument system out there. Not being able to play much anymore because of physical limitations (I'm old and broken now), I really like being able to use synth and sampled instruments on my Evolution keyboard. One hand, a good keyboard, and Reason, and you can do some pretty cool stuff.
I also still use Acid Pro for some things, but I think it's more out of a sense of nostalgia. Though it still does certain things quite well.
Some of the others I bring up once every blue moon just to check for updates, unless I need to use them to access someone's project file. Sonar, Ableton, MixCraft, and a few others. Not at all well versed in them, though.
Anyway, I could never give up Reason, but if I had to pick just one DAW at this point for recording and mixing, it would have to be Reaper.
I know some people use a particular product because it was the first one they purchased, and once they learned it they just stuck with it. And some people might have gotten their software with a hardware purchase and stuck with that for the same reason. So what do you use, and why? And how did you first start using it?