My actual only issues with ableton is the weird pdc and lack of automation snap. That's it.
I'd be able to use it as an alternative main daw and then if it weren't for that.
Pretty much me too, although I've never been a huge fan of the sound of most of the internal effects and devices.
The other thing, which is a big reason I don't like using Ableton in timeline view, is because of the look of the midi/audio regions. They are a separate bar at the top, with the automation and other data drawn separately. I find it ends up looking messy, as opposed to most DAWs which have a solid box for the whole region, which helps visually keep track of things. Might seem like a small thing, but I've just never been comfortable with the look of Ableton's arrange view. For some reason I also by far prefer the channel parameters on the left hand site rather than the right as Ableton has it. Bitwig's arrange view looks much better to me. They also appear to have stolen some nice ideas from other DAWs, such as a mixer channel with larger level on the left for the selected channel, so even if you don't have the mixer open, you have that one channel strip. Plus the effects stacked vertically in the bitwig mixer channel. Ableton sort of has a non-supported version of this. Allthese little things make Bitwig rather appealing as they seem to have taken the best design concepts of several DAWs, which is what I had hoped for.
There is one major thing I am still waiting to find about which would make it very difficult to switch if it wasn't implemented well. And that is Bitwig's drum rack sends and if there is any nesting. See in Ableton, you can have nested drum racks, allowing you to map the sends of each nested drum rack (for a single pad for example) to the macros of that pad. This works out great with instant mapping for drum racks. When you select a pad, you have access immediately to the send levels you've assigned to the pad as well as any other parameters you've assigned to macros. If Bitwig don't have a way to assign a single pad sends to the macros for it's first device, it won't be nearly as cool. We still don't even know if drum racks have sends and if those sends have their own effects or if they can be passed through to the main send fx as in Ableton. It's a big mystery still.
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