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Engrossing and fluid to work with, stable and light. Podium meets the user between limitless possibility and 4-tracker. Closer to the former, once its paradigm is inhabited. Its sole developer progresses its utility in humble increments, and always with stability as a prime, closely followed by user feedback.
It has classic tools for writing linear arrangements in MIDI or audio, looks gorgeous, and adapts to myriad studio setups. Including surround sound! Spline-based automation deliver parameter changes with dance-like gestures.
I'm liking Podium. Just discovered. Comparing to MuLab Free version. Podium hasn't crashed yet, but MuLab has several times. Some aspects of Podium seems sparse--like you can't tell if an icon is selected the usual way, by it's being lit up, and a few other issues. Podium has a great MIDI editor--great, at least, compared to Reaper's. If I had a choice of DAWs now, cheap ones, I go for Mixcraft 6--but that too crashed numerous times, losing my work. I report this having used Acid, Sonar Home, Podium, Orion, and Reaper with zero crashes.