After some extensive searching for getting my first DAW there really was no other choice than Sonar X2 Producer Edition. I think it's the most bang for the buck you can get with some classic synths such as Z3ta, Rapture and the combo synth/rompler Dimension Pro amongst others.I think it comes with about 20 virtual instruments.
Tons of effects for MIDI and audio including the new Breverb, R-Mix and the ProChannel.
The Skylight Interface is highly customizable and you can choose from many default settings or create your own so unlike other DAWs you're not stuck to one GUI.
Running on a Win7 64x OS with no problems at all. Haven't had a single problem with stability issues and although I might be limited in my frame of reference of working with other DAWs I know when something works good.
If the Matrix view would be as versatile as Live 9's there really isn't anything more I'd like to see different. Hopefully they will expand the possibilities of it to catch up with -let's face it- this great feature of Ableton but other than that Sonar is a full matured DAW with endless possibilites.
If you're a first timer looking for a full packaged DAW there really is no need to look further cause of all the extra's you get. If you're an experienced producer you'll probably find all you need and even more.
Love the sounds. 69 Eden Presets in total after the 1.02 version, 5 TRG Kits and 3 empty tracks included to be used as templates for your projects. All presets geared towards electronic music with some fat leads and drones amongst many others.
Some great personal aftersales helping me out with my initial problems and continuous updates arriving.
I'll be tuning in regularly to see (and hear) what Setfan will come up with next.