I just downloaded this after the 1.9 update. I have to say this thing is powerful. i have tried so many plugins free and paid for. This one should be near the top! I think what intimidates users is the complexity of the layout but once you understand it and why it has all those options you will love it.
I will give it a 4 because its so cool. The modulators and clip area is why its great. They do provide the Grid which is pretty cool as well. If you have ever used VCV Rack then the Grid is for you.
Been using it for about 1 year now up to most recent version. Here are the cons - There are still some bugs in it and it needs better workflow enhancements to avoid using the mouse so much when selecting devices and layered devices etc. Moss scripts for various controllers saves Bitwig. Without his scripts I dont think Bitwig would work as well for me as I want to use an integrated controller. They should take his scripts and make it a permanent part of Bitwig.
And even then Bitwig is still not flawless. The more you use it the more you find these small oddities here and there as to things not displaying correctly or plugins not responding 100% correctly. You just need to be aware going into it. Bitwig does eventually respond to support emails but they dont address if they are going to do anything to address your issues or feedback. Its all on their timetable if and when they update. At least they take feedback requests. My advice is every user should immediately report to them when you find these bugs or oddities. Do not settle with these quirks until Bitwig runs flawlessly for you.
The point is there is currently no perfect one fit solution DAW. But Bitwig comes closest IMO.
The sounds in here are really good. and it is so easy to use. Its definitely a different way to make drums but its so intuitive and makes better patterns and grooves than I could come up with trying to do it other ways. The exporting is amazing! so may options.
If you dont have your own drum samples (is that even possible), then this is probably mostly what you need. With this gone are the days of hunting for the newest drum packs and loops. Just use this.