thanks for all the comments so far. I was playing around with Ardour, Reaper, Qtractor and Tracktion the last days and here are my thoughts...
As I said the handling is not intuitive for me. Sometimes I even have problems when I want to move a clip. I don't know, but I just don't get it and I will try harder . Also it crashes quite often. Loading takes long ... etc.
Also very unstable and it crashes VERY often. When the song is playing and I move clips, etc. in the window it glitches and somehow I miss the mixer (ok waverform has it ... ))
unstable, crashes hangs, etc....
Most stable one imo and loads super fast.. Reads ALL plugins out of the box. Very logical and clean looking interface, I get something done fast and effective. Midi editor is super easy and you even can restrict notes to scales (this is not implemented in ardour). Good mixer and routing capabilities ... Often updated and good support ... That's my favourite. It's limited in function but therefore it seems to be more stable.
hey. here's my 2 cents worth on this, as always everything i say is only imho and experience.
Ardour: rock solid here on multiple different linux distro installs, and has been for years. on the topic of ardour, if you can sort out the general instability problems you seem to be having, did you try the video tutorials i linked you?
Tracktion: i think you mentioned you were stuck on earlier version? T6 / T7 were known to have stability issues. waveform 9 has also been rock solid for me on several tested linux distros. it also has MANY workflow and feature improvements. the lowest licence cost is around the same as renoise.
Reaper (native): also tested on multiple distro's very solid, no crashes. i'll just like it more when they make it a bit more "official".
Qtractor: Fun, also solid, a bit limited.
gotta agree with Gavin re yr system, if so much of this stuff is crashy for you you may have software / os or hardware issues. anyway, have fun with yr search. hope you find a 2nd linux daw you like and can use.
Edited by anko, 13 April 2018 - 02:25.
more power to those who don't care for it...