Studio One is very solid, and it’s gui runs smooth 60fps on Retina, if you can work with a traditional daw. It is Cubase in modern and streamlined. There is no meta devices stuff, though. Bitwig is good, too, only the GUI (and CPU load) is pretty slow/heavy, but the last update seems to address this at least a bit. Both of these are updated constantly, and if there are such bugs like we have in Renoise for years now, there will be an update very soon. These guys care for bugfixing. Studio One even lets the community vote for next features, I like that.
I own Studio One Professional, and upgraded it to version 4.1 recently. It is definitely one of the best traditional DAWs out there, together with Ableton Live and Cubase 10 (which I both own as well, along with Reason, Reaper, Renoise, Mixbus, Ardour, Samplitude Music Studio, Tracktion, GarageBand…). After creating a bigger project with it, I really like the workflow of it, but I encountered some bugs with multi instruments and exporting to audio as well. These bugs turned the simple act of changing the BPM of the song into a multi-hour affair of researching workarounds and having multiple failed attempts with broken sound. That was really frustrating and after years of being unhappy with any DAW out there, the last drop to make me decide going the hardware route.
And no, I’m not into ProTools, Bitwig, Digital Performer, Logic or FL Studio. I’ve tried them all. It’s always something about the UI workflow, feature implementation, bad performance or bugs.
Since I want to work pretty much with samples only, Digitakt seems perfect. Thank you for the suggestion though.