You can register and d/l a free version of Ableton. The only way it's hobbled is number of VSTs, effects, and a max number of tracks. You just have to get used to the whole session view/arrangement views and the whole "scene" thing. I've actually played with it quite a bit and have arranged some nice ambient scenes. I'm waiting for Thanksgiving weekend to see if I can get a few hundred bucks off as the full suite plus Push is about 1.2k.
10/10/14 at 7:53pm