I should be getting some money coming in soon from some work I have been doing with an indie game studio and I am looking to finally get a proper DAW. I currently use Sibelius 7 notation software and some use of Audacity.
Prior to leaving college, I had studied music technology and do have experience using Avid's Pro Tools however, this was about 8-9 months ago now and obviously, throughout that time, I've got a little rusty.
Of course, my composing has never slowed down and I feel my portfolio is at a good enough level now that I can finally set up my website and start sending out links to game and film companies to try and get some more work. The thing that has been holding me back, for some time now, is the fact I don't have a proper DAW. For a professional portfolio, Sibelius sounds simply aren't good enough, in my opinion. But I digress
Back to the point of this, I'll be looking to get a DAW soon. My portfolio consists of quite a wide range of genres, so I'm not looking for something like Logic, which specialises in dance music production, for example, though I am on PC not mac so Logic would be no use anyway! I'm open to trying out some new DAW's if one of you lovely individuals can link a good tutorial series or book, perhaps, that can teach me how to properly use it. Even with Pro Tools, this would be useful, since I could do with a bit of a "refresher" course.
I'm very much a composer first and a producer second. My music studies were always head and shoulders better than my music tech studies - though that's most likely because I've been studying music a lot longer.
Regardless, if any of you could provide links to DAW tutorials, perhaps recommend what you think I should get and the reason why, then it'd all be much appreciated. Does one have better classical sounds? Does one have better quality audio? That kind of information would be great, since I'm pretty much walking in the dark when it comes to DAW's.
Thanks in advance!