I recently got Mixcraft and learned all too quickly the downside of recording on a DAW ie, latency, freezes, crashes, and many other buggy things. I recorded a couple of songs but as I added tracks Mixcraft became unstable inspite of the fact that it was reporting it was using less than 30% of system resources. Mixing on it was OK. I am in the process of learning Reaper and I am suspecting that it may also have some of Mixcrafts ISO ie ASIO drivers that don't work, latancy that can't be solved properly ect...
A pro sugested that I purchase a HD recorder and then dump the tracks into a DAW like Cubase LE but I hear that Cubase LE is counter intuitive.
I was thinking of getting a ZOOM r 16 or r 24 and use it as a DAW controller.