It really depends. What kind of production are you looking to do? Are you doing electronic music, recording a rock band, recording jazz or classical, etc.?
In general, I've been extraordinarily happy with Cubase. It's done everything I've needed in just about every setup. The only thing it doesn't do so well is electronic music, but I've even learned to do that pretty fluently, it just took a while to get used to.
Let me begin by saying that I am 100% against illegally downloading music.
That being said, I am looking to buy some CDs (mostly anime and video game soundtracks) from a reputable retailer that is outside of the U.S because it is almost impossible to find them in-country and even if I could find them here, they are obscenely expensive. So my question is this: Is there a customs duty/import tax on CDs imported to the US? I can't seem to get a straight answer from anyone so far.
You should try learning songs by ear, really helps you as a musician. Learning tabs is a bit lazy plus a lot of them aren't totally accurate. Might take some time but figuring things out on your own is so much more rewarding it really helps you remember the songs a lot better too!
I'm really hoping someone here can help, I'm trying to find a link to a video of what I think is one of the Davies brothers from the Kinks, doing a solo semi intmate music/story telling stage show, maybe even an interview. All I really remember is the guy sitting (alone I think) on a stool on a small stage with his guitar, talking about various things about himself and possibly the history of the Kinks. At one stage starts playing "Lola". This goes back 10-15 years, maybe even more. It's driving me nuts, I want to see it again. Help.
You're looking for Ray Davies on VH1 Storytellers. He was the first guest on the show, during the "Storyteller" tour for The Kinks, and the show took its name from the name of the tour. I don't know if you're going to be able to find a legitimate video of it anywhere.