I've owned Pro Tools LE (and now 9) for many years now. I mostly use it to open up projects and covert them to DP or Logic or to track outside projects. Now that I have PT 9 I'm back in "give pro tools a chance" mode and am writing/recording a new song from scratch. Wow, what a dog (from a CPU efficiency standpoint)! I'm at a buffer of 128 and so far just am using BFD2, 1 ampitube 3 track and 3 of PT's VIs. Recording the midi drums is weird as there are timing errors and CPU spikes. I'd say PT's CPU meter is around 25% so far. On another song I had K4, Trilian and GTR rig 4 and couldn't even work without major hiccups in performance. Anyway, the point is this, I don't think it's possible to do any serious "in the box" midi work with PT but was curious to find out from others who were successful what their strategies were. I'm going to make myself finish this song as it will be interesting to see if I'm able to î•. I have learned PT fairly well and even recently went through the tutorials at groove3 (thanks Eli!). I want to like it and I realize that since I don't use it all the time there's more of a learning curve. I did track 10 channels of live drums a month ago in PT 8x without a hitch and that session probably had a good 30 or more tracks going. No VIs though as I think those are the culprit. So far Logic has stolen me away from my first love (DP) and seems to still smoke PT (for what I do).