Björk (or actually her crew) has both Live and Logic on stage: http://www.apple.com/pro/profiles/pollard/index2.html
This is a question I'm constantly thinking about. There are really annoying things with Live. But on the other hand, I've used Logic and Cubase before and the ALSO have really annoying things. You can't have it all in one program, some other program almost always does some of your favourite features better.
this is not quite true because when you forget about the flex time feature that was first introduced by Acid when i recall it wright its mainly the question.. pattern based versus timeline based workflow..
And how to combine this two.
to keep it short the best daw that ever hit the market perfectly has combined this two with very possitive results on the workflow.. the deceased Opcode Studio Vision.. the best die young...
An allmost perfect daw that actually prooved that its possible to mary the pattern based and the timeline concept without compromize.
As much i like the session view in ableton live to quickly scetch up things..as critical is the session/arrangement view interaction.. it dont has seen any improovements since L1..and we all know what the drawbacks are.. like scene to to arrangement conevrsions and back..or arragement versus clip automation ..
Also one of the biggest dawbacks in live is that you cant really work on and include older projekts in one file withaout major hazzle.. THat gets in your way for compiling albums and live sets..
Opcode studio vison was perfect with that.. you was actually able to run op to 9 differnet songs on different speeds simultaniously if necessary..
For people that dont know studio vision..its basically like cubase.. but the main window of cubase is just one pattern .. so yo have a complete arrange window as one pattern, and you can record a sequence of theese patterns.. just like the clips in abletons clips along the timeline ito another arrange/pattern windowm..
So in opcode studio vision a clip was a complete arrange window .. so in lives terminology a clip where you was able to record sequences of other clips into..on as much tracks as you needed.
nested clips/arramge windows... with independend sync and tempo settings !!!
studio visoon felt more like flex time as any later sequencer did,.. tehy all wre limited in relation to opcodes really great initial concept..
And thats actually the concept modern daw´s have to get back to.
evrything else is a compromize.
Actually each of the now market dominating DAW´s can and should develop into this direction. Add arrangers for the arrangers..
or in lifes case having a meta clip concept that allows to load one complete projekt into a single track.. like a grouptrack but with own launch clips that allows to do global edits on all included tracks.. to get it a bit further than that what studiovision allowed in the mid 1990´s...
I really hope Ableton has unified the audio midi clips in L9 ..as it should have been implemented from the start, because that would be one key element to develop into the direction that a clip can be anything even a whole arrangement with unlimitetd tracks and own tempo sync settings.
Like so often the future was yesterday.