I have a number of friends who play instruments of various types. I am looking into getting software that will allow me to mic and record them using my mixer (one of the Mackie 1402s) to compliment some of my own PC based production. I need something with a lot of flexibility that integrates well with other outboard gear (like the mackie, synths, etc).
On the PC, I work mostly with Reason and a few other programs for editing waveforms/samples, but I am lacking in recording functionality. I've been successful on a lot of projects working with Reason, in that it provides the virtual studio feel, but it can be frustratingly lacking in the recording department. I've been considering supplementing this with other sequencer/recording based software, such as Cubase 5. The range of VST instruments and plug-ins have put it up on my list. Is Cubase a good choice for these kinds of goals? What are its other avantages?
What do you all use for PC based recording, and how do you integrate it with other software and hardware that you use?
Thanks for opinions on this!