It has always broken my heart to learn that no DAW is easy to learn or easy to use. I find it inexcusable. I come from an audio production background (back when we used splice blocks to do edits), I'm a musician, and I'm an experienced software developer so I doubt it's because I don't understand the technology or the workflows.
The closest I've come to a DAW that was easy to learn and matched a pre-MIDI workflow was Cubase. Even that, however, had frustrating quirks that rendered it unrecommendable. Trying to figure
Interesting. I don't know what Cubase is like today, but remember that 10 years ago, I found the MIDI editing (which was most important to me) to be quite cumbersome.
I liked Logic back then, as it was available for PC. Certainly used it superficially, but without reading the manual, it just all seemed so... logical :-)
Well, maybe he does need either multi track recorder hardware or a program that basically simulates it...
But I'll definately try out Reaper, had it on my list anyway, for myself, since I heard much praise for it.
I bought Sonar 8.0, maybe 3..4 years ago for myself, did a little with it, but have not gotten quite warm with it... it's not horrible, but I wouldn't call it intuitive, and will probably not show it to my father.