Among the serious DAWs (Digital Audio Workstation) people record and produce music with on the face of the Earth, there is one not so often met in studios but who rules supreme in the home-recording field due to the exceptional performance/value/ease of use characteristics. One Italian guy, Flavio Antonioli (FA in FASoft), is the mastermind behind the N-Track Studio. And I guess that this software is by far one of the best alternatives to the big-bucks DAWs on the market today.
The Italian producer of well-known DAW N-Track made a decisive move and has aligned the new software version to the milestone of code-development for this year: the Windows Vista. The 5.0.6 version of the N-Track is more that Vista-compliant, it is Vista-native as FASoft have included WaveRT support in the upgrade.
The WaveRT driver technology Vista has brought in and started to make a standard of requires more than simply making a program run in 64-bit environments; if the software we're speaking of does not work with true WaveRT audio paths, then it's just a Vista-compliant piece of code and not a Vista-native one. Nevertheless, the N-Track did it: it now supports the low-latency operation specifications from Windows Vista and is almost completely ready to be run on Vista PCs.
Since the FASoft N-Track has always been a DAW requiring rather a small amount of system resources, imagine the power it will benefit from when running on a Vista-loaded PC, since it's commonly known that the Vista systems will have to be substantially faster than average PCs today!
All these coming in an easy to use GUI and very intuitive operation specs, running all major technologies such as ReWire, VST/i, DX/i and with extensive support for surround sound design for the extremely convenient price of $54 (16-bit version) or $79 (for the 24-bit processing edition).