Well, after reading countless "I hate Pro Tools" comments, this is a first. "Its miserable to look at " LOL It may be worth noting that the user can edit the screen views to suit their own preference ! RE: Minimal stuff, maximum stuff BASIC or ADVANCED Real Basic vs Regular Basic Every DAW has an INPUT view with a meter and a track view showing the recorded signal. Left to right. Even the EVIL Pro Tools can be set to this basic configuration. Two things. Input and a track, even a SINGLE TRACK , as in ONE. Left to right. Thats the STD DAW workflow, Input with Meter > visible track signal in real time . add an Effects Bin or an Aux Bus to a track if necessary . OR NOT. IF any DAW view is loaded up with workflow features that they are not using, thats not the DAW's fault. Turn off all the stuff you don't want or need ! I am fairly certain that each of the purchased DAWS come with embedded Session Templates ( don't know if Reaper does) . Some of the Templates are very advanced and some are very basic. Pro Tools does indeed have multiple embedded templates. And yeah, the advanced Templates will fill the screen view while others will be very simplistic.