Thanks again for everyone's comments! Work has been hectic of late so I had to put recording on hold for a few weeks... I now have a long weekend, I will try to sort through X3 again (understanding that it will take longer than I originally thought).
Kenny and Chuck - it sounds like you both were in the same place I am now... and seeing you both got through it (and recommend X3) is encouraging :)
P.S. some songs I recorded in 2008 (using Sonar 6 I believe):
M G , Hey man you have some nice sounding Hard Rock Music in your links ...
As far as your transition from SONAR 6 to X3 I'm not gonna BS you and tell you it's gonna be an easy one .
In all honesty I still get frustrated at times myself ...
When I was using SONAR 6 I was pretty much using it like a glorified tape machine that could also do midi ...
X3 brought so much more to the table compared to what appeared to be the limited functionality of SONAR 6 .
I found X3 to be somewhat of a shock as to realizing that I had everything I needed to get to the next level with my recordings ..the thing is I didn't know how to use what I had ..
As a guitarist I never backed down from that sort of challenge . I have pretty much enjoyed trying to learn new things and ways of playing my AXE ...
For some odd reason I found it very hard to apply the same adventuress willingness to learn mindset from my guitar playing over to using and learning my way around X3 ...
At the time I realized that I felt threatened by my own DAW
.. I also felt stupid most of the time because I didn't know what I was doing as I tried to learn new workflows ... When I did learn something useful and new , it only stuck for about a day or two and then I had to relearn how to do it all over again ..
I think the one thing that saved me the most from going under is I tried my best to keep the focus on my Music when all else seemed to fail Good luck ...oh before I go I'm pretty happy with my Focusrite 2i4 all the best,Kenny