i don't know what to say, but if we are talking about professional recording and editing... the studios i have seen have been using pro tools.
i have a strong belief that the more you know and understand the better results you get. so if you you know how to record, edit and mix music and know the software you are working in - the better results you get.
but of course, some software are for beginners and hobby users, while others are for professionals.
i have tried a lot of music software over the years, but i've always came back to Cubase. probably because i feel most comfortable with it. it has been stable, and has everything i need.
i do however combine it with the m-audio 1010 soundcard, a roland digital v-studio and a seperate 28channel mixer among other things.
i don't know how experienced you are but i can higly recommend thebooks "The mixing engineers handbook", "the recording engineers handbook" and "the audio mastering handbook" by Bobby Owsinki.
I own them all and they are great.
you can also head over to [www.kvraudio.com/forum or [URL="http://studio-central.com/phpbb"]studio-central.com/phpbb](http://www.kvraudio.com/forum) and ask about everything related to music. i've been there for years
you can also head over to www.tweakheadz.com and read all the great guides and tips by Tweak.
gotta go pick up the guitar, as this made me wanna jam