I loved Bars'n'pipes when I had my small studio hooked up to my Amiga. At one point, I still used my Amiga for MIDI stuff and using a decent PC for recording, mixing and adding acoustic stuff. Just because it was so easy and reliable for MIDI stuff, and I had more control over my vintage analog synths. It was great!
But now I've found the ultimate music software. Unfortunately it's for PC. IMO the ultimate solution for any studio is Reason with a sample editing program ReWired into it for the acoustic stuff. For those who want to keep up professionally, I say take a look.