Soundfonts and a good DAW
I'm now interested in learning how to use a DAW to get the best sound I can for Musescore compositions (jazz and orchestral). Mind you, I'm completely new to DAWs.
I'm under the understanding that converting a work to MIDI and then running it in a DAW is a good method to get the best sound you can get. I have avoided this like the plague in the past because DAWs have seemed so intimidating. So what I need is something with which to get started; a DAW that is pretty intuitive and reasonably simple to learn yet produces good results—by intuitive, I mean for people who just don't think too strongly and aren't wired along the lines of this kind of software. The software should not assume the user is familiar with DAWs and the language surrounding the industry.
I'd like to start off with something free and then, once I am comfortable, purchase a product that I find fitting for me.
Finally, as to soundfonts, I understand there's work being done to better the sound of Musescore, and that's very exciting! In the interim, if someone could point me to decent quality soundfonts and what have you, that would be great. I am willing to pay but I don't have a lot to spend on this at the moment.
Thanks very much.