and that brings me back to my original question:We've got several issues here: DAWs, music notation, the piano-roll, traditional manuscript, etc. etc. My recommendation is DO WHAT YOU WANT TO DO, and write what you want to write any way you want to write it. I can guarantee this: Whatever you write, somebody might love it, somebody might hate it and somebody won't give a rat's ass about it.
using the DAW for composing results for me in a way of composing where I always kind of "perform" (only) 1 line at a time. Being a piano player doesnt help in this case. No matter what sophisticated library with custom build expressionMap I have loaded up, I tend to improvise/perform/focus on one line. I would imagine, using either notation with multi staves (or piano roll/score editor with some good practise) I could more efficiently "web" on multiple musical "threads" at the same time - in other words just work more contrapuntal.
If you say you dont compose/work with piano roll .. what is your typical process when letting your ideas come to life?