I am using Cubase Essential 5.1.1 for composing. To me, the most intuitive way of using CE for this purpose seems to to open a single key roll with all of the tracks (select all + Enter in the project window). Then, I simply record directly into the key roll, switching between active tracks by clicking some part of the track. This works quite nicely, but there remains a few things I would like to do, or know, to make it even better.
(1) Presently, the grid of the roll expands to the right a long with the recording. It would, however, feel more natural to have the grid as a steady background, on which notes may be added. I suppose this could be done by recording “empty space” on each of the tracks, but is there some better way?
(2) When recording in the key editor, is there any difference between how the recording is set in the transport panel (“normal”, “merge”, “replace”).
(3) Is it possible to move parts in ordinary word processing, as when for instance inserting a new word between two already written words?