Andre, I thought some more about your question. I spent the afternoon on an orchestration, and I found myself using these functions on the keypad constantly:
- add intervals below a selected note (3rd, 4th, and 5th)
- 2:3 tuplet (I was working in 12/8 with lots of duples)
- filter–>deselect all lyrics
It’s true that technically I could do some of these pretty quickly, but most require multiple keystrokes.
But even for something like an accent or a staccato, it’s easier to reach my hand over and tap the icon. I think it’s easier on the brain!!
Theoretically you could get really, really good at some of these key combinations, but it does wear on the mind to have to recall them all. I’m starting to get used to casually reaching over and simply tapping what I want. It feels easier! And that translates to more brain energy devoted to the hard part, which is composing!!
Anyways, that’s my two cents.