To be fair I think Cubase & Nuendo have more sophisticated marker capabilities**, but otherwise I completely agree that I too greatly prefer giving the music score priority. Composing in the DAW as is commonly done leads to the following patterns I think
- Overuse of ostinato
- Chordal writing
- Lack of good themes
- Low experimentation
At least I see these and other patterns used over and over ad nauseam. Writing to score allows you to take a step back and work at an abstract level, and to see your piece as a whole and try innovative things, because you’re not making sounds you’re making notes.
** And the beat adherance is a bit of a problem actually, such as when you’re timing a hit to a event in the clip which is frame based on musically based. Also I don’t understand how markers are supposed to work here, I set one, them moved it but it kept the same time code? Maybe that’s the idea, you can set to a frame but then musically move it? OK yeah getting your point now, that is different.