I’m learning to compose as a non-performer later in life. My end goal is to compose and produce electronica that incorporates Western classical styles in fusion with other cultural styles as well as modern electronic elements. My desired product is the computer generated audio file. I’m not writing for performers, though I have had a year of college theory and prefer writing in Western notation most of the time. (Though I’ll need to figure something else out when I venture out beyond quarter tones.)
To date, I’ve mostly written with Musescore, but am (modestly) investing in some VST libraries (I have VSCO2 Pro and plan to get full Kontakt in a couple weeks, not to mention sometimes I want to use a synth). I do hold a Reaper license and am considering whether I’d rather use Musescore to “play” midi to Reaper, learn Reaper’s notation editor, try Dorico, or something else.
So, if you wanted to write mostly in Western notation and produce electronic music that won’t be played, what workflows would you consider? I have a midi controller, but, not being a performer, I tend to write with the mouse.