I am going to buy GPO, but I can't seem to stop struggling with the best kind of program to get if my main concern is output to an audio file and not for score printing.
It might seem obvious to just use a sequencer (and I already know a few really well), but I wonder how valuable it is to compose in notation-mode instead of performing the part with a MIDI controller or in a piano-roll.
And the reason I am asking is because I've written modern non-orchestral music for 20 years (pop/rock/new age) and not needed to notate anything, really. But I do have a semester of classical college-level music and know quite a bit of theory. So as far as notation being a valuable tool, I might lose this with a traditional sequencer.
So I am sort of narrowing this down to a score-based notation program like Sib 5, and then exporting to Sonar or Cubase once at least the notes are in place.
Any ideas as to positives or negatives without using notation to compose with if I can read well and do know theory (but just haven't written a lot of orchestral stuff yet)?
Thanks a lot,