tnovelli wrote:Your basic beat/pattern/sequence thing sounds about right to me. Kinda like Seq24 maybe. I think Hydrogen would be great for a lot of things, actually... works with ALSA and JACK, has a decent sampling synth and a very awkward sequencer... "just" needs a better UI and variable-length patterns. Add audio recording and you've got a DAW. If I could merge Hydrogen with the UI from Traverso DAW, that'd be freaking awesome.
On the contrary, transform Hydrogen into a LV2-plugin without the sequencer, use it with Ardour3 and the traditional Hydrogen becomes obsolete.
tnovelli wrote:There's quite a mismatch between MIDI and notation... Notation is a shorthand, with details left for the performer's interpretation... MIDI needs some tweaking to get the right timing, volume, timbre, etc for each note... Notation needs visual tweaking... and there's no standardized file format capable of representing all those different tweaks (as far as I'm aware)
Yes, and it will be a long time before we get a new (open) standard for this. I think the right decision at this time is to keep the composing process separate; first finish the composing work, then export to a DAW if needed.