I'd love to hear of anyone else out there who is using their sequencer's "piano-roll view" as a major composition tool. Particularly theory wonks, and those who use it as a choice in spite of solid training in more traditional technique.
I originally considered PRV as a necessary nuisance that I had to endure to make corrections for my orchestral realizations in Sonar. Soon it became clear that certain edits and transformations were much easier to do this way if I just set aside the notation until later.
Ultimately, I came to realize that PRV is more than a editing contrivance or curiosity; it is an absolute gift for me as a composer, allowing me to write things that otherwise never would have occurred to me. For the past three years, I have been writing almost exclusively in PRV. It took awhile to become comfortable with it, but it was absolutely worth it for me.
How about you?