Sunshine82 wrote:By "sound font", interesting term by the way, do you mean instrument pack?
Yes, it's a free format for sampled instruments or banks of sampled instruments. As far as I know with proprietary formats like Kontakt, developers of sample packs have to pay a license fee to Native Instruments.
Can you easily manipulate notes within MuseScore?
Musescore is like a word processor for notation, so yes, copy, paste, transpose. When I'm using it I use the computer keyboard more than the mouse, so it's quick. It does get to the point where, if you want a lot of control and nuance, you'd be better playing it, either on the instrument and record it, or use a MIDI keyboard to get subtle phrasing and dynamics. I have a friend who writes orchestral music and he often plays the parts in with a MIDI keyboard.
How easy is it to shuttle the MIDI tracks between MuseScore and your DAW?
You did ask ... :)
I manage to avoid doing that by using JACK https://jackaudio.org/
on Linux so I can use several applications at once. I think you can get JACK for Windows but I wouldn't recommend trying JACK until you've got a feel for the individual applications and in general I'd recommend a 'one step at a time' approach.
When did a DAW become a piece of software? A Digital Audio Workstation used to refer to a bit of hardware. If you say "I'm buying a Dell Workstation" that would refer to hardware. At some point the term 'DAW' started referring to software, with the implication that musicians and engineers would run only one piece of software. I'm old school in the sense that I have more than one audio program and can connect them together with JACK.
I can use Musescore as my sequencer by taking the MIDI output into a MIDI track on my DAW.
Lastly, as a fan of free software, are you also a fan of Reaper?
I've used Reaper and I thought it was good. It comes with everything you need. It isn't free software, though. There's free as in free beer and free as in free speech, and to be free as in speech the source code has to available to download, re-distribute, modify and re-distribute the modified version. The DAW i use, which is free as in speech is Ardour https://www.ardour.org/
. If you want a pre-compiled binary you do have to pay at least a small amount. Ardour is the code base for Harrison Mixbus and its focus is audio.