I think I've come to the conclusion that I just don't like piano roll very much as a workflow, and I'm trying to figure out why.
About me: I'm a guitarist. I'm also a programmer. There is something about piano roll that grates against both sensibilities.
It has none of the tactility of guitar. It doesn't feel as expressive as just doing everything in textual notation, in a programming language, etc. I seem to be able to "think" on guitar much better than on any keyboard-like interface. Piano Roll always feels kind of clunky to me.
The Novation Circuit sequencer feels tolerable to me design-wise but there are some major limitations.
Maybe I just need to work from a midi guitar solution and edit everything rather than try to program directly into piano roll.
Other things I'm considering:
- QY70 and similar hardware sequencer
- Rolling my own text format / language etc
Maybe there are some piano roll hacks that make it more bearable for you; I'd be interested to hear them.