Interestingly, I’ve had a few guests on the podcasts that work across both film scoring AND concert music. Suad Bushnaq was quite clear that she uses a DAW for her film work, but notation software for her concert works, whereas Stephen Edwards uses a DAW for both film and classical.
I was actually really surprised to hear that Stephen wrote his really traditional requiem in a DAW first…in my mind if a piece is written for orchestra with full knowledge that it will be performed by an orchestra I assumed the composer would go straight to paper…
…but then WHY would they? If they’re used to composing in a DAW then that’s HOW they compose.
Anyway, I’m rambling!
Personally, i’ve experimented with both, and much prefer the freedom and flexibility that comes with working in a DAW, but also love the clarity that you get when working with notation - being able to see it all clearly laid out in front of you can be really helpful if you know you’ll be having it recorded.