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by FredCDobbs
(77 posts)
10 years ago

Music Notation Software

I'd appreciate any music notation software recommendations. Thanks.

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  1. by sax_maniac
    (984 posts)

    10 years ago

    Re: Music Notation Software

    Finale, which I hope to have soon, is top of the line I understand. I know a guy who has been using it for 5 years and he says there's still a lot to learn. This is the software you want to use to do formal scoring. Sibelius is another one that is making it's way, but Finale has had an established following for a long time. So unless you are of the "Macintosh" mindset needing to be special and a pioneer, I'd go with Finale.

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    1. by FredCDobbs
      (77 posts)

      10 years ago

      Re: Music Notation Software

      Sax Maniac, thanks, I'll check it out.

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    2. by FredCDobbs
      (77 posts)

      10 years ago

      Re: Music Notation Software

      WOW! They're both pretty pricey. I see why you don't already have one.

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      1. by barimachine
        (323 posts)

        10 years ago

        Re: Music Notation Software

        well my school has sibelius and alot of people like it more than finale, I kinda do, i have both but if your looking to write small group stuff you can get finale notepad for free it only handles 8 parts though still good

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        1. by sax_maniac
          (984 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: Music Notation Software

          If you are a student or a teacher or use it for church or something non-profit like that, you can get it at a discount.

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        2. by FredCDobbs
          (77 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: Music Notation Software

          Finale Notepad is all I need, and the price is right. I just downloaded it, it works fine. Thanks SM and Bari!

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        3. by golferguy675
          (600 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: Music Notation Software

          I've been using Finale 2004 a lot lately. It has hyperscribe, so when youo play into a mike, it notates i. I'll play a solo, then analyze it on the computer and see where I could've made better resolutions between chords. Unless you have really good recording equipment, it won't pick up every note though. Especially on 16th note runs.

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        4. by FredCDobbs
          (77 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: Music Notation Software

          Golferguy, I assume you can put the mike up to a set of speakers, and get an immediate transcription of any solo off a CD. That's really cool! (I know there are omnibus books out there, and you're supposed to transcribe by ear, but I'm nowhere near that skill level yet). The technology is incredible.

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        5. by johnsonfromwisconsin
          (767 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: Music Notation Software

          I just purchased Coda Print_ Music. I guess it's a trimmed down version of Finale. It's Smart Scan feature works rather well I think, considering the scanned image looked so crappy and complex. It only knocked off a few accidentals (including the key signature)

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