What's the Best Software for Score Writing?

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What's the Best Software for Score Writing?

Post by Vito Simplicio » Wed May 24, 2006 1:25 pm

I'm composing my own music but I'm weak in getting it on paper. Can anyone recommend the best software?

alter Ton

Post by alter Ton » Wed May 24, 2006 3:03 pm

I prefer to use Sibelius, but the bulk of my use is either orchestral reductions or orchestrations for performance (i.e. not for publication). For this it is fantastic, because the parts are dynamic, so when you modify the score the changes are automatically transferred to the parts. So if your on a deadline it is very useful. Lacking any specific need for a feature that is specific to one software, it really is a toss up.

Most people I've spoken to like Finale better for publication, because all elements of the score can be fine tuned. Sibelius seems to have an easier learning curve but the "look" of the engraving is generally not as polished. I've used Lilypond before because it is free and it produces a very nice output. The input method is a bit cumbersome for really long works and it's only really useful as a final engraving tool (i.e. you are not going to make any more adjustments to the composition). I am not familiar with some of the middle-priced products (Encore, Noteworthy Composer, etc) but they have there fans.

My suggestion is to download the demo of any of the ones your interested in and see if they do what you want them to. Then decide what your price point is and get that.

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Post by Vito Simplicio » Thu May 25, 2006 1:15 pm

Hi alter Ton,

Thanks for the information. It was very helpful. I'll look into to them.

Bandersnatch

Post by Bandersnatch » Thu May 25, 2006 1:32 pm

You may want to refer to two previous threads talking about notation software:

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viewtopic.php?t=989&highlight=software

Cheers :D

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Post by Vito Simplicio » Fri May 26, 2006 1:45 pm

Thanks Bandersnatch,

I'm still learning my way around this great forum.

BTW, you did a wonderful job on Recuerdo Español

Bandersnatch

Post by Bandersnatch » Fri May 26, 2006 3:09 pm

Simplicio wrote:Thanks Bandersnatch,

I'm still learning my way around this great forum.

BTW, you did a wonderful job on Recuerdo Español
Thanks for your kind words.

Cheers :D

Nicolo

Post by Nicolo » Sat May 27, 2006 2:55 am

Finale Guitar is well priced and makes professional looking scores. The one thing it was missing was the string numbers with the circles around it to indicate which string to play on. I had to build my own articulation for that. Other then that it has everythign you would ever need to score Classical guitar.

Finale is not real user friendly and takes some time to learn. Once you get use to it, it can be easy and produce great results.

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Post by Vito Simplicio » Sat May 27, 2006 4:43 am

Thanks Nicolo, I'll check it out.

cooledit

software notation

Post by cooledit » Thu Jul 13, 2006 11:52 am

hi, there

You clould tryout "musicator" a great tool lets you really use the mouse.

When for example you want a note to go over a few bars just drag the mouse to the right, this is also the way you make the notes just count and then drag the mouse.

Cooledit

llamanna

Post by llamanna » Sat Jul 22, 2006 2:13 am

I used Cakewalk in the past but have switched to Guitar Pro 5.

It works well for me.

ljerams

Post by ljerams » Tue Oct 17, 2006 11:47 am

I am learning Music Publisher 5 which so far seems to be easier than Finale and some others.

It has a superb tutorial to get one started :wink:

llamanna

Post by llamanna » Wed Oct 18, 2006 12:35 am

ljerams:
Is finale guitar orientated? I mean, can you put in r/l hand fingering, chords (grid) slurs and bends.....
I found that finale guitar is no longer available.
How about music publisher?

ljerams

Post by ljerams » Wed Oct 18, 2006 3:57 am

llamanna,

Sorry, I have yet to reach that stage. Maybe someone else could answer your question?

llamanna

Post by llamanna » Thu Oct 19, 2006 12:28 am

Thanks, we all learn here!!!

hitomi_doaxbv

Post by hitomi_doaxbv » Tue Dec 19, 2006 12:53 am

I use guitar pro 5 and I really love it :)

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