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Musical notation software

Posted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 12:43 pm



I just reinstalled finale 98. It's a decent program if you know how to use it but I don't really know how to use it in it's entirety. Trouble beaming notes is my first problem in 5/8 or 7/8 etc time signatures.

Anyone else use Finale? If not, what do you use?


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Re: Musical notation software

Posted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 12:50 pm



InstantEncore wrote:I just reinstalled finale 98. It's a decent program if you know how to use it but I don't really know how to use it in it's entirety. Trouble beaming notes is my first problem in 5/8 or 7/8 etc time signatures.

Anyone else use Finale? If not, what do you use?
Can you find finale 98 free? Is there at least a demo/trial that lets you save your work? I've tried Finale (or maybe it was Sibelius 2) and I couldn't for the life of me work that thing. I really want to get my hands on Virtual DL 2 (or 3, whatever the latest version is).
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Posted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 5:23 pm



VDL is just a plugin for Finale.
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Re: Musical notation software

Posted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 8:39 pm



InstantEncore wrote:I just reinstalled finale 98. It's a decent program if you know how to use it but I don't really know how to use it in it's entirety. Trouble beaming notes is my first problem in 5/8 or 7/8 etc time signatures.

Anyone else use Finale? If not, what do you use?
I have used Sibelius primarily, but I've doodled around with Finale a little bit as well. From my little experience with Finale, I can tell you that Sibelius is much more intuitive to learn.
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Posted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 9:36 pm



I have used both Sibelius, and Finale. In my experience they both work well when you know how to use them. They are different, and have some slightly different features.


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Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 8:01 pm



does anyone know of a way i get one of those programs with out forkin over a lot of money?? i really wanna try out VDL and ive always wanted to use Pyware 3D but i dont have 300 somethin dollars to spare. any advice?


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Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 11:00 am



snaredrummer wrote:does anyone know of a way i get one of those programs with out forkin over a lot of money?? i really wanna try out VDL and ive always wanted to use Pyware 3D but i dont have 300 somethin dollars to spare. any advice?

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Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 11:04 am



but i dont wanna pay for it :) what would you recommend typing in the search bar? all the generic searchs come up with me forkin over money.


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Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 11:20 am



Sure we all love free stuff and all but I don't think this is the place to ask for it. :)
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Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 1:54 pm



haha i had to try. im using some finale notepad thing right now.. its ok.. i need to do some drill tho..


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Posted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 10:17 am



If you use a Mac, there's a program called Harmony Assistant.

It is basically Finale, except it's not as popular, and was around earlier. The newest versions have support for Finale, Band in a Box, etc.

But, the scaled down version, Melody, which is the same thing with a blue logo, only costs 20 USD.
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Re: Musical notation software

Posted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 10:07 pm



InstantEncore wrote:I just reinstalled finale 98. It's a decent program if you know how to use it but I don't really know how to use it in it's entirety. Trouble beaming notes is my first problem in 5/8 or 7/8 etc time signatures
I would consider myself a Finale-ninja...or at least apprentice!

As far as beaming in the compound time sigs:
1. go to the Speedy entry tool selector
2. click on the measure you need to fix (the measure will "magnify" a bit, and there will be a blinking cursor)
3. click the cursor onto the second note of the group you want beamed and then hit the "backslash" button
4. for beaming more than 2 notes together (like groups of 3 in 12/8) do the steps for #3 first, then just click the cursor onto the next note to be beamed

you can un-beam notes by doing the same process
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Posted: Tue Nov 13, 2007 11:51 pm



I've got Sibelius. You can dl it free off the net.


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Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2007 7:02 pm



you just have to know what your looking for and were to look.


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Posted: Thu Dec 20, 2007 8:52 pm



for percussion writting i think Sibelius is the best way to go. VDL works great with it too.
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Posted: Sun Dec 23, 2007 11:25 pm



I use a little program called Lilypond. Its a text based open source music engraver for Linux but it has been ported to windows and mac as well. As I said its open source and its not graphical so it is extremely difficult to learn, but it is very powerful and best of all its legally free. Since the topic of cheap music notation software comes up so often I think I will write a good tutorial for percussion notation in Lilypond and post it here and on drumlines.org, because once you know what you are doing its not that hard to use and you have more control over everything. I have successfully used it to write two cadences for my high school, and countless exercises and warm ups that I think of. Give it a whirl and check back in a week or so for my tutorial.
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Posted: Mon Dec 24, 2007 12:07 am



Brian wrote:I use a little program called Lilypond. Its a text based open source music engraver for Linux but it has been ported to windows and mac as well. As I said its open source and its not graphical so it is extremely difficult to learn, but it is very powerful and best of all its legally free. Since the topic of cheap music notation software comes up so often I think I will write a good tutorial for percussion notation in Lilypond and post it here and on drumlines.org, because once you know what you are doing its not that hard to use and you have more control over everything. I have successfully used it to write two cadences for my high school, and countless exercises and warm ups that I think of. Give it a whirl and check back in a week or so for my tutorial.
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