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Sibelius vs. Finale
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Daniel
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For my arrangements I usually use the Finale software for its simplicity. What about you? 

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Fiddlerman
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Same here. Still Finale 2007. Which version do you use? Nice to see that you added an avatar to your profile Smile

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I use Finale 2010, but for some extra-complicated MIDI's, Finale can't cope and muxes them into 2 or less staves so sometimes I have to use Sibelius to redefine the instrument tracks. I find the scan and convert option very useful also. Thanks also XD

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Do you btw know the advantages between Finale Notepad and Finale? Im slightly distburbed by the Finale Notepad the lack of certain rhytmical patterns...

I use Finale Notepad, not for composing, but for practice!

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I don't know personally since I haven't bought an iPad yet but became interested after seeing one used on a gig and was very impressed. The keyboard player, leader and composer, was only reading off his notepad and didn't need a bunch of loose sheetmusic to fumble through or a light to see the music. Wonder if they sell a food pedal to change the page?
Check out this link where someone upgraded to "Finale Songwriter 2010"
He seems to think it's worth the extra money. 

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Which is best for microtonal notation? Will either play quarter tones back? I'm using an open source software (musescore) which allows for the accidentals, but it's tedious to tune each note by hand if I want to hear them played back.

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May 25, 2011 - 6:37 pm
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I only have experience with Finale and feel that quarter tone adjustment is tedious. Haven't tried Finale 2011 though. Still using Finale 2009.

  1. Click the Expression Tool Image.
  2. Double-click above the note you wish to apply the expression to. This will open the Expression Selection window.
  3. On the left hand column select the Miscellaneous category.
  4. Click Create Misc. Expression.
  5. For Description type "One Quarter Tone Up."
  6. Click the Playback tab.
  7. Under Type, select Pitchwheel.
  8. Under Effect, Set to Value 341.3.
  9. Click OK.

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Aww... 

 

Thanks.

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i'm also using a musescore.... but i only use it because they have a database of songs which i can easily download for free.. and for a beginner.. it's nice to play songs that even my parents know.. doublekiss

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I use Finale 2010, but I've never had the time or inclination to get right into the abilities of the program.  I just wanted to use my little midi keyboard and transpose some of my very cumbersome piano music into one-liners.  I found it's very handy for that, and changing key.

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How do you feel the midi to notes conversion is? I'm not all that happy with it and I am using Finale 2011.

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It's a bit clumsy at times, I'm using a user-input tempo, and I usually have to go back to fine tune some of the eighth notes, and especially triplets and sixteenths.  As long as I allow plenty of time and pretty it up afterwards I'm happy.  You have to manually add slurs etc, it may do that somewhere, but the user manual is too much reading for me.

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thumbs-upI use finale and I think it's better than sibelius, and I think the rythmic patterns are better and I use it to practice my instrument, I think it's great.thumbs-up

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musescore.  not only is it free, but its free 😛 i haven't tried any other programs but free is free 😛 it can take a bit of getting used to but i like it.  although sometimes the beams do get a bit messy 😛 who cares if you can read the notes right? 😛

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Very interesting and thanks so much for sharing. I don't know if I want to play for Finale in the future. Musescore wasn't available for Mac before but it is now. YeeeeeeeHaaaaaa. I am downloading as I write. Will say more about it in the future. I have a lot of music to look at for next week as well as the gig I am doing this weekend.

Thanks for the tip.exactly

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Fiddlerman said:

How do you feel the midi to notes conversion is? I'm not all that happy with it and I am using Finale 2011.

Horrible. It can't get your intonation marks from the MIDI's for the XmasProject2011 Parts. But for notes, it works okay. But when it gets to multiinstrumented files, it tends to mix them up on a single staff.

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I use Musescore because it was free. xD

The only thing I don't like about it is when you have a bunch of the same note in a measure, when you sharp or flat a note it makes the next one natural. So you have to place a sharp or flat on every note. It's kind of annoying. But then I haven't used Musescore very long, so I don't know if there's a trick to make it not do that. lol

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