FORUM

Please have a look at our Forum Rules. Lets keep this forum an enjoyable place to visit.

A A A
Avatar

Please consider registering
guest

sp_LogInOut Log In sp_Registration Register

Register | Lost password?
Advanced Search

— Forum Scope —






— Match —





— Forum Options —





Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters

sp_Feed Topic RSS sp_TopicIcon
Reviews of notation software?
Would like comments on inexpensive notation software. MuseScore, Notion, Symphonix Evolution, others?
Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 (0 votes) 
Avatar
fiddlrgrrl
Advanced member
Members
June 26, 2017 - 8:56 pm
Member Since: January 23, 2012
Forum Posts: 69
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

I'm NOT writing symphonies, I just want to arrange simple well known songs from beginner violin books (e.g. Essential Elements for Strings) so a small group of mixed voice and instruments can have fun playing together. Example: Banana Boat Song - book version is shortened, I'll add the other 2 phrases. Lyrics require changing some note values. That kind of stuff.

MuseScore is free and easy enough but doesn't have a phone app that edits, just one that plays.

Notion (by PreSonus) is $149 desktop, and has a ~$10 iPhone app that does edit.  However transposing from C to the key of D, it puts in 2 flats.  G gets 1 flat.  Bflat gets 1 sharp.  All backwards. Went through the registration on the website, put in a help ticket, no answer. No record of the ticket. No way to contact a live person that I can see. So not likely to pay $149.

Symphonix Evolution, i've just downloaded on my phone but there's no desktop version.

I teach beginning violin at our local small midwest town music store. They may put software on the store computer that all the 10+ teachers can access, so that's a possible consideration. Maybe MuseScore is adequate for our simple needs.  What do other people use?

Fiddlrgrrl

Avatar
BillyG
Brora, North-east Scotland
June 27, 2017 - 3:16 am
Member Since: March 22, 2014
Forum Posts: 2084
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

I use MuseScore on PC and laptop.   Never yet found a really good 'phone app for editing....  I actually suspect I wouldn't use a 'phone app in any sort of serious way - it's good to have a large working area with lots of windows visible...

Musescore has a very extensive set of plugins as well.   The two I use are ABC import (for taking fiddle tunes from http://www.thesession.org which are 'notated' if you can call it that, in ABC format) - and - the MusicXML import - which I have used to successfully import files from Finale.  Oh - there is also a PDF reader which I used once or twice, but the PDF score has to be an actual PDF document, not an embedded image in a PDF file.

Some folks say MuseScore can be difficult to use, and maybe don't like the way the editor works on a "bar by bar" basis if you are "composing something from scratch" making it awkward to simply insert a note and have everything "shuffle along", but if you're using it just to do simple, multi-voice arrangements of existing pieces - it's a breeze.  And I suppose, once arranged, other students can just use it in play-mode on mobile devices ?

I actually spent - I think it was $40 at the time - on "Noteworthy Composer" before I discovered MuseScore...   NC has never been used since...

I'm sure you knew all that already - my ramblings probably didn't help - just sort of saying that right now, I can't think of anything better for your use....

I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh - guntohead.JPG

Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)

Avatar
Fiddlerman
Fort Lauderdale
June 27, 2017 - 7:25 pm
Member Since: September 26, 2010
Forum Posts: 12501

The price is certainly worth it Billy. Finale is considerably more!!!

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

Avatar
fiddlrgrrl
Advanced member
Members
July 2, 2017 - 3:00 pm
Member Since: January 23, 2012
Forum Posts: 69
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Thanks BillyG, that was VERY helpful and validated what I was thinking.  I appreciate your time answering.

Fiddlrgrrl

Avatar
BillyG
Brora, North-east Scotland
July 2, 2017 - 3:16 pm
Member Since: March 22, 2014
Forum Posts: 2084
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

You're very welcome @fiddlrgrrl - good luck with your project there ! 

I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh - guntohead.JPG

Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)

Forum Timezone: America/New_York

Most Users Ever Online: 231

Currently Online:
57 Guest(s)

Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)

Members Birthdays
sp_BirthdayIcon
Today rsmith6322
Upcoming Ferret, HDuaneaz, ACDSherlockian, NiloiV, jose6ph

Top Posters:

coolpinkone: 3968

Mad_Wed: 2849

Barry: 2666

Fiddlestix: 2647

Oliver: 2439

DanielB: 2379

Kevin M.: 1969

cdennyb: 1808

TerryT: 1715

Ferret: 1575

Member Stats:

Guest Posters: 2

Members: 6177

Moderators: 0

Admins: 3

Forum Stats:

Groups: 16

Forums: 56

Topics: 6800

Posts: 84493

Newest Members:

WalterAnoke, shellypj2, shereevj69, rheazk3, HarryPef, ArthurHet

Administrators: Fiddlerman: 12501, KindaScratchy: 1691, BillyG: 2084