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#1148563 - 01/17/08 04:19 AM Score Writing Software
Turfer Offline
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Registered: 04/11/07
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Loc: Australia
Hi just curious as to what composing software composers use. I personally use ScoreWriter 2.0, and I think it is absolutely fantastic! I have also tried Notation Musician but that was complete rubbish. So I was just wondering if there are any others out there.

Chris
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#1148564 - 01/17/08 04:30 AM Re: Score Writing Software
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Hi Chris,

As far as I know the two professional and industry standard notation software are:
Finale 2008 and
Sibelius 5

There is also NOTION (I think it's verions 2, but not sure actually), but I think that it's right in the middle of a sequencer and a notation software and not perfect in either case.

BTW, what exactly do you mean by "composing software"? There isn't a software that composes music. You either get notation (to create score) or sequence (to create audio files, by sequencing your music). I replied due to the subject of the thread.
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#1148565 - 01/17/08 07:34 AM Re: Score Writing Software
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Registered: 01/29/04
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Loc: Hampshire, England
I use LilyPond . It's free and open source software, but it doesn't use a graphical front end. Rather, you write the notation in a special syntax and it compiles it into sheet music. The syntax is pretty easy to learn and extremely powerful, but definitely not as simple to use as a notation editor like Finale or Sibelius.

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#1148566 - 01/17/08 08:58 AM Re: Score Writing Software
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Registered: 11/27/02
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Loc: Iowa City, IA
The above mentioned programs are primarily for notating scores.

Many composers who work outside classical styles use DAW packages like Pro Tools or Logic.
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#1148567 - 01/17/08 02:56 PM Re: Score Writing Software
mahlzeit Offline
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Registered: 07/24/06
Posts: 1916
Loc: Netherlands
 Quote:
Originally posted by Nikolas:
There isn't a software that composes music.[/b]
Yes there is. \:D
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algorithmic_music

Anyway, I use Score Writer 4, which I suppose is an upgrade of version 2? Anyway, it's probably not as good as Finale or Sibelius but much cheaper and so far I never needed a feature it didn't have.

Then again, I don't do much composing inside of a notation package. I also use LilyPond because it creates good-looking scores, but it's much more labor intensive.

For sequencing, you can use REAPER. It's free to try (indefinitely) and cheap to buy. It has a simple MIDI editor built in.
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#1148568 - 01/17/08 04:21 PM Re: Score Writing Software
Nikolas Offline
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Sequencers:

Cubase
Sonar
Reaper
Logic
Pro-tools

are the main ones really (and yes I consider reaper a "main one" as well. I love cockos! \:D )
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#1148569 - 01/17/08 04:23 PM Re: Score Writing Software
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Registered: 11/13/07
Posts: 658
Loc: Central Texas
I use Encore since I don't need all the bells and whistles found in Finale or Sibelius.

Ed
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#1148570 - 01/17/08 06:04 PM Re: Score Writing Software
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Registered: 05/15/07
Posts: 6141
Loc: Down Under
I use an *old* version of Finale (I'd be embarrassed to tell you how old) which does everything I need it to do (which is a fair bit!). When the *old* (to match) computer and laser printer pack it in, I'll have to get an up-to-date version, I expect. Maybe then I'll look at Sibelius, but for now, I'm quite happy \:\) .
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#1555801 - 11/11/10 06:14 PM Re: Score Writing Software [Re: Turfer]
notatorist Offline
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Registered: 09/06/08
Posts: 1
Loc: Germany
Hi, I use Obtiv Octava Composer Octava Composer Professional. There are more
versions with and without composition tools. You will not believe... I am curious what other people say.
There are also some tutorial videos.

Leon


Edited by notatorist (11/11/10 06:16 PM)

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#1555810 - 11/11/10 06:29 PM Re: Score Writing Software [Re: Turfer]
david_a Offline
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Registered: 11/11/09
Posts: 2913
If you are an ordinary musician and not a professional copyist who absolutely requires the latest and greatest just to keep up with the heavy workload, I see no reason at all to pay anything for notation software when there are good free options.

Musescore is 100% free, and not disabled in the ways that the cheap "teasers" are for the expensive programs. It's not as shiny as Sibelius or Finale, but it works fine - and it's free.

Lilypond is also 100% free, makes nicer scores than Musescore (makes nicer scores than Finale for that matter), and is most likely harder to use for the average person.
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#1556251 - 11/12/10 01:09 PM Re: Score Writing Software [Re: Turfer]
Jared Hoeft Offline
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Registered: 06/05/10
Posts: 174
Loc: Hutchinson, Minnesota, United ...
I use Finale 2007. It has its share of problems, but it's been faithful to my needs for over 4 years now!

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