Updated September 2012
Every year brings major updates and improvements to many of the major music notation software companies. New features are added, others dropped, prices change, and ease of use goes up and down. This document shows the major features and key comments regarding several of the big names in sheet music notation programs. All have been reviewed in greater depth here on MusicEdMagic and whenever possible links are provided to Amazon.com to provide the most up to date pricing and availability on each product. Feel free to leave a comment below and voice your own personal opinion on each of these programs.
- Pro-Audio Mixer - Bundled with ove 10 GB of sounds including exclusive London Symphony Orchestra Sample Library - VSTi presets in Score Setup for Vienna Symphonic Library SE and SE PLUS, East West Quantum Leap Platinum, Miroslav Philharmonik, Garritan Personal Orchetsra (ARIA version) with more to come - ReWire Slave and Host - Sequencer Staff - 4 internally mapped MIDI out ports - All Score symbols are a single click away from entry
* Live tempo, vamping, and skip ahead during performance, specify exact rhythms for tempo control or use default beat, pause on fermatas,cutoffs support, take 2nd ending support, navigate the score while performing
Disclosure notice: The owner of this web site has had a previous writing relationship with the authors of the Maestro Composer software in which he was compensated for services rendered. However, no payments of any kind were received by the author in regard to the information or reviews on this site.
Chad Criswell is a career music educator working in the Iowa public schools. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications both online and in print. He currently serves as the national music technology writer for NAfME's Teaching Music Magazine and has presented sessions at numerous music education conferences including the 2012 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic.
I need a program to transpose band music parts quickly. Am I better off with Sibelius or Finale?<br /><br />Thanks<br /><br />Ron
Sibelius 6 cannot export to MusicXML -- you'll need to spend another $199 for that.
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