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  1. #31
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    Hi,

    in my opinion scorio.com is the best one for basic purposes. You can easily compose music on the browser and listen to it.
    For saving and printing your pieces you need to sign up for free.
    For iPad users it is possible to download two apps.

    Kind regards

  2. #32
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    Both can meet peoples requirements, but Finale is the better one to have.

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    I have been using NoteWorthy Composer for about 7 years. For the initial purchase price of $39 and a subsequent update to the newest version for another $10, it does everything I need it to do. Finale and Sibelius certainly have more bells and whistles and are probably better at creating engraved files, but they are expensive - overpriced imho just because they are "Finale" and "Sibelius" (purchasing the name, imo).

    NoteWorthy can import MIDI files and convert them to score quite easily ... engraving is a snap as is transposing existing files. With a 'midi' keyboard, the note entering process becomes easier.

    Kh ♫

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    Finale and Sibelius' strengths are its greatest weaknesses; especially if you need engraving standards and new ways of notating your music demanded by
    contemporary music. Score 3.1 and 4 (san andreas press/leland smith) has engraved works with this software since the 90s but it is a windows program and does not
    work in win7 64 bit. yet, many engravers insist on using this dos program and do so in does box. I understand that leland has a few dos copies for sale. he also has developed a windows version that does load into win7 64 bit (winscore) which can be purchased from him at his site. but many of the engravers will not use it since it does not follow windows interface standards to them and they say that it is awkward. One can do almost anything to minute standards in the program but playback is midi.

    another legacy program that I really like is graphire music press. it is available in mac and win platforms and runs on win 7 although I don't think it loads into mac x.
    to me the interface is elegant, does take a bit to learn but gives the engraving flexibility of score. it originally sold for I believe $895 but I bought i from ernie mansfield for $140 for windows. I am now using it when I need the flexibility of score in contemporary music or just flexibility in engraving a score.

  5. #35
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    Hi,

    I think that ScoreCloud Studio is the best software for composition. Especially if you are new to composing as it is so easy to use!

    www.scorecloud.com.

    Bengt

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