Mac (and Linux) software for score editing

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Mac (and Linux) software for score editing

Post by Nuno » May 3rd, 2010, 7:03 am

I use Finale NotePad 2008 but I'm not very happy with it (mainly I don't like the user interface, they do very easy tasks really hard). The 2008 version is a free version with all the features enabled. The new 2010 version is cheap but since I didn't like the older version I am looking for a different software.

Any advice?

I'd prefer open source and free software but any kind of commercial software is welcome.

Thanks in forward!
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Re: Mac software for editing

Post by slejhamer » May 3rd, 2010, 7:29 am

Is GarageBand too limited? That's the only other Mac-specific one I know.
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Post by Nuno » May 3rd, 2010, 7:45 am

Thanks Mitch! :D

GarageBand is limited but it is good software. I use it for recording and also when I want to add some loops and effects. It also has some audio editing facilities but I think it can not be use to write music in standard notation or tablature. At least the version I usually use.

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Re: Mac software for editing

Post by hueseph » May 3rd, 2010, 9:08 am

Next uh.....Logical step is....Logic Express. Either that or Sibelius but, then you may as well buy into ProTools LE. There's Bias Peak or believe it or not Audacity is a great stereo editor but not so good for adding effects and the like.

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Post by Nuno » May 3rd, 2010, 10:48 am

Hi Hueseph! Long time no see you! I hope you are doing well.

Thanks you very much for the tips. I think I am looking for something like Sibelius.

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Re: Mac software for editing

Post by Nuno » May 5th, 2010, 7:02 am

I remembered I installed LilyPond some years ago in another computer. It seemed very interesting to me but I was looking for another kind of software at that moment (really I wanted a program for guitar songs, lyrics and chords).

I installed again now and I was checking it out these days. It is enough for me. It is not "wysiwyg" but it is easy to use (at least for me). It generates a PDF file with the score and also it can generates a MIDI file (I need some "sounding helps" because the rhythm and notes duration is not my best).

Anyway, if anybody is interested here is the link: http://lilypond.org/

It is for Mac, Linux and Windows. And it is part of GNU Project.

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Re: Mac (and Linux) software for score editing

Post by Nuno » May 11th, 2010, 12:48 pm

I found a couple of software packages more:

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Re: Mac (and Linux) software for score editing

Post by smcclure » May 28th, 2010, 7:31 am

Lilypond is great, except for the learning curve.

Give http://musescore.org/ a shot. It's beta, it crashes occasionally, but it works well most of the time.
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Post by smcclure » May 28th, 2010, 8:42 am

There is also Canorus, http://canorus.berlios.de/wiki/index.php/Main_Page, which I have not used but looks promising too.
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Re: Mac (and Linux) software for score editing

Post by Nuno » May 28th, 2010, 12:31 pm

MuseScore seems very, very interesting...

Thanks for the links!

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Re: Mac (and Linux) software for score editing

Post by rparker » May 28th, 2010, 7:48 pm

Power Tab and Guitar Pro both have score creation as far as plotting notes and other music attributes go. I think PT is still free, and GP is like $60. Despite some nitty things I have against them, the score editing on the new GP version seems to click for me. Plus you can play it back with, as they say, realistic instruments.
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