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MowingDevil said...
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Your counter was not strong. Yes Blizzard is a much larger company but they also produce much larger products.


I disagree with that. In terms of complexity, the logic in a program like Finale is more difficult to write than many of Blizzard's top games. It's much more open-ended. Finale also has been in ongoing development, whereas games are started and finished over a much shorter period of time. Games also lend themselves easily to modular code that can be easily tested, proven and re-used without need of modification or retesting down the line (a path finding or flocking algorithm, for example). You obviously do this with notation software as well, but there tend to be more changes that disrupt existing pieces and force some measure of rework.


Seriously? How many years has Finale been in existence? Its not like the idea of notation has changed all that much in that time either. AND, where it has changed & evolved Finale has ignored it for the most part. I'm thinking in terms of graphic notation, stopwatch scores etc. Finale begins & ends w/ school band charts, piano music, symphonic scores, pop music, chamber etc. They've added guitar tab but haven't exactly catered to new music composers to say the least and thats where the boundaries of notation have been pushed the most. So considering all this, Finale just has to make the process more logical and improve the work flow in the next version. In other words, its not like they're reinventing the wheel each time they release a new version. They've got a foundation that is there, all they have to do is improve upon it. This year is the exception because of all their foundational changes....but thats why they took an additional year.

NoteAbility Pro is the only notation software out there that is focused on the new music composer and can pretty much do anything including (soon) Chinese prescriptive notation. Its continually evolving and being updated. I dabble in it but still prefer Finale for most of my work primarily because I learned on it and know it the best. I'm enthused w/ some of the new features in 2014 but they really need a new music composer on their development team.


As I said, the number of years Finale has been in existence is one of the reasons it's likely a bigger and more complex program than many of Blizzard's games (StarCraft, Warcraft, and Diablo). Finale's intended uses aren't nearly restrictive enough to protect it from complexities and challenges that will at times twist the minds of the best software engineers. Give it a try. I guarantee you will run into things that you didn't anticipate.
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Michel R. E. said...
Wiggy said...
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[I'll accept my loss of $170

What no refund?


yes, it seems like an odd comment to make.

if the $170 is too important a loss, then why not simply ask for a refund?
I was refunded for Finale 2004, no questions asked. MakeMusic have excellent customer support.

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Michel R. E. said...
Wiggy said...
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[I'll accept my loss of $170

What no refund?


yes, it seems like an odd comment to make.

if the $170 is too important a loss, then why not simply ask for a refund?
I was refunded for Finale 2004, no questions asked. MakeMusic have excellent customer support.

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I can understand mr. Bischoff's frustration. I too feel like I just flushed $170 (taxes included) down the toilet. Okay, I know it probably will not be a total waste, presuming that an update will fix the most prominent problems with 2014, but for now I have absolutely no use for an app that robbed me of five otherwise productive days. Of course, your mileage may vary.


Really? Is reading that hard?


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   Posted 11/12/2013 11:13 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Jari Williamsson said...
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NoteAbility Pro is the only notation software out there that is focused on the new music composer and can pretty much do anything including (soon) Chinese prescriptive notation.


Do you have a PDF sample of a complex NoteAbility Pro score that's hard to do in Finale? I looked at the samples on the home page and they all seemed easy to do in Finale as well.


I'm not an expert on NAPro but I'll ask a friend who uses it regularly and post it here. What I can tell you, w/ my limited experience on it, is you can use quarter tones and have them playback at pitch as easily as selecting any accidental. Finale can handle quarter tones but its a pain in the butt and totally convoluted. Wth? Why aren't they in the palette w/ the accidentals? How long have composers been using quarter tones in western music? Its hardly the latest thing. I have no idea about Sibelius in this regard. Have things changed w/ 2014? I haven't heard anything yet. If not thats a total FAIL.

Another big thing is, if you use Max/MSP you can network between the two of them. In other words you can write Max messages into the score so that as the score plays back it triggers events in Max. You can take it even further to include score following w/ a camera so NAPro will follow the performer....in real time, slow down w/ the performer....wait for the performer, speed up w/ the performer and playback the score while triggering anything in Max. I think thats one helluva feature if you're into live performance w/ real-time electronics.

NAPro can be intimidating at first because almost every parameter can be changed w/ very few limitations....including not being restricted by the time sig etc. Those restrictions are perfect for basic traditional notation but can be limiting if someone wants to push into new territory.
Its very open that way and a composer's notation program. Its very easy to use for graphical notation and even has some basic graphic designers built in, although like all programs the shapes are best cerated in an illustration program and imported.

Why aren't there more extended technique symbols in Finale? There are in NAPro. You shouldn't have to "create" these for the most common ones. This is a big thing for me.
Why isn't there an "n" and a circle in the dynamics section for niente? *Very* common to use in composition. Boggles the mind, I can only hope they corrected this in 2014.

You can do early notation, going back to chant. I don't believe you can do that w/ Finale or Sibelius. As I mentioned earlier, Chinese notation is coming soon (great for Chinese and world music composers).

You only have one cresc/decrescendo wedge tool....which is all Finale should have since you it forms its shape based on which way you drag it. Having 2 is redundant.

Nevertheless, it shows what is possible and the team who develops NAPro is only 1 person.
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   Posted 11/13/2013 4:41 AM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
MowingDevil said...
I'm not an expert on NAPro but I'll ask a friend who uses it regularly and post it here. What I can tell you, w/ my limited experience on it, is you can use quarter tones and have them playback at pitch as easily as selecting any accidental. Finale can handle quarter tones but its a pain in the butt and totally convoluted. Wth? Why aren't they in the palette w/ the accidentals? How long have composers been using quarter tones in western music? Its hardly the latest thing. I have no idea about Sibelius in this regard. Have things changed w/ 2014? I haven't heard anything yet. If not thats a total FAIL.


But that's not notation, that's playback. Is it as easy to do 1/6 note playback in NoteAbility Pro?

MowingDevil said...
Why aren't there more extended technique symbols in Finale? There are in NAPro. You shouldn't have to "create" these for the most common ones. This is a big thing for me. Why isn't there an "n" and a circle in the dynamics section for niente? *Very* common to use in composition. Boggles the mind, I can only hope they corrected this in 2014.


If you need it, just create it. Once. Delete the stuff you don't need. Save to your template(s).

MowingDevil said...
You can do early notation, going back to chant. I don't believe you can do that w/ Finale or Sibelius.


Yes, you can...

MowingDevil said...
You only have one cresc/decrescendo wedge tool....which is all Finale should have since you it forms its shape based on which way you drag it. Having 2 is redundant.


Well, it might be redundant for some users, but not if you're a left-to-right drag user. You can use just one of the Finale tools for hairpins and drag the other way to get the opposite shape, if that's what you want.


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   Posted 11/13/2013 5:19 AM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Jari Williamsson said...
MowingDevil said...
I'm not an expert on NAPro but I'll ask a friend who uses it regularly and post it here. What I can tell you, w/ my limited experience on it, is you can use quarter tones and have them playback at pitch as easily as selecting any accidental. Finale can handle quarter tones but its a pain in the butt and totally convoluted. Wth? Why aren't they in the palette w/ the accidentals? How long have composers been using quarter tones in western music? Its hardly the latest thing. I have no idea about Sibelius in this regard. Have things changed w/ 2014? I haven't heard anything yet. If not thats a total FAIL.


But that's not notation, that's playback. Is it as easy to do 1/6 note playback in NoteAbility Pro?


Incorrect, its both. There is no accidental in Finale that indicates a 1/4 tone. Regardless, I prefer to reasonably hear back what I see if I'd hit play. What are you referring to w/ "1/6 note", 1/6 of a tone?

Jari Williamsson said...
MowingDevil said...
Why aren't there more extended technique symbols in Finale? There are in NAPro. You shouldn't have to "create" these for the most common ones. This is a big thing for me. Why isn't there an "n" and a circle in the dynamics section for niente? *Very* common to use in composition. Boggles the mind, I can only hope they corrected this in 2014.


If you need it, just create it. Once. Delete the stuff you don't need. Save to your template(s).


Ridiculous for standard extended notation. Sure, if you want to invent your own notation - fair enough. There's no excuse for several notational symbols that have been neglected for years.

Jari Williamsson said...
MowingDevil said...
You can do early notation, going back to chant. I don't believe you can do that w/ Finale or Sibelius.


Yes, you can...


How, by creating your own again? The symbols are already there in NAPro, thats my point. They are not in Finale unless they're hidden Easter eggs somewhere.

Jari Williamsson said...
MowingDevil said...
You only have one cresc/decrescendo wedge tool....which is all Finale should have since you it forms its shape based on which way you drag it. Having 2 is redundant.


Well, it might be redundant for some users, but not if you're a left-to-right drag user. You can use just one of the Finale tools for hairpins and drag the other way to get the opposite shape, if that's what you want.


Ok, here you're just being contrary. That makes no sense. You click and drag either left or right. It doesn't matter if you have a crescendo or a decrescendo hairpin. They're both the same depending on which way you drag.
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MowingDevil said...
There is no accidental in Finale that indicates a 1/4 tone.


Yes, there is, and I have seen many pieces that uses these accidentals by composers. I personally don't like the look of those accidentals, so I tend to use accidentals from other fonts.

MowingDevil said...
What are you referring to w/ "1/6 note", 1/6 of a tone?


Yes. Or the Makam system?

MowingDevil said...
Ridiculous for standard extended notation. Sure, if you want to invent your own notation - fair enough. There's no excuse for several notational symbols that have been neglected for years.


It's only standard notation for certain types of music, and I agree with you that the default file is aimed toward traditional western notation. I don't know if any of the standard libraries includes a pre-defined niente definition, but it takes a couple of seconds to create one from scratch: select the dynamics expression definitions, duplicate pppp and replace the pppp character with slot 150 in the Maestro font. Sorry, I can't see the problem here.

MowingDevil said...
How, by creating your own again? The symbols are already there in NAPro, thats my point. They are not in Finale unless they're hidden Easter eggs somewhere.


There are several different fonts and other approaches. None built in to the default document, though.

MowingDevil said...
Ok, here you're just being contrary. That makes no sense. You click and drag either left or right. It doesn't matter if you have a crescendo or a decrescendo hairpin. They're both the same depending on which way you drag.


I don't understand what you write here, but in Finale:
* Drag a crescendo left-to-right to get a crescendo
* Drag a crescendo right-to-left to get a diminuendo.

I can see that NoteAbility Pro might be a good composer's tool, but the sample PDFs on the web page are certainly not good enough for publishing. Cross-staff notation that sometimes lacks stems inside the beams, all sorts of strange collisions, etc, etc. And it doesn't seem to include MusicXML export?


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MowingDevil said...

Jari Williamsson said...
MowingDevil said...
You only have one cresc/decrescendo wedge tool....which is all Finale should have since you it forms its shape based on which way you drag it. Having 2 is redundant.


Well, it might be redundant for some users, but not if you're a left-to-right drag user. You can use just one of the Finale tools for hairpins and drag the other way to get the opposite shape, if that's what you want.


Ok, here you're just being contrary. That makes no sense. You click and drag either left or right. It doesn't matter if you have a crescendo or a decrescendo hairpin. They're both the same depending on which way you drag.
Maybe I'm just getting old (due to be 73 in February), but I like to think forwards not backwards and always like to drag from start point to end point, ie left to right. I'm very glad that there are both types of hairpin quickly accessible via the shortcuts < and > when in the tool.


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NoteAbility Pro supports MusicXML export and import, as listed at www.musicxml.com/software. Import was added in version 2.34 and export in version 2.462.


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Jari Williamsson said...
MowingDevil said...
There is no accidental in Finale that indicates a 1/4 tone.


Yes, there is, and I have seen many pieces that uses these accidentals by composers. I personally don't like the look of those accidentals, so I tend to use accidentals from other fonts.


Really? Where?

If it is there why isn't in w/ the other accidentals? As far as I know, to do 1/4 tones its a totally long convoluted work-around and to play them back you need to utilize pitch bend.

Jari Williamsson said...
MowingDevil said...
What are you referring to w/ "1/6 note", 1/6 of a tone?


Yes. Or the Makam system?


I have no idea, I'm not a regular NAPro user. I'll inquire.

Jari Williamsson said...
MowingDevil said...
Ridiculous for standard extended notation. Sure, if you want to invent your own notation - fair enough. There's no excuse for several notational symbols that have been neglected for years.


It's only standard notation for certain types of music, and I agree with you that the default file is aimed toward traditional western notation. I don't know if any of the standard libraries includes a pre-defined niente definition, but it takes a couple of seconds to create one from scratch: select the dynamics expression definitions, duplicate pppp and replace the pppp character with slot 150 in the Maestro font. Sorry, I can't see the problem here.


The niente is not a problem, its just a small example of the dozens of omissions from Finale. I've created my own niente ...but seriously, why isn't it there? Why don't we just create all of the dynamics while we're at it. Niente is certainly more standard than pppp. The problem is the big picture. You shouldn't have to do work-arounds for common extended notation. Yet, they have some (often rarely used) extended notational symbols. Its a massive oversight that could be EASILY rectified.

Jari Williamsson said...
MowingDevil said...
How, by creating your own again? The symbols are already there in NAPro, thats my point. They are not in Finale unless they're hidden Easter eggs somewhere.


There are several different fonts and other approaches. None built in to the default document, though.


Jari Williamsson said...
MowingDevil said...
Ok, here you're just being contrary. That makes no sense. You click and drag either left or right. It doesn't matter if you have a crescendo or a decrescendo hairpin. They're both the same depending on which way you drag.


I don't understand what you write here, but in Finale:
* Drag a crescendo left-to-right to get a crescendo
* Drag a crescendo right-to-left to get a diminuendo.


EXACTLY my point, why do you need 2 tools when they both do the exact same thing?!? David Ward please try it out. Why not have one hairpin tool?

Jari Williamsson said...
I can see that NoteAbility Pro might be a good composer's tool, but the sample PDFs on the web page are certainly not good enough for publishing. Cross-staff notation that sometimes lacks stems inside the beams, all sorts of strange collisions, etc, etc. And it doesn't seem to include MusicXML export?


Please see Michael Good's response and yes it most certainly looks good enough for publishing from what I've seen. If you see any collisions etc in those PDFs I would say its just examples of the software in use. Avoiding collisions is up to the user regardless of program. I haven't done a comparison but the scores I've seen are certainly the same quality as Finale.
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Niente is certainly more standard than pppp.


No chance. I can show any 7th grader a pppp and they'll get the point. I could find a class of music majors where not one of them is familiar with the term "niente."

Creating expressions is not a workaround. That's the program working as intended. The reason for not including a lot of symbols is obvious to any good software designer. Making people search through a ton of crap that they'll never need to find what they do is bad design. You don't slow down 90% of users to accommodate the needs of 10%. Instead you look at ways to make it easy for the 10% to customize the program to their needs (which Finale does perfectly in this instance).

The 2 hairpins are also there for usability. First, it doesn't leave new users wondering where the decrescendo is. It also doesn't confuse existing users who started using Finale in the days before dragging either direction was possible. Finally, it allows 2 metatool keys to be mapped, < and >. When working forward in a score, especially when drawing hairpins that go between multiple systems, it's nice to be able to work left to right.

Try it. Make a software program that allows a particular hairpin workflow for 20 years that your users become accustomed to, and then change things so that people have to add hairpins a different way. See what kind of response you get. I'd think that after seeing people's response here to missing "redundant" toolbars that you might see why it would be a mistake.
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MowingDevil said...
Niente is certainly more standard than pppp.


No chance. I can show any 7th grader a pppp and they'll get the point. I could find a class of music majors where not one of them is familiar with the term "niente."

Creating expressions is not a workaround. That's the program working as intended. The reason for not including a lot of symbols is obvious to any good software designer. Making people search through a ton of crap that they'll never need to find what they do is bad design. You don't slow down 90% of users to accommodate the needs of 10%. Instead you look at ways to make it easy for the 10% to customize the program to their needs (which Finale does perfectly in this instance).

The 2 hairpins are also there for usability. First, it doesn't leave new users wondering where the decrescendo is. It also doesn't confuse existing users who started using Finale in the days before dragging either direction was possible. Finally, it allows 2 metatool keys to be mapped, < and >. When working forward in a score, especially when drawing hairpins that go between multiple systems, it's nice to be able to work left to right.

Try it. Make a software program that allows a particular hairpin workflow for 20 years that your users become accustomed to, and then change things so that people have to add hairpins a different way. See what kind of response you get. I'd think that after seeing people's response here to missing "redundant" toolbars that you might see why it would be a mistake.


Couldn't have said it better myself. Bravo! (particularly about the cliché of niente)


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Try it. Make a software program that allows a particular hairpin workflow for 20 years that your users become accustomed to, and then change things so that people have to add hairpins a different way. See what kind of response you get. I'd think that after seeing people's response here to missing "redundant" toolbars that you might see why it would be a mistake.


Indeed, unfortunately that is Finale's situation regarding the program as a whole. Even less than ideal things get entrenched. Probably why the QWERTY keyboard still is highly dominant. It is the reason why the IBM-PC had to ensure any development was backwards compatible for their business users while Apple was able to introduce the completely new and innovative Mac.

Being a new Finale user and being aware of the great work that is done with it, I have no business giving much of an opinion about it. However I will say that the UI seems somewhat of a kludge at times.


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saxop said...
MowingDevil said...
Niente is certainly more standard than pppp.


No chance. I can show any 7th grader a pppp and they'll get the point. I could find a class of music majors where not one of them is familiar with the term "niente."

Creating expressions is not a workaround. That's the program working as intended. The reason for not including a lot of symbols is obvious to any good software designer. Making people search through a ton of crap that they'll never need to find what they do is bad design. You don't slow down 90% of users to accommodate the needs of 10%. Instead you look at ways to make it easy for the 10% to customize the program to their needs (which Finale does perfectly in this instance).

The 2 hairpins are also there for usability. First, it doesn't leave new users wondering where the decrescendo is. It also doesn't confuse existing users who started using Finale in the days before dragging either direction was possible. Finally, it allows 2 metatool keys to be mapped, < and >. When working forward in a score, especially when drawing hairpins that go between multiple systems, it's nice to be able to work left to right.

Try it. Make a software program that allows a particular hairpin workflow for 20 years that your users become accustomed to, and then change things so that people have to add hairpins a different way. See what kind of response you get. I'd think that after seeing people's response here to missing "redundant" toolbars that you might see why it would be a mistake.


Bollocks. Whether or not a 7th grader gets it doesn't make it more standard.

You also contradict yourself. Reducing the hairpins to one button would reduce the "crap" as you put it. Is it really that hard to comprehend since they are both *exactly the same* whether you go left to right or vice versa? Its simple really. One streamlined button w/ an icon that has both hairpins on it. Finale has made way bigger changes than this, c'mon.

Consider how Finale lays out all the symbols. They've got them broken into categories and then they've got an "all" category which sums everything together. They could easily have an extended techniques category which would be useful to composers who use them. That way all the school band arrangers wouldn't be scared away.
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Flint said...
Couldn't have said it better myself. Bravo! (particularly about the cliché of niente)


Going to or from silence in music is cliché is it?
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Niente is certainly more standard than pppp.


I have worked with hundreds of composers, arrangers, etc. over the last 10+ years and only 1 composer* has ever used niente. It is perfectly fine to use it, but most definitely not standard. I would say seldom to ever used at least for what I have done and seen.

*and this composer specifically stated he read about it in a music engraving book rather than seen it in practice.


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   Posted 11/14/2013 10:20 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
BvdPress said...
MowingDevil said...
Niente is certainly more standard than pppp.


I have worked with hundreds of composers, arrangers, etc. over the last 10+ years and only 1 composer* has ever used niente. It is perfectly fine to use it, but most definitely not standard. I would say seldom to ever used at least for what I have done and seen.

*and this composer specifically stated he read about it in a music engraving book rather than seen it in practice.


how odd.

even as a pianist I have come across numerous occasions of the notation "niente" in scores over the lest 30 years or so.


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   Posted 11/14/2013 11:05 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
It very possible niente is used in certain types of music much more than others. I really don't know for sure on that and can only relay my own experiences.

As a side note, I never really understood pppp or ffff. They both seem to be overkill to me, but I think Tchaikovsky or the editors used them every now and then.


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   Posted 11/14/2013 11:39 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
MowingDevil said...


Bollocks. Whether or not a 7th grader gets it doesn't make it more standard.


The standard concept that people understand is that the more P's the composer writes, the quieter you play. That's the rule. Any musician who reads ppp and pppp in the same song will know which is quieter, because they understand the rule.

But I understand that you're talking about which is more common. And I believe you're incorrect, at least here in the United States. I would have a difficult time finding a musician who has never come across pppp. I'd have the opposite problem with niente.

MowingDevil said...

You also contradict yourself. Reducing the hairpins to one button would reduce the "crap" as you put it. Is it really that hard to comprehend since they are both *exactly the same* whether you go left to right or vice versa? Its simple really. One streamlined button w/ an icon that has both hairpins on it. Finale has made way bigger changes than this, c'mon.


First of all, one additional symbol on a palette that fits easily on the screen is not the same thing as adding tons of extra symbols to dig through. Secondly, I already explained other reasons, including workflow. Sometimes it's faster to work left to right. The opposite might be true at times as well. If you're limiting yourself to working one direction because you don't press < >, then you are slowing yourself down. That's your choice. Don't try to take away mine.
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BvdPress said...
As a side note, I never really understood pppp or ffff. They both seem to be overkill to me, but I think Tchaikovsky or the editors used them every now and then.


The famous example is the bassoon solo in the first movement of Tchaikovsky's 6th Symphony, marked pppppp.


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   Posted 11/15/2013 1:32 AM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Michael Cook said...
BvdPress said...
As a side note, I never really understood pppp or ffff. They both seem to be overkill to me, but I think Tchaikovsky or the editors used them every now and then.


The famous example is the bassoon solo in the first movement of Tchaikovsky's 6th Symphony, marked pppppp.


where the bassoonist basically just waves his instrument around, pretending to play.. the symphonic equivalent of Marcel Marseau?


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   Posted 11/15/2013 2:53 AM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Michel R. E. said...
Michael Cook said...
BvdPress said...
As a side note, I never really understood pppp or ffff. They both seem to be overkill to me, but I think Tchaikovsky or the editors used them every now and then.


The famous example is the bassoon solo in the first movement of Tchaikovsky's 6th Symphony, marked pppppp.


where the bassoonist basically just waves his instrument around, pretending to play.. the symphonic equivalent of Marcel Marseau?
Where it almost always gets played on a bass clarinet, although there's none in the original score, because, unlike a bassoon, a bass clarinet can play extremely quietly. Verdi's personal vocal scores have ppppppp marked by hand over some high tenor notes, as an encouragement not to belt them out ff. There are exaggerated dynamics in published full scores by Italian opera composers, including Verdi and Puccini, in an attempt to counteract the Italian provincial opera orchestras of the time from playing everything mf. I've heard a rehearsal recording in which Toscanini is explaining to the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London that a particular ppp singing legato line for the cellos in Verdi should be played p to mp .

In other words, it's all relative.


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   Posted 11/15/2013 4:56 AM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
"waves his instrument around, pretending to play."
You know too much…


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- I am SO happy that I bought this fine update!
Unfortunately, my 2012 version (that I also updated) just cost me a mere 150 Euros. (thats about $180).
That was a FANTASTIC update as well.
- apart that I couldn't use it at all, as I wanted to…

NOW;
- there is Finale 2014 shipping!!
I am SO HAPPY that I decided to give MakeMusic/Finalemusic/Coda… (or whatever they are called now) ANOTHER chance to make up for things they might have done wrong…
I got my package today in the Post. Also, a mere 150 Euros… (It's good I am MADE of money!)

- it's a BEAUTIFUL package! I'd say! (Good design-department!!).


I immediately installed the software on my -admitted- COMPLETELY out-of-date iMac (i5 from 2010 - only with 4GB of Ram).
- I guess it must be my darn old unusable computer that just can't handle this amazing piece of software…
Because - my App CRASHES before I even see a splash screen…

Bummer.

Well.
- I guess Finale just don't WANT to make good softwares anymore…
I got my (very) old version.
- Weirdly enough - this works fantastic. (even if it says it shouldn't be working on my system…).


devil


Now - you all go write some fabulous scores, ya people!!
GO-GO-GO!


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   Posted 11/15/2013 10:09 AM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
OCTO. said...
. said...
Logic Pro X was my previous major update and everything I said about Finale 2014 is also true fro Logic X. Worst update ever. 

Good to know (your opinion).
I will stay on my LP8, Fin 11 and OS X.SL.
Safe heaven. Everything works. Until the storm calms down.



lol lol lol
The storm WON'T calm down. I don't believe in this anymore...


It's just friggin' amazing!
- we are living in a BAAADtime for computer softwares!
There ARE too many descent small-companies doing the life unbearable for the big ones, so they can't do the proper stuff anymore in time…
Finale CONSTANTLY try to compete with Sibelius, although they shouldn't be "rivals" but more two softwares with a different approach!
(in the end - they both look pretty darn identical in the score-output…
I think it would be wise to split-up the two paths apart, instead of going so close in parallel all the time!)

Why don't they make Finale for the "geeky Pro's (Now REALLY!!) and sibelius for the sometimes-users and teachers/schools?
In that way, we all might become happier, in terms of dedicated functionality!
(Of course; the company that makes the less money, whichever that would be, will be in trouble… so we would never see this coming…).

oh, well…
- maybe I'd just accept the fact that making music is old-fashioned…
(not to mention creating SCORES!! ) smilewinkgrin


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