Are you asking, “Why would you have a podcast about music notation software?” Well, we’d ask, “Why not have a podcast about music notation software?”
And with that, I’m very pleased to introduce the Scoring Notes podcast. Like on this blog, the podcast will explore music notation software and related technology. We’ll talk with the interesting individuals in our field who create music with these products, as well as the talented people who create the tools themselves.
Unlike the blog, though, we’ll have a chance to have a real-time dialog about what’s going on in the field, and we plan on featuring a “director’s commentary,” if you will, about certain blog posts as a special bonus for our readers to gain additional insight into a topic we cover.
Plus, you can’t very well read a blog post while you’re driving or jogging (and don’t try). But if you’ve ever thought how much you’d like to consume music notation software news on the go — and we know you have — the Scoring Notes podcast is for you.
Get the Scoring Notes podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. If there’s another place you think we need to be as well, please let us know. You can also access the podcast feed directly.
On our first “official” podcast I’m joined by Scoring Notes contributing author David MacDonald, who will be a regular on the show. Together we inaugurate the podcast and reminisce about how we first got hooked on writing music with notation software, and eventually became fascinated by the ever-changing developments in the programs and in the field.
David’s a podcasting expert from his days on Sound Notion, so I’m thrilled to have him along for the ride!
Then, I speak with Steinberg product marketing manager Daniel Spreadbury about the Dorico 3.5 release and what it’s like developing music notation software. We learn about pitch-before-duration input (a.k.a “Speedy Entry”), semantic figured bass notation, VST expression maps, and what a “graphic slice” is. Also: Daniel talks about what it’s like creating music notation software in the middle of a pandemic, and we find out his personal favorite feature in this release — even if it’s obscure.
We’ve got more episodes planned, so stay tuned!