Film composer Ryan Leach has posted on his blog a list of the software he uses in his studio for his work on commercial films, TV and video game projects. He’s been involved for some time with Remote Control Productions, Hans Zimmer’s music production shop, and was assistant on movies including The Dark Knight and The Simpsons Movie, and more recently his soundtrack for the independent movie Devils Racecourse won the 2010 Maverick Movie Award for Best Original Score.
Ryan has used both Sibelius and Finale, which he learned when he was a student at Berklee, and says:
My favorite notation software is Sibelius by a mile. Like Digital Performer, I learned and used Finale at Berklee. But after trying out Sibelius a few years ago I never looked back. It is so much easier to use than Finale, it’s unbelievable. Everything just works the way it’s supposed to. I used to spend hours and hours with parts in Finale making sure things didn’t overlap. Sibelius has a simple rule – things can’t overlap! God that saves so much time!
Check out Ryan’s site and his work. It’s great to see that the up-and-coming generation of music professionals are choosing the world’s best-selling music notation software!
If you’re currently using Finale or another notation program and you’d like to give Sibelius a try, a free 30-day trial is available from the Sibelius web site, and special crossgrade pricing is available if you decide you’d like to trade up.