StaffPad wows with long-awaited iPad release and new free StaffPad Reader

StaffPad, the music composition app that uses handwriting recognition as the means of music entry, has been released for iPad and completely rebuilt for Windows, with a bevy of new features, improvements, and add-ons compared to the previous version. In addition, there is a new free digital music stand app for performers, called StaffPad Reader, providing a synced performance experience across multiple tablets.

Using Finale’s “tempo map”

A tempo map is a MIDI track containing tempo information in beats per minute. Finale generates a tempo map when it parses a track, but its tempo handling won’t behave as you might expect if you’ve worked in a DAW or other notation software. Here are some common problems and solutions.

Dorico 2.2 is the best update yet

Steinberg has released Dorico 2.2, another enormous update to the program. New features have been added or rebuilt in the areas of trills, group bracketing, repeat markers, jazz articulations, tempo track import/export, real-time MIDI recording, flow headings, tacets, and a new music symbols editor. Many more improvements have been made in other areas, and there are a good 100 or so bug fixes, besides.

Playback in Dorico: past, present, and future

Andrew Noah Cap gives a thorough review of Dorico’s playback capabilities and the wide variety of needs it attempts to address — from engravers preferring simple playback, to those wanting adequate sound rendering without thinking too much about settings and post-editing, to those that expect playback and editing functionality that is comparable to MIDI editing within a DAW.