MakeMusic has announced its intention to release version 26 of Finale, its flagship music notation software, focusing on “smarter default engraving, performance enhancements, new features, bug fixes, and refinements to included resources such as templates and libraries,” according to the company. This will be a paid upgrade. No specific date or features were revealed at this time, but a release before the end of 2018 is likely, and MakeMusic will be previewing features to the public in advance of the release.
If you happen to have missed some of our news, tips, tutorials, and reviews from the last several months, don’t worry — we’ve got you covered with this post with a summary of what’s been happening so that you can take it to the beach.
Wallander Instruments has released NotePerformer 3, a major update to its plug-and-play sound library for Sibelius. The update is the first major update since the release of NotePerformer 2 in March 2017. The update is free for all existing users, and the price for new users continues to be $129. For the first time, NotePerformer 3 has opened its doors to Finale and Dorico users as well, with a few caveats.
In this installment of DJA’s Notes by Darcy James Argue, we learn the dos and donts of one- and two-bar repeats, numbering repeated bars, and how to lay out the music correctly so that the intent is clearly conveyed.
Originally appearing as a document that composer David MacDonald created for his weekly master class, this bullet-list of score preparation and production notes will improve the quality of your performance materials in no time. To it we have added relevant links from Scoring Notes and other sources.
I’ll be attending and presenting at the 36th annual conference of the Major Orchestra Librarians’ Association (MOLA), hosted by the Kansas City Symphony and held at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Kansas City, Missouri from March 16-19, 2018.
In this installment of DJA’s Notes by Darcy James Argue, learn how to left-align chord symbols in all three major commercial music notation software programs, in order to avoid confusion on the stand.
DJA’s Notes is a new series inspired by Darcy James Argue’s Facebook posts, which offer some quick, basic steps to improve the appearance of notated music, especially from a jazz/big band perspective. In this post, learn how to group instruments correctly and change what the notation software may do by default.
Arranger Jon Burr takes us through some of the technical details that are helpful to know about as you’re installing and working with Garritan libraries and Finale, in order to get everything working together correctly.
Our NAMM 2018 coverage continues with a visit with several MakeMusic representatives to talk about SmartMusic and Finale, including a new web-based notation tool: Gear Fisher, Michael Johnson, Michael Good, and Mark Adler.