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MakeMusic releases Finale 2014b

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MakeMusic Finale 2014

MakeMusic has released Finale 2014b, a free update for the music notiation software for Windows.

Finale is the world-wide industry standard in music notation software. Anywhere music appears on the printed page, Finale likely created those pages. Finale helps the choir to sing, the band to march, the students to learn, and the orchestra to raise the excitement level in the latest blockbuster movie.

Changes in Finale 2014b

  • Mac highlights include:
    • Many audio-related crashes have been fixed and USB mono input devices no longer cause errors.
    • Bank volume settings are retained and all Garritan Instruments for Finale instruments respond to Mixer volume controls.
    • Unicode characters no longer cause file name problems and error messages are more descriptive.
    • Several view/display issues and application switching problems have been addressed.
  • Windows highlights include:
    • Audio Engine errors no longer appear with some ASIO audio devices and USB mono input devices no longer cause errors.
    • Unicode characters no longer cause file name problems, backup and auto-save files are included in Open dialogs, and error messages are more descriptive.
  • Highlights for both Mac and Windows users include:
    • Human Playback correctly interprets glissandi, fp markings, and articulation trills, and also recognizes keyswitches in all layers.
    • Notes on the opposite stem side in cluster chords can be selected, and rests can be repositioned when Consolidate Rests Across Layers is enabled.
    • Multiple MIDI file fixes include proper percussion import and retention of track/staff names and key signatures.
    • Numerous crashing situations have been fixed, and file saving speed and Score Manager performance have been improved.

Finale 2014 is available for purchsase for $600 USD (retail) / $350 USD (academic/theological), with various upgrade options available as well. Finale 2014b is a free update now available to registered Finale 2014 owners.

More information: Finale

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MakeMusic and Abbey Road Studios release Garritan Abbey Road Studios CFX Concert Grand

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Garrian XFX Concert Grand

MakeMusic and Abbey Road Studios have announced the release Garritan Abbey Road Studios CFX Concert Grand, a new virtual piano instrument.

To create this new instrument, Yamaha’s flagship CFX Concert Grand piano was recorded in Abbey Road Studios’ historic Studio One by renowned engineers, blending the latest technology with legendary equipment and acoustics.

“We are very pleased to announce that we have released the CFX Concert Grand,” said Gary Garritan, MakeMusic director of instrumental sciences. “This is the most detailed and advanced project our team has completed. We are honored to have this partnership with Abbey Road Studios, and the support of Yamaha, and are excited about the enthusiastic reaction this virtual piano has received so far. Today we’re proud to make an instrument with this kind of power, richness and clarity available to everyone.”

Garritan Abbey Road Studios CFX Concert Grand provides users three discrete microphone perspectives:

  • Classic – captures the natural tonal character, clarity and nuance of the CFX.
  • Contemporary – produces a bright and brilliant sound with definitive attack from the hammers.
  • Player – delivers the unique experience of playing from the piano bench in Studio One.

The CFX Concert Grand includes the powerful ARIA player, and is designed to be a perfect addition to music notation-based programs, like Finale, as well as to all sequencers and digital audio workstations.

“It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Gary and the MakeMusic team on the CFX project,” said Mirek Stiles, head of audio products at Abbey Road Studios. “The ability to mix both close and ambient signals, as if you are in Studio One, is simply breathtaking. This beautifully sampled instrument is worthy of the Abbey Road Studios name.”

The CFX Concert Grand is available for purchase for $299.95 USD.

More information: Garritan / CFX Concert Grand

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MakeMusic releases Finale PrintMusic 2014

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Finale PrintMusic 2014

MakeMusic has announced the release of Finale PrintMusic 2014, an updated version of the notation software for Windows and Mac.

Finale PrintMusic is music notation software designed for educators, worship directors, performing musicians, composers and arrangers who don’t require the most advanced features in Finale.

PrintMusic is easy to use and fun to learn. Quickly create orchestrations of up to 24 staves, extract parts, hear your music play back, and print beautiful sheet music.

Changes in Finale PrintMusic 2014

  • PrintMusic’s Score Manager provides instant access to how staves look and playback, making it easy, for example, to change a staff from Alto Sax to Horn in F.
  • A fresh New Interface including an updated, modern look to PrintMusic’s mixer, playback controls and palettes (which now lock on Macs, too).
  • Automatic Range Checking offers instant visual feedback when notes are written out of the range of beginner, intermediate or advanced players.
  • Notation Improvements include easily hidden staves and refined placement of rests and accidentals when music appears in multiple layers.
  • Beat-Assigned Smart Shapes, including hairpins and trills, automatically attach to a desired “beat” and snap into place.
  • PrintMusic’s New File Format empowers musicians to share music back and forth with users of Finale 2014 and 2012 files, and offers even more flexibility for tomorrow.
  • Under the hood, PrintMusic’s Mac OS X Support has been updated. Visible benefits include full screen mode, pinch zoom, drag-scrolling, text entry via voice dictation and basic Retina support.
  • Additional enhancements include mid-measure clefs, Unicode text support & entry, import/export of PDF graphics, Finale Lyrics font, scanning improvements and much more.

Finale PrintMusic 2014 is available for $119.95 USD. Upgrades from previous versions are also available.

More information: MakeMusic / Finale PrintMusic 2014

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MakeMusic & Abbey Road Studios intro Garritan Abbey Road CFX Concert Grand

Garrian XFX Concert Grand

MakeMusic and Abbey Road Studios have announced the upcoming release of Garritan Abbey Road CFX Concert Grand, a new virtual instrument featuring the Yamaha CFX Concert Grand piano recorded in Abbey Road Studios’ historic Studio One.

“In creating our new CFX Concert Grand virtual piano, we’ve partnered with the very best,” said Gary Garritan, MakeMusic director of instrumental sciences. “Abbey Road Studios is an undisputed world leader, where brilliant engineers blend the latest technology with legendary equipment and acoustics. This same ‘best of both worlds’ approach also drove the design of the Yamaha CFX Concert Grand Piano. The flagship concert grand of the Yamaha piano line, the CFX is a stunning instrument that has elevated the art of piano making.”

“We’re delighted to have captured the fine details of this remarkable piano in this spectacular studio. The result is an incredible new virtual piano with a power, richness and clarity that is unmatched.”

Garritan Abbey Road CFX Concert Grand provides users three discrete microphone perspectives:

  • Classic – captures the natural tonal character, clarity and nuance of the CFX.
  • Contemporary – produces a bright and brilliant sound with definitive attack from the hammers.
  • Player – delivers the unique experience of playing from the piano bench in Studio One.

The CFX Concert Grand includes the powerful ARIA player, and is designed to be a perfect addition to music notation-based programs, like Finale, as well as to all sequencers and digital audio workstations.

“It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Gary and the MakeMusic team on the CFX project,” said Mirek Stiles, head of audio products at Abbey Road Studios. “The ability to mix both close and ambient signals, as if you are in Studio One, is simply breathtaking. This beautifully sampled instrument is worthy of the Abbey Road Studios name.”

The CFX virtual instrument will be available to purchase for $259.95 USD (download) / $299.95 USD (boxed/USB flash drive).

More information: Garritan

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Make Music releases Finale 2014a

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Make Music Finale 2014

Make Music has announced the release of Finale 2014a, the latest version of its notation software for Windows and Mac.

Finale 2014a is a free, downloadable update available today to registered Finale 2014 owners.

  • Windows highlights include new View and Layout palettes and expanded compatibility for ASIO devices with locked sample rates.
  • Mac highlights include the resolution of a handful of playback issues (including older VST plug-ins, switching audio devices, and attached Bluetooth devices). Improvements were also made in the entry of multi-stroke characters, the use of Human Playback techniques, extract parts naming, and in a variety of scenarios using expressions.

Users of both platforms will experience enhanced text block positioning. Full details can be found in the associated read me files available for both Mac and Windows.

The update is now available to download for Finale 2014 users.

More information: Finale 2014

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Make Music releases Finale 2014 notation software

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Make Music Finale 2014

Make Music has launched Finale 2014, the 25th Anniversary Edition of the music notation software for Windows and Mac.

To notate music is to look forward – to the performance, and beyond. Whether you’re creating a simple lead sheet, making worksheets for your students, or composing your magnum opus, Finale helps you easily capture your musical ideas, produce beautiful notation, and quickly share the results.

For 25 years, Finale’s unique ability to create anything on the printed page has remained undisputed while other music notation software has come and gone. Finale 2014 is the forward-looking choice with new innovations, making Finale’s trademark freedom and flexibility easy for everyone to use.

New in Finale 2014

  • New file format. Designed to improve compatibility, the new format for documents created in Finale helps you share your music more easily. Older Finale documents are automatically converted when you open them, and you will be prompted to save the file in the new format. You can also export your document to the older format for use in Finale 2012 (use MusicXML for earlier versions of Finale).
  • Keyless scores. Create scores or sections with no key signature. You can also easily hide key signatures and continue to automatically display accidentals using the Hide key signature/Show accidentals option.
  • Beat-attached Smart Shapes. Smart Shapes that previously attached to measures now attach to beats (in the same manner as expressions) with lines showing the attachment point. Beat attachment allows a Smart Shape start or end point to attach to a particular note, beat, or right barline. Affected Smart Shapes include hairpins, trills and trill extensions, 8va/8vb (ottava/ottava bassa), horizontal brackets, and lines.
  • Smart multi-layer accidental and rest handling. Rests of the same duration and accidentals on unison notes in multiple layers now are displayed only once. Accidentals in one layer are also carried through the measure for all other layers (these can optionally be displayed in Staff Attributes or Staff Styles).
  • Improved percussion functionality. There is now greater interaction between the Percussion Layout Designer and Percussion MIDI Maps, and Percussion MIDI Maps can now be removed.
  • Unlinkable Special Tools. Alterations made with any of the Special Tools are now unlinkable between a score and its parts.
  • MP4 support. Finale now supports loading MP4 videos.
  • Improved Scanning/SmartScore Lite Enhancements. Finale now includes SmartScore Lite version X2, offering improved notation recognition.
  • New ARIA Player. Finale includes the latest ARIA Player from Garritan, with more than 400 instruments including the additions of alto flute, bass flute, oboe d’amore, Eb clarinet, contrabass clarinet, piccolo trumpet, tubular bells, string harmonics, percussion “toys”, orchestral brass mutes, flugelhorn, basic African percussion, steel drums, banjo, fife, tablas, Celtic harp, and nine patches from Garritan Instant Orchestra.
  • Improvements to opening files. Finale displays all readable file types in the Open dialog box. Additionally, MusicXML files can now be dragged-and-dropped onto the Finale application.
  • New method for Finale updates. At launch, Finale automatically checks for updates. Instead of requiring you to download and install the updates manually from the Finale website, Finale now downloads and installs the updates automatically.

Finale 2014 is available to purchase for $600 USD.

More information: Make Music

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MakeMusic releases Finale 2012b

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MakeMusic Finale 2012

MakeMusic has announced Finale 2012b, a maintenance update for the notation software for Windows and Mac.

Finale 2012b is a free download for everyone who owns Finale 2012. It includes several new features including automatic range checking, the Finale Lyrics font, EPUB export, a new Aria Player, and more. Finale 2012b also includes more than 60 bug fixes. Visit the update page to see all the details and to download the update.

New in Finale 2012b

  • Automatic Range Checking.
  • Automatic Octave Adjustments when copying between staves.
  • The ability to export EPUB compatible files (viewable on most tablet devices).
  • New Finale Lyrics font makes lyrics more legible (even on tablet devices).
  • Dozens of improvements that target long-standing customer requests.

Finale 2012b is a free update for registered Finale 2012 users.

More information: MakeMusic

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