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MakeMusic releases Finale 2011a, music notation software

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MakeMusic Finale 2011

MakeMusic has released Finale 2011a, a maintenance update for the popular music notation software for Windows and Mac.

In addition to addressing maintenance concerns new to Finale 2011, it adds expanded functionality to copy expressions to other staves, updates Macintosh font menus and font dialogs, and improves the quality of exported bitmap graphics on Macintosh computers. Additional enhancements include updated scanning technology – resulting in improved scanning results and expanded support for Canon-brand scanners – and more.

New in Finale 2011a

  • Updated Scanning Technology. Updated scanning recognition technology provides improved scanning results and expanded support for Canon-brand scanners.
  • Additional Expression Menu Commands. Four additional commands now allow convenient copying of expressions to adjacent staves.
  • Updated Broadway Copyist Font. The Broadway Copyist Text Extended font now includes additional characters including Æ, Ø, OE, ¡, ¿, and others.
  • Improved Font menus and dialog boxes. Finale’s updated Font menu and dialog box make selecting and editing fonts easier. (Macintosh only)
  • Improved Quality for Exported Graphics. Exported bitmap graphics are now cleaner and sharper. (Macintosh only)

Finale 2011a is a free maintenance update available to Finale 2011 registered users.

More information: MakeMusic

MakeMusic Finale 2011, music notation software updated

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MakeMusic Finale 2011

MakeMusic has released Finale 2011, the latest version of the worldwide standard in music notation software for Windows and Mac.

Finale has always offered you unlimited power to create any music you can imagine. Finale 2011 builds upon that power by transforming the creative process. Now, the way you create can be as flexible as what you create. Finale 2011 adapts to the way you work.

Changes in Finale 2011

  • Improved Lyric Entry and Spacing — Lyrics are more easily entered, instantly appear exactly as they’ll print out, and are automatically spaced with engraver precision.
  • Easier Staff Layout — New Staff Layout capabilities make it simple and intuitive to hide, move, and edit staves, groups, and brackets. Work in any order you wish, and never lose a note.
  • Garritan sounds — Finale now includes more than 375 world-class instrument sounds from the makers of Garritan Personal Orchestra. Free new sounds include bass trombone, brass section, children’s choir ahs, flute section, electronic drum kit and more.
  • Music Education Worksheets — Finale now includes more than 800 ready-made, customizable music education worksheets and flashcards. New this year are jazz improvisation worksheets and more than 100 titles of classroom repertoire.
  • New Fonts — Hundreds of new font characters are included for percussion, mallet and handbell graphics.
  • Finale AlphaNotes™ Font — Created for use with beginning music students, the Finale AlphaNotes font places note names or solfège syllables inside noteheads.
  • Expanded Percussion Playback — Last year we simplified the process of getting notes on percussion staves to look – and playback – exactly the way you want them to. This year Finale 2011 makes it easy to switch between pitched and non-pitched percussion anywhere in your score.
  • Updated Aria Player — The Garritan Aria Player simplifies the process of changing MIDI channel assignments. Updated for Finale 2011, the Garritan Aria Player has an integrated Ambience reverb and the ability to save Ensembles.
  • Instant Capo Chords — Automatically add capo chords to your music with the freedom to control whether they replace or appear in addition to non-capo chords.
  • Improved Pickup measures and more — Pick-up measures automatically insert the correct rests when you start your score, improved file support for multiple-user environments, and a new Quick Reference Guide that shows you how to complete common tasks quickly and easily in Finale.

Finale 2011 is available to purchase for $600 USD. Upgrades are available for $119.95 / $169.95 USD.

More information: Finale

IK Multimedia and Notion Music release NOTION SLE for Miroslav Philharmonik

IK Multimedia/Notion Music NOTION SLE for Miroslav Philharmonik

IK Multimedia has announced the release of NOTION SLE for Miroslav Philharmonik, a special version of the award-winning NOTION3 scoring software by Notion Music that is customized for use with the awardwinning Miroslav Philharmonik orchestral library by IK Multimedia.

NOTION SLE for Miroslav Philharmonik features instrumentation and articulation presets that automatically handle all articulation changes in the background, allowing for very realistic playback directly out of the score. Artists and composers no longer need to spend hours programming presets, templates and articulation changes — they can now simply focus on creating compositions.

As you write and articulate your score, NOTION SLE will follow your instructions and automatically change to the appropriate Miroslav Philharmonik articulation patch during playback to accurately and realistically perform your score. Additionally, you can take full advantage of NOTION’s live performance features and conduct the full orchestra with an unmatched level of control.

Also included is a 32 stereo channel. Virtual, full mixing console that facilitates mixdown of the score, eliminating the need for an additional DAW. Full export controls are included for producing MusicXML, audio and MIDI.

Notion SLE for Miroslav Philharmonik is available to purchase for $89 USD / 69 EUR (excl. taxes).

Note: The IK Miroslav Philharmonik Orchestral sound workstation is sold separately. To use Notion SLE, you must have Miroslav Philharmonik installed on your computer.

More information: IK Multimedia / NOTION SLE

Noteflight announces Noteflight Crescendo

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Noteflight

Noteflight has announced the launch of Noteflight Crescendo, a premium online music notation service.

The next generation of their acclaimed Noteflight platform, which enables individuals to write music online, Crescendo provides musicians with advanced features and improved sound quality while still offering an easy and fun means to create and share scores.

“By launching Crescendo we are now able to provide the music community with the best of both worlds–a more powerful online music notation platform for professionals, educators, students and music enthusiasts and a free model for the novice or occasional user,” said Joe Berkovitz, President and Founder of Noteflight.

Following the successful grassroots launch of their online music composition and score-writing platform in 2008, which resulted in tens of thousands of users in 130 different countries, Noteflight Crescendo delivers users a richer sonic experience and more advanced capabilities. An affordable, approachable alternative to desktop notation programs such as Sibelius and Finale, Crescendo takes online music notation to a new level while still maintaining affordability, ease-of-use and the excitement and interactivity of a social music platform.

Built on the same elegant and powerful interface, Noteflight Crescendo users gain access to a set of sophisticated features, including advanced collaboration and a higher quality orchestral sound library provided by virtual instrument manufacturer, SONiVOX (http://www.sonivox.com). Where the free version of Noteflight includes a basic set of instrument samples drawn from the public domain, the Crescendo instrumental palette offers over forty professionally recorded wavetable instruments from SONiVOX. These instruments provide an immersive new dimension to the Noteflight musical experience.

“Our partnership with Noteflight has enabled us, for the first time, to enter the exciting new arena of cloud computing services,” said Jennifer Hruska, Founder and President of SONiVOX. “We’re thrilled by the advent of products like Crescendo that bring the audio experience of SONiVOX instruments to the global online music community.”

In addition to improved sound and more instrument choices, Noteflight Crescendo features include the following.

  • Sophisticated sharing permissions, including the ability to share a score only with designated members of the Noteflight community.
  • Ability to create templates for musical activities by themselves or for others.
  • Selection of stock templates, such as piano score, string quartet and other ensembles.
  • Access to increased storage capacity on Noteflight’s servers for storing more scores and compositions.

A subscription to Noteflight Crescendo can be purchased for under $5 USD per month; the company plans to launch the service later in Q1.

More information: Noteflight

Avid releases Sibelius Student

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Avid Sibelius Student

Avid has announced the release of Sibelius Student, a notation and composition software platform specifically designed for students in grades three through 12.

Based on the same popular software used by industry professionals, Sibelius Student offers a tightly packaged set of features designed to help students complete music theory assignments, compose pieces for real ensembles, score music to video and increase literacy in music notation, while providing teachers with specific features for classroom use and management.

New in Sibelius Student

  • Magnetic Layout – Snaps score elements into position automatically, avoiding the need for time-consuming manual positioning and editing.
  • On-screen Keyboard window – Enables young musicians to use the computer keyboard to compose, developing their familiarity with music notation via an easy-to-use interface modeled after a piano’s keyboard.
  • Versions and Comments – Saves multiple versions of a score within the same file and enables the addition of Post-It style sticky notes to saved versions, allowing development to be tracked over time and changes to be easily recalled.
  • Export audio files – Empowers students to share scores as audio files by using the high quality virtual General MIDI sound module to convert compositions into audio, enabling easy sharing and collaboration.
  • Virtual instruments and effects support – Supports the use of VST or Audio Unit virtual instruments or effects, providing for greater control and coloration of playback sounds.

Network Pack and Classroom Control
Sibelius Student is also available as a Network Pack, which includes 20 seats of Sibelius Student and a single copy of Sibelius 6 Professional Edition to help educators prepare lessons and supervise classroom work remotely. A Classroom Control panel in Sibelius 6 lets teachers control students’ computers through the school’s existing data network, and provides teachers the ability to send scores or worksheets to all students at once, freeze student’s computers to gain attention, send out on-screen messages, and gather students’ work into a single folder at the end of instruction.

Sibelius Student is now available to purchase for $99 USD. 20-Seat Network Packs are available for $1,499 USD.

More information: Sibelius / Sibelius Student

Karlheinz Essl releases Lexikon-Sonate v3.3

Karlheinz Essl Lexikon-Sonate

Karlheinz Essl has released version 3.3 of Lexikon-Sonate, an interactive realtime composition environment for musical composition and live performances.

Lexikon-Sonate is a work-in-progress which was started in 1992. Instead of being a composition in which the structure is fixed by notation, it manifests itself as a computer program that composes the piece – or, more precisely: an excerpt of a virtually endless piano piece – in real time. Lexikon-Sonate lacks two characteristics of a traditional piano piece:

there is no pre-composed text to be interpreted, and
there is no need for a pianist or an interpreter.

Instead, the instructions for playing the piano – the indication “which key should be pressed how quickly and held down for how long” – are directly generated by a computer program and transmitted immediately to a player piano (or the built-in Quicktime synthesizer) which executes them.

Changes in Lexikon-Sonate v3.3

  • Numerous improvements
  • Slightly changed user interface
  • Runs with MacOS X 10.4 – 10.6

Lexikon-Sonate is available to download for Mac OS X (10.4.11 – 10.6) – for Intel and PPC processors, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License.

More information: Lexikon-Sonate

Avid updates Sibelius to v6.1

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Avid Sibelius 6

Avid has released version 6.1 of Sibelius, the music notation software, which includes an innovative toolset designed to provide aspiring and professional musicians with a more efficient approach to music composition.

Sibelius 6.1 provides compatibility for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and Windows 7, and includes other improvements and fixes. It is available free of charge for registered Sibelius 6 users.

Changes in Sibelius 6.1

  • Sibelius will now avoid collisions between magnetic slurs and objects under their arc — e.g. notes, articulations and accidentals — by adjusting the shape of the slur and moving its end points to produce the best shape.
  • New Play > Repeats dialog, allowing you to specify any sequence of bars for playback, and also to specify that nth-time endings should be played back after a D.C./D.S. jump
  • Live Tempo can now include tap points, so that you can specify where you will tap, allowing the use of advanced conducting techniques such as melded and dead beats.
  • Sibelius is now compatible with HyperControl™, the new two-way communication standard built in to M-Audio’s Axiom Pro range of keyboards. HyperControl automatically maps the keyboard’s controls to playback, Mixer and note input controls in Sibelius, and the Axiom Pro’s LCD display constantly updates to show the current values.
  • Improvements in keyboard navigation between notes in different voices, and in which notes are played when individual notes in chords are selected.
  • New Sibelius 6-style chord symbols can now be left-aligned.
  • New baseline and superscript chord symbol suffix appearances for word-based suffixes (e.g. add, omit, sus, etc.)
  • Further options for the numbering of 2- and 4-bar repeat bars.
  • It is now possible to specify the width of leger lines on half note (minim) and whole note (semibreve) rests.
  • Improvements to the positioning of the left- and right-hand ends of tuplet brackets.
  • The Word Menus page of Preferences now shows the words as they will appear in the actual word menu, rather than plain text versions of them.
  • It is now possible to adjust the Y position of rests once more, using a new Rest Y control on the Notes panel of Properties.
  • New Merge Bars plug-in.
  • Export anti-aliased bitmap graphics via File > Export > Graphics.
  • Export embedded TIFF files in grayscale via File > Export > Graphics.
  • Pick-up bars at the start of a score can now be exported as a short irregular bar rather than a full-length bar padded with rests when exporting a MIDI file.
  • Many improvements to MusicXML import.
  • Many improvements to the ManuScript language.
  • Sibelius is now compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and Windows 7.
  • Sibelius for Windows is now a Large Address Aware application, allowing it to access up to 3GB RAM on 32-bit Windows, and up to 4GB RAM on 64-bit Windows.
  • …plus many other small improvements and fixes.

Sibelius 6 for Windows and Mac is available to purchase for $599 USD (educational pricing is $329 USD per copy with additional discounts when purchasing bundled multi-seat licenses). The version 6.1 update is free for current Sibelius 6 users.

More information: Sibelius

MakeMusic releases Finale 2010a

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MakeMusic Finale

MakeMusic has released Finale 2010a, a maintenance update for the notation software for Windows and Mac.

Finale 2010 – the world’s most powerful music notation software – lets you express your creativity and love of music. Compose, arrange, notate, and print engraver-quality sheet music.

Changes in Finale 2010a

  • New Percussion Functionality including new options in the Percussion MIDI Map Editor that allow you to create custom percussion MIDI maps for ultimate control over the sounds your percussion staves play back.
  • Support for Macintosh OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard)
  • Enhanced integration of Staff Styles and Linked Parts – Apply Staff Styles to only the part or score you are viewing, and easily update staff styles in a score to match its part and vice versa.
  • 271 Classroom Flash Cards designed to print double-sided (with the answers on the back) and to be used in front of the classroom. Topics include keys, note names, rhythm, vocabulary, and musical symbols.
  • 126 Individual Flash Cards designed to print double-sided (with the answers on the back) and used by individual students for self-quizzing. Topics include keys, note names, and musical symbols.
  • 30 Ear Training Worksheets designed to be used with the free, downloadable Finale Reader. Students can print the worksheets, use the Finale Reader to play the examples, and write the answers on the printed worksheets. Topics include intervals, chords, and melodic dictation.
  • See the complete list of what’s new.

Finale 2010a is now available for Mac OS X and Windows. This is a free maintenance update available to Finale 2010 registered users.

More information: Finale