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Recordare releases Dolet 5 for Finale

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Recordare Dolet 5 for Finale

Recordare has released version 5 of Dolet for Finale, a plug-in for the Finale music notation program.

Recordare’s Dolet plug-ins serve as “universal translators” between music notation applications. The Dolet 5 for Finale plug-in reads and writes MusicXML 2.0 and Open Score Format 1.0 files for high-fidelity translations between music notation programs.

Dolet 5 for Finale adds support for Finale 2010, including Finale 2010′s new percussion and chord features. It moves beyond the MusicXML support provided with Finale 2010 by including support for the Broadway Copyist font family. Dolet 5 for Finale also improves import from Sibelius 6 files, adding support for importing new features such as feathered beaming, jazz articulations, and German chord symbols.

More than 30 new-and-improved features have been added in version 5 compared to the previous version 4.8. Advanced MusicXML 2.0 features such as part-name accidentals and per-part measure numbering are now supported. Other improvements include better import of cutaway staves and nested tuplets.

Changes in Dolet 5 for Finale

  • Finale 2010 support added
    • Finale 2010 percussion maps.
    • Finale 2010 chord symbols.
    • Export of Finale 2010 auto-sequenced rehearsal marks.
    • PNG, JPEG, GIF, and BMP graphics formats.
    • Broadway Copyist font family.
  • Improved import of MusicXML files exported from Sibelius with the Dolet 5 for Sibelius plug-in
    • Improved import of optimized systems that use default staff spacing.
    • Import of text in glissando lines.
    • Improved import of jazz articulations.
    • Improved import of arpeggios.
    • Import of feathered beams.
    • Import of German and Scandinavian chord styles.
    • Credits on blank pages, with an approximate location based on the center of the page.
    • Import and export of more notehead styles, including arrow up, arrow down, slashed, back slashed, and shape notes.
  • Improved support for MusicXML 2.0 and Open Score Format
    • Per-system, per-measure, or no measure numbers displaying per part, using MusicXML 2.0′s measure-numbering element.
    • Accidentals in part and group names and abbreviations, using MusicXML 2.0′s name-display elements.
    • Open Score Format support is updated to Version 1.0. For more information on Open Score Format, see
  • Other new features
    • Specifying both a named and generic (engraved vs. handwritten) default music font.
    • Improved export and import of trills and glissandos.
    • Improved import of:
      • Stems in percussion staves.
      • Transposed instruments without key signatures.
      • Cutaway staves.
      • A4 and other metric page sizes.
      • Nested tuplets.
      • Unknown fonts as text fonts for lyrics and words.
      • Percussion clefs in documents using the Jazz font.
      • Major seventh and half diminished chords in documents using the JazzCord font.
    • Improved export of:
      • Non-printing key signatures.
      • Endings over empty measures.
      • Total pages text insert.
      • Number of instruments per part.
    • Support for the Kousaku Percussion font.
    • Non-TIFF graphics now import into Finale 2009 as well as Finale 2010.
    • On Mac, the export dialog changes the file suffix on .mus files when the MusicXML format changes.

Dolet 5 for Finale supports Finale 2000 and later on Windows, Finale 2007, and later on Intel Macs, and Finale 2004 and later on Power PC Macs. It is available for purchase for $199.95 USD. Upgrades from Dolet 4 for Finale are available for $129.95 USD.

More information: Recordare / Dolet 5 for Finale

Notion Music releases Notion3

Notion Music Notion3

Notion Music has released Notion3, a music notation software for PC and Mac.

NOTION3 is not just another music notation software program. It is based on a simple premise…you want your music to sound good.

NOTION3 is the first product that truly bridges the gap between notation and an audio application. So now, not only can you compose and hear your notated score played back instantly with real instrument samples, you can actually perform live or produce music that sounds simply amazing.

New in Notion3

  • User Interface — Easy to look at. Easy to Use. No special training needed to use NOTION. It’s sleek screen design and intuitive workflow let you focus on your music.
  • Studio Compatibility — NOTION3 is the only notation product with full ReWire integration that supports both host and slave options. Built to be compatible with digital audio workstations, NOTION3 works effortlessly with third-party VSTi libraries and VST effects, has full MIDI functionality, and can save as or import audio files.
  • Pro Audio Mixer — A perfect blend of form and function, NOTION3’s Pro Audio mixer comes complete with buses, inserts, sends, and multiple direct channel outs. NOTION3 comes bundled with two VST’s from IK Multimedia; IK’s Classic Studio Reverb (CSR) and Amplitube X-Gear.
  • Over 10 GB of Sounds — Exclusively featuring the London Symphony Orchestra as well as popular instruments such as guitar, bass, and drums recorded by legendary artists at top studios around the world.
  • Sequencerstaff — Truly the best of both worlds. When you Input your music with a MIDI device, NOTION3 retains all the MIDI data including modulations, bends and dynamics like a sequencer; but shows the display on a traditional notation staff. You can keep the Sequencer Staff view or convert to notation instantly.
  • Live Performance — The only notation product with advanced real-time tempo control that includes vamps, repeats, score navigation and other features allowing it to be used like a musical instrument with accompaniment, rehearsal, or professional live performances.

Notion3 is available for purchase for $249 USD.

More information: Notion Music / Notion3

MakeMusic releases Finale Songwriter 2010 and Finale PrintMusic 2010

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MakeMusic has announced the release of Finale Songwriter 2010 and Finale PrintMusic 2010, two music notation software packages.

Both music notation software packages include new features and provide compatibility with current operating systems and files created with Finale 2010, MakeMusic’s flagship software package.

MakeMusic Finale SongWriter 2010

With a list price of $49.95, SongWriter lets songwriters, teachers, band and choir directors, church musicians, students, and other musicians create publisher-quality sheet music with instrumentations of up to 8 staves. SongWriter includes tools that inspire creativity including Drum Groove and Band-in-a-Box Auto-Harmonizing. With SongWriter they can hear their music played back using hundreds of built-in sounds, share their music with others using the free downloadable Finale Reader™ and create .MP3 files for use on iPods and beyond. A powerful mixer, flexible chord input, easy percussion notation, and more control over the printed page are just a few of the features added in this version.

MakeMusic Finale PrintMusic 2010

PrintMusic has a list price of $99.95 and remains the world’s best-selling music notation software. It includes all the features of SongWriter, and much more, including music scanning, MicNotator®, the ability to import/export graphics, and a new handwritten font. PrintMusic users can arrange pieces of up to 24 staves and extract individual parts from the score. Features new to this version include automated rehearsal marks, flexible chord input, easy percussion notation and support for VST/AU instrument and effects plug-ins (sold separately), unleashing sonic possibilities unheard of in a notation product at this price point.

More information: MakeMusic

MakeMusic announces Finale 2010

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MakeMusic Finale 2010

MakeMusic has announced Finale 2010, a powerful music notation software which lets you compose, arrange, notate, and print engraver-quality sheet music.

From Percussion Notation and Chord Entry to Rehearsal Marks and Measure Numbering, vast areas of Finale have been automated and simplified to save you time. Plus hundreds of music education worksheets, scanning improvements, and more.

New in Finale 2010

  • Percussion Notation — We’ve simplified the process of getting notes on percussion staves to look – and playback – exactly the way you want them to.
  • Chords — Change or delete notes without changing your chords. Attach chords to measures – whether or not they contain notes or rests – and have the chords appear and playback correctly.
  • Garritan sounds — Finale now includes more than 350 world-class instrument sounds from the makers of Garritan Personal Orchestra. Free new sounds include organ, a variety of electric guitars, five octaves of handbells, and a brush drum kit.
  • Automatic Rehearsal Marks — Use a keystroke to enter rehearsal marks and Finale automatically sequences them correctly and dynamically updates them when you delete, insert, or move any rehearsal mark or measure.
  • Music Education Worksheets — Finale now includes hundreds of ready-made, customizable, music education worksheets designed for K-12 students.
  • Graphics Support — Export as .JPEG, and .PNG and import as .JPEG, .PNG, .BMP, and .GIF in addition to previously supported formats of .TIFF, .EPS.
  • Broadway Copyist — Inspired by the golden era of handwritten Broadway scores, the Broadway Copyist hand-written font offers a lighter, classic appearance.
  • VST/AU Support & Updated Aria Player — Finale now supports all third-party VST/AU Instruments and Effects, providing users with unlimited sonic possibilities. Updated for Finale 2010, the Garritan Aria Player simplifies the process of changing MIDI channel assignments.
  • Measure Numbers — Control measure number alignment, positioning, and fonts separately in your score and linked parts.
  • Scanning Improvements and More — New Smartscore Lite scanning interface enables you to specify the instrumentation so that your staves will automatically be properly transposed and configured for playback. Also new are transparent selection handles, exporting lyrics to a word-processing document, and improved help documentation.

Finale 2010 is available for pre-order for $600 USD for new customers and upgrades start at $99.95 USD (limited time pre-order pricing).

Visit MakeMusic for more information.

PG Music releases Band-in-a-Box 2009 for Macintosh

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Band-in-a-Box 2009

PG Music has releases a Mac version of Band-in-a-Box 2009, a powerful and creative music composition tool for exploring and developing musical ideas with near-instantaneous feedback.

That’s right- Band-in-a-Box 2009 has just been released with major new features like RealDrums, RealTracks and the Audio Chord Wizard! Designed for MacIntel computers, this version runs directly on the Intel chip, increasing the speed of operations!

Band-in-a-Box 2009 for Macintosh features

  • RealTracks – “real” instruments, including guitars, piano, bass, saxes, trumpet, trombone, pedal steel, fiddle, banjo, mandolin and many more. These tracks replace the MIDI track for that instrument, and can be controlled just like the MIDI instrument (volume changes, muting etc.).
  • RealDrums – replace the MIDI Drum track with real recordings of top studio Jazz/Rock/Country drummers. These are not “samples,” but are full recordings, lasting from 1 to 8 bars at a time, playing along in perfect sync with the other Band-in-a-Box tracks.
  • No MIDI – you can use the RealTracks just like any other Band-in-a-Box styles. Previous Band-in-a-Box styles were all MIDI instruments. Now the styles can have both MIDI and RealTracks instruments, or they can be RealStyles – which are styles that are all RealTracks, with no MIDI instruments.
  • RealCharts – many RealTracks can also display notation showing the notes that are being played. This is a great educational feature, allowing you to see the performance on the on-screen piano, guitar, or notation. Some Guitar RealTracks also show tab, and accurate on-screen fretboard guitar display to show what is being played on guitar. The RealCharts can be saved to MIDI file or Songs (MGU).
  • Audio Chord Wizard – automatically figures out the chords from MP4A files (or other audio files like AIFF, M4A, and audio CD etc.). You can use the Audio Chord Wizard standalone, or with Band-in-a-Box (since you can import the chords from Audio Chord Wizard into Band-in-a-Box).
  • “Direct-to-Disk” Audio Rendering, converting a song to audio format, usually to an AIFF, M4A or other audio file. Now you can render directly to disk.
  • The Reharmonist, generate chords for a melody, or an improved chord progression for a melody with the new Reharmonist feature. This feature generates a chord progression in the genre that you choose, based only on the melody.
  • Lots more.

Band-in-a-Box 2009 for Macintosh is available for purchase starting at $129 USD.

Visit PG Music for more information.

Avid releases Sibelius 6

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Avid Sibelius 6

Avid has released Sibelius 6, the music notation software, which includes an innovative toolset designed to provide aspiring and professional musicians with a more efficient approach to music composition.

Designed by musicians, Sibelius 6 offers a number of new features including a unique Magnetic Layout tool that cuts score preparation time in half. Students, educators, academic institutions and composers can also take advantage of Sibelius 6 workflow improvements that facilitate greater collaboration, classroom management, and creative control, through the ability to track progress during review cycles and deliver smooth integration with Digidesign® Pro Tools® systems and other Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs).

New in Sibelius 6

  • Magnetic Layout – dramatically cuts the writing time in half between the moment of inspiration and the final printed score – delivering the added assurance that all individual objects are positioned conventionally on the score where musicians expect to find them.  The software automatically spaces and lays out scores to look professional and clear from the very first note.  Previously, aligning individual score objects required time-consuming manual adjustments which now occur transparently to the user.
  • Versions– enables educators to efficiently track student progress, spot plagiarism and promote collaboration. Students can record progress and submit creative commentary with their final coursework.  Professionals now have a robust, effective way to track changes or collaborations with copyists, orchestrators and publishers by saving, manipulating and comparing revisions of a work piece within a single file.
  • Keyboard and Fretboard Windows – provide a visual approach to the music education process, allowing aspiring musicians and composers to follow lighted key and finger positions as a score plays back – reinforcing the relationship between staff and tab notation with real instruments.  These windows also create a new way for customers to input music directly from an on-screen piano keyboard or guitar fretboard, as opposed to using conventional methods such as clicking on the staff of the note or typing the note names on the computer keyboards via a separate MIDI keyboard.
  • Classroom Control – offers a simple and single window for common classroom management tasks.  This enables educators to keep students on subject by creating a streamlined approach for sharing files across the network during review cycles and facilitating daily classroom instruction.  Messages sent by the educator appear on the student’s workstation screen.  Now, educators can easily attract attention despite any challenges in the teaching environment, such as students wearing headphones.
  • ReWire Support – simplifies the once challenging process of incorporating audio tracks into notation-focused projects, making it an ideal tool to facilitate a film’s orchestral session.  By synchronizing Sibelius software with Pro Tools software (or other DAWs running on the same computer,) customers can start real-time playback in Sibelius and the DAW will follow, or vice versa.  Further, composers or orchestrators can easily add a vocal to a song created with Sibelius or augment an existing recording for enhanced creative options.

Sibelius 6 for Windows and Mac is now available for $599 USD (educational pricing is $329 USD per copy with additional discounts when purchasing bundled multi-seat licenses). Current Sibelius customers can upgrade for $169 USD ($129 USD for current customers who are educators and students).

Visit the Sibelius website for more information.

MakeMusic releases Finale 2009a

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MakeMusic Finale 2009

MakeMusic has released Finale 2009a, a maintenance update for the notation software.

Changes in Finale 2009a

  • Many more time-saving enhancements to the entry of expressions, including Staff Assignment Lists, an expanded category designer, layer assignment improvements, more Score Lists (formerly “Staff Lists”) and additional powerful timesaving keystrokes.
  • Ambience Reverb is now included for Intel-based Macs, offering advanced control over great-sounding reverb. Macintosh playback problems, where users of specific audio interfaces only heard the left channel, have been resolved.
  • SmartScore Lite Scanning Improvements – Support for triplet recognition and improved results when scanning polyphonic music.
  • Improved Cross-Platform Font Handling. If you share Finale files between Mac and Windows computers, you’ve probably been puzzled by “MacSymbolFonts.txt” messages. Never again. Now Finale makes intelligent decisions for you AND offers better control if you need it.
  • Improved placement of articulations. Fermatas and other articulations entered on a rest will automatically center correctly.
  • Clearing Staff Styles is Now Easier. With the Staff Tool selected, press the Clear or Backspace key to clear any existing Staff Style in the selected region, and press the same key twice to clear the music.
  • Graphic Export Settings are now preserved between Finale sessions.
  • The appearance of Finale’s interface in Windows Vista has been updated.
  • Dozens of other improvements, including the playback of slurs, Human Playback, Cautionary Accidentals, EPS and PostScript output, and much more.

Finale 2009a is a free update for registered users of Finale 2009 for Windows and Mac OSX.

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Noteflight online music notation launched

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Noteflight has launced a new online service that lets written music take full advantage of the web.

The Noteflight Score Editor is a full-featured application that displays, edits, prints and plays back music notation in any standard web browser. You can create your own scores, choose to share them with others, or publish them to Noteflight’s browsable, searchable online library of music. And it doesn’t cost a thing: Noteflight Beta is free.

Noteflight features

  • Runs in your browser: no installation.
  • Powerful, full-featured and easy to learn.
  • Share music effortlessly with anyone, anywhere.

Noteflight doesn’t just improve on other music notation editors: it makes it easy to share, blog and publish notated music like never before.

Visit Noteflight for more information and a link to sign up for a free account.