At 12:41 PM 1/2/98 +0000, Peter wrote:
>> Oh heavens no. For music work the following are necessities:
>> - Record to score
>> - Playback from score
>> - Visual editing
>I couldn't agree more, which is why I also use Finale (and Score,
>until they died). But the question was specifically about _setting_,
>not recording and playback.
But it's not possible to get the MS into a usable form without the above.
(As an aside, the last time that I looked, the TeX-based Music setting
software was not only a pain from an MMI perspective, its output was
lacking as well... that may have changed since then, but I don't know, and
I'm inclined to suspect not).
>If I'm printing from a transcription or a composer's original MS,
>I may not have any way to record it to score in any case.
Then you wouldn't be competitive for typesetting the music. It is by far
faster and more efficient to digitize music by playing it at a MIDI-enabled
keyboard then attempting even the best score-editing software's direct
manipulation on screen for initial input. Even if one is using step-input
(recording only note values, not rhythms), there is an increase in
productivity. Use the right tool for the right job. A piano keyboard is
superior to a QWERTY keyboard for music input.
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