In the past, my music was made with playing keyboards and recording and editing into my 16 Track studio. I hate sequencer, especially Logic and all MIDI control was programmed by myself with MAX/MSP.
Now, with GPO, I need to score first, than play and record. My setup is a MAC G4/Dual 450 for Scoring, MIDI and Programming, a new PC only for GPO and the Gigastudio/GigaPiano and a Roland VS1640 Recorder.
After big struggle, I am getting used to Overture 3.6 SE and start loving it. I have the feeling, that I have enough granular control about playback so far.
Overture 4: Need it on the MAC, I tried the PC-Demo, but I haven't yet a feeling for the kind of extra control that it is supposed to be there.
But, I tried the Sibelius Demo and was blown away by the ease of use and especially the graphical layout. I am doing "serial" music, my role models being Ligeti, Boulez, Nono, so every now and then, strange graphics will be inserted (or drawn into the printed sheets) . A lot of remarks in forums where about significant lack of MIDI control in Sibelius.
I have no experience with Finale, an earlier demo didn't made me comfortable with it. But I heard a lot of the new Finale 2006.
What to do, given classical and New Music, one GPO-PC and three different synth to control for recording into an external studio:
Stay with Overture (upgrade to 4.0), take the big plunge into Sibelius but loosing MIDI-Control or trying Finale?
What is the experience?