I honestly don't know where to post this, so I guess the General Discussion forum will suite. Hopefully.
I've been sequencing music for a LONG time. Since the mid 1980's. Anyone remember Yamaha's QX-3???
Anyway. . .
I've also used notation programs. But I've never used them to produce music that would be heard for personal or business-like situations. I only used notation programs for -- well -- notation: simple choral scores, simple band charts, etc. By in large, I am more familiar with sequencing programs and all that they have to offer to produce well crafted (hopefully) music.
It seems like more and more composers here use notation programs as a means to produce their work. Gosh golly, they sound FANTASTIC!! I share my most simple (and probably very well-known and redundant) observation with sincerity and humility.
I know that a LOT of work goes into inputting all of the dymanic markings and tempo change markings to make the music sound "human". Also, newer versions of these notation programs (like Finale 2006, for example) seem to have "humanize" sub-programs to make the music sound even more "real". I own Finale 2006 (been using the Finale program since 1998) and took a look, recently, at the "Humanize" feature (a feature that I've never used before) and it's like another language to me!! But after listening to several pieces here during the past few weeks, and knowing that they were rendered by a notation program, I'm left with wanting to learn more about producing music in this manner. I'm left with wanting to get into the "nuts and bolts" of my happy Finale 2006 program!! Especially using the GPO library featured with it!!
O. K. . . .
During the past couple of years, on several projects, I've been purposefully writing music the old fashioned way: "Pencil to Manuscript Paper". For good or for bad, I hold a long history of sequencing projects "off the top of my head". I'm working to get away from this method of sequencing with the hopes of further developing my compositional skills. So despite the time and energy involved with actually writing down music, this method of composing is becoming more rewarding for me. From a time managment point of view, if I sequence the finished hand-written project, that STILL leaves me the chore of notating it using a notation program like I do to produce a legible score and parts. Therefore, it seems like a time-saving measure to skip the sequencing and go right to the notation software. Yet another reason to get into the "nuts and bolts" of my happy Finale 2006 program!
But many of you input each note for each instrument One At A Time using your mouse and clicker!!
The results and rewards for such patient (sp?) work speaks for itself, as evidenced from many, many wonderfully rendered compositions using this method.
But I also hold a long history of inputing "information" using some kind of controller keyboard. I want to be able to use my happy little 88 key controller keyboard with my happy little Finale 2006 program in preparing a composition for finale render.
This method is unstable for me. I can't use the GPO feature at all. Despite a number of attempts to optimize my computer and audio/midi hardware settings, I still get a HUGE delay from the moment I press on a key to the time I actually hear the sound. At this point, I am not necessarily asking for advice on how to make everything work with my notation program. But I do want to share that I hold a strong desire to use the notation program. There are just some significant technical hurdles that I must jump to make the computer-notation set-up stable.
Despite these hurdles that I must over come, it seems like the prospect of creating listenable music using a notation program is a hopeful one. To those of you who extensively use a notation program to create your music, you have my humble respect and admiration. As I mentioned before in other postings on this and other bulletin boards, there is some great music found here!!! The fact that much of the music was created using notation programs leaves me with some interesting choices on how I create my music.
Isn't technology grand?!?!?
Apologies for the long post.
Happy composing, folks. . . no matter HOW you do it!