I just listened to a few excerpts of music, rendered using Sibelius and using GPO. And I am perplexed.
I REALLY don't want this to come out as a bashing thread, I'm simply curious as to whether there is some fundamental difference in how Sibelius treats MIDI information that it sends to GPO, compared to Finale.
The music I was listening to sounded, to tell you the truth, like my sound card's synths - in other words, terrible. I would never have recognized any of GPO's sounds if it hadn't been mentionned.
I'm wondering why this is.
I didn't go into the act of listening with any particular bias for or against Sibelius, as a matter of fact, I didn't even realize the music had been rendered in Sibelius until AFTER I had finished listening to it. Come to think of it, I didn't realize it was GPO until I was reading about the rendering afterwards.
I am wondering whether this was an inherant flaw in how Sibelius handles MIDI data, or possibly simply a lack of experience on the part of the person creating those particular renderings.
I guess what I'd really like is to hear the exact same musical excerpt rendered with a number of notation programmes, or even with notation and/or sequencer, to see just how they differ.
Would others be willing to take on this little task? If we could find an interesting single page of orchestral music, and all create a rendering of it, it might be interesting to see if experience has any hand in making a notation programme sound better. As you know, I am a devout Finale user, so I'm more than willing to take on the task from that end.