--I emerge briefly from the dark recesses of my home studio, blinking under the glare of unfamiliar light--
And the reason I've temporarily emerged is to say:
After working with Sibelius for a couple of weeks now, having some struggles with it like any Newbie, I have nothing but TOTAL admiration for those of you here who use notation programs like Sibelius on a regular basis.
And what I'm especially admiring of is how so many of you can produce such fantastic sounding recordings from notation programs.
My jaw drops - my head spins - Now that I'm laboriously working away to make decent looking print outs, I'm only using the playback as an aural reference to get an idea of how my arrangements are coming along - I wouldn't DREam of attempting to make a presentable recording from what I'm doing. I know it's possible, but omigosh, the endless tweaking and massaging that you guys go through to get the results you get--HATS OFF TO YOU!
I shall continue as I've been doing, relying on Sonar for recordings, because I can work efficiently and organically with music in a sequencer, while Sibelius does a stellar job of making pro looking manuscripts. For me, I'll keep using the two different programs for their main purposes-not trying to squeeze recordings out of Sib, and not trying to squeeze printed scores out of Sonar.
Really - You guys have always blown me away with your music, but now I am REally over-the-top more blown away than ever, now that I see first hand the kind of things you have to do to achieve the great results we can hear on a daily basis over in The Listening Room.
BIG HUGE Applause for notation users world wide!