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    Software Recommendation

    I need a decent (but not expensive) Windows sequencer. It should work with eMu's Xboard (for usb keyboard control), eMu's Proteus X2, and Garritan's Personal Orchestra. I need to be able to edit from music notation, not just piano roll or other forms of editing.

    I know that I could use the big programs listed above (Finale, Sibelius, Cakewalk, or Cubase), but I'm cheap. Is there anything else out there that I could use?

    Fred

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    Re: Software Recommendation

    Wouldn't Sonar Home Studio be just as cheap as you? It's a good starter sequencer; I used it until I upgraded to Sonar SE. It has the advantage, that if you later need/want to acquire something more powerful, the step up to Sonar SE/PE is an easy one, because Sonar HS is really just a scaled down version of Sonar SE.

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    Re: Software Recommendation

    There are free sequencers available but you'll probably have to pay good money to find one that has score editing.
    Derek
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    Re: Software Recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by Nickie Fønshauge View Post
    Wouldn't Sonar Home Studio be just as cheap as you? It's a good starter sequencer; I used it until I upgraded to Sonar SE. It has the advantage, that if you later need/want to acquire something more powerful, the step up to Sonar SE/PE is an easy one, because Sonar HS is really just a scaled down version of Sonar SE.
    How good is it's sequence editing using notation? I don't mean how good it prints, but if I can use notation to edit the sequence. (I'm relatively old school and traditional notation is pretty ingrained.)

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    Re: Software Recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by buckshead View Post
    There are free sequencers available but you'll probably have to pay good money to find one that has score editing.
    I don't mind paying some money; I just don't want to pay more for the sequencer than the other software/hardware.

    The SONUS Home Studio is around $100, well within my (cheap) means. If it works out, it would make me happy.

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    Re: Software Recommendation

    Sonar's notation editor is (like all other sequencers, I believe), compared to dedicated notation programs like Finale and Sibelius, rather primitive. You could try the Sonar 7 demo - I don't think there is much difference, if any, between the Score Editor in Sonar HS and Sonar SE/PE.

    If you primarily prefer to work with notation rather than a piano roll you should opt for a dedicated notation program. But, don't go for MakeMusic's PrintMusic. It is probably too cheap for you and won't work with GPO - the demo can tell if it does. Allegro might (although you can't use GPO as a VST plugin - only via virtual MIDI cable to KP2 standalone) and Finale and Sibelius certainly do work with GPO.

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