As mentioned in many past posts here, I use sequencing software when composing. I've been sequencing for over 2 decades now. Because of this, I'm quite comfortable with using sequencing software. I have a few different kinds of sequencing software, actually, including Apples Logic Pro (as well as the older version of EMagic's Logic), Cakewalk's Sonar (and older versions software), and Steinberg's Cubase.
However, I've also owned the Finale notation program for many years as well; owned various version of Finale since 1998. The only times I use Finale are for simple church music & choral arrangements, and for new Too Live Nurse vocal arrangements. I've never used Finale for any kind of large orchestral composition/arrangement, though.
Well, I would like to begin creating clearer notated music of my modest orchestral compositions. I hope to, someday, submit these orchestral compositions to various targeted orchestras (college orchestras, regional orchestras, etc.). (It's my middle age crisis at work, here. I actually hope to hear one of my orchestral compositions performed by a real orchestra sometime before I die. LOL! )
So. . . I started using Finale 2009 (the latest version of Finale that I own) for a new piece that I am writing.
It ain't easy! I get triplet notated eight notes when all I want are "straight-eight" notes; I get untied notes into the next measure when I actually want tied note into the next measure; I get enharmonic spellings which I do NOT desire (for one passage, I'd rather have a C-flat rather than a B-natural, etc). Now, to be clear, I KNOW how to format Finale to get the correctly named flat & sharp notes; I know how to set up Finale to have less triplet notated eight notes: I know how to configure Finale so that there would be tied noted across bar measures. I also know how to correct the notes that are not notated correctly (for whatever reason).
But I still get undesired rhythms and undesired enharmonically spelled notes. And, to correct them all is very, very labor intensive. UGH!!
I have a pretty strong computer system. I have a MacPro with 8 GB's RAM, still using the Leopard operating system, have 4 internal drives, and have a very reliable sound card (Motu's 2408 MK3). The processing power seems to all be there, therefore the latency should to be quite low (which should help keep notation mistakes down to a minimum). My input keyboard is M-Audio's Keystation Pro 88. It's always proven to be reliable for my sequencing projects with my current computer set up, therefore it should be reliable when working with Finale.
With regards to my playing, because I've been sequencing for a long time (sequencing to a computerized click track) my playing is quite metronome-like. It's very steady and very accurate to the click, click, click!
So. . . here are my questions (finally):
1) How can I get Finale to notate the rhythms correctly?
2) What suggestions might you have to more frequently get correctly spelled notes (rather than the undesired enharmonic spelled notes)?
3) Is it normal to have to tweak the rhythm and enharmonic spellings so often?
4) What is YOUR methodology in using your notation program for your orchestral compositions?
5) Would it be easier to just "cut and paste" the midi events from my sequencing program to Finale?
I suppose I could use the notation feature associated with the Logic program. However, it doesn't look as nice as Finale and it doesn't seem to be any easier.
Thank you in advance. . .