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Music notation software question 

Any recommendations for music notation software? MuseScore is too finicky/unstable at the moment, and Finale's prices are even higher than what I remembered. Sibelius seems okay, but I'm not a fan of the subscription model. Am I missing any other options for Windows?

Music notation software question 

@mplouffe Dorico is a relatively new thing, but according to Tantacrul's video on it, while good in some ways, it's also full of "jank".

Could you go back to an older MuseScore version, perhaps? I haven't kept up with what downloads they offer, just their awful copyright stealing of user-uploaded material.

Music notation software question 

@pettter I'll check it out. I'm not sure if I've still got the file for an older version of MuseScore, but it's definitely hit the point where it's faster to just write everything out by hand.

Music notation software question 

@mplouffe Oh wow, that's a shame. Just crashing all the time, or other crap?

Music notation software question 

@pettter Crashing, UI doing weird stuff, not letting me adjust key/time signatures, inputting things incorrectly.

I just found 2.3 though, so I'll give that a quick try before heading out into the world of stuff I might have to pay a lot for.

Music notation software question 

@mplouffe Huh, that's too bad :( Hope older versions perform better! My impression is that neither stability nor UI have been much prioritized in _any_ notation software, though, so....

I do highly advise you to take a look at Tantacruls video series before throwing _too_ much money at stuff though, in case you haven't already. He's a composer and UI professional who's now head of design at Musescore since a year or so back.

Music notation software question 

@pettter Yeah, as much as I hate videos, I'll check them out.

I think a lack of emphasis on stability and UI describes far too much software...

Music notation software question 

@mplouffe For sure.

Music notation software question 

I use MuseScore, @mplouffe

Music notation software question 

@mark What's your workflow like? I'm basically transcribing/digitizing stuff at the moment.

Music notation software question 

@mplouffe
I've done a lot of typing in on it in the past - each iteration has been better than the last.

(I started out using Encore in the 90s. I switched to Sibelius in the 4th version, but I do prefer MuseScore on the whole. (I agree though it does have some... eccentricities.)

Music notation software question 

@mark That's good to know. I used Sibelius awhile back for a bit, and I think I test drove Finale many versions ago.

Music notation software question 

@mplouffe
Finale used to be thought of more as a publishing app, rather than it being able to give an approximate playback. I haven't tried it for a long time. MuseScore is free and #OpenSource, is good enough in terms of ease of use, and is well-featured, so it hits all my targets.

Music notation software question 

@mark True. Finale's prices also make me gag.

Music notation software question 

@mplouffe I was recommended Tuxguitar by @Eidon but I have not used it myself. As the name suggests it is somewhat guitar-focused but you can used it for any instrument. But it is a tabulature editor, not a score editor.
I use MuseScore 3.2 on Ubuntu and it is quite stable but the UI is indeed finicky. I think I'll stick with it though.

Music notation software question 

@wim_v12e @Eidon Thanks, I think 2.3 or something like that was the version I used on my older computer, but the current 3.5.2 has been less than useful. I just found the old downloads, so I might be able to downgrade now! 😆

Music notation software question 

@wim_v12e @mplouffe
Hello! Yes I've been using Tuxguitar for a few months -- I think it's good for people that write guitar-oriented music. Notes are input via a virtual fretboard. The score editor is limited to two voices per track. Musescore is certainly superior though I have not much experience with it. And I heard about Finale and Sibelius, though indeed they are commercial frameworks that cost a lot...

Music notation software question 

@wim_v12e @mplouffe
I also have been writing music with Lilypond. Looks cumbersome at first -- it's not WYSIWYG, and you have to write before you hear. But I like it -- it's very powerful, like LaTeX.

Music notation software question 

@Eidon @wim_v12e I'll check that out. I've always written stuff away from the instrument, so that may suit me. Thanks!

Music notation software question 

@Eidon @wim_v12e I'm definitely adding this to the list for sometime in the future when I get a chance to pick up the guitar again.

Music notation software question 

@mplouffe

lilypond an option
may be too complex
but price is right

good luck

Music notation software question 

@mplouffe there's always Lilypond if you want the LaTeX experience

Music notation software question 

@mplouffe it's kind of hard to use if I remember right, but LilyPond I thought at least looked nice. It might be easier now. Or worse...
lilypond.org/windows.html

Music notation software question 

@mplouffe i used noteworthy composer back in like...the early 00s....but it seems to still be around and is still dirt cheap.

i've also messed around with lilypond, but i'm the sort of person who enjoys tedious typesetting, which isn't for everyone.

Music notation software question 

@hvincent Noteworthy looks quite interesting. Think I'll try Lilypond for a bit first, to see exactly how its approach works for me. Thanks for the suggestions!

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