Posted on Oct 10, 2007 12:53 pm
Member Since: Oct 10, 2007
So basically I'm making this topic to ask other composers for their experiences with this programs. Part of the reason is that I'm going to be getting a laptop soon. I have done plenty of research and in the end I have found that while you can get tons of varying stances on the mac vs PC battle, in the end it comes down to personal preference, and any strong pull to one side or the other is based on being biased (like going to best buy and being told "You should probably just get a mac. They're just better computers, you'll see when you buy one."
Anyways, this still leaves one issue, because logic pro is made by apple and only offered for macs (I hate apple with a passion basically). If I get a PC, I only have access to pro tools (unless I successfully run an OS emulator on a PC, which is unpredictable and a bad idea to rely on from what I understand). If I get a mac, I have access to both programs. From what I have been able to find out, logic is by far superior for audio editing, but as far as work with MIDI goes, logic has tons of options and logic basically has nothing. Anyone want to confirm or deny this? It's basically the only thing causing me to get a mac and I dont want to regret my decision if I can do the same with a PC.
The other issue is Finale and Sibelius and any other music scoring program. From my experience with Finale and using it the past 2 years.... it sucks. It is the most ridiculously counter-intuitively designed program I have ever come across. Doing the most simple things can become frustrating and more or less impossible with finale, and it blows my mind as to how it is possible to be so well known and be such an incompetent and buggy program. As with everything else Apple comes up with, I find it to be unnecessarily showy with no purpose whatsoever for the pretty interface. Honestly, I dont care what it looks like, I just want to be able to use it. Sibelius, from my experience with it for 2 days, allows the same things as finale, but actually makes sense and tends to not screw me over and I can use the program without asking a question to someone very familiar with the program every time I want to get something simple accomplished. What are your experiences with these programs?
Another issue I wanted to ask about is inputting music into these programs. Finale has the monumentally inefficient way of pointing and clicking (I can write out scores more quickly, why would I bother with a computer program that is slower?), and then there is rapid entry, which takes some getting used to, but ends up being much faster. I havent used Sibelius enough to know, but is there a program that lets me customize my own method? IE if I hold down a certain key while inputting a note, it sharps it, if I press another key it switches the note value to half note, etc etc. Finale as far as I know has no such feature (*shock*)
Just wanted to get opinions of other users. Thanks :)
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