Notation programmes – like Sibelius, Dorico and Finale – are useful tools for composers. But make sure you are writing to the full potential of the musicians you’re writing for, and not the weaknesses of the software. Here are 9 things to watch out for when using notation software.
1. Virtual instruments sound very different to each other
2. Some things sound good slow, not but not good fast
3. Solo vs. groups or sections of instruments
7. Tempo fluctuations
9. Some styles of music sound better on notation software
If you use Sibelius, Dorico or Finale, check out NotePerformer – this plugin radically improves the playback of the software.
Watch part 1 of our series on notation software here.
Part 3 will be released soon.