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  • Song-writing software alternative to Sibellius ?

    Hello,

    I've been using guitar pro 5 for years for writing my songs.

    While the interface is really efficient and intuitive, it has many flaws : a lot of bugs and it deals with any instrument as if it were a guitar, which makes it painfull to write a piano part for example.

    Guitar pro 6 came out but it's a piece of ****************. It removed usefull fonctionnalities from the previous version, added useless ones and has even more bugs.

    I've tried out Sibellius but the interface seemed terrible, unclear and unintuitive to me. For example, why doesn't the playback jump to the section you click in ? Anyway, it seems to be more for professional writers. I have some basics in music theory but that's all.

    Is there any software closer to guitar pro but with more features and less bugs ?
    Gear :

    Gibson LP Standard
    Fender Stratocaster US
    Jackson King V2
    Schecter Blackjack C7

    Marshall Jvm205C
    Hughes and Kettner Switchblade 100w head
    Framus fr212CB

  • #2
    If you want to fool around with something that does notation quite well (like Sibelius or Finale), I'd recommend MuseScore, open and free. It's probably not what you're looking for, exactly, but it is useful and one can't beat the price!

    I've done the bulk of my songwriting the last decade in PG Music's (yeah, the Band-in-a-Box folks) Power Tracks, their daw-plus-midi program. Still quite inexpensive and has a good set of recording features, but I really like it for its composition abilities.

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    • #3
      Musescore is fine for most notation and is free.

      I also use Harmony Assistant. It's $80 but very powerful and has more of the feature you may want. Try the demo.
      Tim O'Brien

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      • #4
        I actually just found out that some fonctionnalities i took for granted seem to be unavailable in sibelius first which i downloaded. My head almost exploded trying to figure out how to change a part's instrument and turns out it's available only in the 500$ version. M'kay ...

        Anyway, i'm gonna get the trial and see if i can get myself used to it for some time.
        Gear :

        Gibson LP Standard
        Fender Stratocaster US
        Jackson King V2
        Schecter Blackjack C7

        Marshall Jvm205C
        Hughes and Kettner Switchblade 100w head
        Framus fr212CB

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