MakeMusic Finale 2004
MakeMusic Finale 2004

Finale 2004, Score writing software from MakeMusic.

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Tamino 12/29/2004

MakeMusic Finale 2004 : Tamino's user review


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Installation without problems, except the French patch to download, but otherwise things are going well.
The config is clear, the manual (tutorial) is well done.


My computer: Athlon 2400, 512 ram, rme card with Converto alesis to a mixing desk. Win XP
No crash.


Cubase since 93, I have behind me hundreds of scores from various symphonic choir through all the formulas orchestral possible.
My editor is in Finale, I got started in July 2004 because he had to redo the work already done in cubase, which was heartbreaking.
In general, I am quite disappointed. Of course it is a dedicated software to burn pro, so it is not the same destination as Cubase with a score (in VST because unfortunately the SX versions are useless for this part) is made to produce partoches quick, clean ...
That said, I find the ergonomics of Finale very heavy and unfortunately the Mac and PC versions are barely traded, thus the files I provided to my editor asked him more problems than if I had provided a midi file and score a "paper".
The musical input is dramatically slower than including the famous Cubase sequencer is amazing.
Even the entry of annotations (colors, links ...) is much faster.
As for the general layout (made available), I think it's a horror to get an early result.
In short, the possibilities are huge but in terms of ergonomics, it is very average.
Result, I quit because I need about 5 times longer for the same result.
I will try to turn the side of Sibelius seems to be much more efficient.