I’m looking for opinions about music composition software…
I currently use Musescore which I’ve become rather accustomed to, but I can’t help wonder if another program would make note entry any less tedious. I’m particularly looking at Finale PrintMusic or Sibelius First. I hear such conflicting reviews about each, so I’m having a hard time deciding which one might be better, but in my searching for reviews, I’m beginning to wonder if Musescore does everything I already need. I am writing just simple arrangements for harp–just solos or maybe a flute/harp duet occasionally. So I don’t need anything too fancy. I’m mostly trying to figure out if Finale or Sibelius would make note entry any faster somehow. Does anyone have experience with Musescore and these other programs to compare them for me?
I’m very interested in the scanning abilities of Finale and Sibelius to scan in printed music to then be able to edit it, but again, the reviews I read about those scanning abilities sound like it doesn’t work very well and a lot of time is needed to clean up the music after it’s scanned in. If I’m used to using Musescore, would Finale PrintMusic or Sibelius First really offer anything dramatically better? Would either of them be worth buying so I can have the scanning capabilities? Or are there other less expensive programs that can give me just the scanning abilities so I can import that music into Musescore to edit?
I appreciate any insights you might have!