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Muse Score Any Good?

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Hi!, I'm new to this site so I apologize if this is the wrong place to post

I had been looking for a free version of Sibelius or just a music notation program. After scouring the internet I found a program called Muse score http://musescore.org/.

It looks like a legit and cool program, but before I go downloading it I wanted to make see if any of you folks had used it before or had used a similiar program

Thanks!

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Its junk.

No really, you get what you pay for.

Pony up and buy Sibelius if you're serious about composition. It will be the best decision you make.

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With 3,000,000 people having downloaded MuseScore, I imagine there must be quite a few of us doing interesting things with it. From newcomers to music software writing their first compositions, to hobbyists looking for a better, easier, and/or cheaper way to notate their music, to professional musicians, educators, and composers creating works for performance and even publication - I expect MuseScore is being used for all these things and more.

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With 3,000,000 people having downloaded MuseScore, I imagine there must be quite a few of us doing interesting things with it. From newcomers to music software writing their first compositions, to hobbyists looking for a better, easier, and/or cheaper way to notate their music, to professional musicians, educators, and composers creating works for performance and even publication - I expect MuseScore is being used for all these things and more.

'Sup MuseScore.

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I use Presonus's Notion 5 for my first choice score writing program,it's superb and much cheaper than Sibelius,plus it's very easy to use and you can use vsti's easily within it,I write my electronic music also with it.

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This is a really old post, and Musescore has had quite a few upgrades since 2012.  It can turn out a nice score these days.  Sound files it comes with are still kind of cruddy, but you can always buy good quality sound libraries to use with it.  

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Why would you pay for quality sound libraries for a free entry level notation program? Musescore is a toy. Sibelius and Finale are professional level tools. I wouldn't recommend paying for Sibelius if you aren't interested in professional level functionality, and I wouldn't recommend musescore if you are.

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It depends on what "professional level functionality" you need.  When's the last time you looked at it U238?  It makes a perfectly serviceable score these days.  

 

If you care about the sound file, because the sound file is the product, for a video game soundtrack that's never going to be played live, for instance, I agree, it makes sense to get Finale or Sibelius.  

 

But if you want a good looking score for live performances and the sound file is just for demo purposes, MuseScore has all the tools you need.  I haven't bothered to learn all the formatting sub-menu options, but I still manage to make scores professional enough that my work gets played occasionally by people that I don't know.  No one has ever mentioned that the score put them off.  Shrug.  For live performance, the score just needs to be good enough that it doesn't distract and inhibit accurate sight reading.  (And there are plenty of old scores from actual publishing houses that DO distract from accurate reading that people still use anyway.  With tiny fonts to save paper that make them unreadable, awkward page turns, misprints, etc...  The bar isn't that high.)  

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It depends on what "professional level functionality" you need.  When's the last time you looked at it U238?  It makes a perfectly serviceable score these days.  

 

If you care about the sound file, because the sound file is the product, for a video game soundtrack that's never going to be played live, for instance, I agree, it makes sense to get Finale or Sibelius.  

 

But if you want a good looking score for live performances and the sound file is just for demo purposes, MuseScore has all the tools you need.  I haven't bothered to learn all the formatting sub-menu options, but I still manage to make scores professional enough that my work gets played occasionally by people that I don't know.  No one has ever mentioned that the score put them off.  Shrug.  For live performance, the score just needs to be good enough that it doesn't distract and inhibit accurate sight reading.  (And there are plenty of old scores from actual publishing houses that DO distract from accurate reading that people still use anyway.  With tiny fonts to save paper that make them unreadable, awkward page turns, misprints, etc...  The bar isn't that high.)  

 

No. If you want a soundfile for a videogame you shouldn't be using a notation program at all. Sequencers and daw's are for that, and there is a comparable range of free, cheap, and expensive programs in that genre. Creating rough mockups that people can use to produce a performance is a different deal than trying to create a presentable publishable score.

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Since pretty much all variables are customizable in MuseScore's neverending list of menus and submenus, I'm going to venture out and say that you CAN make a professional-quality score on MuseScore, but it will take more manual tweaking to get it perfectly right than it would in a paid program. I am having a work performed by a full orchestra in April, and the score/parts were all made in MuseScore. It took a long time to get everything looking good, though.

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