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We love music notation software and related products and technology, so that’s what we cover here. You’ll find timely news, in-depth coverage about the field, and honest reviews about products you use every day. You’ll learn about the interesting people in our field and find out our opinions on ever-changing developments in the industry.

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    • 4.9 • 72 Ratings

We love music notation software and related products and technology, so that’s what we cover here. You’ll find timely news, in-depth coverage about the field, and honest reviews about products you use every day. You’ll learn about the interesting people in our field and find out our opinions on ever-changing developments in the industry.

    Print perfect (encore); MOLA 2024 preview

    Print perfect (encore); MOLA 2024 preview

    Printing music is something that takes skill and attention to detail — both by the music preparer and the printer. When everything’s communicated well, it leads to print shop nirvana and the ideal result for everyone involved.
    Philip Rothman and David MacDonald talk through a specific project and illustrate the various steps along the way to set it up for success. No detail is too small, from the page size, to the number of copies, to the shipping methods desired. Philip relays his tips and best practices from the perspective of a professional music printing service.
    Then, David gives advice for how to ensure good results if you need to take your project to a more general-service copy shop, or even if you are printing yourself, like some inventive ways to format the page size and convey the instructions to minimize the risk of errors that can be introduced and avoid miscommunication in what is one of the last, most critical steps in preparing a piece of music.
    Also: A preview of the 2024 MOLA Conference and Tech Fair.
    More on Scoring Notes and elsewhere:

    Chronology of a perfect music printing job
    Creating PDFs from Sibelius 7
    Export File Names Dialog in Dorico
    Name Mangler and Moom productivity apps
    On the margins: Headers, footers, and footnotes in Sibelius
    Smarter title pages for parts in Sibelius
    Smarter title pages for parts in Finale
    Working with master pages in Dorico, part 2
    How to fix a common page numbering problem in Sibelius
    PDF-MusicBinder and PDF-BatchStitch utilities for music printing

    • 50 min
    Video killed (it with) the notation star

    Video killed (it with) the notation star

    With music notation work often intersecting in some capacity with music production and scoring to video, it’s important to know when your software of choice is the best option for a particular need within a project, and when it’s not.
    When it comes to fine-tuned formatting and engraving decisions, we can’t move from one notation software product to another without losing that important detail work. However, with the underlying composition itself, the information can be moved quite effectively with MusicXML or MIDI to and from to other software when a particular tool is needed elsewhere.
    Steve Morell joins Philip Rothman and David MacDonald to take a look at how video, tempo, and time are handled with the four most popular desktop music notation software options — Dorico, Finale, MuseScore, and Sibelius — and how they compare to the unique notation/DAW hybrid approach from the tablet app StaffPad, as well as other solutions available.
    More from Scoring Notes:
    Video, tempo, and time (oh my!)

    • 55 min
    An interview with Steinberg’s Daniel Spreadbury

    An interview with Steinberg’s Daniel Spreadbury

    We last visited with Steinberg’s product marketing manager Daniel Spreadbury on the podcast upon the release of Dorico 4 in January 2022, and more recently last summer in Berlin at the MOLA conference in a panel discussion with his colleagues and competitors in the music notation software industry.
    Although Dorico didn’t have much of a presence at the 2024 NAMM Show, we welcome the opportunity to visit with Daniel here in a similar manner that we did with many of those colleagues and competitors at NAMM.
    We start not by focusing on the latest Dorico features, although we do discuss those. Instead, we speak with Daniel about how the Dorico community influences product development, to what extent Steinberg prioritizes customer requests and specific features, and how they balance those with some of the more long-term vision that they may have for the product. He gives us a sense of Dorico’s role within these companies, from a strategic, philosophical, and technical perspective. We explore how much of what they’re doing is done with the other products and services in mind, how those decisions are made, and how Dorico users benefit.
    We also talk about industry changes and how those philosophies end up shaping what customers see on their screens and even what kind of music they create.
    If you didn’t hear our NAMM wrap-up episode, and interviews with NAMM CEO John Mlynczak, Avid’s Sam Butler, MakeMusic’s Jason Wick, and Muse Group’s Jack Sutton, check those out in the Scoring Notes podcast feed.
    More from Scoring Notes:

    Dorico 5 review: Moving the music forward
    Dorico 5.1: Filling the gaps
    Dorico 5.1.10 update is available
    Dorico 5.1.21 update is available
    NAMM 2024: An interview with Muse Group’s Jack Sutton
    NAMM 2024: An interview with MakeMusic’s Jason Wick
    NAMM 2024: An interview with Avid’s Sam Butler
    NAMM 2024: Wrap-up and interview with CEO John Mlynczak
    NAMM 2024: John Mlynczak on his first show as president and CEO
    NAMM 2024: Muse Group’s Jack Sutton on Hal Leonard, MuseScore development and more
    NAMM 2024: MakeMusic’s Jason Wick on MakeMusic Cloud, Finale, and more
    NAMM 2024: Avid’s Sam Butler on upcoming Sibelius features, Android app, and more
    NAMM 2024: Exhibition mission

    • 1 hr 13 min
    NAMM 2024: An interview with Muse Group’s Jack Sutton

    NAMM 2024: An interview with Muse Group’s Jack Sutton

    At the 2024 NAMM Show, we interviewed representatives from the businesses in our field of music notation software and related technology.
    Today’s podcast episode is a conversation Philip Rothman had with Jack Sutton, Muse Group’s head of communications. Jack’s first visit to NAMM coincided with the company’s first official presence at the show as the parent company of Hal Leonard, which they recently acquired. We spoke about some early fruits of that deal and the longer-term plans that they have for the future of their combined business, which brings together cutting-edge digital products with a vast library of published content.
    We also discussed MuseScore and the latest developments with their flagship notation product, and specifically the improvements they’ve made, and plan to make, in the areas of guitar and percussion music, as well as the overall quality of output that they hope to achieve with MuseScore in the future.
    If you didn’t hear our NAMM wrap-up episode, and interviews with NAMM CEO John Mlynczak, Avid’s Sam Butler, and MakeMusic’s Jason Wick, check those out in the Scoring Notes podcast feed.
    More from Scoring Notes:

    NAMM 2024: An interview with MakeMusic’s Jason Wick
    NAMM 2024: An interview with Avid’s Sam Butler
    NAMM 2024: Wrap-up and interview with CEO John Mlynczak
    NAMM 2024: John Mlynczak on his first show as president and CEO
    NAMM 2024: Muse Group’s Jack Sutton on Hal Leonard, MuseScore development and more
    NAMM 2024: MakeMusic’s Jason Wick on MakeMusic Cloud, Finale, and more
    NAMM 2024: Avid’s Sam Butler on upcoming Sibelius features, Android app, and more
    NAMM 2024: Exhibition mission

    • 37 min
    NAMM 2024: An interview with MakeMusic’s Jason Wick

    NAMM 2024: An interview with MakeMusic’s Jason Wick

    At the 2024 NAMM Show, we interviewed representatives from the businesses in our field of music notation software and related technology.
    Today’s podcast episode is a conversation Philip Rothman had with Jason Wick, MakeMusic’s director of product development. Jason talked with me about their MakeMusic Cloud product, including their Practice tool, Sight Reading Studio, a free online composing application, and their classroom suite. We also discussed MakeMusic’s tight integration with the Alfred Publishing side of their company, the future of Finale, and more broadly considered the company’s values and strategies in today’s landscape of industry consolidation.
    Come back next week for another great conversation from the NAMM Show. And if you didn’t hear our NAMM wrap-up episode, and interviews with NAMM CEO John Mlynczak and Avid’s Sam Butler, check those out in the Scoring Notes podcast feed.
    More from Scoring Notes:

    NAMM 2024: An interview with Avid’s Sam Butler
    NAMM 2024: Wrap-up and interview with CEO John Mlynczak
    NAMM 2024: John Mlynczak on his first show as president and CEO
    NAMM 2024: Muse Group’s Jack Sutton on Hal Leonard, MuseScore development and more
    NAMM 2024: MakeMusic’s Jason Wick on MakeMusic Cloud, Finale, and more
    NAMM 2024: Avid’s Sam Butler on upcoming Sibelius features, Android app, and more
    NAMM 2024: Exhibition mission

    • 34 min
    NAMM 2024: An interview with Avid’s Sam Butler

    NAMM 2024: An interview with Avid’s Sam Butler

    At the 2024 NAMM Show, we interviewed representatives from the businesses in our field of music notation software and related technology.
    Today’s podcast episode is a conversation Philip Rothman had with Sam Butler, Avid’s director of product management. Sam talked with us about the new Sibelius features that Avid previewed at NAMM, the new Android application, and Sibelius Cloud publishing improvements.
    Come back the next couple of weeks for more conversations from the NAMM Show. And if you didn’t hear our NAMM wrap-up episode, check that out in the podcast feed — David MacDonald and Philip Rothman review all the industry news and analyze what it means for you.
    More from Scoring Notes:

    NAMM 2024: Wrap-up and interview with CEO John Mlynczak
    NAMM 2024: John Mlynczak on his first show as president and CEO
    NAMM 2024: Muse Group’s Jack Sutton on Hal Leonard, MuseScore development and more
    NAMM 2024: MakeMusic’s Jason Wick on MakeMusic Cloud, Finale, and more
    NAMM 2024: Avid’s Sam Butler on upcoming Sibelius features, Android app, and more
    NAMM 2024: Exhibition mission

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
72 Ratings

72 Ratings

Steven Middlehorn ,

What a resource!

This is an incredible public service and gift to anyone working with sheet music and live performance.

MelMack Music ,

Fantastic!

I just recently found this podcast and I am totally hooked. I LOVE it! I have scored lots and lots of music yet have already learned several new things from the 3 episodes I have listened to so far. Thank you!!

BobMarks ,

What a Fabulous Podcast!

As one who began doing “music copying” as a teenager back in the early 1970s, I finally have found like-minded people who combine the pen & ink history and current digital technology into an informative and fascinating discussion. Thank you for giving us this deep-dive into notating music. Every episode is a treasure.

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