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141. Alice In Vivaldi's Four Seasons
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142. Audio Xtract
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143. Music Studio 7
$39.99 $25.55 list($49.99)
144. E-Jay Dance 6
$27.99 $25.55
145. Dance 5 E-Jay
$8.99 list($19.99)
146. Super Duper Music Looper
$24.99 $24.79 list($39.95)
147. Computer Music Starter Kit
$39.99 $29.81
148. Screenblast Acid Loop Expander
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149. Teach Me Drums: Getting Started
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150. Logic Express 7 Upgrade from Logic
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151. PC Music Pack 2003
152. PG MUSIC Band-in-a-Box 12 (Windows
$57.99 $42.67 list($57.00)
153. Cakewalk PC Music Pack
$19.99 $16.91
154. Emedia Piano & Keyboard Basics
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155. Screenblast Acid Loop Expander
$499.99 $388.99 list($599.99)
156. Finale 2004
$89.99 list($119.95)
157. eMedia Smart Music 8.5 (PC &
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158. Music Creator 2003
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159. Learn to Play Vocals
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160. BBE BBE Sonic Maximizer Plugin

141. Alice In Vivaldi's Four Seasons - Music Games Intl

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Asin: B0000DIWF0
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Music Games International
Sales Rank: 3386
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Features

  • PC musical game based on popular musical masterpiece and designed for children and adults of all ages.

142. Audio Xtract
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B0002VRPBY
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Jambalaya Brands
Sales Rank: 5199
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Features

  • Automatically deletes duplicate songs to save hard drive space
  • Record music or talk from the Internet directly to your hard drive -- and add key information like song sname & title, for easier organization
  • Rip, edit and convert your files with splits and fades, and convert freely between WMA, MP3 and WAV formats
  • Burn your MP3s to audio CDs -- just click on the menu and start burning immediately!

143. Music Studio 7
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B000066J6C
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Magix Entertainment
Sales Rank: 3077
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars For what it is...OUTSTANDING
I have used Magix Samplitude in a professional studio setting, editing radio commercials and doing audio for video work. This product is about three features short of the $1,700 (approx.) version of their pro audio program, Samplitude. It's incredible. When I first saw it, I thought, "They must have stripped the program bare, but at least it has the interface". Upon receiving this product, I was shocked, it's essentially Samplitude Studio, and it has a full MIDI sequencer to boot, with some of the most realistic instrumentation I've ever heard.

It doesn't record 96K audio (only up to 48K - perfectly suited for pro work), can't burn CD's directly from the timeline (who doesn't have alternate CD burning software these days? - it's built into WinXP and others), and doesn't have a built in de-esser (which you can emulate with it's extensive EQ settings).

All in all, this is an incredible program that is mature, stable and has most if not all of the features of it's big brother Samplitude, which has become a staple in studio settings.

I'm buying two more for my business!

4-0 out of 5 stars If you have a sound blaster card chances are your. ...
asio drivers will be very poor and your computer will overstack its buffers. This will cause crashing, dropouts, and other bad assortments. Before buying audio software make sure your drivers are updated and well written specifically for the card. Otherwise you will probably have problems like most of the other users writing reviews. By the wayside... This program is an older version of logic with cut-down logic-type vsti support. Definitely worth it's price not to mention the sample cd's.

4-0 out of 5 stars Works great!
Works great! Very fast on my 2.4GHz machine. I had absolutely no problems using my Audigy drivers under DX8. If you have any doubts, download the demo from Magix and try it before you buy it (duh!).

1-0 out of 5 stars YIKES....I ONLY HAVE TWO WORDS....
DON'T BUY. O.k. I have a few more...this thing crashed more than a drunk pilot. It lagged and locked up on me so many times i'm going cross-eyed. I liked version 5 deluxe a heckuvalot better than this. I was warned about 6 so i stayed away. I wish i were warned about this one. Give this vampire the old wooden stake! DEFINITELY buy 5 over 6 or 7. Or just stay away and find a nice sonic foundry program. They cost a whole lot more...but if you can afford it...get it.If not, look around for magix music studio 5 deluxe. You won't be sorry.

1-0 out of 5 stars It's best feature is un-install!
I never could get this product to work with the audio drivers in my Audigy sound card so I bought Cakewalk Music Creator 2003 instead. Am I glad I did. Cakewalk is 100 time better. Magix has a very poor user interface. ... Read more


144. E-Jay Dance 6
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B0002Z8A1O
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Digital Leisure Inc.
Sales Rank: 618
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Features

  • Select from 4,000 brand new studio-quality sounds or use the 5 virtual instruments
  • CD grabbing function and Recording Studio to create your own unique samples.
  • Fine-tune your music using the new editing tools in the Arranger or simply create a mix on the fly in Live Jam mode.
  • Finally, add visuals in the 3D VJ Box!

145. Dance 5 E-Jay
list price: $27.99
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Asin: B00015T67M
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Digital Leisure Inc.
Sales Rank: 2080
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • New time stretching tools for more convenient sample support
  • Use the powerful new music director engine for real stereo samples
  • Choose from 5,000 cutting-edge samples
  • Powerful Chord Generator for creating background, chords and harmonic progressions in a click
  • Change the lengths of notes and set accents for your bass track, with the Hyper Generator

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect Creation
This is the perfect software for anyone that likes to create Dance/Trance/Electronica type music. It is easy to use and allows room for more creation. Just pop in the CD and start creating your master mix. I'm very satisfied with this software and am also recommending Sounds 4 by Ejay and Techno by Ejay ... Read more


146. Super Duper Music Looper
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B000068U5N
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Sonic Foundry
Sales Rank: 3615
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147. Computer Music Starter Kit
list price: $39.95
our price: $24.99
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Asin: B000021YTQ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Voyetra
Sales Rank: 3642
Average Customer Review: 3.29 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Are you a keyboardist who wants to explore the full potential of your MIDI synthesizer? Turtle Beach's Computer Music Starter Kit provides an excellent introduction to MIDI and sound synthesis as well as some powerful sequencing software that allows you to record and edit music on your computer.

This package consists of two parts: the Starter Kit and MIDI Orchestrator Plus. The Starter Kit covers installation of the software, hooking up your keyboard to the computer, and a detailed tour of the applications. The software for the entire package is loaded through a single CD-ROM, and the direction manual is very easy to follow. MIDI Orchestrator Plus is the orchestration software that performs sequencing, editing, and multitrack recording functions. Because of its size and complexity, it has a separate instruction manual, though the software is on the same CD-ROM as the Starter Kit.

The Starter Kit has a tutorial section called Understanding MIDI and Synthesis, which gives a thorough explanation of synthesized sound and the evolution of the MIDI system. It also offers JamGrid, which is essentially a beat box with an assortment of standard rhythm tracks (Latin, jazz, reggae, etc.) that can be played along with or manipulated to make new rhythm tracks.

MIDI Orchestrator Plus is a powerful sequencing program that allows you to compose, edit, score, and record music. Its layout is very intuitive, and both the manual and the help features are very clear. The demo songs included show off Orchestrator's big bag of tricks and give you a number of preset rhythm tracks to work with. Whether you are a MIDI beginner or a semipro, Orchestrator offers professional features that are easy to use. --Matthew Kohut ... Read more

Reviews (7)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good, bargain for those with floppy-drive keyboards.
The cable didn't work, but if you have a floppy-drive on the keyboard, it's not necessary. I have already made a bunch of tracks. I really like this product. Its easy to use if you are thorough with music and notation. This is the best MIDI software I can find cheap. I also got jamgrid with this kit. I like the MIDI Orchestrator, but not JamGrid.

2-0 out of 5 stars Software company not upfront with marketing package.
I used voyetra orchestrator for over 5 years. I think it was a great learning tool for both digital audio and midi. I record 100% digital and wanted to replace my older version with a newer one. I found this starter kit and thought that it was basically the same as I had before because I looked all over the box and couldn't find anything that said it only includes 4 digital audio tracks. (how can anyone get started with two stereo channels?). I wouldn't have purchased it if I would have known that. Now I am stuck with it. If all a person does is midi, I guess this will work, but if you want to "start" incorporating digital audio, you should buy something else. I don't enjoy it when companies try to slide one by it's customers by not listing important info that should be disclosed even if it ends up hindering sales. shame on those Marketing people!

2-0 out of 5 stars Misleads on included cable
I agree with the Jan. 3rd 2003 reviewer. The enclosed cable will not work with my 2002 Dell laptop.[] This is double the price of the Software, which, by the way is OK. If the correct cable(s) were included, the package as a whole gets 4 stars...

2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed with this product
If you have a newer computer using USB connections, don't buy this kit. The cable they supply won't work, and you have to find a USB to MIDI adapter somewhere else. I got fooled when I saw it was designed for use with Windows XP, and didn't realize that they meant it could be used by older computers that have upgraded to XP.
So, I've got to spend more money. ... The software is useless without the right cable connection.
I was also disappointed to learn from the manual that their software won't convert the MIDI files to .WAV format for creating my own CDs. Voyetra recommends you buy some more of their software ("AudioView") to do that job.
This product may have some value if you have an older computer, but it is not what they claim to be. It does not include "everything you need to create great sounding music..."

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Value for Beginners
For a little extra money, you get some very powerful software that allows you to easily write music, save to MIDI file, edit your existing MIDI's and provides a MIDI cable to connect your music keyboard. If you have some downloaded MIDI files, you'll get a kick out of turning on and off tracks or making your own remix. Pumping the MIDI files through an external MIDI source via the included cable (I used a Yamaha EZ-30) produced incredible results. It even takes MIDI files and converts them to sheet music which you can print out and save! For getting your feet wet in digital music, there's nothing I've found that's better or more robust. However, if you don't have an external MIDI source, then you won't get the maximum benefit from this bundle. ... Read more


148. Screenblast Acid Loop Expander Pack 1
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B0000Y2XKG
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment
Sales Rank: 3595
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Neccessary Loops
As has been said before about Screenblast Acid 4.0, the loops that come with the software aren't all that useful. In order to make useful music with Screenblast Acid 4.0, you'll need to get more loops.

There are free sources that you can get loops from. My favorite is acidplanet.com, which has 8 loops available weekly as well as a sample project file. But you really can't go deep into a certain style without a great many loops.

You could record your own, but you'll need a good sound card and Screenblast SoundForge or some other similar program in order to really make your loops sing. It also requires a great deal of patience and at least some talent.

That leaves buying loops as the neccessary step in the process. If you go to the sony web site, you will find a great many loop CDs available. The cost is approximatly $50 per CD, although there are usually a coupld available for less than $40.

Which brings us to this Expansion Pack. What's in it? Well, you'll find 3 CDs in the package. No manual. No documentation. Just 3 CDs full of loops.

The amount of data on each CD is less than buying a dedicated CD from Sony, but the cost is far less. Rather than 1 CD for $40 to $50, you get three for $30, only $10 each. Great deal.

The CDs are:

New York Dance I - 305 loops and one-shots totaling 273 MB. The CD also contains 3 sample projects giving at least some idea of what you can do with these resources.

Fast Breaks - 328 loops and one-shots totaling 228 MB. The CD also contains 2 sample projects giving at least some idea of what you can do with these resources.

Infinite Soul I - 301 loops and one-shots totaling 271 MB. The CD also contains 8 short 2 or so measure rhythm patterns which use 4 to 10 loops. By studying these "groove templates" you can see how to build up an interesting rhythm pattern.

If you want to work with any of these styles of music, you need to get this CD. While there is more data in a single dedicated CD from Sony, you will save a great deal of money buying this package, and you'll be able to create at least some good music.

Enjoy. ... Read more


149. Teach Me Drums: Getting Started DVD
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B00007DTDT
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Voyetra
Sales Rank: 3697
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150. Logic Express 7 Upgrade from Logic Express 6
list price: $99.99
our price: $87.99
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Asin: B00066M0UG
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 2112
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151. PC Music Pack 2003
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00006F7U0
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Cakewalk
Sales Rank: 4667
Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

PC Music Pack includes everything you need to connect a MIDI instrument to your PC and start making music. Record digital audio tracks, or add vocals, guitars, or any other instrument to your music. The included Music Creator software lets you quickly edit, mix, and save your music--even export audio to create your own MP3s and audio CDs. It's easy to use the keyboard or other MIDI-compatible instrument to record. Simply plug into your computer using the enclosed PC-MIDI adapter and start playing.

PC Music Pack includes Music Creator software and the PC-MIDI adapter. With Music Creator 2003, simply connect any instrument to your PC and record audio and MIDI tracks using instruments, vocals, or audio loops. You can also write music for CDs, sheet music, home videos, and the Internet. Intuitive point-and-click tools make it a snap to quickly edit, arrange, and mix your music with professional-sounding effects and great synth sounds. When you're done, share your music with family and friends: burn it on CD with the included Pyro Express CD Maker, print out sheet music, or create MP3s or Windows Media files to distribute your music on the Internet. ... Read more

Features

  • Turns your PC into a recording studio
  • Includes PC MIDI adapter cable
  • Easy editing
  • Export audio for CDs or MP3s

Reviews (1)

1-0 out of 5 stars can't tell
This program Came with a cable that ws defective. I had to return it. ... Read more


152. PG MUSIC Band-in-a-Box 12 (Windows PC)

Asin: B0000E2DWB
Catlog: Software
Publisher: PG Music
Sales Rank: 12188
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Features

  • Just type in the chords you want to play, using standard chord symbols, and choose the musical style you want -- the software does the rest
  • Choose from 128 different instruments to add to your musical composition -- everything from mandolin to ukelele
  • Authentic chord voicings and melody displays on the Guitar Windows's built-in fretboard
  • New bass fretboard shows bassists tablatures and correctly displays bass parts
  • Different and more useful options for chord diagrams -notation display, leadsheet, and printout

153. Cakewalk PC Music Pack
list price: $57.00
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Asin: B00025LDJU
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Cakewalk
Sales Rank: 3925
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Features

  • Includes PC MIDI adapter cable
  • Connect any MIDI instrument to your PC for easy music creation
  • Record your own digital audio tracks -- add vocals, guitars or any other instrument to your PC
  • The included Music Creator handles quick editing and mixing of music - quickly and easily
  • Export audio and create your MP and audio CD tracks

154. Emedia Piano & Keyboard Basics
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B0001GJC4S
Catlog: Software
Publisher: eMedia
Sales Rank: 1273
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155. Screenblast Acid Loop Expander Pack 2
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B0000Y2XKQ
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment
Sales Rank: 5450
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156. Finale 2004
list price: $599.99
our price: $499.99
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Asin: B0000DB4BG
Catlog: Software
Publisher: MakeMusic!
Sales Rank: 4909
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Set up your scores quickly using the pre-designed templates and wizards
  • Enter notes quickly, with either the SimpleNote Entry tool, or by scanning it in
  • Hear your music as you write it, with the Human Playback and SoundFont tools -- you can also save them as. WAV or AIFF files and burn them to a CD as you go
  • Compose and arrange music more easily with rhythm section generators, instant drum grooves and Smart Cue Notes
  • Improved MicNotator means no keyboard required for entering notes

Reviews (10)

5-0 out of 5 stars What can I say? It's Finale!
Finale 2004 is, by far, the best music notation software available. I have been using Finale since version 3.0 and I can easily say that 2004 is the biggest upgrade that I have seen for any notation software. I have tried Sibelius and some other so-called alternatives, but none of them have yet been able to catch up to the technological advancements of Finale.

I have a full-time job making engravings for composers, college professors, orchestras, choirs, independent music teachers, and their students. I also like to work on my personal compositions and arrangements when I have the time. Finale 2004 is the only tool that I currently use. I am surprised how many musicians there are that either: a) don't want to buy Finale and engrave the music themselves, or b) aren't computer literate enough to use Finale.

You need to be somewhat computer savvy to use this program effectively; being passionate about music isn't enough. Everything you could want to do is in there, but it is just a matter of finding it. What I really love about the program is that it is tool-based, yet it works like a word processor. This leaves lots of room for personalizing the look of your music and even loading your own customized set of music fonts. The flexibility is amazing!

I personally think that it is very user-friendly, but I can understand why others might not think so. If you are working at becoming a professional composer or engraver, then Finale is the only way to go. If you don't know much about computers and you are just trying to make something simple for your local community band, then you might want to steer clear of Finale. It also helps if you have worked with other MIDI applications before. Finale is not sympathetic to the ignorant. But everything you would want to know is in the user manual so it is technically possible to begin the program knowing nothing, but it would take some dedication.

5-0 out of 5 stars The finest music software of our time.
I began my odyssey of music composing as a high school choir student last year. We had just received a generous donation of 4 Korg synthesizers, 4 iMacs, and a copy of the new music software, Sibelius 2. Using Sibelius, I composed a 4-part choral arrangement of a national anthem in about 3 weeks, punching out finer details and adding everything necessary to perform it. Our choir performed it that winter. After the show, the school band director approached me and explained to me how he knew that I had composed it on Sibelius. He handed me a box which contained Finale 2003 and I was off like a rocket.

Now, a year later, I am composing with the new Finale 2004. I have been able to expand that national anthem into 8 separate arrangements, for full orchestra, concert choir, jazz band, and others. My current project is composing a show for my high school's marching band, and with the new stuff that wasn't on Finale '03, I anticipate I will get it done a heck of a lot faster. Finale '04 has even better editing and arranging capabilities to already complement the quickness of the Simple Edit feature. Not owning a synthesizer myself, I have found the usually tedious process of entering notes one by one to be much easier now that I can enter them in ont he computer keyboard.

Buy this software. You will compose your magnum opus with it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Back To Say A Few More Words...
Since I got Sibelius 3, Finale 2004 has been a nice little icon on my desktop.
People say to "spend time with it" but in today's high-stress, fast-paced industry, I don't have that kind of time.
I also don't have time for bugs, etc.
My co-workers and I, in both platforms, used Sibelius 3 the first week of it's release, on two very large musical shows, and we had NO PROBLEMS! NONE!
It seems like those stuck on this program (Finale) have been using it for so long that switching to something new would be ridiculous, and I guess I can understand that because I was an Encore cross-over and it took me a long time to wean myself from that program... but I really had no choice.
I gave several programs a chance, including Finale, but I'm musically savvy and not much of a computer person, so Sibelius was a dream come true.
I think the best notation program is one that allows me to be musical, not technical. Musical = Sibelius. Technical = Finale. Choose the one that's right for you.

2-0 out of 5 stars Design oversights continue to plague this version of Finale
Let me start by saying something nice about this version of Finale, the grand daddy of desktop publishing music notation programs. I finally can use Finale on the OSX operating system. Naturally, I was very excited to give it a test drive when it finally arrived.

PROBLEM: In the new Expression Designer of Finale 2004, one can't globally RESET individual system baseline offsets with a simple commmand. If I manually change these on a per system basis, and then do a SAVE AS for a second homophonic part - now the auto-aligned text is in the wrong place. Naturally, I want to quickly reset the baseline for the entire piece back to zero, so that the settings I've created for positioning with the Expression Designer mean something.

But I can't. This has been an ongoing issue with chord symbols for several versions of Finale, and also with Lyrics. Finale's Lyric tool has a way to reset these on an individual basis, but this isn't possible with the chord symbols, and now, isn't possible with this new text expression addition either.

That said, the new ability to mix fonts and styles in the expressions is very useful.

PROBLEM: There still doesn't seem to be a way to save Smart Lines as a library. Did I miss something? I can share Staff Styles, Text Expressions, Articulations and other customizable elements as a library, why not Smart Lines? Particularly since custom smart lines have been part of Finale now for several versions. I can't believe I'm the only user who has asked for this functionality. Frankly, it is incomprehensible that MakeMusic! hasn't included it without anyone asking, as obvious as it is.

PROBLEM: Finale 2004 still copies EVERYTHING by default using Mass Edit, including double bars, time signatures, key signatures etc etc. Each time I open Finale, I have to go to the mass edit menu and deselect what I don't want to copy, again and again whenever I open the application.

I want my "what to copy" settings to "stick" or have a choice to save this as a user preference when I quit. I have lived with this inconvenience forever. I don't want to copy barlines. ever. I don't want to copy Staff Attached System text (like metronome marks and Tempo text such as Adagio) ever. I don't want to copy key signatures. ever. I don't want to copy time signatures. ever. I have other tools to create these objects in Finale very quickly if I need them. This absolutely needs to be a working preference for the individual user. Just because it's always worked one way, doesn't mean it's the best way.

PROBLEM: I'm sure most Finale users have already heard more than enough about the PDF creation bug in Finale 2004 for OSX, and many of us have already tried the official workaround. I've found it's quicker to reboot under OS9 and use Finale 2002 than use MakeMusic's workaround, which I will continue to do until their maintenance upgrade comes out. Those of you with a computer than doesn't boot under OS9 will just have to jump through the hoops. Sibelius seems to have no trouble producing usable PDF files, although in defense of Finale, Sibelius has been out on the OSX platform long enough that the programmers really know what they are doing on it.

PROBLEM: No EPS Export. Rumored to be resolved very soon in a maintenance upgrade.

PROBLEM: Still no RECENT ITEMS menu for Mac users? It's in the Windows version of Finale, and has been forever. It's in Sibelius, and has been forever (on both Windows and Mac, I might add). And, a recent items list is such a standard feature of just about every professional level application, I'm stunned that the programmers at MakeMusic! haven't figured out how to do this.

PROBLEM: And finally, my Page Setup settings are lost when I open any older Finale document - I have to reset these (the Maestro Font Default page size is reflected in these older docs that are opened, so at least there is a workaround for this).

All in all, I waited a long, long time for an OSX version of this application, and I must say, my impression of Finale 2004 is lukewarm. Finale still has the edge over its competitors in several areas: file management, e.g. naming extracted files coherently, slur and tie handling, and some other esoteric engraver tweaks, but with applications like Sibelius making quantum leaps in quality with every upgrade, MakeMusic! is going to have to do better than this.

5-0 out of 5 stars Still the best
I've tried all the software for writing music that there is. They all seem to compare themselves to Finale because it has been and remains the world standard.

I use it in doing copy work as well as in the high school classroom and I've gotten so I can produce full jazz and band scores in an amazingly short amount of time with all the new arranging features in Finale 2004.

In my humble opinion, Finale is often imitated but never duplicated. Nothing even comes close; especially the new challenger, Sibelius which I tried because it claims to be easier. I've actually found Sibelius to be tougher to learn.

Stick with the proven name. ... Read more


157. eMedia Smart Music 8.5 (PC & Mac)
list price: $119.95
our price: $89.99
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Asin: B0007R7E7S
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Emedia Corporation
Sales Rank: 8414
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158. Music Creator 2003
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B00006F7TZ
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Cakewalk
Sales Rank: 2731
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Music Creator 2003 may be one of the most impressive midrange digital audio solutions currently available. Published by respected music software publisher Cakewalk, Music Creator is a powerful and affordable application that comes packed with a surprising number of high-end amenities.

Indeed, Music Creator is essentially a less capable adaptation of Cakewalk's celebrated professional-level music system, the considerably more pricey Sonar. Certainly anyone familiar with Sonar will instantly recognize the program's presentation. Even those who don't will have little trouble becoming acclimatized, as Cakewalk has furnished a large and detailed set of tutorials designed to guide newcomers through the procedures and pitfalls of PC music making.

Supporting traditional instruments such as guitars and drum kits, and MIDI-based devices such as computerized keyboards, Music Creator is extremely versatile. You'll need to supply the equipment to transfer your sounds into the computer at first, but the program is ready to handle everything thereafter.

Through its graphic waveform-based interface, Music Creator allows you to fine-tune and reposition your audio and MIDI files, apply multiple effects to both single and multiple tracks, and take advantage of an expansive range of synthesized virtual instrument sounds. With a little practice, you can add fades and crossfades, rip samples from your favorite CDs, and concoct any number of ACID-type loops. Of course, one of the great advantages of digital recording is the ease with which you can remove unwanted background noises and wayward notes, and the program allows you to do just that with just a few mouse clicks.

The package also features a stripped down version of Cakewalk's reasonably respected CD burning utility Pyro, and an extremely valuable search tool that automatically checks your drive(s) for those easily misplaced bits and bytes of seemingly lost tracks.

Despite its relatively friendly nature, Music Creator sports a wealth of rather complex concepts, and thus shouldn't be taken lightly. PC music rookies and hobbyists may well find that Music Creator 2003 is the only application they'll ever need. --Gordon Goble ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Not what I was hoping for at all...
I just wanted something I could write music with.I can't read music but I can lay down tracks with a computer that sound almost as good as anything commercially available.The interface on this is not intuitive, it's not easy to use, and I'm sorry I got it.

2-0 out of 5 stars If you run XP, stay away...
There seems to be a serious problem with the installation procedure for Music Creator 2003 under Windows XP/Home Edition. As always with XP, it's necessary to be an Administrator in order to install the software, and the program works just fine when you start it from an Admin account. No surprizes there.

HOWEVER, if you log in under a non-privileged account, Music Creator dies with a message about "unable to create Staff view music font." Then, rather than exiting, the program hangs with its initial splash screen displayed. It just sits there, frozen, until you kill it with the Task Manager. (Very lame...)

From this behavior, I have to assume that no one at Cake Walk ever tested this software under a non-privileged account. (I probably shouldn't be surprized by this, given that no one ever tested it with DirectX 9.0 either...)

Of course, one workaround is simply to run the program from Admin all the time, but this is a TERRIBLE security risk. Admin-enabled accounts should be used ONLY for system maintenance -- NEVER for day-to-day work. (Unless of course, you really like giving viruses the run of your machine.)

In my case, I think the correct workaround for this problem is to return the software and get a refund...

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Value
I was planning on using Christmas money to buy one of much more expensive Sonar programs but my brother bought me this because he knew I wanted to set up a home studio. I've really enjoyed this program so far. If you are a beginner to computer recording you might want to consider Music Creator 2003. I used the extra money I was planning to spend the Cakewalk Sonar software to get a quality soundcard(M-Audio Delta 44), condenser microphone(AT3035), and preamp. The results have been great so far. I use a Dell computer with Windows 2000XP and haven't had any of the problems others user claim to have had. I just downloaded DirectX version 8.1 from Cakewalk's website and downloaded the updated drivers for my Delta soundcard from M-audio's website. Everything has worked like a charm. Soundwise, the results have been very impressive. I've spent lots of money to record in studio's and the results have not come out nearly as good as the results I'm getting on my computer right now. I put $40.00 aside in order to get the 'Music Creator 2003 Pro' upgrade from Cakewalk's website. I've been so pleased with this program I decided to forget the upgrade and put the forty bucks toward getting an extra microphone. So if you want to get started recording music on your computer and are on a budget I suggest getting this program and using the money you will save to buy other recording equipment. This will keep you plenty busy for a while.
Just to note: I don't use, or plan on using, the sheet music maker included in this program so I have no idea how good that part of it is. I just use it to record vocals and guitar.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Product
This is the best program I have ever seen for music.Not only can I create sheet music of songs I have written I can also create accompanyment CDs for any song I have sheet music for.It is well worth the cost of it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not what I was told it would be
I had asked the salesman at the Best Buys what software would let me record LP's and cassette tapes into my computer for playback and burning to CD's. He sold me this Music Creator 2003 and when I tried to use it it turned out to be a complete waste of my thirty bucks! I kept getting asked to specify a MIDI output and found out it wouldnt accept the one on my VAIO with XP. I was also rudely informed I would have to buy yet another software from 12Tones to get closer to my purpose of buying this in the first place.
I am forced to rate it as one star when it actualy earns a minus one.
If you want to record your LP's and cassettes into your computer and play them on it or put them on a CD, FORGET this "stuff"!
Buy a stand-alone CD recorder! ... Read more


159. Learn to Play Vocals
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5-0 out of 5 stars Learn all the basics of singing from this great set.
I purchased this set because I wanted to audition for a musical. And, sure enough, I won a role! This set teaches you all the basics of singing - from posture and breath control to how to sing different types of music (rap, country, rock, etcetera). You can even learn how to start your own band. There is a metronome on the CD-ROM to help you with timing and a pitch device - you sing into the microphone and your computer tells you whether or not you're on pitch. It's really fun! I highly recommend this set to anyone who wants to learn the basics of singing. ... Read more


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