The last time I upgraded my music notation/transcription software was when I bought Finale 2000 back in… 2000. It served me well, but in the course of going through the latest mega music store catalog I saw the list of stuff in the latest Sibelius version (6). And there it was: Rewire support.
Sibelius seems to have all the same sort of stuff Finale has. It doesn’t have music scanning software built in, but I don’t really need that. Other extraneous stuff that Finale has I won’t miss either, like the Garritan instruments. Sibelius seems to have improved some basic notation things as well, like its “magnetic” item placement. But what’s really sold me is the Rewire support.
No more will I have to go from program to program just to hear stuff through Nuendo. This is going to make my work flow easier and quicker. Why Finale hasn’t yet put Rewire into their program I’ll never know. It’s such a basic item and I’m sure tons of music professionals would appreciate that.
I’ve heard for years that Sibelius is the program the pros use. Finale worked fine for me for 16 years, but I’m looking forward to seeing what all the fuss is about. Anything that might save my time is going to get my attention.
All that said, my copy of Sibelius 6 came in the mail today and I’ll let you know how it goes…