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Hello everyone,

I just joined the forum.  I didn't see an "Introduce Yourself" forum so I thought I'd post some comments in this uncatagorized forum just to see if there's anyone around.   First off, it doesn't look like there's a lot of activity on these forums.  That's a shame, I was hoping to get lots of feedback on things I'm working on.   I write songs and compose small instrumental ensembles.  I'm working on a couple right now.  I do this totally as a hobby.


This is a nice looking forum, but it's not going to be real useful if there isn't a lot of activity on it.

Another problem for me is that I'm on dial-up.  So this limits to what I can easily access.  For example, I can't listen to music that is "Streamed".  It just comes in all broken up at my end.  The only way I can listen to things is if they are in an mp3 file that I can actually download.  Even then it takes time to download them to listen to them.  Youtube and videos are pretty much out too because of the long download times.  Although, I do have access to high-speed internet at the local library in town which I can visit on occasion to download things.

I would like to get some feedback on some things I'm working on, so if there's anyone around who might be interested in offering feedback that would give me more incentive to go to the work of actually posting the music.


So this thread is sort of just "testing the waters" to see if there's anyone "out there".

Hello?

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Hi, 

Welcome to the forum. I'm sure there will be some activity in the future.

-Quinn Mason

How come your internet is so slow?

What notation software are you using.
There are some great software-specific sites to upload your music to.

How can you live with just dial-up?
Campy

Hello Quinn, Leon, and Steve. It's great to see activity here. That's encouraging.

I'm totally frustrated with dial-up.  It's disgusting!  And I have no idea how I live with it.  I just have no choice.  I can't get high-speed at my home.  Every option is out.  No cable, no satellite access due to the dense forest I live in.  No cell phone service here either!  I've looked into every option.  None of them will work here.

Like I say, I do have access to Wi-fi at the local library in town.  That's a 20 mile drive, but I have a notebook computer so I just take the computer over there on occasion to download things.

I'm using Melody Assistant by Myriad.   It works for me as a hobbyist and the price is right at about $25.  So I'm happy with it for now.   I'm also pleased with the sound I get from the mp3 files it generates.

I have quite a few instruments.  So I'm often composing with an instrument in hand.  I have some knowledge of music theory, but mostly I like to just pick up an instrument and try different things on it.  So a lot of my "compositions" really amount to writing down my improvisations.  One nice thing about that is that I can indeed be guaranteed that it will be playable on the instrument.  Not only will it be playable, but if I can play it then surely a professional musician who plays the instrument for a living should have no problems at all.

Campy, you said, "There are some great software-specific sites to upload your music to."

What exactly are you talking about there?  Uploading sheet music?  Or mp3 sound files?

I already have a personal web site where I can upload my mp3 files.   And for the sheet music I usually just save it as a PDF and post it that way.   But I guess it would be cool to be able to swap actual sheet music files with other people.  Melody Assistant saves the sheet music in a "*.myr" file.   I'm not sure if that's compatible with anything other than another Melody Assistant sheet music program.   I don't think Melody Assistant itself is compatible with other sheet music programs.   But it will save things in "*.mid" files which can be opened in other sheet music programs.   I'm not sure how well the original score would be preserved in that case though.

I've tried Melody assistant, and the only (useful) feature i find in it is it's virtual singer.

Well a forest can be a great place to get some peace for creating. 

I myself moved from the city to a small town and it done me good. 

I never use the virtual singer.  I tried it once and uninstalled it.

What sheet music program do you use?

Quinn Mason said:

I've tried Melody assistant, and the only (useful) feature i find in it is it's virtual singer.

Yeah, it's a bummer I can't get high speed Internet access here, but I'm not complaining.  The peace and quite and privacy more than makes up for it.  I play many different instruments and I can play them anytime of the day or night that I want to without any worry about neighbors complaining.  That includes things like drums, saxophone, trumpet, banjo, violin, you name it.  I can make all the noise I want anytime I feel like it. It's GREAT.

Leon Riskin said:

Well a forest can be a great place to get some peace for creating. 

I myself moved from the city to a small town and it done me good. 



James Burnon Ross said:

I never use the virtual singer.  I tried it once and uninstalled it.

What sheet music program do you use?


Currently, i use Sibelius 6, 7, and finale 2012.


Quinn Mason said:


Currently, i use Sibelius 6, 7, and finale 2012.

Aren't they both expensive programs?

I actually started with Finale Notepad some years ago.  Moving to Melody Assistant was definitely an "upgrade" from that in many ways.


Melody Assistant has a strange user interface, I'll grant you that.  It took me  a while to really catch onto it.  But now it's just a dream to use.  I just can't imagine what these other software programs can be offering that is so much better.   Of course, I haven't used Silbelius at all.  And I've only worked with free version of Finale Notepad.

All I know is that Melody Assistant does what I need.   I haven't run into any limitations yet, save for perhaps the fact that it won't accept key signatures with double flats.  I actually found that to be a little bit of a problem recently.  But I was able to solve it by simply writing in an enharmonic key instead.

I wouldn't mind trying Silbelius if I could get a realistically priced copy.  But I'm not about to fork out $100 or more for it.


As a hobbyist composer it just wouldn't be worth it for me.  Maybe if I were a professional making lots of $$$ composing then it might be worth it.  But as a hobbyist Melody Assistant seems to fit the bill.


What can you do in Silbelius that you couldn't do in Melody Assistant?   I'm just curious?  Because like I say, I haven't really experienced any limitations for my purposes up to this point.  Other than perhaps the ability to share sheet music files.

I certainly hope that for the price Silbelius does indeed offer features that would put a $25 sheet music program to shame.  But I'm just curious what those features are?

Don't you guys use cubase or protools?

They both look expensive too.   Like I say, they might be worth it for a professional, but as a hobbyist Melody Assistant does what I need.  I use Audacity for recording and Melody Assistant for writing sheet music.

Audacity = Free

Melody Assistant = $25

I'm all set.



Leon Riskin said:

Don't you guys use cubase or protools?

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