I have yet to find a notation software that didn't drive me nuts from tedious process of using it for score development and charts. I can ALWAYS write it out faster than I can figure out all the extra steps required to program the charts.
Finale, Sibeilius and Lilypond all seem unecessarily complicated to me. They always print the MIDI glitches and I end up spending more time cleaning the parts up (using the hand written parts as my guide, mind you) than I did to transcribe the piece in the first place! So I ended up only using Finale to print "stepped in" parts for big budget sessions (it's been over 18 months since I had one of those!). The process seemed absurd to me. I'm spending 90 minutes copying in a part I already wrote on paper in 20 minutes!
But since I'm always seeing videos on the big film composers doing their 400 track MIDI mock-ups, built from $50K sample libraries and then printing their scores out with these programs, I keep thinking that since I am a composer, I need to be on top of this. Of course they've all got assistants and interns earning $15 - 30 an hour to crank these charts out for their sessions while they deal only with the composing/arranging side of the process. I'm doing all of this by myself. So it's not as much fun, ya know?
Anyway, in an effort to streamline this side of the process, I'm trying to learn how to use the built in Score Editing section of Nuendo 4.3+NEK. It's still tedious work but, they've actually got SOME pretty cool time saving features in the program. So as I'm plowing my way through the manual and developing some chops on this, I was wondering if any of you Cubase5 (same platform as Nuendo) guys, who have to do this a lot, could offer any advice on how to become a "power user" with this program.
Specifically, can I build any macros with some of the more repetitive tasks to shorten the monotony? Are there any tips to the MIDI recording process to give it exactly what it wants going in, so as to not waste so much time cleaning up parts and finally, how do you set the program to see the entire score?
I've got the MIDI instruments lined up in score order and I selected all of those tracks when I opened the score editor. But the labels on the staves seldom match the MIDI tracks (neither do the ranges for lots of the instruments. So, right out of the gate,you're having to waste re-labeling and re-assigning clefs on dozens of staves. Is there some way to get that right upon opening the editor?
The video tutorial on Cubase4 barely touched on the utilization of a fraction of the controls and you know how manuals are. You spend as much time figuring out what they meant to say as you do actually following those instructions. So any tips, advice, referrals to IN DEPTH video tutorials for Cubase/Nuendo score editing or personal experiences you guys who have to do this a lot would care to offer would be greatly appreciated.