I've been asked to write for a piano quintet [piano + string quartet]. Nothing fancy, but the players will be first-rate. So I cannot hand them manuscript.
Been offered anything I need. I also need to be reasonable. I set my budget at $2,000. I'd like not to ask for more than that.
I will get Finale 2011 at $350 (academic/institutional)
I need a new, stronger PC. Any RAM ideas? I know, "as fast as possible." I will go for Windows.
Those are given. After that, I don't know what I need. Do I need a keyboard? I remember being frustrated when playing music into Finale (early 1990s) via a keyboard. It may be easier to notate with a mouse, or through another method (I remember the number pad method).
Is the version of GPO that comes with Finale 2011 the same as the one they sell separately?
What things am I missing? Things have changed since the last time I did this. [MIDI soundcards, electronic MIDI keyboards, Proteus sampler....]
The experience of the women and men of composition would be appreciated!
peace from sylvester