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Logic 9 How good is notation in Logic Pro 9?

Discussion in 'Logic 9' started by Edgold, May 28, 2011.

  1. Edgold

    Edgold Senior member

    I've just barely started on the notation window but I'm not sure it's good enough to pursue or whether I should stick with what I know. Some of what I read about Logic notation is not reassuring.

    Many of my older scores are done with Harmony Assistant and Virtual Singer which tend to give me enough grief just to get a printable pdf score but at least I know I can get there in the end.

    Opinions please?

    (I should add that I'm on 9.1.4 since it came up in the automatic Apple download updates.)
  3. LMPaule

    LMPaule Senior member

    I am sure that there are many different views on this. My view is that it is one of the great ways to edit midi info. Sometimes I prefer to do it this way verses the Piano Roll editor. Its all on how your brain works. However, it does not compare to a full function notation program like Sibelius or Finale. That being said, Groove 3 has an excellent training course by Doug Zanger on notation in Logic. Doug will show you how to do just about anything you need to within the Score Editor.

    It all comes down to what you are trying to do. If you are writing at the keyboard and then needing to clean up parts. The Score Editor should work. If you want to create in a manner the similar to pulling out a sheet of manuscript paper and pencil, then Sibelius or Finale is the way to go. Of the two, I prefer Sibelius (although that is an endless debate better left to other sites.)
  4. Edgold

    Edgold Senior member

    Thank you for your input, LMP.

    I have yet to start any new original projects in Logic and am not sure how I will work in it. One thing I'm interested in is choral music (I tend to do orchestral, choral and piano music.) and I have transformed a score into Logic which originated as Virtual Singer files (Myriad software.). These sing the notes with words and yes, I have used Logic's various transformation options to make the words clearer in one file but with varying results. Not sure how I would make these into notation files but apparently I can do it.

    In other words, I'm still up in the air.
  5. sonnykeyes

    sonnykeyes Senior member

    I don't think Logic's notation has changed much (if at all) since about v.4, but I've always found it adequate for printing out parts for players, etc. If you were trying to make a pretty score to publish, you'd probably want Sibelius or Finale, but if you just need to put something readable in front of a session player or singer, you can get what you need from Logic.

    Years ago I had to take a composer's midi files for commercials and break them out into score for the session players, and I got pretty good at figuring out how to make it work, but I do remember having to create workarounds and cheats, especially with phrasing and bowing on the string parts. It takes some practice, but you can pretty much always get what you need.

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