QuickScore Elite II version 10 is the maestro of music notation software
and our "TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award" product. This software
package accommodates the novice and the professional musician alike.
The program uses a window system that contains all of the tools necessary
to compose a brilliant piece of music.
QuickScore impressed us with its editing capabilities—they surpass any
other product on the market today. Icon palettes display the editing
tools needed to delete, add or move notes or entire staffs with ease.
You can even adjust stem height to separate voices.
After a day of reviewing the tutorial and experimenting with the software,
we felt comfortable enough to create a few jingles of our own; you will
be a pro in no time.
Palettes, including the toolbar palette and the object type palette
and the excellent editing tools, make music composition manageable and
allow you to visualize what you’re doing.
QuickScore Elite II is stacked with features that make music notation
quick and easy. The main composing screen consists of the editors and
tools you will need to compose your masterpiece.
Three editors—the controller editor, the score editor and the piano
roll editor—appear as three separate windows, making it easy to click
between the three while composing your music. Additional smaller windows,
at the bottom of the screen, help in the notation process and include
a track sheet, a mixer, an event list, a song editor and a comments
Through QuickScore you can notate guitar and percussion as well as other
MIDI files or music created using a microphone. The guitar feature will
create a chord out of any selected note so you can play the correct
chord along with any other instrument.
The drag and drop abilities of this program make music notation a breeze—simply
select the duration of the note and click the editing pencil on the
appropriate line. Unfortunately, there are very few computer keyboard
shortcut commands to assist with the process.
QuickScore Elite II is able to accept up to 16 MIDI channels at once.
This means you can input 16 different instruments at the same time and
the program will notate each instrument separately.
We found no problems with the installation process.
QuickScore will accept MIDI type 0, 1 and 2 music files, including MIDI
guitar. The software will notate the music and create chords for each
note or once per measure.
QuickScore is capable of saving and recording your music files in a
number of formats, including WAV and MP3. You can save scores in TIFF,
BMP and Windows Enhanced Metafile files. Then import your scores into
popular graphics and word processing programs, like Microsoft Word and
Corel Draw to add graphics and other enhancements to your final score
to give it some flare or include your personalized logo.
QuickScore will export MIDI type 0 and type 1 music files to another
computer, instrument, MP3 player or any other electronic device that
is MIDI compatible.
One downside to the QuickScore input capabilities is the software does
not notate the input in real-time. This means you must first record
the music and then once you decide to keep the score the notes appear
on the screen.
The editing features of QuickScore Elite are top-notch with an erase
icon that makes individual deletions quick and effortless. Palettes
make replacing notes a cinch and simply select a note or group of notes
to bring up an edit menu with over 50 editing options that allow you
to tweak and adjust your tune.
This program can punch record so you can replace just a few notes or
an entire staff with a different recording.
QuickScore Elite includes a comprehensive tutorial that covers many
features of the program, more specific information is available through
an online manual and FAQs page.
Customer service is available by phone and email.
QuickScore Elite II is a great buy for anyone looking for music notation
software, whether you write music professionally or as a hobby. With
tons of user-friendly features and an editing section that can’t be
beat, this software will have you writing your own melodies in days.
A complete list of features and side-by-side comparisons are available
on the Music
Notation Software Review HomePage
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