Finale 2010: next year's notation technology today?

Finale 2010: next-generation notation?
Finale 2010: next-generation notation?

It's tit for tat in the notation software business: less than two weeks after Sibelius announced version 6 of its application, the company's big rival MakeMusic has unveiled Finale 2010.

New features are predictably thick on the ground, so let's give you a quick rundown. For a start, there's improved percussion notation, and chords are now handled better in Finale, too.

For playback purposes, the update gives you 350 Garritan instruments to work with, and there's now VST/AU plug-in support. Other additions include automatic rehearsal marks, music education worksheets, extended image export options and scanning improvements.

You can find out more on the MakeMusic website, but if you're already sold, you can pre-order Finale 2010 for $600. Updates for existing customers start at $99.95.

Ben Rogerson
Deputy Editor

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.