updated 05:25 pm EDT, Wed June 22, 2005
Finale 2006 due in July
MakeMusic today announced that it is taking pre-orders for , its music notation software that is expected to ship next month. The 2006 upgrade brings powerful new features designed to enhance how musicians compose, arrange and notate music on a personal computer. It will offer "dramatically" improved music playback through a built-in Kontakt Player from Native Instruments and the Garritan Personal Orchestra Finale Edition, which features more than 100 studio-quality instrument sounds. Finale 2006 also offers new tools for teaching and learning music composition, including a new Studio View that integrates key sequencer tools into each music staff; and new professional controls, such as TempoTap to control the nuances of rubati, accelerandi, and ritardandi with the tap of a finger.
Finale 2006 will also offer an array of tools and features: Mid-Measure Repeats, Split Measures, Create Coda Systems, Chord Analysis, Resize Noteheads Automatically, Handbells Used Charts, support for a wide variety of Native Instrument VST/AU players, Textured Paper, Embedded Graphics, Music XML Import and Export (for Windows and Macintosh), Auto Slur Melismas, Score System Divider, Enhanced Human Playback, Embedded Fonts in Mac EPS files, Smart Shape Libraries, Auto Resize When Printing, Orff Instruments in Setup Wizard, Auto Insert Copyright Symbol, New Key Signature Context Menu, Composite Library Files, Mass Edit Context menu, and much more.
Finale 2006 is available for $600 with a 50 percent discount students and educational institutions. Upgrades from v2005 are $100.