updated 06:00 pm EST, Tue January 30, 2007
Finale Allegro 2007 ships
MakeMusic has released Finale Allegro 2007, an update to its mid-level music notation software that brings new features and native support for Intel-based Macs. Finale Alegro is described as lower cost alternative to its Finale 2007 software with all the MIDI and notation tools for publisher-quality scores, but without the detailed engraving options. Allegro users can enter notes with the mouse, computer keyboard and/or a MIDI keyboard as well as by playing a brass or woodwind instrument using the company's exclusive MicNotator feature. Additionally, Allegro offers the same high-quality music scanning capabilities as Finale 2007 and can import and export MIDI and MusicXML files. The full version is $200, while upgrades are $60.
The company said that orchestrations can be created with up to 32 staves, which can be transposed to any key and for any instrument. In addition, Allegro offers an unlimited numbers of lyric verses, automatic guitar chords and the ability to customize items like percussion notation and string instrument tablature.
Allegro also aids the compositional process with Band-in-a-Box Auto-Harmonizing -- for turning any melody into two or three-part harmony; automatic Drum Grooves can instantly add drums to any song or score. The new Human Playback is an automated swing playback and a newly integrated software synthesizer features more than 128 sounds and dozens of high-quality marching percussion sounds from Row-Loff.
Allegro also features a new Exercise Wizard that helps educators save time by instantly creating warm-ups for the whole band, orchestra or choir. Leveraging compatibility with Finale NotePad freeware, Allegro users can share their music with anyone on the Internet and create .MP3 files to burn CDs of their music. In addition, Allegro prints out scores and parts with the same precision as Finale.
"The music software field can generally be divided into two halves: entry-level software and professional offerings such as Finale," states Mary Schneider, MakeMusic's chief marketing officer. "Allegro holds a unique place in the middle of the field, offering much of the power and control of Finale with a $199 list price and the ease-of-use of entry-level software. For many educators and music professionals on a budget Allegro is the answer."