Forte 5 Premium is a Music Notation, Transcription, Composition, and Recording software developed by several German classical musicians. I found that his version of the software is best for musicians whose music reading skills are advanced. This product would be useful for musicians who write scores for movies, band and orchestra teachers, classical and jazz composers, and performers who need to write and print scores for the musicians they hire.
Some features were user friendly; there are several menus at the top. The home menu/toolbar has features that allow you to select and insert notes, chords, different tempos, play and record controls. You are also able to transpose by instrument, key or interval using the transposition command. You can arrange parts of your score, add instruments and measures. This is just a very brief overview, as Forte has a million features, and there is a learning curve and understanding all of the features will take some time.
Notes are placed through a MIDI keyboard or you can drag and drop with their Music Ruler. Each note is audible, also. Forte also has VST plugins, import/export options, four voices, and more. My favorite feature is that there are over 100 virtual instruments that you can use. With Forte you are able to email or print the composition files via MusicXML or as a MIDI file.
As a progressive rock guitarist and writer I was not sure how this software would be relevant. I do read music but do not need to write out my songs in notation. Forte is not for guitarists who do not have a more advanced understanding of music theory and do not read music at a more advanced level.
Forte is a fascinating product and recommended for composers, classical and jazz musicians/band leaders and college level educators. If you are working on your music reading and want to compose there is a free trial available. For more information visit: www.fortenotation.com
Below is a listing of some of the functions:
Other features include:
built-in scan module
Step-time and real-time entry from MIDI device or keyboard
32 staves/tracks max
4 voices pro stave/ track max.
16 lyric verses pro stave/ track max
Save as MP3 or as WAVE
Swing feeling adjustable
Import and export of MusicXML
Individual assignable drum notation
25 ornament signs
12 different noteheads
advanced chord functions
punch in/out record
real-time entry and step-mode entry from MIDI keyboard
Import Finale MUSICXML and Capella CAPX files
Transposition by instrument and chord identification
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