A humorous and informative perspective on the idiosyncrasies of Sibelius music scoring software. This video shows, from a software designer/musician’s perspective, that we are not alone in feeling that music software can be very unintuitive and user-hostile. I infrequently use many music-related programs (Finale, Sibelius, Illustrator, Logic, Cubase, Final Cut) and always feel like I am starting from zero in remembering the logic of each software design.
For maximum flexibility and efficiency, I always work with paper and pencil until a composition is completed. Then I struggle through the (forgotten) nested submenu’s and keyboard shortcuts of Finale to create a monochromatic score, which then has to be converted into image files of each page and imported into a vector graphics editor for polychromatic note coloring. Illustrator has a completely different system of submenus, shortcuts and command meanings (i.e. “place” instead of import).
For me, Artificial Intelligence could be a profound composer’s assistant if it was able to implement voice commands independent of software platform… rendering frustrating and inefficient software manual diversions obsolete. In this sense, what an amazing ‘universal translator’ AI could be!