Best music notation software for a simple melody line, entered from a piano keyboard?
Sorry about the long-ish title there.
I’m using Harmony Assistant at the moment, entering notes directly from a MIDI keyboard. The tunes are all my own, but from a general perspective, they resemble Irish tunes closely enough in the note groupings, keys and time sigs.
HA is good, and fast note entry is possible, if you know exactly what you are doing. It has instant sound when entering and playing back, but entering note groups like triplets and tuplets is not straightforward at all. Final rendering and printing are pernickety, and actions are not consistent.
In other words, what you see is not what you get.
Lilypond is good and easy to use, but the sound selections are poor. Basically, I just want a simple neutral piano sound. Admittedly, I am only using the free version, but would the full version ($55) be much better?
I own Finale Printmusic, again, easy to use, and pretty flexible, but they are real bar stewards for shirking on backward compatibility. Upgrade your operating system to Win 10, and the Win 7 version does not work, so you need to but the upgrade, and trust them …
I’d be interested in hearing what anyone else is using.