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Melody Assistant

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.2
out of 15 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    7.0.2
  • Total Downloads:
    103,073
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 07, 2004
  • Price:
    Free to try (limited exports, watermark); $15.00 to buy
  • File Size:
    18.14MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    8
  • Platform:
    Windows

Editors' Review

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While this program might be a boon for those familiar with creating musical scores, a clunky interface makes it tough to stay in tune. Melody Assistant lets you create songs and assemble musical scores as well as play your creations back. It does require prior knowledge of musical composition and score notation, as there's no help file to teach you the basics (while there is a good set of video tutorials to help you use the program.) The program's interface, while fairly rich with features, is not the easiest to use. Many buttons are too small, making it easy to click one when you meant another. We also discovered during testing that clicking and dragging useful icons on to the main window also can be a chore. The trial version does limit the number of notes you can place per stave, and restricts file importing. Despite some usability issues, Melody Assistant overall is a great tool for music beginners or intermediate users wishing to put their songs down on paper.
 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"Awesome sequencer for making sick electronic music"

April 27, 2008  |  By plato1123

 |  Version: Melody Assistant 7.0.2

Pros

Combine this program with a good sample library and you can make some sick beats, due to the many ways you can present an instrument or sample. Lots of built-in effects, and easy import and export for each layer so you can use other software to create samples and sample sequences (audiomulch?)

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3 stars

"Not Bad"

November 04, 2007  |  By TrumpyNZ

 |  Version: Melody Assistant 7.0.2

Pros

Reasonably easy to use.

Cons

Icons are too small and interface seems to be packed with too many items.

Sound quality is not that flash.

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1 stars

"Download Finale Notepad instead, it's FREE. Bad support from Myriad."

October 01, 2007  |  By seanmcmills

 |  Version: Melody Assistant 7.0.2

Cons

Myriad's support is bad. The Melody Assistant software seems okay, but I didn't get time to check it out because the activation key was not sent to me until the next day and by then I had already downloaded Finale Notepad which is clearly the superior product. I had a project due the following day and didn't expect to wait around for an activation key - the demo won't let you print legibly. I had wasted way too much time by the time I realized the activation key was not coming. When I explained all this to the Melody Assistant support person, the person showed me that he or she could care less and wouldn't give me a refund. The activation key didn't arrive in my email until the next day, and then only after I had to email them about not receiving it multiple times. If you buy this product, be sure you are prepared to possibly wait a day or more to receive your activation key. This was my experience. I was totally annoyed by all contact with the support person. Luckily Finale Notepad is much better. You can download the non-demo Finale Notepad from its website for free.

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5 stars

"Powerful, inexpensive, fun"

September 03, 2007  |  By kaicarver

 |  Version: Melody Assistant 7.0.2

Pros

This software does so much. I use it to play around with midi files, look at the scores, change instruments, etc. I almost never buy software, but I forked out 20 bucks for this (though I think it works ok for free). Just the sound bank is great, much better than the standard MIDI that comes on my PC (Vista). I've had good support from the company and the forums.

Cons

The user interface is a bit confusing. There's a definite learning curve. Lots of powerful functions aren't so easy to discover. The tutorials help.

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2 stars

"Major rendering flaws make this product useless."

June 05, 2007  |  By franck102

 |  Version: Melody Assistant 7.0.2

Pros

Deep feature set.

Cons

The product produces unreadable renderings

(both on screen and in print) in very

basic situations (e.g. dotted half

followed by 16th with alterations in 4/4).

The notes and the accidentals end up

printing on top of each other and there

is no way to manually fix the placement.

This is with the paying version, and the

only answer from support is that this is

on purpose, and that you have to go and

purchase the more expensive Harmony

Assistant product to be able to freely

place the notes in the bar.

I would strongly recommend against that

product unless you are looking for endless

headaches to create the most basic scores.

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5 stars

"HIGHLY recommended! sequencer with old-school interface"

December 16, 2006  |  By t045t

 |  Version: Melody Assistant 7.0.2

Pros

Compose music the old-fashioned way by dropping notes on a staff. Edit the score, right down to aspects of the individual note. Exports to midi, wav and other formats. Apply effects to the score or individual instruments. Allows you to create your own instruments from sound files. Well worth $20!

Cons

The included instrument base is poor and the intermediate one from their website isn't much better. No way to easily drop chords on the screen - have to do it a note at a time or use a keyboard.

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4 stars

"Great software"

August 06, 2006  |  By mrscience00

 |  Version: Melody Assistant 7.0.2

Pros

This is a good piece of software. I've owned it for several years and use it for all my composition. It's easy to use and EXTREMELY CHEAP as far as music notation software goes (and there's a completely free version available, just with fewer functions and a maximum number of notes). It has many, many features, some of which very few people will ever use. The sound database for playback is ok, and you can purchase better from the website, which also features some forums and good support from a helpful staff.

Cons

The music can skip a little if you put in a lot of staves (i.e. an orchestral score or larger), and in the few years I've owned Melody Assistant it's crashed four times, each time requiring a complete restoration of the software and a hassle for yours truly. Each version becomes better with both of these things, though, as is to be expected.

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1 stars

"Crashes constantly!"

March 01, 2006  |  By changa25

 |  Version: Melody Assistant 7.0.2

Cons

Every time I try to edit a file, it crashes and I have to restart the program. It is really annoying.

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2 stars

"Too crippled and complex"

May 08, 2005  |  By dudleydrear

 |  Version: Melody Assistant 7.0.2

Pros

It notated my midi file accurately.

Cons

I couldn't edit the score either because the functions I wanted were not available in the free version or I couldn't figure out how to do the function using the unintuitive user interface.

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1 stars

"Such cripple ware, who knows if it works"

March 11, 2005  |  By dempseys3

 |  Version: Melody Assistant 7.0.2

Pros

Not much

Cons

Won't even let me change the key signature in the crippleware eval copy. Sorry guys, but that's not worth more than one star.

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Myriad Software
Publisher web site http://www.myriad-online.com/en/index.htm
Release Date August 07, 2004
Date Added August 07, 2004
Version 7.0.2
Category
Category Entertainment Software
Subcategory Music Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP
Additional Requirements Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Download Information
File Size 18.14MB
File Name melody763f-install.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 103,073
Downloads Last Week 8
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License Model Free to try
Limitations limited exports, watermark
Price $15

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