Melody Assistant for Mac

Melody Assistant for Mac

Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 15 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.8.2a
  • Total Downloads:
    1,858
  • Date Added:
    November 14, 2001
  • File Size:
    18.17MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS Classic/X 10.0/X 10.1

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  • 5 stars

    "classy worker"

    January 23, 2012   |   By eidorb

    Version: Melody Assistant 7.6.2e

    Pros

    flexible, quality, inexpensive,
    well documented
    well maintained with helpful support

    Cons

    navigating many options takes a while to learn those relevant to user.

    Summary

    get it and learn it.

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  • 4 stars

    "Great App!"

    April 21, 2010   |   By keeneyedesign

    Version: Melody Assistant 7.4.7c

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Let me preface this by saying two things: 1) I've only been using Melody Assistant for about 1/2 a day 2) I am not a professional composer/musician.

    That said, I was looking for an inexpensive music notation software to digitize a 4-instrument song I'd composed in high school (almost 15 years ago!) that had been perfomed twice, but never recorded. I had my original "score," but like I said, I'm not a professional composer, so while I knew how the song was supposed to sound in my head, I didn't have any offical true sheet music that someone else could read/perform. I needed a program that could play back my original notes and that I could adjust to get it correctly notated.

    Now, I'm pretty good with learning new software, and had a decent time figuring out the basics of this fairly intuitive software. After testing the shareware a few hours and doing a quick check to see that it was my best (and cheapest) option, I bought the license ($25 USD). Since then, I've downloaded and watched several of the numerous tutorials (accessible within Melody Assistant's Help menu), all of which were very easy to follow (I usually didn't even need to watch the whole video; just needed to be pointed in the right direction as to which options were hidden in which menus.)

    It seems to me that this is a very complete music notation software and a steal at the price. My only complaint so far is that I haven't yet figured out a way to have the computer/app play my music complete with repeated measures, but I guess I could just remove the repeat signs and duplicate the repeated measures so it plays linearly. Also, I've figured out how to number the measures, but have yet to figure out how to number/letter different musical sections (intro, 1st movement, 2nd movement, bridge, etc.).

    Thank you to the developers for this great, inexpensive application!

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  • 2 stars

    "A savior"

    April 13, 2010   |   By Chowman

    Version: Melody Assistant 7.5

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    A mature, full-featured app for a fraction of the price of its competitors. I only wish there was a Melody Assistant for movie editing and all the other realms in which over-priced monster apps reign.

    The sole negative I have is that there's a steep learning curve, but the same's true for Finale, etc. Computers just aren't set up for notating music in an intuitive way.

    Anyway, I've used Melody Assistant for many, many years (recently updated to Harmony Assistant), and am incredibly grateful for it.

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  • 1 stars

    "Major rendering flaws render this product useless"

    June 05, 2007   |   By franck102

    Version: Melody Assistant 7.3.1

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    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 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

    "Great app!"

    June 28, 2004   |   By VersionTrackerUserOpinion

    Version: Melody Assistant 6.5b4

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Very good for music notation. Nice and easy to use.
    I bought a copy six years ago and my licence is still valid. Not bad!

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  • 4 stars

    "Good for what it is"

    August 26, 2003   |   By daxmacrog

    Version: Melody Assistant 6.3.5c

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    For the price it's the best thing I could find to do quick edits to midi ringtones, but the interface is pathetic.

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  • 5 stars

    "Still the best"

    July 01, 2003   |   By Donal Briard

    Version: Melody Assistant 6.3.5c

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    At this price, it's unbeatable. The UI is very clunky and un-Apple like (think Sibelius next time, please). Also, the developers should post WHAT'S NEW on VT for each individual apps/OS, instead of sending the customers to their website where bug fixes/new features from all applications and all OS's are mixed together in an incomprehensible mess.

    Still, if you're a composer and can't afford the high end solutions, this program is HIGHLY recommended.

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    Full Specifications

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    What's new in version 5.8.2a
    • Engraver mode is now available in Harmony Assistant. In engraver mode, notes are no more spaced by a distance that is proportional to their duration : score display is nicer.
    • Free objects are a new type of text, graphics or score object that can be embedded anywhere on page.
    • Batch file processing. A new option in the Jukebox action meny enables to apply graphical changes to all files in the list according to a template. (Harmony only)
    • Smart positionning for staff name. Staff names can be moved horizontally and vertically on page. Can be adjusted either by editing graphical parameters, or in page mode (Harmony only) by clicking and dragging the name.
    • In Harmony page mode, when control handles are masked, clicking and dragging Title, composer and remarks moves them on page.
    • PICT export improvement (Windows version)
    • New option in Global Setup, "Midi" index : Midi channel conflicts can be solved automatically when saving file.
    • Virtual Singer : English diphthongs transition improvement, other miscellaneous improvements.
    • When chord grid ot lyrics are printed alone, a header and footer are now added to the page.
    • EPS export : embedded graphics are now properly exported, in colour.
    • New chapters in user manual : Engraver mode, free objects, batch processing, microtonal adjustments, alternate tuning
    Fixes
    • Lyrics in Midifiles, type 1 and 0.
    • Specific problems under Mac OS X.
    • Dynamics when moved from one staff to another
    • Virtual Singer : interference problems from a singer to another, and loss of sync.
    • Virtual Singer : microtonal adjustments provide now the same frequency as when applied to an unsung note.
    • Tempo management (and simultaneous use of tempo change and fermata effect)
    General
    Publisher Myriad Software
    Publisher web site http://www.myriad-online.com/en/index.htm
    Release Date November 14, 2001
    Date Added November 14, 2001
    Version 5.8.2a
    Category
    Category Communications
    Subcategory Dial-up Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.1, Mac OS Classic, Mac OS X 10.0
    Additional Requirements
  • Mac OS 8.6 or higher with CarbonLib
    or
  • Mac OS X 10.0 or higher
  • Download Information
    File Size 18.17MB
    File Name melody763i.zip
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 1,858
    Downloads Last Week 1
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    License Model Purchase
    Limitations Not available
    Price $15

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