From GuitarPro 6 to MuseScore 2.0 ?
I had been using GuitarPro ever since version 5 came out but currently looking for something better (my main complaints against GuitarPro are very poor note space management, poor support for high screen resolutions, only 32bit support and poor playback performance once the score exceeds a certain size).
I mainly transcribe 70s - 80s band music, often live performances, with a strong focus on electric guitar. This involves a LOT of trial and error to get the pitches, neck playing location and especially the rhythm part right. As such, at least 70% of the time is spent in editing/changing notes duration, note pitch and fret numbers in various bars throughout the score.
GuitarPro excels in that area. For example, with just one key stroke you can insert a note or rest of any value anywhere inside a bar without "eating" adjacent notes, or doing any maneuvers to make room for it. You can group 3 consecutive notes (of same value) in a triplet, and delete the triplet without deleting the notes (still one key stroke). Indeed, both these operation will "overfill" that particular bar (but any other measure is not affected) and that will be highlighted by the program. However I find that behavior and outcome to be perfectly acceptable/excellent actually as I can fix it as I go (eventually it fixes itself as I work out the proper note duration in that measure). I am a grown up adult, I can count, I am perfectly capable of adjusting note duration on my own, I do not need the software to do that for me.
I am just a beginner with MuseScore but as far as I can tell, the process of changing notes duration in an already written score is far more complex and time consuming here. It is like you'd better off having the rhythm part well figured out before you start entering it in MuseScore cause if you have to change it later, it'll be a daunting task. If you only had to copy & cut & paste once to make room for a note, that would be OK. But when you are talking about doing and un-doing that ten times per bar while you're figuring out the proper note duration for that bar (plus re-entering some notes because they were deleted when you removed the triplet), and multiply that for 100 bars and a few instruments, well ... it's just not practical anymore.
So, is there, or will it be a knob which when turned allows me to edit a bar the way GuitarPro does it ? Or is this not the intended case use for MuseScore and, as such, I should look somewhere else (like Finale maybe) ?