gi. I use sonar and Cubase for music production. both of them are good and have great tools but their note editing tools are so rudimentary and very hard to work with. as I searched in internet almost any producer have problem with their note editing tools. I'm really satisfied with note editing system of app like guitar pro. is there any plugin or other music production app that is better on note editing.

thank you for helping

  • AFAIK, Cubase's score editor is actually among the best that's available in a DAW. But indeed it's significantly clunkier than the specialists like Sibelius or even Musescore. I wonder how good Reaper's editor will become a couple of versions ahead – possibly pretty good, considering Reaper's history of excellent software engineering. – leftaroundabout Nov 28 '17 at 0:23

If by note editing you mean software that allows you to write music in notation format, or else allows you to tinker more with the written music side of what you're attempting to compose, you may want to look at music notation software as opposed to working in a DAW. You might be able to hook up a MIDI keyboard and get your notes written out in a notated format that can then be saved as a MIDI file that can be imported into your DAW. This is particularly handy when wanting to orchestrate something and have specific orchestral instruments in mind for color, then want to transition that work into an electronic environment.

Another option is to look into which DAWs have rich editors or piano roll functions, and take a few out for a test spin and see if you find one that matches your composition style. As you're discovering yourself, some DAWs are better than others at working with note editing while others are better still at mixing and applying effects. You might find that the best solution for you is a combination of software instead of a single solution.


There is no 'best' notation program. Recommendation questions are even offtopic on this site. It all depends on your workflow and skill. I will go ahead and post this link, so you can do your own research on what is best for you: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_music_software

  • I think your answer could be a comment. I don't think in a field that instruments are important asking about instruments are off-topic – virtouso Nov 28 '17 at 21:30
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    @virtouso -- yet asking for equipment recommendations is explicitly off-topic; but agree that this answer should have been a comment. – ex nihilo Nov 28 '17 at 21:39
  • Asking about musical instruments is not offtopic, although equipment recommendations are explicitly offtopic here. From the Help Center, questions regarding "usage of specific music software or hardware" is fine, as long as it's not about "shopping help — including product or music search — or buying/selling advice or recommendations". – Ye Dawg Nov 28 '17 at 21:40
  • And i didn't think there would be a better way to answer the question than what i did, so i posted it as an answer. – Ye Dawg Nov 28 '17 at 21:42
  • @YeDawg I think the problem that I have with your answer is that it's a bit assaulting on OP, when OP is not asking directly "What's the best?" OP obviously comes from a DAW standpoint, and there is notation/engraving software that does the job better than DAW software does. Without patronizing a specific product, a better answer might have been to indicate the difference in usage between both software types. – psosuna Nov 29 '17 at 1:15

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