Myriad Software Melody Assistant

Myriad Software

Version 5.5.1
Platforms Win 95,98,2000,NT; Mac FAT,PPC,68K
Size 3.7 MB
License Shareware
Description Write in tab or notation, std or altered tuning. Add bass, drum, keyboard, etc. Play midi of what you've written. Add lyrics. Print tab or scores choosing layout, color, size, font.
Posted By Pauline Leland (604)
Directory Software: Tab/Notation
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Overall Rating: 4.0 (of 5)
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On 2/20/2001, Pauline Leland (604) posted:
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I like it. It's fun to use, I use it frequently, I don't recall a crash. I've demoed other music software which was no easier to use but was much more expensive, up to hundreds of dollars more. Its two drawbacks are common to a lot of software: documentation that doesn't always help and new releases with annoying bugs. I'm going to be picky and knock it down from a 5 to a 4.
Price: $15.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Myriad Software, download
Suitable for beginner guitarists
This is Harmony Assistant's (see review here) not so little brother with lots of features for midi, tab, notation, detailed editing, lyrics, and karaoke. It's multi-lingual: English, French, Dutch, German, Spanish, Italian, and Japanese. The extensive documentation has been reorganized for this release. The developers supply a large sound database with multiple instruments for midi. You could score and play back an orchestra or a drum and bass rhythm accompaniment. You have a lot of control on printing - color, fonts, size of staves, even clip-art. They have a forum for users and are responsive to users' problems and requests. New features and updates are frequent and easy to get by downloading. Just wait a week before getting a major release so any annoying bugs have been found, reported, and fixed.
Ease of Use:
Melody Assistant is very feature rich, so it takes a little time to learn how to use all the features. Jump right in with "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" but take the tutorial to get you started for anything complex. You do need basic skills in reading music to be comfortable using Melody Assistant, and that's all I have. TablEdit is easier; TablEdit can't do as much.