Overture is an advanced software application designed for helping composers, music educators and students create complex tabulator scores by entering notes with the mouse or computer keyboard. In addition, you may record MIDI performances.
The layout cannot be described as highly intuitive as it may look a bit overwhelming at a first glance. There’s support for a help manual and several tutorials that may shed some light upon the key features of the program.
The utility lets you check out a musical score with notes, symbols and lyrics, view and modify your score, name and enable tracks, assign MIDI playback devices, and specify the number of voices in a track.
Setting up instruments and working with the score
Overture allows you to assign a MIDI instrument definition to each available MIDI port and channel, construct the score by setting the key and time signature, add notes and specify the note duration, change pitch and duration, as well as erase any item from the score.
What’s more, you can add a pickup measure, insert a slur, embed various symbols, namely ornaments, articulations, noteheads, dynamics, expressions, text and clefs palettes, as well as attach a second voice to the score (each track may have up to four voices), and change stem directions.
The application lets you add staves, assign instruments to different parts of the stave, set up a metronome and record audio streams, link staves to MIDI devices, play the recorded audio file (the notes are played as well), and add chords.
You may insert lyrics to a score, print your score on paper, choose between several templates and create some of your own, edit MIDI data in any track, enter and edit lyrics, and create a score by recording MIDI data one step at a time. Once you are done with the editing process, you may save the audio data to WAV file format.
An overall reliable audio notation app
All in all, Overture includes a comprehensive suite of editing tools and symbols palettes that can be used by professional musicians in order to compose music. However, the GUI is not quite intuitve so you may spend a couple of hours getting used to it.