Harmony Assistant
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Harmony Assistant helps you write computer-assisted music compositions. Its harmonizing capabilities enable the composer to build quickly and efficiently accompanied tunes, with multiple instruments and drum background. Its full page edit and engraver modes will ease editing and page setup of your scores. Support an additional Virtual Singer module that sings lyrics of your songs in multiple languages or voices (man, woman, child...).
What's New
Version 9.6.3i:

Improvements
  • Editing lyrics on a score without lyrics that only includes one staff will automatically add the lyrics line to that staff
  • On Macs with a single-button mouse, Ctrl + Click is now equivanent to a right-click. (the "Shift" key now being used to insert/move object outside the staff area).
Fixes
  • Some palettes could move away from the screen edges
  • When unsuccessfully trying to tie two notes (different pitches, etc), an unwanted alert box was displayed
  • Dutch interface text has been amended
Version 9.6.3i:

Improvements
  • Editing lyrics on a score without lyrics that only includes one staff will automatically add the lyrics line to that staff
  • On Macs with a single-button mouse, Ctrl + Click is now equivanent to a right-click. (the "Shift" key now being used to insert/move object outside the staff more...
Requirements
Intel/PPC, OS X 10.5 or later



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Harmony Assistant User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 9.x:
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--marc reviewed on 30 May 2012
I'm updating my review to a '5'.

This application is packed with features that I've learned to appreciate and use over the past several months. The developers have responsive to improvement suggestions ...
--> http://www.myriad-online.com/en/docs/meloharmowhatsnew.htm

I am very happy to see the Harmony improvements for MusicXML. I find Harmony works nicely to produce MusicXML for SeeScore on the iPad/iPhone.
[Version 9.6.2]


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--marc commented on 13 Mar 2012
Melody Assistant is the smaller sibling of Harmony Assistant (http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/5533/harmony-assistant)

After reviewing the Myriad software demos and offering, I opted for the more featured Harmony Assistant.

Works on Lion 10.7.3
[Version 9.6.2f]


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--marc reviewed on 13 Mar 2012
I found the demo quite useful in determining the capabilities and limits of Harmony Assistant prior to purchase.

The good: Nice, fun notation/midi app. The plus is the wide range of supported formats and the extensible scripting architecture. In particular, Harmony Assistant can properly put lyrics in midi file (for example karaoke .kar, rich midi and standard midi files) which can not be done by either Sibelius or Finale. The Virtual Singer add-on is also an interesting computer sing-along singer.

The bad: Some edges could be improved like the support for chord diagrams on the import/export within MusicXML 2.0.

The ugly: The UI could really use some visual polish. Switching out the icon set (as provided by the UI) did improve the look.

Overall, I use Finale as a primary tool and Harmony as a nice adjunct for things that Final (and Sibelius) can not do.
[Version 9.6.2f]


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Acwolf reviewed on 09 Jun 2010
Updating my review now that they have re-sizable tool buttons! That is really nice and modernizes the feel a lot. The old ones were too small. See my previous comments/review for other details
[Version 9.5.1]


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Acwolf reviewed on 28 Mar 2010
This program is incredible.

Despite being much smaller company than the Finale / Sibelius folks, this has maintained competitiveness in many areas. This program does certain quirky things, including support for all sorts of world instruments, microtonality, a virtual-singer program... this is very flexible and well-designed software that is just a bit outdated in terms of GUI. At any rate, for the price it deserves strong consideration. This isn't some simple software for beginners, this is fully capable, professional software that can do very many things, and some are things no other program yet can do.
[Version 9.4.7]

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Acwolf replied on 09 Jun 2010
Despite imperfections and the fact that it doesn't do everything better than other competing (but more expensive) programs, I really should give this 5 stars now.

They added the ability to resize the toolbars! They were tiny before and that was what made it seem outdated to some degree. That is a major improvement! I recommend this over all other notation programs for anyone not doing professional level work. I also recommend professionals use this, and for some it might be all they need while others may also use other programs at times.
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N9YTY commented on 10 May 2006
Free until they tire of no getting money and call Intel Macs a new "platform" like Windows an get you to cough up another 15.
[Version 9.2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 07 Aug 2004
Harmony assistant is simply awesome both for features and price. Documentation is excellent and so is the web site. Highly recommended. Get GBMidi and the score can be directly imported to Garage band as midi.
[Version 9.0.2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 15 Jan 2004
Great update! The interface continues to improve (still some minor cosmetic glitches).

New installation process works great (No more installing into ~/Applications).

Can't wait to see how I can use this with GarageBand!!
[Version 8.4.2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 25 Dec 2003
Purchased through Kagi and I got my license string the next day. Everything works as advertised under Mac OS X 3.2 This software is a GREAT value. It is packed with features at a phenomenal price. It is good for composing in the classical sheet music tradition. It is also great for practice exercises with complex rythms which can be hard to decern with some sheet music. It will loop play any number of notes or measures. It can be better than a metronome in getting those rythms just right. You can't go wrong trying their demo which has all the features except saving your work and printing.
[Version 8.4.1]


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Anonymous reviewed on 02 Dec 2003
This is a great low-end music composition and midi sequencing program. For OSX, it is about all there is for those of us on a budget. It lacks some features for midi-sequencing, but it also has some unusual features, like auto accompaniment.

The worst thing is that their kagi link for the U.S. does not work. I took a chance and purchased it through the European portal. Haven't received my registration code yet, so I'm crossing my fingers.
[Version 8.4.1]


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Date:04 Oct 2013
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Harmony Assistant helps you write computer-assisted music compositions. Its harmonizing capabilities enable the composer to build quickly and efficiently accompanied tunes, with multiple instruments and drum background. Its full page edit and engraver modes will ease editing and page setup of your scores. Support an additional Virtual Singer module that sings lyrics of your songs in multiple languages or voices (man, woman, child...).


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