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Hello everybody,

I'm creating Midi files of classical music for my own personal enjoyment. For this, I've always used the notation software Finale. I have Finale 25 on my PC. But one day I asked a Midi related question
in the Finale forum, and they replied that using Finale for Midi is "a bit unfair" and that I should use other software.
I'm comfortable with Finale but I wonder if there's a program which suits me better.

Unfortunately, I don't know what programs I should use. I have the programs Sekaiju and the Midi Editor, but it's
a bit uncomfortable to make Midis of classical music with them, in my opinion. And I tried out Noteworthy Composer,
but it doesn't have all the features I need, like displaying minor keys.

I have a Midi keyboard but I can't use it because of physical limitations. I bought it just for fun but it's too large and heavy for me to use,
let alone that I can't play the piano or keyboard very well. So I'm creating the Midis by hand.

I need a preferably comfortable program with which I can make classical music Midis. Do you have any suggestions for me?

Thank you for your help!
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Well, Finale is just fine for creating the music you want to hear from a score, the only others that may offer the features that you need are Sibelius and the very new program Dorico, from Steinberg. Dorico is still under development. Then there's another called Mozart notation software.

Once the notation is done, then more 'human' results may be obtained by exporting to a MIDI file and importing that into what is today called DAW software (or a sequencer as we used to know it). There are just so many to choose from, but all of the professional ones have a pretty steep learning curve.
Once inside the sequencer one can manipulate the notes and their MIDI controller values (start and end time, velocity, expression, etc.) to get more realistic results.

It may be easier to start by trying something simple like Anvil Studio. Then there's Reaper, Sonar, Cubase, Pro Tools (to name but a very few) and so on.
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