OK, so you guys could not possibly comment; but my guess is that Score is going to do a total revamp and features such as Note expression and maps is going to be totally integrated in Cubase 7. Score is also going to get a S*belius" like make-over making it much easier to use - maybe touch screen too.
Here are my suggestions.
Both in the score editor and in the key editor can Steiberg make some macros to make it intelligent.
For example, if you write for full orchestra you often want to write in a counterpoint style - if Score (and key editor) could check the ‘spelling’ so to speak, of the counterpoint, and highlight the errors (such as consecutive fifths) this could help a lot, both educationally, and in saving time. I could envisage a list of counterpoint options which would enable you to check or uncheck whether you wanted to look for “start with a perfect consonant” or not etc. I could see a lot of creative possibilities for such a function.
It would be good to have some kind of motive editor/store where you could take a phrase and see/store variants of it, for quick pasting at a note position of your choice - paste option could be things like paste modal/preserve, pitch distances, invert, double/halve time. Modal paste could also specify what base scale - major minor or even Egyptian.
It would be good to transpose a note or phrase by highlighting it and using the mouse wheel.
The right click menu needs a re-design. Some of the things in it like ‘convert to grace note’ are pretty rarely used but some things that you would want to do frequently are not there (like add stacatto, slurs, accents,transpose).
The right click menu also needs to be context sensitive. It needs to give different options depending on whether you have got a note or a group of notes selected or some other selection. Cut copy and paste should be there.
I could see similar features, such as the ability to ‘configure’ a song by writing an A, B or C, section, then doing things like invert runs and arpeggios - on the fly, without writing out lots of notes individually. this sort of thing is very useful at the last two bars of a eight bar section. Overall a lot more things should happen at the phrase level - this includes pick up notes not just bars.
There should be an option to insert chords as note structure, the default being semibreves in root postion, but options to voice the chord and to splice the note values and then arpeggiate them in a customisable way. Score should be like a word processor - able to handle notes as a group (and apply functions) like a word processor
It would also be good if Steinberg got Really creative and developed a ‘notation keyboard’ which, like an alphabet keyboard, was the same size-ish but was compatible with the notation functions and laid out the Cubase 7 Score tools tactilly, so with practice you could get a real flow. It would have a piano keyboard of say 1.5 octaves, a shift octave button, transport functions, a row of buttons for note lengths, symbols (the common ones), easy zoom, snap store and paste functions, querty keys too but relegated to some form of number pad format like mobile phones. It would have real bouncy tactile keys. There would be a minijack for some cans. All USB of course.
The sound engineer types have their custom stuff, so why should not us ‘musical’ types?
Everybody raves about Sib7 but the reality is that Cubase has so much more going for it - under the hood. For a start, from the composers view, its got an excellent full sequencer (for half the price of 7, which has none) , it’s also got note expression and expression maps and its got display quantise (extremely important when producing finished performances) these are all features that the opposition can’t hold a candle to.
At present the interface is clunky especially note entry, this is its most serious drawback, although I do admit its very powerful.
On the note expression front, it would be great if, in score editor, you could simply right click on a note and choose an articulation (perhaps one already mapped) Depending on eyesight, screen size and distance from the screen, reading the expression map menu is often a bit of a peeeeeer.
In the score editor it would be nice to see a part view where you could also see a mini key editor - like the one in the project window,
this would give the score editor more independence and make it easier to work without jumping around editors to see whats going on - velocity for example is hard to track over a phrase - in the score editor.
The transpose dialogue box could be a lot friendlier instead of using spin buttons, simple buttons for regular intervals could be provided.
It would be great if we leap frogged over the present generation of notation software. I am sure Steinberg are capable of this.