|Instruction manual - Pizzicato 3.6.2||EN005 - Revision of 2013/05/29|
Introduction To Pizzicato
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Versions of Pizzicato [Light] [Beginner] [Professional] [Notation] [Composition Light] [Composition Pro] [Drums and Percussion] [Guitar] [Choir] [Keyboard] [Soloist]
We thank you for buying Pizzicato and we wish you welcome in its new musical universe.
Pizzicato 3.6 is oriented around eleven versions. Pizzicato Professional contains every function you can find in this manual. The other 10 versions contain only a specific set of these functions, oriented around a more specific use of Pizzicato. Here is a short description of each version.
- Pizzicato Light
It is a basic version making it possible to learn music, make exercises, write small scores (1 or 2 pages) and use basic MIDI and audio recording features. You may also start to learn music composition and the musical keyboard.
- Pizzicato Beginner
It is basically a general score editor, up to 16 staves (instruments). It comprises more functionalities than Pizzicato Light, like the fast encoding of lyrics and chords, MIDI functions, the global editing view,.... It also contains the music course.
- Pizzicato Professional
Contains a multitude of additional functions and possibilities, compared to the Beginner version. Among others, it contains a whole set of innovative and intuitive tools to help compose your own music. It opens the door of music composition to everyone, even with little or no music knowledge. The tools and options of this version give you a very powerful score editor as well as many tools to refine the interpretation of a score in MIDI, as well as many tools to practise music composition.
- Pizzicato Notation
This is the full featured music notation version. It contains all the tools of Pizzicato Professional oriented toward music notation.
- Pizzicato Composition Light
This low cost version, as well as the next one, are designed specifically around music composition. Contains many tools to help the beginner to start composing his own music.
- Pizzicato Composition Pro
Contains all the advanced intuitive composition tools of Pizzicato Professional. You can export your composition as a MIDI file, a musicXML file or audio file, to be used by any other music notation or sequencer program.
- Pizzicato Drums and Percussion
This low cost version is designed specifically for music notation of drums and percussion instruments. Print and hear your drums and percussion scores.
- Pizzicato Guitar
This low cost version is designed specifically for music notation of guitar. Print and hear your guitar scores, including tablatures and guitar chords diagrams.
- Pizzicato Choir
This low cost version is designed specifically for music notation for the choir. Print and hear your choir sheet music, including lyrics.
- Pizzicato Keyboard
This low cost version is designed specifically for music notation for the keyboard. Print and hear your keyboard sheet music, including cross-staff beaming and many advanced keyboard notation features.
- Pizzicato Soloist
This low cost version is designed specifically for music notation for one staff. Print and hear your solo sheet music, including lyrics and chords. Fits any solo instrument written on one staff.
These versions are used under license, when you buy one of these versions of Pizzicato. These versions also exist in evaluation and shareware and they may be used free of charge. Here are their limitations, compared to the licensed versions.
- Pizzicato Shareware version
Free version of Pizzicato Light, during one month, starting with the installation of the program on a computer. This version has all the features of Pizzicato Light. It nevertheless prints the scores with a Pizzicato mosaic background. This version follows the guide lines of Shareware software and implies that if the user wants to continue using it after the first month, he must buy the user license. With this version, you may save audio files that are not longer than one minute. It does not contain the sound library.
- Pizzicato - Evaluation versions of the other 10 Pizzicato versions
- Does not allow to save your work, nor to export it in MIDI, audio, graphic or musicXML
- Does not allow to print
- Does not contain the sound library
- Does not permit chord finding for harmonization (if applicable).
When you install Pizzicato on your computer, whether from a DVD or after downloading it from the Internet, all versions are installed at the same time. In other words, these multiple versions are in fact the same software. All free version may be used. You can switch from on version to the other through the Program version / Updates... item of the Options menu or directly through the Working mode menu of the Options menu.
This can help you to try out any of the version. You may buy multiple licenses (for instance, Pizzicato Guitar and Pizzicato Drums) and by registering these two licenses, you will then be able to work with these two licensed versions, as well as with the other 9 free evaluation versions.
By installing the evaluation version, you can use it also as a reader for Pizzicato documents. If someone sends you a Pizzicato file, you can download the evaluation version for free and if you do not modify the document, you can print it, export to MIDI, audio or musicXML.
The user manual of Pizzicato [Light] [Beginner] [Professional] [Notation] [Composition Light] [Composition Pro] [Drums and Percussion] [Guitar] [Choir] [Keyboard] [Soloist]
The instruction manual is designed as a progressive approach of music, computers and Pizzicato. It is divided into a series of lessons each one treating a particular subject. Most of these lessons are made of a succession of practical steps that you are asked to perform with Pizzicato. The attention is laid on a balance between practice and theory.
Each lesson covers music, computer or the use of Pizzicato. The tables of content contain the references of each lesson. These divisions of the manual enable you to easily adapt your reading to your knowledge level. The professional musician will skip the music lessons and the well-informed in computer will skip the pages related to the computer.
In a general way, the lessons follow a progressive order. If you want to have a total control of Pizzicato, we advise you to study them in the exact sequence. If you are initially only interested by certain subjects of Pizzicato (music learning, score editor, Midi sequencer, composing or accompaniment), you can skip the lessons specific to the other fields. The introduction of a lesson shows each time the subjects covered and helps you estimate if the lesson is interesting for you or not.
You will also find a glossary that includes most of the words relating to music, computer or Pizzicato. Use it each time you don't fully understand the meaning of a word. Continuing to study the course without understanding the words can only create problems. Therefore, use the glossary abundantly! In the text of the lessons, the new introduced words are directly related to the glossary by a link. When dragging the mouse over it, the cursor becomes a hand. Click it and you get access to the definition of the word in the glossary.
According to the Pizzicato version you bought, a paper manual contains the main lessons required to learn to used the program. The screen documentation nevertheless includes all the lessons for each version. According to the consulted manual, you only access the lessons concerning the version you have. Many lessons are common to all versions and some indicate differences between versions. You will find for instance, a list of the Pizzicato versions relevant to each main division of a lesson.
Goals of Pizzicato [Light] [Beginner] [Professional] [Notation] [Composition Light] [Composition Pro] [Drums and Percussion] [Guitar] [Choir] [Keyboard] [Soloist]
The design and creation of Pizzicato began in 1992. With Pizzicato, our goal is to create a software to approach music and computer without any preliminary knowledge of these subjects, while offering a maximum number of musical features to the professional. The future releases of Pizzicato will continue in that direction.
In order to be informed on the evolution of Pizzicato and to be able to access our technical support, we kindly request you to register yourself as an official user of Pizzicato. You can do so by returning the registration card included in your software package or directly register on our Web site.
For any question regarding Pizzicato, you can contact our international technical support:
Arpege - Music
29, rue de l'Enseignement
Tel ++32 87-55.23.60
Fax ++32 87-26.80.10
or consult us on the Internet. Our site is: www.arpegemusic.com Our E-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Announce your license number to the support staff. If your question concerns an installation problem or is related to the use of the program, please be in front of your computer while calling. We will help you as best as we can. The best way is an e-mail with full description of the problem. We usually answer within 24 hours in working days.
Do not hesitate to report to us in writing all the improvements and new functionalities you can think of. We will take your remarks into account for the development of future releases of Pizzicato. Our goal is to transform Pizzicato into your ideal work platform for computer-assisted music. To this end, your point of view is important to us.
All this being said, you are now ready to get to the heart of the matter: music on your computer. We wish you much pleasure in your discovery of the musical and software universe of Pizzicato!
Designer of Pizzicato