Cakewalk Overture 2
For Windows 95/98
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Create professional notation fast.

Just point and click
Overture 2 is easy-to-use notation software that's powerful enough to satisfy the needs of today's professional musicians and composers. You can quickly enter notes on-screen with your mouse or computer keyboard, or record a MIDI performance for instant viewing. Overtures intuitive interface puts powerful editing tools and symbol palettes at your fingertips, so you spend time composing music instead of searching through menus. For complete orchestral arrangements, lead sheets, individual cues or even simple notation examples, theres no faster way to create professional notation than Overture 2.

Professional page layout
The score window in Overture allows you to notate your music quickly and easily. You control all notation elements with the mouse or computer keyboard. Extensive text handling functions make it easy to add or edit lyrics, page text, floating text, measure text and rehearsal marks.

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Figure 1: Overture Mac Screen

Extensive MIDI features
Overture has powerful MIDI recording capabilities that you wont find in other notation programs. It reads and writes standard MIDI files, provides tape deck-style transport controls, as well as punch-in/punch-out recording options. Overture offers complete MIDI playback of all dynamics, repeats and endings. And you can edit your recorded MIDI performance on-screen, using either the score window or the graphical piano roll display.

Desktop publishing
Need to include a few measures for a textbook example, test brochure or multimedia presentation? Just click and drag over any section of the score to capture it as a separate file. Then save the data as either a PICT or an EPS file and place it into the publishing program of your choice. Macintosh version only.

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Figure 2: Overture Windows Screen

Drum Mappings
Notating drum parts has never been easier. Play your drum kit over the entire range of the MIDI instrument and Overture will remap the notes onto a five line percussion staff. (You can load a drum library map, or create new ones.) Notate both closed and open hi-hats on the same line with an X and circle-X. For more clarity, you can even choose which staff lines show.

Smart Tablature
Overture 2 is the fastest, easiest and smartest way to notate music as tablature. Bends and other useful markings are fully supported. Automatically takes into account fixed or floating positions, finger span, alternative tunings, capo positions. Adjustable font, staff, note stem size. Automatically transposes fret position number from string to string! All articulations and marks become symbols when entered into blank space.

Guitar Palette
With Overture you get complete tools for guitar notation. Symbols can be attached to notes or placed anywhere on your score. Guitar bends attach to notes, when notes move the bends will move along with them. Guitar notations include finger articulations, hammer ons, tapping, rotatable and stretchable "bend" articulations with 25 easily adjustable quarter tone steps (+3 to -3 whole tones), tremolo marking, vibrato, barre at fret number, and more.

Jazz Articulations
Overture offers a wide variety of jazz articulations including: lift, slide (pick scrape), rip, wah wah, fall off, spill, stab, flip, smear, bend, doit, plop, wow wow, and shake-with 7 selection line type.

Expression Library
Create your own expression library with unlimited entries. Assign name, font, style, playback parameters and more.

Expression palette
Fully editable expression palette with definable font, font size, font style, line type, end cap, extract on all part selection, and hide in print selection. And you can assign play back parameters to your expression markings: tempo, patch, controller w/ controller value.

Overture Features


  • 256 staves with 8 voices per stave
  • 64 staves per system, unlimited number of systems
  • 8 voices per stave, each assignable to a MIDI (OMS) device
  • 0 - 16 lines per staff, choose which lines show, i.e. lines 1 and 5 only
  • Hide, show or scale any staff from 25% - 250%
  • Hide or show various staff elements including staff lines, key signature, time signature, barlines and clefs
  • Automatic page tiling for printout
  • 32,768 measures per score
  • Scrolling score window during playback
  • 34" x 44" maximum page size

    View/Edit Windows

    • WYSISWYG Page layoutwhat you see and edit is what you get
    • Piano roll MIDI data window
    • Zoom score from 10% - 800%

    Staff Types/Clefs

    • G (treble clef) G (8va) G (8vb)
    • F (bass clef) F (8vb)
    • C (movable-tenor, alto, soprano, mezzo soprano clefs)
    • Percussion with staff line, notehead and MIDI pitch mapping
    • Tablature with fingering, hide stems


    • Multiple meters and complex meters
    • Different meters between staves are supported graphically


    • Supports all note marks and ornaments
    • Intelligent placement of noteheads can be manually adjusted
    • Accidentals can be dragged anywhere
    • Fingering can be attached to notes


    • 128th note to triple dotted whole notes
    • Tuplets from 1 - 99 over 1 - 99
    • Beam patterns are automatic or user defined
    • Beaming: cross staff, cross barline, feathered
    • Adjustable beam height and angles
    • Nested repeats and endings with MIDI playback

    Input Methods

    • Computer mouse
    • Computer keyboard
    • MIDI controller/keyboard real time and step time
    • Read standard MIDI file, quantize each track differently
    • Paste any .PICT into score


    • Support user defined symbols/suffixes in libraries
    • Automatic chord recognition in step entry (MIDI) mode
    • Mouse click and computer keyboard entry of chords
    • Chords transpose


    • Lyrics--8 verses for each voice--mass entry, paste from word processor
    • Rehearsal marks
    • Page text including footer, header, titling with page numbers, date and time
    • Measure and system text


    • Engraver settings
    • Libraries for: allotment table, chord symbol, drum maps
    • MIDI playback: as recorded (MIDI data), as written or in swing
    • Templates using System 7 stationery


    • Records all MIDI events, including notes, controllers, aftertouch, pitch bend, key velocity, etc.
    • Graphic editing including Strip Chart for drawing in controller data
    • OMS compatible--supports multiport interfaces including MIDI Time Piece, Studio 4 and Studio 5LX
    • MIDI playback of all rests, dynamics, trills, repeats, tremolos
    • Assign MIDI values to dynamics for playback (pppp to ffff)
    • Tape deck style MIDI transport controls with punch in/out and wait for note.
    • 480 PPQN (parts per quarter note) capture of MIDI


    • Mac: any Macintosh compatible PostScript or Quick Draw printer
    • Win: any Windows compatible PostScript or non-PostScript printer
    • Use any alternate music font, such as the Jazz Font or GoldenAge handwritten-style fonts (Windows only; alternate fonts available separately)
    • EPS and PICT file capture (Macintosh only)
    • Part extraction with auto transpose and multi-measure rests
    • Standard MIDI files


    • Chromatic
    • Diatonic
    • Enharmonic
    • Includes notes and chord symbols


    • All elements (notes, stems, beams, accidentals, ornaments, fingerings, staves, clefs, barlines, all text including lyrics, chord symbols, dynamic markings) can be clicked and dragged or nudged with arrow keys
    • Option drag to copy is supported
    • Automatic recognition of elements, edit any item without switching tools
    • Copy/paste/merge/paste special for pasting only certain elements
    • Hide, show or scale any element 25 - 250%
    • Automatic or manual voicing and transcription, including re-transcribe
    • Beat charts are user modifiable including copy and paste
    • Step entry includes notes, rests, rhythmic slashes and chord symbols.

    System Requirements


    Windows 95/98

    Overture 2 comes on CD-ROM.

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