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I used to be a Music Editor for 20 years but had to quit for

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I used to be a Music Editor for 20 years but had to quit for 7 yrs. due to family health issues out of state. Could you tell me the latest programs & gear currently used on major motion pictures for 1) scoring ( was Auricle in my day ), 2) editing ( was Pro Tools) and 3) dubbing (was 24 track, DA88 or direct from PT off computer ) ? Am considering going back to work. Thank you!

Finale seems to be the industry standard these days, according to

Finale provides easy access to everything you need to compose, arrange, play, and print music. Whether you’re creating orchestra film scores or .MP3 files for your iPod, your music comes alive with Finale.

I hope this information is helpful.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
As I said, I am/was a Music Editor not a composer. There is definite value is knowing what composers these days are using, but it doesn't really answer my question because composers and music editors are completely different entities and use different tools for work. This question is difficult I know, and not readily available online. One would need to be very familiar with the post production process in order to answer my question. So.. where do we go from here?:) Is that it? This is my first time here. Thanks:) No rush at all.
Pro Tools HD and Sibelius seemed to work well in Avatar, see
which was a state of the art production.

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Ha:) We're back to Pro Tools only it's HD now. That's easy. And looking at the Berklee site, it seems they're still scoring with Auricle I think. Last puzzle piece is, what does the cut score get dumped to for dubbing now? Maybe nothing, maybe just running out of the laptop. Wish I knew for sure tho. Going to bed. You should too:)
Cut score stays on the PC with dubbing software such as
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has a lot of information about Final Cut Pro and related technology used to edit Cold Mountain:

With 600,000 feet of exposed film and a postproduction schedule that lasted 16 months, Cold Mountain is, up to this point, the biggest film ever edited on Final Cut Pro.
The editing team's close proximity to the film lab made it easier to screen dailies, which were digital and magless. "We had our offices upstairs in the lab, on the same floor as telecine, sound transfer and the 35mm projection room," says Murch. "We used Final Cut to put the sound in sync, then exported those audio files to a Pro Tools session on an Akai digital dubber. On location in the mountains three hours to the north, the production team would project the film later that same day on an Arriflex LocPro equipped with a second Akai."