choosing a score editor

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choosing a score editor

Postby corky » Sun Feb 01, 2009 12:22 pm

HI I am new to linuxmusicians. I found the site when searching for linux score editors. A useful idea, thanks for setting it up.

I have been using Noteworthy under Wine. It is very good, but it doesnt have everything I want, and I would prefer to use an open-source native-linux program. Can anybody here offer advice on which score editor would have the closest look and feel to Noteworthy? This old dog is not ready to learn too many new tricks, particularly if something familiar is available. Playback is more important to me at the moment than a beautiful manuscript.

Also, does anybody know if any linux score editor has a feature which would enable playback of a selected staff(s) in a different pitch to what is written (eg written in C, played in E flat or B flat - helpful for debugging brass band arrangements)

Normally I would install and experiment, however none of the likely candidates (museedit, denemo, nted) are available for easy install on my distro of choice (Archlinux) so I would like to narrow down the options before compiling.

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Re: choosing a score editor

Postby raboof » Sun Feb 01, 2009 12:48 pm

corky wrote:Also, does anybody know if any linux score editor has a feature which would enable playback of a selected staff(s) in a different pitch to what is written (eg written in C, played in E flat or B flat - helpful for debugging brass band arrangements)

Rosegarden can do that - but probably others, too. It can be a bit hard to get started with though, as it's basically a sequencer and a notation editor rolled into one.

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Re: choosing a score editor

Postby corky » Mon Feb 02, 2009 1:55 am

Thanks raboof. I have not used Rosegarden for a couple of years and the notation editor was difficult for me to get used to. Apparently it has improved recently so I might give it another try.

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Re: choosing a score editor

Postby corky » Sat Feb 07, 2009 8:00 am

Update

The ability to adjust playback pitch in Rosegarden is just what I needed. Drawbacks of Rosegarden are the awkwardness of needing to insert rests before being able to insert notes in certain situations; the variable results of cut and paste within the notation editor, and no flow control (repeats, coda etc.)

I will continue to use Rosegarden for its playback features, but will try other score editors for composing.

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Re: choosing a score editor

Postby raboof » Sun Feb 08, 2009 4:31 pm

corky wrote:no flow control (repeats, coda etc.)


You can make repeats by putting the to-be-repeated measures in one segments and marking it as 'repeated', see http://rosegardenmusic.com/tutorials/en ... html#3_4_6 . As for coda signs, I believe you can add those with 'insert lilypond directive', but I believe they're only printed, and not taken into account in playback.

I will continue to use Rosegarden for its playback features, but will try other score editors for composing


Yeah, the integration of sequencing and notation capabilities in Rosegarden is a mixed blessing :).


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