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Old 01-21-2004, 03:15 PM   #1
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Question Whats a good music transcription program in Linux?

I do a lot of my own composing and I'm interested in finding a good program to get music written with. I have NoteEdit which came with Suse, but it's pretty shotty. Is there a good alternative?
Old 01-21-2004, 03:21 PM   #2
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Try Lilypond.

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Not a composer myself (in fact, I don't know anything
about music other than that I like some :}) ... but have
a look at:

Old 01-31-2005, 12:14 PM   #4
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Rosegarden sucks

Rosegarden sucks -- it came with my Mandrake 10.1 installation, and every time I've tried to use it, it freezes up my computer and I have to reboot
Old 01-31-2005, 05:21 PM   #5
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I use Lilypond on a regular basis for printing, and I love it. Great print and really fast note entry. For MIDI sequencing, try Rosegarden (I haven't used it much, but have not had any problems when I did), which can export in Lilypond file format. For audio editing/sampling/mastering try ardour, audacity (for simple stuff), or look at the agnula project ( Here's an article that describes a command-line recorder--ecasound--and audacity:

You should find RPMs for some of this stuff (Audacity for sure) with your SuSE CDs/DVDs.
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Update on Rosegarden

I mentioned how Rosegarden sucked the other day on here, and I've found that Rosegarden also comes with Knoppix, and it seems to work OK on the Knoppix CD, so that seems like a keeper -- just, of course, insert the Knoppix CD and reboot...

As for the copy of Rosegarden that came with Mandrake, I've already uninstalled it, that's how much it sucked.

Just my $.02 worth,
Old 10-20-2009, 02:35 PM   #7
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Automatic Transcription Software

Not sure that this is available on Linux, but PitchScope ( is an interesting application that can automatically transcribe the notes in musical instrument solos that are in .mp3 or .wav audio formats. Most auto transcribing software seems to produce muddled results, but PitchScope is surprisingly accurate at separating out just the notes in the solo. The transcriptions it detects are stored within the software as note lists, and can be saved and replayed using software midi while viewed through a graphic display.
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Lilypond with Frescobaldi
Old 10-21-2009, 02:30 PM   #9
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Rosegarden - about the best I've seen. It has it's quirks. Requires the -seq portion of your soundcard for playback (--with-sequencer=yes for alsa manual compilation). And a few other extras, like timidity to render software midi sounds on a card that lacks hardware midi capabilities (pretty much all modern / cheap cards). Maybe even jackd and/or artsd with compile options specific for sequencer support, so yes not all distros are created equal as they might not have compiled all of the parts with the configuration necessary to get to B from A. It's basically a midi sequencer, so it's pretty functionless without midi. It's decent though, piano roll, notation, midi events for data entry. It helps if you have a midi keyboard to supply input. And iirc it lacks some pretty basic functionality like tweaking note lengths to make a distinction between staccato and legato. Or maybe it's there and I just never found it.

Brahms - I've heard about that one, but haven't used it.

Lilypond - Specifically for the printed music. And pretty much the only option I know of for that end. A lot of these things were csound based originally. Which wasn't easy to acquire / use.

Keynote - More of a midi sequencer, with it's own scripting language, but I haven't heard of / used this one for the past decade. (the goto place for finding software if you want go that route)
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