Help answer threads with 0 replies.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software
User Name
Linux - Software This forum is for Software issues.
Having a problem installing a new program? Want to know which application is best for the job? Post your question in this forum.


  Search this Thread
Old 07-01-2008, 07:46 AM   #1
Senior Member
Registered: Mar 2007
Location: Russia
Distribution: Slackware 12.2
Posts: 1,202
Blog Entries: 3

Rep: Reputation: 62
Question Text/sample-based music tracker(music compiler)?


I'm looking for a program (CLI-based) that allows writing music (not a typesetting scores!) in a text editor, and then compiling it into *.wav(or ogg, mp3 or whatever). Music should be sample-based (MIDI is good, but instruments sound differently between different machines). i.e. I'm looking for a some kind of combination of compiler and a music tracker, with an extremely compact language - something like a cross between lilypond (text-based typesetting software) and MilkyTracker.

I'm looking for something like this because most tracker software, although fun, isn't really suitable for making polyphonic music (because it's channel based), polymetric music, using tuplets (playing triplet and quadripled at same time is possible but problematic), etc.

On other hand, lilypond (where all this is possible), allows exporting music only to midi, AFAIK doesn't have precise volume control, and uses really verbose syntax, which is more suitable to typesetting (writing "<a e c b>" for a chord is no fun).

Using software like "rosegarden", "note edit" isn't also an option, since such editors often are aimed for making printable scores and are generally relatvely slow to use (I've already did several orchestral scores in Cakewalk, Finale and Lilypond, so I think I know what I'm talking about), even with MIDI keyboard (it produces a nice boos of speed when digitilizing an existing score, though).

There are also ABC-based tools, but they (AFAIK) do not support samples, and are more suitable for exchanging tunes, not making something that sounds good.

I've checked google, but requests like "ascii tracker" or "music compiler" returns a lot of things I'm not interested in. So I haven't found something like what I'm looking for.

Does anyone know a software like what I've described or a category of such sofware (so I'll be able to find it myself), or keywords for search, or a better place to ask such question?
Old 09-01-2008, 04:45 PM   #2
Senior Member
Registered: Mar 2007
Location: Russia
Distribution: Slackware 12.2
Posts: 1,202

Original Poster
Blog Entries: 3

Rep: Reputation: 62
1 month and 63 views probably mean that such software doesn't exist (so I'll have to write one if I need it) or I'm asking in the wrong place. Thanks to all people who looked at this thread.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
680X0 Player Pro, sample music title kaz2100 General 1 05-14-2014 08:39 PM
error in installing music tracker plugin on pidgin tajamari Linux - Software 1 09-03-2008 04:21 AM
The best tracker for video game music? inverted.gravity Linux - Software 0 09-05-2006 06:14 AM
Mood Music, the quest for a music library app GuidoS Linux - Software 6 08-18-2004 01:12 PM
I am looking for an IT music Tracker... TheMusicGuy Linux - Software 2 05-20-2004 12:21 AM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:36 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration