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dive 05-29-2012 03:47 PM

[ANN] Studioware
Studioware is a project aimed at providing build scripts and packages of the best open source music and audio editing software available for Slackware Linux.

Any ideas and suggestions welcome. We have an IRC channel on freenode #studioware and a mailing list

samac 05-29-2012 05:14 PM

Looks fantastic, you have put in a great deal of work. It makes me wish I had some musical talent.


sycamorex 05-29-2012 05:33 PM

Yeah, it looks great. It's been on my todo list for a couple of months. I'm planning to get my guitar and midi keyboard back from a cupboard and set everything up with slack. Btw, the fact that my musical talent is questionable doesn't really stop me from trying:)

Mark Pettit 05-30-2012 08:03 AM

On this topic, do any of you music experts know of a "simple" piece of software which can read a music score (lilypond, musicxml, musescore etc), display it on a screen, and then "play" the music with some sort of simple beep(like) sound. The idea is to prompt someone playing an instrument, showing the notes and the timing. ideally it should be possible to adjust the beats-per-minute (because when you're a beginner you have to go slow ! :-)

Now I know musescore can do this, but it's a very small part of the program. And I think musescore battles to read in other formats. (although I may be wrong). Also, musescore doesn't seem to loop through small sections of the notes - which is also what a beginner needs to do.

(sorry for hijacking this thread - but it seems a related question !)

T3slider 05-30-2012 09:59 PM

Rosegarden can pretty much do that (though the interface for it is unintuitive), but it is similar to musescore so maybe it isn't the best solution. If you can use MIDI then pianobooster may be a better solution, though I don't know if it works with non-keyboard instruments (or if it can play without MIDI input).

Mark Pettit 05-31-2012 01:43 AM

Thanks @T3slider. I don't use MIDI input (or output). Perhaps better to explain my needs - I've been playing Tenor Saxophone for about 1 year now, and I had to learn music theory from scratch (ie no previous knowledge). So I download scores from various places, print them out, put them onto a stand and try to play. Now it's hard enough just trying to read the music, and get the fingering right, but then on top of that they expect you to get it all in time too ! And I'm only a man. So, having a program that can display the score, with an indicator (or coloured bar) popping along following/highlighting the notes for the right time frame, and maybe giving a sound of approximate pitch to match would be the answer.

I looked at RoseGarden last about 2 years back, before I took up playing myself, so I can't remember exactly what it had - I seem to recall it being a more friendly front end to LilyPond. LilyPond itself is a fantastic piece of work and virtually all my scores are printed out from it.

[edit] Yes - RoseGarden does display the score, and "play-along" too. But the functionality seems to be very similar to MuseScore. I was hoping for a program that implemented the old Unix philosophy of doing one thing, and doing it well. Both of these programs are massive, with huge learning curves. I'm not convinced that either of them cater directly for a musician (student/hack) trying to learn a new piece. No doubt, they are impressive programs - I was blown away with how much stuff RoseGarden has in it. But it looks like OpenOffice, when all you need is to type up a small shopping list.

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