Computer programs used by musicians for practice, performance, or composition.

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Time-aligned sound samples

if you were to provide an application and a set of samples that a user can use to compose rhythms to be played back by a sequencer, whithout having to care about time-aligning, how would you save ...
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How can I pick LilyPond style choices at compile time?

I have LilyPond lead sheets for which I would like to be able to choose some display tweaks at compile time, primarily in order to tailor the sheet for the preferred transposition (e.g. for B-flat ...
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Is it possible to use video games to help improve one's singing?

I've decided that I want to improve my singing. In order to give me incentive to practice (and regular feedback), I thought getting a video game might be of help. I know that it's no substitute for ...
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Visual representation of sound

Graphical sound visualization (as available in several music players, eg winamp) is mostly used for fun, to add some visuals to the music, related to it in some way ( pseudo spectrum analysers, ...
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Half step mordent in Sibelius

Is there a way I can do the mordent that is shown in the pictures below in Sibelius? When I try to just put a sharp sign below the mordent, it doesn't play it correctly.
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Software to convert between sheet music and tablature?

Is there any software available that can (semi)automatically convert between ASCII tablature (especially for guitar and drums) and sheet music? And the other way around? I realise that there's not ...
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Tool to help “read” sheet music

I'd like to learn how to sing songs. I have sheet music with 4 part harmony, but I don't really know how to read notes that well. Are there any tools that can sort of read sheet music for me? Like if ...
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Copying only Chord Symbols in Finale

I have been transcribing some songs in Finale and tried to copy chord symbols from one instrument's part to another. However the whole measure is copied and pasted so it erases everything in the ...
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Making music digitally — where should children start?

Digital musical instruments: How could children play with and learn, alongside traditional instruments? And how do the ecosystems for making music in iOS, Android, and Windows tablet compare? ...
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Notating tenor vocal parts with 8va G-clef in Sibelius 6

I might be slightly off-topic here, but this is the closest StackExchange site I could find to my topic, so here goes... I recieved a sibelius file with a choir arrangement from a friend. Now, I want ...
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Multi-measure percent repeats in lilypond

I'm trying to copy a score that indicates the repeat of a 4-bar phrase that has the 4 repeat bars laid out on the sheet, with a single (4-slash) percent-repeat symbol symbol in the middle, sort of ...
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What is a good freeware MIDI editor for minor changes running on Windows?

I compose music on my CVP-501. I record the tracks on a MIDI (.mid) file and record them as a wave (.wav) file. However, being human, I make mistakes. Plus, my setup for recording could be a lot ...
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Are the lessons in GarageBand worth it? [closed]

In Apple's GarageBand, there are guitar lessons, but I think they cost money to buy. Does anyone have any experience with these, and if so, are they good value?
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How do I mute the guitar in a song so I can play with the backing track?

I am tired of Karaoke style backing tracks and want to replace the guitar in a song that I already have. Can I do this with software?
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Singing software

What are software options that will tell you where you've gone out of tune in the performance of a given song? Better if it can work with any song file or has a wealth of community-content. Sort of ...
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How many bars can a clarinet sustain?

Apologies if the question is too silly (my profile might explain why I don't know the answer). I am writing a piece and at some point I want a clarinet to hold a note until the performer runs out of ...
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Why does software-synthesized MIDI music sound so bad?

It seems like converting MIDI into sound should be simple enough: record all possible notes, and then just superimpose the individual sounds according to the MIDI data (offsets, duration and volume), ...
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Get rid (or die trying) of latency when using a MIDI instrument

I'm using Logic Pro (I have Snow Leopard) and I have a Korg R3 and a VB-99 as music instruments... I use usb connection on both and I would like to have suggestions and ideas to get rid of the latency ...
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Karaoke Software for practicing sax

In my sax classes, my teacher accompanies me with his piano. He corrects my timing mistakes. Also, it sounds better than playing alone. I just came up with a software which can help me to do it at ...
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Where/how can I get a song's backing track without a specific instrument so I can play for it?

I've been playing with the violin for a while now. The latest song I learned was He's a Pirate from Pirates of the Caribbean. 'cuz it is a lot of fun. I want to make a video of me playing it. And it ...
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Choosing a computer as a musician

I am fairly new to the whole computerized world of music - meaning all the different software available for a musician for helping in all sorts of music related tasks. I am talking about all of the ...
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Transposing the human voice

I've been playing around with the pitch changer in Audacity. I noticed that when I change the key on instrumental music, while it may sound off, the timbre is mostly the same. In fact, it only sounds ...
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Finger picking styles used in garage band app

Can anyone provide me with some help on how to play finger picking styles used in Garage Band application in "smart guitar" mode. I would like to learn to play this on real guitar. Update: I've ...
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Realistic Virtual Piano

I recently started playing around with my MIDI keyboard and Garageband. However, I noticed the default "Grand Piano" etc. in Garageband have very poor sound and expression capability. Is there a free ...
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Is there any open source notation software for indian shrutis?

I would like to write down Shruti music but I wasn't able to find notation software for that. Do you know any? edit: Live Playback would be a great feature.
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What is filter automation?

I know what the effect of a filter on the sound of a synthesizer is, but I don't get wat the difference is between using a filter and filter automation.
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Quantization for recorded audio tracks

I am currently working with Reaper to record my audio tracks (guitar, bass and vocals). I frequently use drum tracks to play more precise than with a metronome, but I think it's still not "tight" ...
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Is there software for computer assisted drum lessons with MIDI input?

My little brother wants to learn drumming, and seeing that I have a cheap RockBand drums clone lying around I wanted to know if there are is some kind of didactic software for drums that accepts MIDI ...
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How can I sync Logic Pro's tempo (click) with a mp3 containing a song?

I'd like to record a few instruments on the original mp3 track of a song... I just can't find how to match bpm and click once imported the mp3 in logic.
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Is a tie needed into a second-time bar?

When I have a tie into a 1st-time-bar, and want to similarly tie into a 2nd-time-bar, I usually show the "end" of the tie onto the note at the beginning of the 2nd-time-bar. Is this necessary? The ...
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How can I use audio slices as samples?

I'm trying to remix a song, and I've cut an audio event (referencing its own clip) into slices. Is there a way to use these slices to make a rhythmic beat, as if each slice were a drum pad (other than ...
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Software for practicing the reading of jazz chord changes?

There are now a lot of good programs out for sight-reading, simple chord progression recognition, and for jazz, even some backing track creators. But is there a program that generates chord changes ...
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How to write guitar tremolo with Sibelius software?

I'm trying to create the music sheet of "Recuerdos de La Alhambra" with Sibelius music notation software. How to create tremolos in Sibelius?
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Traktor audio 6 recognizes only one deck when pluging into my mac pro, what should i do?

Last weekend i used my traktor audio 6 interface as usually and it was working fine. Yesterday, when i attemped to use it again, it only show me the enable botton at one deck(As you may know this ...
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How do I get touch tracks working in Logic Pro X?

In my Logic Pro X file, I have created a Touch Tracks layer in the environment. I have also assigned a track in the arrange window for Touch Tracks. Also, I assigned midi loops to the touch track ...
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How to import samples to Korg iElectribe app for iOS

As far as I can tell from some youtube videos, it is possible to use different drum samples in the iOS iElectribe app by KORG, but I can't figure out how or find any documentation on this. Does ...
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Improving bass transcription skill

I’m trying to get in the habit of transcribing music. I don’t have a lot of experience, so my ear isn’t very good yet, and in particular I often have trouble distinguishing parts of the bass line from ...
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Guitar fretboard diagram generators

I am looking for simple ways to communicate to people note patterns on the guitar. It seems like modern technology like computer generated diagrams would be an appropriate way to accomplish that. ...
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How to get started recording music with Reaper?

I would like to record my music and am completely new to recording (besides using the Windows OS inbuilt voice recorder) I downloaded Reaper to use as my DAW software and its completely overwhelming. ...
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How to enter overlapping notes in Sibelius 7

I can't manage to find a way to enter overlapping notes in Sibelius 7. Any help? By overlapping notes I mean notes from other voices that have a longer duration than others which are placed at the ...
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Music notation software for JianPu and erhu notation

My wife's band, which features the erhu, uses music notation like the page shown below. We want to take hand-written scanned/faxed from stained napkins with bad handwriting and two-side bleedthrough ...
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How can I slice and modulate samples in Logic like Ableton's Slice To Midi feature?

Ableton Live has particularly strong capabilities when it comes to converting audio to midi and vice-versa. One particular feature is the ability to take a sample of audio, and simply click a button, ...
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How to avoid audio clicks when automating the bypass paremeter in the tremolo plug-in in Logic?

Re: http://memecode.com/temp/JmacMiraclesGtrs.m4a The bass has a tremolo on it in verse 1, and for the accents I remove the effect using automation to bypass the tremolo. However that causes little ...
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Set pitch back to 0% (Original BPM) in Traktor

I have a track in Traktor that has its pitch -10.3%. I want to make it snap back to 0%. Is there a way to do this without manually pulling the pitch fader back to the middle of its range?
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Why does unfreezing a track in Ableton change the tracks sound?

I'm using Massive synth inside Ableton and I need to freeze tracks to save on the CPU usage. The problem is that when I unfreeze the synth tracks the sound of the synth is different from when I ...
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Logic Pro X - Recording From Multiple Controllers

I've figured out that you can connect multiple MIDI keyboards to Logic Pro X so that they each control an individual track by using the MIDI Environment, creating a Physical Input object and attaching ...
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Audio mixers versus computer software

I am an absolute beginner at creating music, mainly interested in hip hop. I have been reading up on how to create music and websites suggest audio mixers, and others suggest using computer software ...
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How to insert lyrics in TuxGuitar?

Currently I try to transcribe a song and I want to save the tab with TuxGuitar. For better orientation I want to display the lyrics of the song below the tab like in this image. Image from ...
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How can you assign a single track to multiple outputs on Cubase 5?

Hello all I'm a drummer and I'm having a problem with cubase (noob), I'm trying to setup my jamming studio. Equipment: Laptop + USB Sound card interface (with 2 stereo outs or 4 mono) Amp Cubase 5 ...
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Hardware emulation vs Software emulation during guitar recording

I've tried to emulate guitar amps and pedals on Line 6 Pod Farm, Amplitube and Guitar Rig but I've never heard the sound I desired. Days ago a friend of mine told me about hardware emulators as Line 6 ...