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It depends on the source of the music, but I can think of two ways to do this. If I remember correctly, they can both be accomplished with Finale and Sibelius. If the source is Sheet Music: You are going to need to scan the music and use OCR software meant for music. Sibelius has a program called Photoscore that will do this. If the music is available ...


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I don't know about "best," but I have found Audacity a good, free, cross-platform audio editing solution. You can cut and paste, trimming your audio down to just the section you want. Then, you can export to audio output for use however you like. If you're still using CDs, you could just create a CD with rehearsal tracks this way; else load the audio on ...


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I'm pretty sure LilyPond can do what you want. It's not the easiest thing to use but since you've already used a text-based system it might not be too bad. Here are some examples and this is also relevant in this case. MuseScore is another free option, which is easier to use and might also be able to do this. EDIT: Here's a lilypond version: And code: ...


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Well, there are a few options, but there are considerable limitations. First, copyright. The instrumental backing tracks for popular music are usually the property of the producer or record label, so finding these on the internet for free is of questionable legality. Some labels do provide licensed CDs for exactly the purposes you require (or karaoke, ...


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Simply put, no. If you limit a song to single pure tones, it's pretty easy to write software to recgonize them and transcribe it. But once you get to a real instrument things get much harder. Even single notes can be difficult to recognize due to overtones -- the dominant frequency doesn't even need to be the fundamental frequency, which makes it very ...


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Use \once \set chordChanges = ##f at the location where you want to force the chord symbol. \score { << \new ChordNames { \set chordChanges = ##t \chordmode { \repeat volta 2 {g1} \alternative { {c} {\once \set chordChanges = ##f c4 g c c} } } } \new Voice = "one" { \relative c'' { ...


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I'll answer each of your questions in order: The notes in parentheses are ghost notes. You should play them quietly - certainly don't emphasize them. They do have rhythmic value, however (i.e. they aren't grace notes). The 7 to 9 slide is a legato slide. Pick the 7, then slide to 9, but don't pick again for the 9. The 5-7-5, 7-5-0 are indeed hammer-ons ...


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Logic Pro has built-in controls for using different temperaments. Check out the link below: http://documentation.apple.com/en/logicpro/usermanual/index.html#chapter=43%26section=6%26tasks=true It allows you to either select a pre-configured tuning system, or customize your own. MAX/MSP is another solution, but if you don't have programming experience, ...


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My current favourite is Ableton Live. Once you learn the ins and outs of Live, it's one of the best for live performances (looping included) as the name would suggest. If you're playing using any kind of MIDI instruments, Live supports all VSTis; if you're playing a real instrument that you can pickup, amplify, mic up or otherwise record, then Live 8, which ...


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Check out Lilypond: http://lilypond.org/ It's free and powerful, and although it won't do audio playback, I believe it can do the rest of what you ask. It's text-based, and if you are at all familiar with TeX or LaTeX, Lilypond will feel similar. It has a somewhat steep learning curve, but there are some GUIs in active development that make things easier, ...


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It's actually pretty easy to remove just vocals from a track with something as simple as audacity. Most modern songs have just the vocals panned hard center (everything else is slightly to the left or the right. import into audacity. to the left of the window, there's the name of the track you just imported, just above where it tells you the info for it ...


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Microtonal is tricky on MIDI because it separates the space between half-tones into 128 equal notes. I'm surprised any normal MIDI player won't integrate pitch bend as a microtonal parameter - is that how you are doing it? I've been trying to work on a continuous pitch controller in MIDI. the issue is that depending on the MIDI player, the 0-128 can send ...


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According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scala_%28program%29 : "Scala ... allows users to create ... musical scales..., play them with an on-screen keyboard or from an external MIDI keyboard ... retune MIDI streams and files using pitch bend ... supports MIDI sysex and file-based tunings ... export them to hardware and software synthesizers ... as a midi ...


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As a friend of mine once explained, "It's like paint. If you mix together several colors of paint to make a custom color of paint, you can't un-mix it and get the original separate colors of paint back." Vocal removal software, as mentioned in other answers here, is only of limited usefulness due to laws of physics that cannot be circumvented. All such ...


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There is a tool ly2video announced in the Lilypond mailing list. It generates a video from the score. The home page is https://github.com/aspiers/ly2video. You can look at an impressive result at ...


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There are many more time signatures. Just use the ones in the "Popular" list, because those are probably the only popular ones that are not in your list. Popular: 2/2 (very, very popular) 3/2 6/4 (very popular) Other time signatures: 4/2 (Schuber Impromptus Op 90 No 3) 7/4, 9/4, 10/4, and 14/4 (all used in this song, but I forgot the name). x/16 (used ...


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There are a number of companies that provide recorded audio tracks of popular music of all sorts, from classical to jazz and pop music -- with the solo instrument or lead vocal part missing from the recording, so that you can play this part yourself with the recording as an accompaniment. Foremost among these companies is Music Minus One in the US, which ...


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Musescore is free as opposed to many other programs such as Sibelius or Finale. However, it is still very good and can do almost everything that paid programs can do. One of the input files accepted in Musescore is MIDI and it can output PDF among other formats. However, as guidot said, it takes a human to do it right because a MIDI file does not contain ...


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Please read the magnificent documentation at lilypond.org specifically: http://lilypond.org/doc/v2.17/Documentation/usage/command_002dline-usage music.ly: #(use-modules (guile-user)) #(format #t "Using style sheet: ~a\n" style-sheet) \include #style-sheet \relative { c' d e } style-default.ily: % style defs Then run, lilypond -e '(define-public ...


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This is a pretty open ended question, but what you're asking for will be covered in any DAW (Digital Audio Workstation). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_digital_audio_editors 1. Realistic-sounding drums track writing; You will most likely achieve this through a VST plugin. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_Studio_Technology . People write drum ...


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"Most popular" is subjective. There are many genres of music and over 800 years of music written in a form we'd recognize as music, though it wasn't until the 14th century that French Catholic copyists would develop the timing system most similar to what we have today, which then spread across the Roman Catholic world and across to the Americas. Even then, ...


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Vowels are formed using formants: the basic characteristic particularly of chest voice is a "pulse train" which has lots of harmonics. Those harmonics are then amplified or dampened depending on the shape of the mouth. The strongest surviving harmonics are called "formants". Basically, one hears the mouth shape under the "lighting" of the voice box, and ...


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Is the drum machine better or worse then a metronome in terms or every day practice? Definitely a drums are better to this; a metronome is just really a flat click there is no style to groove with; drums can provide this. Metronomes are really all about 'drilling' timing/speed into a musician. Using drums will let you develop timing in a more naturally ...


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If you're on a Mac or Linux system, Sooperlooper is free (I believe the cellist Zoe Keating uses it). If you're on Windows, Mobius is another free option. I don't have experience with either of these programs however.


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Start with some kind of software, after that, the important thing is: Make LOTS of music and don't ever stop. There is a relevant quote from Ira Glass about this: It is going to ...


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If you still don't know about it, there is a software for guitar tablatures called Guitar Pro, you can download the trial version from their official site. About open source, can't help you , sorry. In Guitar Pro you will have seamlessly both the tablature (playing midi in real time) and the sheet music that goes with it; the only real problem is that ...


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The Singstar series on the Playstation 2 and 3 monitors your pitch, gives you visual feedback of that, and a score. Similar titles exist for other platforms. At the easiest difficulty level, you don't need to be all that accurate, but at the higher difficulty levels it does demand very accurate pitching and timing. Whether this would help you depends on ...


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I basically asked this question on the Audio site: How can I cut out a particular instrument in the same pitch range as other instruments I don't want to cut? As you can see there, the answer is no. There's no good way for software to tell what is voice and what is not for any arbitrary voice and song combined into a single waveform. As you note it can be ...



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