I am working on a folk music project. We have midi files of a local 'fiddle player' and want to print a good quality music tutor from his tunes. I am looking for software that can output a format be used by a book designer in Adobe Illustrator. We need to edit the music score to 'fit' the page and also either stretch or compress horizontal lines to fit the page width i.e. fit 4 bars or 5 bars per line. We have used Noteworthy before but it is limited.

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  • I think you're going to need to spend some bucks on either Finale or Sibelius. In a few months Dorico will also be more than up to the task, though IMO it isn't quite yet. – L3B Feb 13 '17 at 17:36
  • Even though your question as been answered here, I'm sorry to say that questions searching for specific products (software, hardware, instruments) are off topic here. – Todd Wilcox Feb 13 '17 at 18:52
  • Here's a review of several programs: midi notation software comparisons – Christopher wootton Feb 14 '17 at 23:36
  • Related question. – guidot Feb 15 '17 at 7:42

There are multiple programs available that will enable you to convert midi files to other formats, allowing you to export as pdf or some other graphic format. My personal favourites are (in order of preference) :

They will all allow you to import midi files; some with more control than others.

I'm including also links to documentation on midi import :

...and I just read online of a second free alternative, though I have never tried it:

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    Musescore will export as either PDF or SVG, or you could print to PDF. Either way your designer should be able to import into Illustrator. – Bob Feb 13 '17 at 17:44

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