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Why is automatic key detection hard?

There's a few factors at play here: Let's assume that we have a magical piece of software, which can listen to audio and tell us exactly what notes are being played. Even given this software, ...
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What music notation software allows you to code the notation?

There is LilyPond which does what you are looking for. It was first released in 1996, but it still gets updates. LilyPond is a computer program and file format for music engraving. One of LilyPond's ...
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Free software to create a score from scratch

Since you're looking for software to input a score that is still under construction, MuseScore (found at musescore.org) would be my go-to application. It's a GNU-licensed graphical score editor that ...
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How can I slow down a YouTube video I'm trying to analyze or transcribe?

There are at least two options: Option 1: You can slow down the video by changing the Playback Speed setting Browser instructions (this link for further alternatives) Click on the Settings menu icon. ...
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Is Lilypond actively developed? Will the format become obsolete?

There are no commercial developers listed for LilyPond right now. That means that you cannot reliably throw money at a particular problem in order to make it go away while relying on the expertise of ...
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How can I slow down a YouTube video I'm trying to analyze or transcribe?

I'd probably recommend starting with the built-in YouTube controls. But for the sake of completeness here's another workflow that makes use of 3rd party software called a "phrase trainer" or ...
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Treble Clef with optional 8 va bassa?

This is used in vocal music where the line can be sung either at normal treble-clef pitch (usually by a soprano), or at a pitch an octave below that (usually by a tenor or baritone). It's very often ...
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How to make ASIO work with multiple programs simultaneously : how can I listen to Guitar Rig plus something else through the same interface?

Important note This answer is now obsolete. FlexASIO seems to be the current solution. I think I know where is the issue. My Windows-fu is rusty, but here is what I found. Solution, in short Get ...
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Tips for increasing loudness while mastering in Ableton Live

What you are trying to achieve is not a trivial task. If you want a good master it'll take more than some tips. I'll try to do some quick observations on some possibilities. There's nothing specific ...
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How to choose drum pitches?

Drums have pitches, but by the time they are in the track, then unless it is for very specific purposes, to complement a melodic line etc, then those actual pitches should not be truly apparent to the ...
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Does piano tuning software actually work?

Answering the original question: yes, the most widely used professional tuning software works very well for both high level and routine tuning as well as for learning and instructional tool use. Some ...
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Is today's (popular) music recorded or synthesized?

No doubt both are used, depending on circumstances. Having done some recording in both styles (sequenced/synthesized and live-performance) even with my mediocre performance skills and low-quality ...
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Emulating human performance in orchestral software

I just watched a series of videos of film composer Hans Zimmer who mocks up all his soundtracks using software and virtual instruments so the directors can hear what it's going to sound like before ...
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Making all elements clearly audible in the mix

Making everything audible in the mix is not always possible. Elements that share frequencies will mask each other. The most crucial part of the mix is not actually in the mixing phase itself, but in ...
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8 quarter notes in 4/4 time?! And how do I insert this into Guitar Pro?

There are 3 separate voices. Voice 1 is the high D-F#-A-G, voice 2 is the middle [eighth rest]-D-A-E-A, and voice 3 is the half notes.
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File formats for sheet music

Several people advise MusicXML here but I don't see that making sense. That is an exchange format, not a format to write music in. In practice, MusicXML export/import works rather tepidly between ...
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Is it possible to have a note that is both dotted and a triplet?

Yes it is possible to have a note that is part of a triplet and dotted for example: In this we're using quarter note triplets. Instead of having them all be 3 even quarter note triplets the first ...
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How do I notate sharps in ABC notation?

Sharp - ^ Flat - _ Natural - = From The abc music standard 2.1 (Dec 2011) The symbols ^, = and _ are used (before a note) to notate respectively a sharp, natural or flat. Double sharps and flats ...
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How do I notate sharps in ABC notation?

A simple google(*) finds the following tutorial: http://www.lesession.co.uk/abc/abc_notation.htm#sharps sharp: ^f flat: _b natural: =c Note that the accidental precedes the note. (*) When googling ...
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Can you record several individual string instruments and put them together to sound like a real orchestra?

This is a great idea and as long as you record to some type of reference like a click and make sure everyone records their individual tracks at the same sample and bit rate you can mix all the ...
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Difference between recording with a microphone in front of the amp vs. using an amp simulator?

When using an amp with microphone, it means that you play the guitar through a physical amp, and using a microphone to direct this sound into your recording system. An amp simulator is software that ...
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Why does software-synthesized MIDI music sound so bad?

MIDI is not sound. The MIDI specification does not dictate what any instrument sounds like, it's up to the synthesizer to generate the sound. Free synths sound like crap, but good ones can sound as ...
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Does piano tuning software actually work?

I am a professionnal piano technician who started out as an aural tuner and then switched to EDT devices and softwares. The simple answer to the original question is yes: professionnal piano tuning ...
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Did people use DAWs or Trackers first in the 90s?

People did use DAWs in the 90s, but in the early to mid 90s, the few DAWs that existed were generally only used by professionals. That is because the processing power of computers was not enough to ...
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Transposing the human voice

Vowels are formed using formants: the basic characteristic particularly of chest voice is a "pulse train" which has lots of harmonics/overtones. Those harmonics are then amplified or dampened ...
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Looking for a high level Music Programming language

Besides Haskore which is already mentioned in the paper you refer to and the ones mentioned by others, there is SuperCollider and Pure Data. I absolutely understand your question. I've been looking ...
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How to make ASIO work with multiple programs simultaneously : how can I listen to Guitar Rig plus something else through the same interface?

I found ASIO Link and it lets you listen to windows audio as well and send audio over the network. The price $39.95 AUD on Nov 10, 2016 so please ignore the price information in the below comment by ...
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Where can I find machine-readable music scores?

there's the .abc format and lilypond format. Those are about the only widely used text only score formats. But geared for making graphical notation, not analyzing scores. There's musicxml, too. ...
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