Can musescore notate as I play?

• Jul 24, 2011 - 23:11

I just downloaded musescore 1.0. I would really like to be able to > play a part on my keyboard and have it notated, in rythm, on the score, as I play. I would like to be able to select the part on the score I want to add, and then play the part and have it added to the score. Then, when I am finished, I would like to be able to print indivudual parts, from the score. Is this possible?


It's not possible right now for MuseScore to notate in real time. You can enter by MIDI keyboard, but you have to manually set the note value as you play.

Oh, and when you're finished inputting the score, go to File - Parts and you can create parts from there.

They actually talk about this in the documentation. It is very difficult to "figure out what the notation should be, for what is being played," let alone to do this "in real time." (The results that you actually obtain from various programs that claim to have this ability ... even very-expensive ones ... are, shall we say, "less than stellar.") So, I think ... MuseScore's designers said, "okay, it's not realistic to do that satisfactorily, so we're not going to go there. It's out-of-scope." IMHO, it is a very defensible and prudent decision.

Record your inspirations, on tape or MIDI or what-have-you, and then, go back and score it. That's where MuseScore comes into play. You can use your MIDI keyboard as a note-input device if you so desire.

One approach would be to record the playing using a MIDI recorder ( for example,
save the MIDI file then open it with Musescore.

The big issue of converting MIDI to a score is determing the _intended_ duration
of the notes - the process of quantising - adjusting the durations to a particular
tolerance for example, eighth notes.

Creating a score from MIDI file is almost a Holy Grail of a task, next to
scanning printed scores and making a score.


Well, "GarageBand can do this sort of," and, to the extent that you find yourself able to do that productively, "Feel Free.™"

To my way of thinking, though, "neither a typewriter nor a tape-recorder is intended to be a publishing device." Use one tool to capture the inspiration. Let that tool produce what it has captured in musical-score form if you find the resulting output to be useful. Or... not. (But don't oblige that tool to produce "a finished score, in one swell foop, like Venus popping fully-formed out of a clam-shell on the beach," because you're bound to be disappointed.)

Later on, you'll be ready to take all of those "inspirations" and to turn them into clear, easy-to-read, publishable scores that will show other musicians how to replicate your musical vision. And, to my mind, this is the point when MuseScore is intended by its designers to be most apropos.

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