A Sequencer

• Jul 21, 2016 - 09:22

Hope someone can help.

Operating system: Wondows XP Musescore 2.02
I am creating some backing tracks. I am using Musescore for scoring, but would like to export them into a sequencer for conroller editing ie. Dynamics, etc.

I am aware of Jazz++ and Tmidity, but have never used them. Do either of these sequencers have editing facilities for controller data (eg. like Cubase) in order to improve the overall sound of the Backing?

Does anyone have any other suggestions. I would hope that it is free though :)



I wouldn't recommend either of those.

Timidty++ is simple a MIDI to WAV converter and has no editing facilities.
Jazz++ is simply not up to date for a modern computer system (see the project's website......

Personally I would look at the Anvil sequencer, which has a basic free version but has plugins to introduce extra bells and whistles if you need them which you pay for.

Here's the link to the website


In reply to by ChurchOrganist

Many Thanks :)

I had forgotten about Anvil. It seems pretty good. :)

One quick question (Assuming you use it yourself) Does it convert from a MIDI file to a .WAV file?
Having a quick look at the website, it appears that it does, but I haven't read everything in detail yet.

Anyway, back to work :)

In reply to by stupot101

First of all in answer to your question - yes it does - but........

On further investigation it seems that you will need to buy the Pro-mix add on to be able to edit controllers, so Anvil Studio may not be the correct solution for you.

The alternative may be to sign up for Ardour's Windows beta program, but Ardour is a full-blown DAW application and you will experience a steep learning curve. You will also have to donate in order to download the beta, and there is no support - but here's the link to their Windows page.....

At the end of the day you get what you pay for - if you are serious about producing backing tracks then it is worth grasping the nettle and buying professional DAW software. In the long run it is worth it for the time it saves you fighting the software. The problem you are going to have is that you are running an obsolete version of windows, and as all the mainstream DAW producers have gone 64bit you may find yourself with compatibility problems - probably your best bet here is Ardour, which whilst not totally free, is at least Open Source.

Personally I have invested in Cakewalk's Sonar Platinum DAW software but there are other options around, such as Cubase, Reaper, FLStudio etc.


In reply to by ChurchOrganist

Thanks. I do have a copy of Reaper. However, I could not get any sound from it. I have the added problem that My soundcard does not work properly. A repair shop messed it up.:(
I use a USB Headphone set that acts as a soundcard.

When you say edit controller events, does it mean that I won't be able to edit controller events in MIDI without purchasing the PRO version, or does that only apply to audio files, using CC to modify the sound.

I would love to invest in Cubase, but funds are a problem :(


In reply to by ChurchOrganist

Oh. I did look into Ardour. I have never been able to get Linux music software running correctly :(
It is probably my computer, but still :(

It's a bit like looking through a wondow of a sweet shop, and not being able to enter and participate in eating the goodies at hand :)

(I'm sure someone will think of a better analogy than me :)

In reply to by stupot101

Well you may find the new Windows version of interest then. You can use the minimum donation option to subscribe to the Windows beta.

All in all though, if you already have Reaper then I would concentrate on getting that working with your setup - I don't see why it shouldn't work with your USB headphones. I suspect you just need to reconfigure it, or perhaps an uninstall and reinstall might get it to pick up your USB hardware.


In reply to by ChurchOrganist

Thanks. Now guess what! Last night I tried Reaper again, and it worked ) When I tried before, I tried every configuartion I could, and no sound. I wonder if you have to 'reboot' the software in order for it to use a different configuration perhaps, although it didn't inform me of that! :(
I am alos running Reaper as a Portable application, so I'm not sure if that makes a diference

Anyway, I could record my voice, import a MIDI file, playback through a softsynth - but not sure if I can save as an audio file yet... tried a few methods with little success :(

Today, I'm looking into the audio



In reply to by stupot101

I know this thread is over a year old now, but in case someone finds their way here, the best answer to this question was posted in another thread about six months later, https://musescore.org/en/node/9926 , the fifth post down by Mike Rambinintsoa recommending the open-source MIDI sequencer Sekaiju, http://openmidiproject.osdn.jp/Sekaiju_en.html . Oh yeah, don't miss the introductory tut beginning at https://flaguser.com/2012/09/23/sekaiju-tutorial-user-interface/ .

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