I am looking for a music notation software with which I can write and edit music scores. A good proprietary example would be Guitar Pro.
What are some good free software alternative?
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The top music notation software are:
MuseScore is a Graphical WYSIWYG music score typesetter. It has following features:
To install MuseScore, run the following commands from the terminal:
sudo apt install musescore
NoteEdit is a KDE editor. It supports an unlimited number and length of staffs, polyphony, a MIDI playback of written notes, chord markings, lyrics, a number of import and export filters to many formats like MIDI, MusicXML, ABC Music, MUP, PMX, MusiXTeX, LilyPond, ...
Canorus is a free cross-platform music score editor. It supports an unlimited number and length of staffs, polyphony, a MIDI playback of notes, chord markings, lyrics, import/export filters to formats like MIDI, MusicXML, ABC Music, MusiXTeX and LilyPond.
For Ubuntu 13.10 and prior versions, you can install Canorus by running the commands given below from terminal:
sudo apt install canorus
For Ubuntu 14.04 and later versions, download Canorus from here and install it.
Lilypond aims to print music as if it were engraved by hand. It is used to produce musical scores that are engraved with traditional layout rules.
To install Lilypond, run the commands given below from terminal:
Note: LilyPond is a text-based music engraver; it is more similar to a programming language than a graphical score editing program.
So better install one of the frontends like: Frescobaldi:
sudo apt install frescobaldi
Rosegarden is a music composition and editing environment based around a MIDI sequencer that features a rich understanding of music notation and includes basic support for digital audio.
To install Rosegarden, run the commands given below from terminal:
sudo apt install rosegarden
TuxGuitar is a multitrack guitar tablature editor and player written in Java-SWT. It can open GuitarPro, PowerTab and TablEdit files.
To install TuxGuitar, run the commands given below from terminal:
sudo apt install tuxguitar
sudo apt-get install lilypond
sudo apt-get install rosegarden
sudo apt-get install musescore
sudo apt-get install tuxguitar
sudo apt-get install frescobaldi
Hope that helps!
What about trying Rosegarden - it is in the repositories, so a simple
sudo apt-get install rosegardendoes the trick.
I am not certain it's the best alternative, but
Rosegarden exists for more than 8yrs and is in active development.
Might not be an ideal solution for everyone, but Ubuntu Studio has a vast lineup of music production applications for linux within its audio/core/plugins package. Including music score applications like some of the above mentioned, as well as native synth/effects/midi virtual instruments, VST/VSTi plugin wrappers and various DAW's.
although, with that said its recommended to run a low-latency kernel with some of these applications.
Ubuntu Studio Audio:
sudo apt install ubuntustudio-audio ubuntustudio-audio-core ubuntustudio-audio-plugins