Can I use this in MuseScore to notate?

• Apr 23, 2016 - 21:15
It's a VST that converts guitar to MIDI. Would it work with MuseScore to play in notation? If so, how would you go about setting it up?


In reply to by mikec

if it's connected correctly - and was connected before starting MuseScore - you shouldn't need to do anything special. Just follow the normal note input procedure as described in the Handbook - enter note input mode, select a duration, then play a note n the MIDI device and it should be notated jus as if you had pressed the corresponding key on your (computer) keyboard or clicked the corresponding line/space on the staff.

Music is written as notes. Notes have (amongst other attributes) pitch and duration. Written notes are of discrete duration but played notes vary slightly in length. Quantization refers to taking in a note that may not have quite an exact duration and chopping it or rounding it up to a precise duration. A DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) can do this and you can set how course or fine you want the quantization - finer gives you more accurate conversion from played to written but too fine and you have a mess of very short notes and notes that aren't quite long enough but get represented as a string of tied notes.

MuseScore does not do quantization and only uses the pitch part of the note so you have to tell it the duratinon for each note. I suspect that you want to play the guitar and have the notes appear in written form so your best bet is to get a DAW (and you'll need to search which one best fits your needs with respect to pertaining system, budget, abilities) an play the music into that and have it quantize and create a MIDI file that you can then import into MuseScore.

More big picture:

Music notation programs generally work by entering notes one at a time, so you can be very precise about exactly what the note should be - what beat it enters on, how long the note is, what voice of what staff it should appear on, how it should be spelled, etc. That cannot be done if you simply play a bunch of notes in real time rather than entering them one by one. So some programs have a mode that attempts to guess those things, but it's guesswork indeed, and the results seldom are very satisfactory. For instance, at 120 beats per minute, quarter notes last exactly 0.5 seconds. Four quarter notes would technically be four notes of exactly 0.5 seconds with no gaps between them. But if you try to just play that in real time, you probably won't play *exactly* that, you'll probably play something more like 0.43 seconds for the note, then a gap of 0.11 seconds, then another note of 0.41 seconds, etc - so no note is *exactly* 0.5 seconds, and some are a little later or a little early, etc. In orer to convert that to notation, some "rounding off" has to happen. MuseScore can do some of that, but it much better performed in a sequencer / DAW program that specializes in that sort of thing.

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