Noteperformer for Musescore

• Dec 31, 2018 - 13:14

So I sent Noteperformer a request for portability to Musescore. This is what I got back.

WI Technical Support

Hi -----!

It's not an active decision by us to not support Musescore, but
Musescore does not at all support 3rd party audio plug-ins, which is a
technical necessity to begin with along with some form of configurable
patch/articulation management over MIDI. So you'll probably be better
off asking Musescore about this. :)

If Musescore were to add a system where we could create a high-quality
integration, we would be happy to port our software.

Best regards,
Arne
Wallander Instruments

So, if third-party apps are supported by Musescore via Jack or some other. Please post detailed instructions on how to do this. If Musescore doesn't support or cooperate simply and conveniently with Noteperformer, please make that possible as soon as possible.

Thanks,

jmoses


Comments

I would certainly be delighted to see MuseScore working with NotePerformer. Over the past few months, I have received several MP3 files of choral and orchestral works rendered by NotePerformer - these MP3s are really quite realistic when compared with an MP3 generated direct from MuseScore. For example:
* [MuseScore MP3] (https://rootham.org/playlist/opus_060/listen_opus060_synth_mscore.html)
* [NotePerformer MP3] (https://rootham.org/playlist/opus_060/listen_opus060_synth_noteperf.html)

OK, I am aware that NotePerformer is not free software. But Wallander Instruments is not a greedy company, and the price of USD 129 for NotePerformer would be within reach for many of us. And Wallander (quoted in the original post above) are willing to port their software to MuseScore if the necessary infrastructure can be put in place within MuseScore. Surely worth investigating, at least?

In reply to by Emmanuel_Rosenblatt

There are things that can be done within MuseScore to improve playback. Using the newest version with the new sound font helps. But writing a score and marking it the way you would for real players may not be enough. I often have two versions of the same score. The second would be for marking in a more detailed way to get MS to play back more like I want. Use and define a lot of hairpins, and subtle tempo changes. As well as dynamics. Holds with breaks after them are possible as defined in the inspector. Think about how real players play music. Ebb and flow. It takes time. I get it. People want to spend time composing, not learning software. But when I go through the steps above (and more), it makes me really think about every note, every phrase and decide if I really want to write it that way. Or do I want something better. Is that not what we are supposed to do?
NotePerformer uses it's own sounds which are pretty good. It also uses an algorithm to playback your music in a "more natural way". I have no argument with that. Well, except that when their more natural way is not quite what I'm after. It is their way after all, not mine. I'm not saying that MS will produce something that sounds as "good" as NP. They use two different sound fonts. Besides, when you music makes it out into the real world, who knows what it will sound like.

I strongly support that request.
I've tried on Sibelius, Note Performer and it sounds better than many libraries with many gigabits.

I also STRONGLY support this request. I'm probably gonna purchase one of the super expensive scoring software just for the sake of using NotePerformer. I enjoy the simplicity of MuseScore, but the playback for orchestral work is basically unusable (and it's hard that any free orchestral library would ever work).

Yeah I'm hyped for this too! This probably is a lot of coding, but in general vst-support would really push musescore forward and make it even more attractive. But of course then musescore also has to take care of cpu-usage and provide a low-cpu-vst (which is comparable to the default soundfont at the moment), so that it still runs on older computers

Oh, this would be very, very nice. I have come to Musescore from Finale, and I am so glad I made the choice. But having NotePerformer working with Musescore would be way cool!

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