Recording Midi into MuseScore with a midi instrument

• Mar 24, 2010 - 13:55

I have a Roland V Accordion. I'd like to know if there is an application in MuseScore that will allow me to play a midi file (song) into the program and save it for export to Notation Musician. (That's the program that I'm familar with to tweak midi files.)


MuseScore is more a free (as beer and speech) equivalent++ of Notation Musician (I never use it).
MuseScore is a powerful scorewriter. There is no midi recorder in MuseScore .

What you are looking for is a Midi recorder. You can try a free software like Seq24 or any midi sequencer.
Then, you record your performance, save as Midi and open it in MuseScore (or notation musician if you insist :) )

In reply to by lasconic

Then why is there a "Activate MIDI entry" (my translation from the french version I am using) button on the toolbar? I assumed this would be to allow recording of input from a MIDI-enabled device. I have a Yamaha keyboard and a LogiLink USB MIDI Cable that I bought just for this purpose.

I'm really enjoying MuseScore, thank you so much for such a professionally written and easy-to-use yet fully-featured program. I thought the MIDI button on the toolbar would add to my enjoyment. But it may have helped if somewhere in the help documentation it explains exactly what the MIDI button is there for?

I have downloaded Anvil Studio so that I can record direct from my keyboard. I have also downloaded LMMS for Windows which looks promising in this regard. Some people might find this page useful if, like me, they want to record directly from a MIDI device like a synthesizer:

In reply to by David Bolton

MIDI button is there to turn on or off MIDI "step-time" input. Instructions for using MIDI keyboard during note entry are in the handbook (under Note entry).

Now I have read that it makes more sense. I didn't have internet connection when I was playing with the Yamaha keyboard so I went through the offline manual and obviously did not find this. However, I am still extremely impressed with the software and when I find a sequencer capable of recording my Yahama keystrokes I will nevertheless be editing my recordings in MuseScore.

One of its additional strengths is that is is available in French! :)

Thank you for your reply.

In reply to by lasconic

Is it likely that this feature will be added in newer versions of MuseScore?

The 2 main features that I would love to see in musescore is the ability to record parts in using a midi keyboard and to then be able to load various vst instruments to play them!

In reply to by lasconic

Hi, no I was looking for a notation program like Finale, Overture and Sibelius.

Please don't think I'm dissing MuseScore, I absolutely love it and use it all the time. I actually bought Finale Songwriter a few years back but have stopped using it for doing more comprehensive scores.

The only feature I miss from programs such as the ones I mentioned earlier is being able to record parts into it.

In reply to by dickiefunk

I think the point is, you can use a sequencer to record your parts, then import the resultant MIDI files into MuseScore. It's not quite the same, since presumably you wouldn't always be playing full compositions in their entirety but would be wanting to record things piecemeal - a few measures here, a few measures there, maybe one instrument at a time. And direct support for real time MIDI entry would be a lot easier than needing to create tons of individual MIDI files, open then as new scores, then copy and paste into your master score, which is pretty much how you'd have to do it now.

But do realize, adding real-time MIDI entry would likely be a pretty huge undertaking technically, and in my experience with other programs, the benefit is very small, as the results usually take just as long to massage into something readable as it would have taken to just enter the notes the regular way. So personally, I wouldn't be holding your breath - even if some day the feature does find it's way in, it's pretty likely you'd ultimately find it disappointing, just as it is in other programs that allow this (like Finale).

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Real-time MIDI entry is the thing I miss most in MuseScore. Right, it does not produce very usable results and correcting the problems might easily take more time than writing clean results, but while I mostly tend to derive compositions from improvisations, I really like the sequencer/notation combination Sibelius and Finale offer, it just makes composing much more fun. Sibelius (Finale probably as well) has a quantization tool which mostly does most of the rhythm-correcting job.

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