East West Symphonic Orchestra

• Aug 25, 2015 - 01:24

Will MuseScore work with the East West Symphonic Orchestra library? Please advise. In general how would this interface?

J. Kaufman


You could also skip the exporting step by using JACK to connect MuseScore to a DAW. EWQL (and many other sound libraries) don't usually sound as good as they could when you use Musescore to generate MIDI since its MIDI capabilities are very basic. If high quality audio is what you are looking for, I would suggest generating it in the DAW.

In reply to by Evan Williamson

If you're on Mac then I would suggest using Ardour 4 - it's the only Jack aware DAW I know of on that platform (not that I'm a Mac expert).

Unless your East West VST is tied to a particular DAW then you should be able to run it in Ardour's VST system.

If it's just the sound you want, then I would recommend KXStudio's Carla as a VST host as Lasconic's already mentioned.

I'm currently working on a video which demonstrates the use of Carla on Windows - it may also be applicable to Mac.

I'm digging this thread out of the ground to ask a simple question: what good DAW would you recommend to use with this confguration (Musescore - JACK - East West) on Windows 7 (free if possible) ?

In reply to by Musiclove975

I would recommend midi file export, one per part to feed the EWQL-SO library in a DAW. Here is my workflow for composing in Musescore and further producing in Reaper (DAW):

I generate parts and use "export parts" instead of "export score" to generate the midi. These files - one per instrument/part - are "imported" manually only once into Reaper. I use quotation marks because Reaper can be configured*** to directly reference those files instead of importing their content. Once the tracks are assigned you put on each track the VST library of your choice and assign the wanted instrument sound (piano, flute, oboe, trumpet, drums, cello, violin, ..... ).

Each time I update the score I repeat "export parts" (to midi) and save them to the same location as before (ideally whithin the Reaper project directory), overwriting the existing ones (!). It consists of 4 mouse clicks or keyboard shortcuts taking less than 2 seconds in total.

*** Reaper has two options which are crucial to support this workflow:
- keep midi tracks in external *.mid files (instead of the Reaper project file)
This is necessary because otherwise Reaper will import the content instead of using the mid files directly and thus ignore those files being updated (overwritten).
- close track files when not in focus
This is necessary because otherwise Windows will block the files from being overwritten because of "being used by another application"

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