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Old 01-02-2017, 06:02 AM   #1
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Can anyone recommend a software or packages for scripting score music on a computer. Many thanks in advance
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Old 01-02-2017, 07:30 AM   #2
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You will get better answers if you tell us what you're aiming to do with it and what capabilities you do and don't need.

For what it's worth, I've used abcm2ps for many years, and while it's a bit idiosyncratic to get used to it lets me do many useful things.
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Old 01-02-2017, 02:03 PM   #3
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If you're a TeX user, you'll probably appreciate Walt Innes' Bagpipe.tex package, which is available (free) at https://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/mac...agpipe?lang=en . I've typeset 50-odd tunes and 1 book with it over the years. [Edit: it's also available here: http://web.stanford.edu/~wrinnes/bagpipe.tex/. A search in this forum for "bagpipe.tex" will bring up several old threads on this.]

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Old 01-02-2017, 07:51 PM   #4
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LilyPond http://lilypond.org/ engraves beautiful music and knows all about bagpipe stuff if you include the "bagpipe.ly" line in your file. Personally I use the Frescobaldi editor http://frescobaldi.org/ to set tunes and generate pdfs and midi files. That said, any text editor will do, and there are several other choices that are specifically adapted to edit LilyPond code. Sven Axelsson maintains the bagpipe.ly file and has an online library of his piping tunes and code at: https://github.com/svenax/bagpipemusic.

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Old 01-03-2017, 04:47 AM   #5
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BagPipe is a freeware program that reads Bagpipe Music Writer files. By default it prints Bagad style notation, which is different, but attractive. It writes abc notation. Abc2mps converts abc files to PostScript, which can be converted to PDF. It does a beautiful job. I use Sibelius, which I have configured to mimic the style in the Scots guards books. It's really easy to use but costs more than all the rest combined.

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Old 01-10-2017, 12:47 AM   #6
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The program I like best is called Celtic Pipes. I don't care much to type code or ABC notation, so Celtic Pipes being a click and drag program is very intuitive for me. You can choose fonts and spacing to make it look like a setting from your favorite collection and it has a decent playback feature where the gracenotes can be tweaked in length and attack, making it sound much less robotically clunky. You can also do drum scores, practice chanter and flute pieces. I tried the free trial and found it well worth buying the program.

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