Muse music notation editor is no longer available
We have left this page here for anyone still using the software who want's to use the comments area below
Low cost notation editor. Create, play, edit or print music. Automatically generate guitar tab from notation. Handles ABC folk music notation (the Web has many thousands of tunes in this format). Very easy to install and use.
It shows you the music in standard (5-line) notation. or tablature (guitar, mandolin, anything).
It plays the music via MIDI (you need a sound card that does MIDI, but most of them do). A dialog box lets you choose between internal and external synthesisers or between cards if you have several.
Up to 8 parts with different instruments play simultaneously. You can select any part or parts to be displayed and any part of parts to be played. If there are several parts displayed then the notes are aligned vertically so that notes which sound simultaneously are displayed underneath each other.
Guitar chords can be written by name (e.g. Em7) and they play too. If you don't want the chords to play then there's an option to turn them off. Some sample guitar chords are A, Bm, C#7, Dbm7, E-, F#+, Gb6, A!, Bbmaj7 There doesn't seem to be much agreement in the musical world as to how diminished or augmented chords are written so Muse allows diminished chords to be written as (say) G#0 or G#dim or G#- Augmented chords can be written as (say) Bb+ or Bbaug
You can set any part (or any part of any part) to play on any MIDI instrument. If you don't bother to specify then it will play using the default instrument, and there's an option for you to alter the default. (Different synthesisers can sound quite different for instruments with the same name, and although there is a standard (called "general MIDI") for which instrument has which number, not all synthesisers comply with this - so an instrument number that might be (say) "tuba" on one synthesiser might conceivably be say "applause" or "squeaking floorboards" on another. So you can enter instruments by name or by number).
Even without the help file the program is easy to use but there is a comprehensive help file which explains many details of how to get the best out of it.
Some of you may know but others may not, My name is Rachel and I am Laurie's daughter.
Laurie was killed in a road crash on 23 November 2002. Since then, my mother and I have been providing identifiers for the Muse software free of charge as Laurie is no longer around to administer software updates.
If you would like a free password, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will provide you with the passowrd to unlock all of the functions of the program.