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LilyPond Reviews

GNU LilyPond is a computer program for music engraving.

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  • What are some languages based on Scheme?
    LilyPond musical score notation language. - Source: Reddit / about 1 month ago
  • What is the Best Piano Composing Software?
    If you are comfortable with common practice notation (sheet music), but want something "not like musescore" check out LilyPond and Frescobaldi. LilyPond is a "music engraving" program that compiles text files to common practice notation PDF files. It also converts data from and to MIDI files for use with other software. Frescobaldi is an editor optimized for LilyPond files. - Source: Reddit / 2 months ago
  • Had my first real "emacs as an extensible editor" moment yesterday
    I typeset music with Lilypond, which has an existing emacs package I've been using for a while. Most recently I've been arranging string accompaniments, and I've gotten into a workflow where I drag the midi file that Lilypond generates into a logic session where I've already recorded guitar/voice so I can hear them together. But it was so many mouse clicks! So I wrote a python script that uses... - Source: Reddit / 3 months ago
  • Music notation app?
    LilyPond is the best and it is completely free, open-source software. Its output is beautiful, it supports many different types of notation, and it has very fine control of layout. However, creating scores in LilyPond is like creating web pages in HTML. It is similar to writing code in a programming language. It is philosophically similar to the typesetting program TeX. It isn't for everyone, there's a steep... - Source: Reddit / 4 months ago
  • Musixtex: staccato with a slur
    But have you tried lilypond? It's been my go-to for music notation over the years. Also allows inclusion into LaTeX documents. Looks like there's a few examples in the documentation that would indicate your requirement might be the default. - Source: Reddit / 4 months ago
  • Unison: Draw Music With Words
    This reminds me a lot of LilyPond: (which has the advantage of being free, but maybe slightly less user-friendly?). - Source: Reddit / 5 months ago
  • To tie or not to tie ? How would you prefer it being written ?
    You can produce better-looking scores with Lilypond. It's pretty labor-intensive, so I'd recommend only starting with it once your score is mostly complete. - Source: Reddit / 5 months ago
  • Any projects want/need help?
    If you're a musician, definitely check out the music engraving software LilyPond! - Source: Reddit / 6 months ago
  • Software for writing notation?
    I use LilyPond for notation. It does an excellent job at producing beautiful looking scores. However, it's not an easy tool for getting ideas down. To capture ideas, I use an audio recorder app on my phone. - Source: Reddit / 7 months ago
  • Would you play a drumming game that connects to your triggers or eDrums?
    Maybe start with a practice journal type of deal, using like lilypond to generate notation for exercises, I just started using practice time but having a web site or standalone version would be nice instead an android app. - Source: Reddit / 7 months ago
  • Can I have the notes to a song in letter form?
    There are a couple of notation formats designed to represent music notation in plain text; abc music#:~:text=The%20ABC%20notation%20is%20a,%2C%20flats%2C%20ornaments%2C%20etc) and lilypond. Both of these were meant as a way to transmit music via plain text more than they for meant to be read by performers. The Nashville sumber system is a more or less text notation system that is intended to be used by performers. - Source: Reddit / 8 months ago
  • Any free/mod software to help in writing songs?
    Lilypond with the Frescobaldi front end is one open source solution. - Source: Reddit / 8 months ago
  • Is using emacs just a circle jerk?
    But some of us use our text editors for programming in a great many languages (possibly including homespun DSLs), writing long-form documents, writing music, and many other ways of communicating with the computer. - Source: Reddit / 11 months ago
  • Specific-purpose macro pad - looking for tips
    It's enough of a niche application that I don't honestly expect the use case to be familiar to anyone here, but I'll be using this keypad to do music entry for LilyPond, a text-based music engraving tool (for writing sheet music). - Source: Reddit / 12 months ago
  • LaTeX Workshop this Friday in WALC! Come to learn basics of this cool typesetting language!
    If you are into writing or arranging music, check out LilyPond. It "rides on top of" LaTex. I have used it and it is amazing. It is much faster than a point-and-click interface . One of the (many) neat things it will do is automatic key transposition. - Source: Reddit / 12 months ago
  • Came across a typewriter for writing music
    Do you use software like - Source: Reddit / about 1 year ago
  • What Is a Music Engraver? (2016)
    What about Lilypond? "LilyPond is a music engraving program, devoted to producing the highest-quality sheet music possible. It brings the aesthetics of traditionally engraved music to computer printouts. LilyPond is free software and part of the GNU Project. " Also Frescobaldi which works on top of Lilypond. - Source: Hacker News / about 1 year ago
  • Could someone recommend me a midi transcriber person?
    Just use software to convert midi to sheet music. Lilypond is a free option. - Source: Reddit / about 1 year ago
  • Writing music
    Personally I sketch out thoughts using the notepad app, with the staves template, and then when I have something thats somewhat interesting, engrave it using Lilypond on my computer, with a MIDI keyboard and some VSCode plugins. - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • Ask HN: What kind of online tools are you using, missing or can be improved?
    I would like a music engraving tool, like lilypond[0], but which plays nicer with the web (bonus points if it makes it easy to treat code as data). - Source: Hacker News / about 1 year ago
  • Engraving software similar to the original SCORE that will work on a modern operating system?
    You could try to run it using the emulator vDos. Another option to explore is LilyPond, which uses text to encode the music and an interpreter to render the score. - Source: Reddit / about 1 year ago

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