I am not a regular user of Rosegarden but some months ago I made a
concerted effort to get it going on Kubuntu.
I would make the following comment.
Rosegarden is a music sequencer capable of controlling internal or
external soundcards. I was able to load some sound fonts onto my
sound card and, using Rosegarden, was able attribute various
instruments to a Rosegarden 'score' that I had downloaded. This
enabled me to play a Baroque piece with the stringed instruments and
choral voices. I was able to add effects such as reverb and alter the
speed of playback.
A neccessary complication of using Rosegarden was into install the
real time linux kernel and configure JACK, a more sophisticated sound
system to allow the output of Rosegarden to play back on a dual core
laptop without stilted playback. In conjunction with downloading
suitable sound fonts, it would have probably taken about 10hrs to
figure all that out. You have the benefit of me confirming these
As for scoring, Rosegarden interfaces very nicely with Lilypond, a
front end to Latex (a typesetting engine) that produces elegant and
conventional musical notation. It is my understannding that you use an
electronic keyboard to play a piece, have Rosegarden record it and
with some further manipultion, output a conventional typeset score in
Lilypond. I didn't actively attempt this but was curious to know if
it was possible., since I don't have access to a MIDI capable keyboard
and/or a sound card capable of MIDI recording.
I'll be at the Fixit day this Saturday. If you use K/Ubuntu and have
a suitable spec'd machine, I might be able to assist in some aspects
of configuring Rosegarden on your machine. The transposition(or
rescore) from the tenor clef to bass clef may be within the realms of
In fact, Lilypond might really be what you after if you don't actually
plan to use a sequencer or connect any instruments.
2009/7/28 Simon Green <simon(a)simongreen.name>me>:
2009/7/28 Justin Hyde <j.hyde(a)waikato.ac.nz>
I want to re-score some music (on paper) from tenor clef to bass clef and
would like to use Rosegarden on my Ubuntu box to do this.
I have read the tutorial at www.rosegardenmusic.com
but I am still finding
it hard to work out the basics of writing the music on-screen.
Are there any local users of Rosegarden who could assist me?
Given the niche market, you are likely to receive more help from the
RoseGarden mailing list and support forums than WLUG.
Though you never know, there might be someone in Hamilton that is using it
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