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What is Rosegarden?

Rosegarden is a piece of software which helps you write music compositions either in standard Western musical notation or in a graph-like "matrix" layout of notes -- a piano-roll. Rosegarden has a MIDI sequencer and several different editors including a score editor. A unique aspect of Rosegarden, in contrast to most other music composition software, is that it is being created by an international collaboration of software developers who are continually publishing new versions of the software every day. Rosegarden runs on Linux (Rosegarden does not run in Windows) using the ALSA sound system so you need to have both Linux and ALSA installed first.

What can Rosegarden do?

Main features:

  • Score Editor

    • Creates music scores with one or more staves by editing in standard musical notation.
    • "Drag-and-drop" editing with cut, copy and paste of notes, rests, etc.
    • Powerful heuristic quantisation for making "tidy" notation from imported MIDI files.
    • Automatic interpretation of dynamics and other notation into a live MIDI performance of your composition.
    • Fine-positioning and visibility control of notation objects.
    • Part-writing on single staves.
    • High-quality printing output.
    • Color highlighting of notes during selection and playback.
  • MIDI Sequencer

    • Real-time playback of your composition to a soundcard, softsynths, or external MIDI instruments like MIDI keyboards.
    • Real-time and step recording from external MIDI instruments (useful for recording improvisations).
  • Piano-roll - Matrix Editor

    • Edits scores using a color-coded graph-like layout of the musical notes.
    • "Drag-and-drop" editing with cut, copy and paste of MIDI events.
    • Adjustable speed-up or slow-down of MIDI events in regions of a MIDI file.
  • Track Editor / Overview Editor

    • Overview of the MIDI tracks and/or audio tracks (and segments) in your composition.
    • "Drag-and-drop" editing with cut, copy and paste of segments between different tracks or within the same track.
  • MIDI Event List Editor

    • Creates control events like "sustain pedal", "chorus", "reverb", ...
    • Detailed viewing and editing of event properties.
  • Support for commonly used file formats

    • Import and export of standard MIDI files.
    • Export of MusicXML, Mup, Csound, and Lilypond files.
  • Multi-track editing for audio and MIDI segments.

  • Support for soft synths (DSSI) and audio plugins like LADSPA.
  • Unlimited undo/redo of editing operations.

Other features:

  • Translations are available for 12 languages including English (UK and US), Chinese (Simplified), Dutch, Estonian, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Welsh.
  • GPL licence. Rosegarden is libre software. concept explained in this link.
  • Implemented in C++ using the QT3 toolkit.
  • The new series 4 Rosegarden works with ALSAMIDI. The older but still useable series 2 Rosegarden 2.1pl4 works with ALSA OSSEmulation MIDI.

How can I get Rosegarden?

Ready-to-run binaries for Linux are available for Rosegarden version 1.0 dated 14 February 2005. Please note that to get the most recent version you will have to download Rosegarden's source code using CVS and re-compile it yourself. See the page RosegardenCVS for more details.

There is no Windows or Mac version available, and the only way to run Rosegarden in Windows is by using "VMWare (TM)" or a similar *virtualization environment*.

Questions about Rosegarden:

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