The best method is to use PDF documents. You can create these directly from Music Publisher 8. When a score is on screen, on the File menu there is an Export topic which expands and includes the item As PDF Document. This creates a PDF document which is exactly the same as the printed document: same paper size and margins.
Oh yes I nearly forgot: if your friend has Music Publisher then simply send the scores. And if they haven't got MP then make a strong suggestion that they should have :-)
First some background:
So basically recording to CD is a 3-stage process.
Stage 2 is the hardest.
Software exists on the internet (eg midi2wav) which claims to do this – I’ve not tried it myself but the web site above has sensible advice and there is a demonstration program. Registration fee is currently $25.
If you don’t use specialized software then you can do it yourself:You can use a Windows Sound Recorder program which will record any sounds your computer is making and save them in a WAV file. It's just like a tape recorder:
In this way the recording is saved into a WAV file on your hard drive which you pass to stage 3 above.
Getting or finding a Windows Recorder may be the hard part. I use Nero 6 which has one built in. Earlier versions of Windows had them built in, but I think some versions of Windows are limited to 30 seconds of recording. However a search on Google for "Windows Recording Software" should throw up some free or low-cost offerings.
Yes. There are 2 quite different ways in which Music Publisher customers have done this.
The easiest assumes your singers have a Windows PC. Simply create a midi file from MP (on the Play menu press Save Midi button) and put it on a CD or floppy disk. Give them – or get them to download - a copy of vanBasco’s free Karaoke Player and they will be able to pick out the parts from the staves, slow down or speed up the tempo or emphasise and quieten the various parts.
The second type of CD is the audio CD. You could simply use Karaoke Player above and a Windows Sound Recorder (see How can I make audio CDs from Music Publisher scores?) to burn audio CDs from this recording.
At least one customer is making commercial rehearsal tapes but this requires quite a lot of post-processing of the midi file(s). You would need a good midi editor to change tempo, volume and relative weight of the parts before burning to CD. But it is possible and the scanning module available for Music Publisher speeds this process if you have permission to use the music or it is out of copyright.
The only data import format which Music Publisher can read is abc files.
For direct import from other systems there’s no direct facility at the moment. Plans are in hand to read NIFF and Music XML files but most music is not in these formats anyway.
The only way to get music from Sibelius, Mozart, Noteworthy Composer etc is by scanning in the print-out using our Scanning Edition.
However you may be surprised to learn that you don’t actually need a scanner, or if you have one, it’s faster not to bother with it!
Basically the Scanning edition can either interface to a scanner or it can use a BMP file directly to convert it into a music document by interpreting the picture as music.
Now there is an excellent and very simple little program called Zan Printer which creates a BMP file as you “print” which means that any program you can print from can be used to create BMP files instead. Here’s how the process goes:
You run your other music package and perform a Print, but using the Zan Printer virtual printer rather than your real printer. This creates a BMP file on disk for each page printed.
You now run Music Publisher and use File>Import from Bitmap to read the file which Zan created and interpret it as music.
Zan printer costs $50 and the Scanning edition costs £150 (£75 if you have already purchased the Standard Edition). (The File>Import from bitmap or scanner command is not on your copy if you don’t have the Scanning Edition.)
(An aside: This method is more reliable than using Midi files to transfer music as midi files tend to contain only notes and miss out a lot of the other on-page material.)
This Zan import route is also applicable to royalty-free music which is distributed by various web sites. They often offer their music as PDF files and the Zan Printer method works superbly on these, usually with 100% accuracy! Remember, you don't even need a scanner!
Many printers can do this automatically. Many modern laser printers can do double-sided (“duplex”) printing, and some can also do booklet printing, ie reduce the size and print 2 pages in Landscape mode with the correct page numbers opposite each other for booklet folding and stapling. If your printer can do this, the setting is likely to be in “Page setup” one the Properties button on the printer dialog.
Now assuming your printer can't then Music Publisher can help. On the File>Print menu you will find a button 'Booklet'. This leads to a new screen which has options to make booklets on duplex printers or even printer which can't by feeding paper in twice.
Also on the basic Print menu there are options to print (full-size) odd or even pages so you can create double-sided by feeding your odd pages back into the printer and then printing the even pages.
The example above was created by selecting the hymn tune in Block Mode and choosing “Copy to Clipboard”. Then simply switching to Word and pasting in (eg Ctrl+V or Shift+Ins or Edit>Paste). The size of the picture will be the largest that Word can get in the paper width so you will need to resize it. In Word, you can drag one of the corners (not the edges) or for more control click the picture to highlight it, select Format>Picture>Size. I set the % height at about 25% as a general rule.
Many programs behave similarly to Word using the clipboard for pasting pictures.
An alternative to the clipboard is to save as a BMP file from Block Mode and then you can insert the picture saved into Word with Insert>Picture>From File.
It does. But if you wish to do this then you must enable the option on the File menu. In Options>Configure>Desktop tick the box labelled Allow ABC. Now you will find Import ABC and Export ABC on the File menu.
abc format is readable (with practice) by both computers and people and a full description is beyond this topic, but can be found on the internet. One place is the link given below.
abc format is an evolving format, and that causes problems for programs trying to support it. Version 1 of the format was written for folk music tunes and so only handled single staves using melodies and only occasional chords (such as a fiddle part might have). But many additions were added and leading to multi-stave systems, choral music and so on. But its inherent limitations preclude it from being a full-fledged music interchange format. At least that’s my opinion!
Music Publisher supports version 1 of abc format, and with some features from version 2. Notably missing from MP are support for multi-staves and lyrics but the (literally) tens of thousands of tunes on the internet don’t use these features anyway. As a sample, here is the UK national anthem - in the US known as the tune "America":
Once you are told that the default note length for 3/4 time is the quaver (8th note) then you should be able to decipher the main points of that format. For full information see
(If this link is broken then be prepared to search for "abc format" as its support is completely voluntary: there is no paid organisation responsible for it.)