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There are several programs available for composing and transposing music, the following shareware programs are for PC &/or MAC.

Audacity
Audacity is a free, easy-to-use audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems. You can use it to: record live audio and export it directly to mp3, you can convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs, edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, and WAV sound files, cut, copy, splice, and mix sounds together. You can also change the speed or pitch of a recording, and there are many built in effects at your disposal such as phaser, wah etc etc

Audacity is free because it is developed by a group of volunteers and distributed under the GNU General Public License (GPL).

GUIDO Noteserver
Developers of a music representation language called GUIDO musicnotation as well as a online noteserv and a stand-alone noteviewer for rendering scores from GUIDO files. The GUIDO NoteServer converts GUIDO Music Notation (ASCII) into conventional music notation (GIF or Postscript), that can be displayed with any WEB-Browser and embedded in WEB pages. Both, Noteviewer and server are freeware/free-services plus samples, examples, notation features and open source are provided online.

Melody Assistant
Shareware program for writing and composing music, with a friendly interface and many powerful features. This program is multilingual : English, French, Spanish, German, Italian and Japanese plus you can download and use it free.

Score editor
If you use often printed scores, it'll be easy to enter them on your computer : Melody processes almost all the break symbols used in musical writing, and uses them while playing the music. A powerful editor allows you to place and move easily the notes on the staves. Appoggiaturas, slurs, trills, mordent, vibrato, etc can be linked to a note and played. Similarly, pedal, ottava, dynamics, tempo changes will be heard when playing music. Many document templates are provided. You can also define your own. If needed, you can restrict access to your document by a password and protect your work : for example, it will be possible to play your tune but not to modify it.

Digital output
A complete digital instrument database is integrated to Melody, which gives hi-quality musics, even if you don't own professional hardware. A basic sound card (SoundBlaster AWE64 for example) is enough on PC, no specific device is needed on Macintosh. Digital effect processors (Reverb, Chorus, Distortion, Wah...) can be applied anywhere on score.

Digital sound editor
You can record your own sounds from a CD or a microphone (or load a sound file like .AIFF or .WAV) , and use them as instruments in your tunes. You can also record complete digital audio tracks from a CD or a microphone (or import them from a WAV, AIFF or MP3 file), edit them and use them in your documents. These digital tracks can be mixed with regular or MIDI staves.

Compatibility with other software
Your tune files can be played either on PC or Macintosh, since Melody exists on both platforms. Melody allows also to import and export musics in MIDI, Rich Midi, ABC,TAB,KAR format as well as in digital formats like AIFF, WAV or MP3. Melody can read MOD and S3M files. For example, you can then convert easily a MIDI file to MP3. Scores can be exported in PICT, BMP, EPS and used with a word processor or an image editor. Complete exports are reserved to registered copies.

Tablatures and chord diagrams. Guitarists and Bassists haven't been forgotten : Melody calculates tablatures and displays the chord diagrams. You can even define your own stringed instrument and calculate tablatures for it! Melody Assistant can also compute tablatures for all fretted string instruments (Banjo, Balalaïka, Ukulele ...) but also for Harmonica, Appalachian Dulcimer and Baroque Lute. A complete library of guitar chord diagrams is given with Melody. You can complete this library by defining easily your own chords.

Real-time MIDI input. If you own a MIDI keyboard, you can perform real-time MIDI input. Above this, you can record at the same time a digital audio track. You can then record your voice with the microphone while you play on keyboard.

Lyrics. You can relate lyrics to a tune, and let the music play in Karaoke mode : lyrics scroll while you are singing. Of course, Melody loads and processes the MIDI Karaoke file format (.KAR). Melody manages Karaoke with several voices (useful for choirs). You can record a complete track from an audio CD, soften the singer's voice and replace it by your own. "Shape notes" notation from Gospel choirs (FaSoLa) are recognized.

Graphics and colors. Graphics in black and white or color (in BMP or PICT format) can be inserted at any point on the score. All the symbols can be colorized, globally or individually, in order to enhance the attractiveness of your document. For example, you can set all "C" to blue, and "D" to green... Useful if you're learning musical notation. You can drop texts and comments where you want on the score, and define your own background patterns.

Tune printing. Printing is widely user-defineable.You can define what staves you want to be printed or not, whether you want the ruler, tune name, or the complete lyrics below the score. You can also print the complete sorted list of guitar chord diagrams to make a very useful customized handbook.

Also Drum editing, floating tool palettes, multi-voices staves, floating tool palettes, gregorian notation, help window and more.

In this version:

Jukebow is managed as a standard window, and no more as a modal dialog box
New file format(.mu3) This file format enables to export Melody/Harmony documents so that digital tracks are internally MP3-encoded
MUS saving (standard files) : non-destructive RLE encoding for user instruments
Individual and global symbol size setting
Editing parameters through curves
New rules features
Tunes can be sorted by style
New note duration : breve and long
Previous bar repeat symbol (%)
Magnetic tool palettes
Clef change anywhere in a bar
New setup for bar numbering
Complete score editing from the computer keyboard
Compound time signatures
Automatic note splitting
Complete tuplet display
MP3 export
Clef symbol size setting
Grid drum staff
Better tempo management
Better accuracy in digital export

AUTHOR D & O Guillion
FILE NAME - melody.bin
FILE SIZE - 6.0 MB
LICENCE - Shareware
Licence Information: Registration:US $18 System Requirements: Mac OS 7.5 or later

Melody Assistant 2.0.7c for MAC & PC can be downloaded from:-
http://www.myriad-online.com/melody.htm
or Shareware Music Machine

Harmony Assistant
Harmony Assistant is the Melody's big brother. On top of all the Melody options, it brings harmonizing, drum sequences, enhanced editing, special tablatures...

Score editor. If you use often printed scores, it'll be easy to enter them on your computer : Harmony processes almost all the break symbols used in musical writing, and uses them while playing the music. A powerful editor allows you to place and move easily the notes on the staves. Appoggiaturas, slurs, trills, mordent, vibrato, etc can be linked to a note and played. Similarly, pedal, ottava, dynamics, tempo changes will be heard when playing music. Many document templates are provided. You can also define your own.

If needed, you can restrict access to your document by a password and protect your work : for example, it will be possible to play your tune but not to modify it.
The mode page allow to edit the score as "on paper".
Automatic accompaniments generation and drums sequences
Automatic accompaniments can be generated : they'll be harmonized with your tune and will be played with it.
You'll be able to create your own accompaniment sequences as simply as dropping notes on staves.
You can edit drum or percussive sequences and use it in your tunes, by placing them at the desired locations on the score.

Chord grid calculation
Harmony can find automatically the chords matching the notes on your score, and shows the score chord grid. You can then edit and modify this grid to rearrange your tune. Digital output. A complete digital instrument database is integrated to Harmony, which gives hi-quality musics, even if you don't own professional hardware. A basic sound card (SoundBlaster AWE64 for example) is enough on PC, no specific device is needed on Macintosh. Digital effect processors (Reverb, Chorus, Distortion, Wah...) can be applied anywhere on score.

Digital sound editor
You can record your own sounds from a CD or a microphone (or load a sound file like .AIFF or .WAV) , and use them as instruments in your tunes. You can also record complete digital audio tracks from a CD or a microphone (or import them from a WAV, AIFF or MP3 file), edit them and use them in your documents. These digital tracks can be mixed with regular or MIDI staves.

Compatibility
Your tune files can be played either on PC or Macintosh, since Harmony exists on both platforms. Harmony allows also to import and export musics in MIDI, Rich Midi, ABC,TAB,KAR format as well as in digital formats like AIFF, WAV or MP3. Harmony can read MOD and S3M files. For example, you can then convert easily a MIDI file to MP3. Scores can be exported in PICT, BMP, EPS and used with a word processor or an image editor.

Tablatures and chord diagrams
Guitarists and Bassists haven't been forgotten : Harmony calculates tablatures and displays the chord diagrams. You can even define your own stringed instrument and calculate tablatures for it! Harmony Assistant can also compute tablatures for all fretted string instruments (Banjo, Balalaïka, Ukulele ...) but also for Harmonica, Appalachian Dulcimer, Diatonic Accordion and Baroque Lute. A complete library of guitar chord diagrams is given with Harmony. You can complete this library by defining easily your own chords.

Real-time MIDI input
If you own a MIDI keyboard, you can perform real-time MIDI input. Above this, you can record at the same time a digital audio track. You can then record your voice with the microphone while you play on keyboard.

Lyrics
You can relate lyrics to a tune, and let the music play in Karaoke mode : lyrics scroll while you are singing. Of course, Harmony loads and processes the MIDI Karaoke file format (.KAR). Harmony manages Karaoke with several voices (useful for choirs). You can record a complete track from an audio CD, soften the singer's voice and replace it by your own. "Shape notes" notation from Gospel choirs (FaSoLa) are recognized.

Graphics and colors
Graphics in black and white or color (in BMP or PICT format) can be inserted at any point on the score. All the symbols can be colorized, globally or individually, in order to enhance the attractiveness of your document. For example, you can set all "C" to blue, and "D" to green... Useful if you're learning musical notation. You can drop texts and comments where you want on the score, and define your own background patterns.

Tune printing
Printing is widely user-defineable.You can define what staves you want to be printed or not, whether you want the ruler, tune name, or the complete lyrics below the score. You can also print the complete sorted list of guitar chord diagrams to make a very useful customized handbook. You can even print punched cards for street organs!

Also Drum editing, floating tool palettes, multi-voices staves, floating tool palettes, gregorian notation, help window and more.

In this version:
Multi-windowing
It is now possible to use another font than the STocatta to display music symbols
Jukebow is managed as a standard window, and no more as a modal dialog box
New file format(.mu3) This file format enables to export Melody/Harmony documents so that digital tracks are internally MP3-encoded
MUS saving (standard files) : non-destructive RLE encoding for user instruments
Individual and global symbol size setting
Editing parameters through curves
New rules features
Tunes can be sorted by style
New note duration : breve and long
Previous bar repeat symbol (%)
Magnetic tool palettes
Clef change anywhere in a bar
New setup for bar numbering
Complete score editing from the computer keyboard
Compound time signatures
Automatic note splitting
Complete tuplet display
MP3 export
Clef symbol size setting
Grid drum staff
Better tempo management
Better accuracy in digital export

AUTHOR D & O Guillion
FILE NAME - harmeval.bin
FILE SIZE - 6.39 MB
LICENCE - Demo
Licence Information: This evaluation version is very close to the complete version : only printing and saving options are disabled. Purchase Price: US $79 System Requirements: Mac OS 8.6 to Mac OS X, 68040 or PPC

Harmony Assistant can be downloaded from:-
http://www.myriad-online.com/harmony.htm
or Shareware Music Machine

Virtual Singer
uses a synthesized human voice to make your computer sing ! (several voices and languages included) An additional module for Melody Assistant or Harmony Assistant, Virtual Singer will generate human voice to process staves with lyrics. Once installed, Virtual Singer is completly integrated to Melody/Harmony. It is displayed as a new palette. Virtual Singer can be configured according to your needs, by modifying timbre, intonation, kind of voice (man, woman, tenor, soprano, etc.). Above this, several different voices, in different languages, will be able to sing at the same time. Samples tunes and a complete manual (included in the Melody or Harmony Assistant documentation) are provided.

New in this version: This new version integrate Real Singer which enables you to define a Virtual Singer voice based on recordings of your own voice.

AUTHOR - D & O Guillion
FILE NAME - vsinst.exe
FILE SIZE - 1.0 MB
LICENCE - Shareware
Licence Information: Registration:US $15 System Requirements: Melody Assistant or Harmony Assistant

Virtual Singer can be downloaded from:-
http://www.myriad-online.com/vs.htm
or Shareware Music Machine

OMeR
The Optical Music easy Reader is the printed music recognition add-on. Insert a printed page of music in your scanner, launch OMeR and edit or listen the music with Melody or Harmony Assistant... You can now use the Photoshop© acquire plug-ins to scan from OMeR

AUTHOR - D & O Guillion
FILE NAME - omerinst.exe
FILE SIZE - 1.26 MB
LICENCE - Shareware
Licence Information: Registration: $15 System Requirements: Melody Assistant or Harmony Assistant; 640x480, 256 colors screen; Twain-compatible scanner, 8 MB free RAM; free HD space for images

OMer can be downloaded from:-
http://www.myriad-online.com/omer.htm
or Shareware Music Machine

Melody Player
Free stand-alone player for Melody and Harmony Assistant as well as MIDI, MOD and S3M files. Doesn't need any MIDI hardware. Melody player includes the light version of the digital sound database,so it doesn't need any Midi card or interface. Melody player is a freeware program sized about 1 MB and can be downloaded from:-
http://www.myriad-online.com/melodyplayer.htm
or Shareware Music Machine

Myriad Music Plugin - is a Freeware plug-in for your web browser. Play, display, save, transpose and print music pieces published on the web. Enables you to publish your own music scores created with Melody Assistant or Harmony Assistant, directly from your web browser. This plug-in also plays tutorials available on the Myriad Video Tutorial page it can be downloaded from http://www.myriad-online.com/plugmain.htm

The Audacity of freeware! - All New from Digidesign
Press release - Friday, July 19, 2002

Audacity is a free multi-track sound editor for MacOS, Windows, and Linux.

Digi 002 - FireWire-based Pro Tools LE Studio with Integrated Control Surface. Lay your hands and ears on the latest Pro Tools project studio innovation - Digi 002. The first-ever FireWire-based Pro Tools product from Digidesign, Digi 002 offers you the tactile convenience of an integrated control surface along with all the I/O of Digi 001 and more - including a standalone 8x4x2 digital mixer mode.

It can record directly or import WAV, Ogg Vorbis, MP3, AIFF, and many other formats. Features include built-in effects, VST plugin loading, fast editing and unlimited undo.

The Audacity Development Team is happy to announce the simultaneous release of versions 1.0.0 and 1.1.0.

Version 1.0.0 is the final, stable version of the original Audacity. It is a good, simple audio editor suitable for recording, mixing, and editing ordinary tracks of CD-quality audio, on many platforms including Windows, Mac OS, and Linux.

Version 1.1.0 is the first beta release of the next version of Audacity, which includes support for higher-quality audio, more audio file formats, more effects, more editing functions, an improved user interface, and support for foreign languages. Though this version has many new and useful features, some of these features are still under development and they have not been tested as much, and there may have problems.

It is possible to have both versions of Audacity on your computer at the same time.

You can read more and download Digi 002 from:-
www.digidesign.com
or Shareware Music Machine

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Vocal & Music Software Links

Freeware/Shareware Fun & Educational Software Downloads at Vocalist!

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Cnet Downloads
All types of freeware & shareware software including music.

MDA-VST
has some neat free software downloads for musicians, including a musicians pack also has Plug Ins, Drum and Sonogram to name a few nifty programs.

Musician Store
Online internet shop selling music software, instruments, tuners, effects and accessories.

NoteWorthy Composer
for PC's costs around £35/$50.

Sibelius
composition software for Mac's has a demo version that you can try although the 'save' option is disabled.

Shareware Music Machine
the world's biggest music software web site.

Shareware Music Machine - Mac Software

Shareware Music Machine - PC Software

Sonic Spot
Good resource of music software download information & links, includes diagrams and descriptions of freeware.

Tudogs
Freeware & Shareware software resource.