Hi Fred, Try'n 2 Learn, and anyone else interested in this,
Since user "Try'n 2 Learn", brought up "Finale" and a web link, I thought I would respond to it and give my thoughts on this as well. (of course
"Finale" Music Notation Software to "Compose. Arrange. Teach. Share" music. The article in the link makes assumptions, assertions, that well, put simply, are not accurate regarding current Linux operating systems, like Linux Mint, and that there are no Linux applications for certain comparable major software applications that run on MS Windows or Mac, see quote below. There are in fact applications that do exist in Linux that (arguably) run as well or better in Linux, some of those mentioned can run under Linux "Wine", like "Finale" as the article shows. Some might require the use of more than one Linux application to accomplish the same task, and most of the Linux programs are free. Of course, you can also run any of these applications under Linux Mint using a "Virtual Machine" as well, like "VirtualBox" or "VMware" with Windows or Mac OS's installed in either one,
There are numerous really good posts and articles in this forum and other forums regarding really good Linux alternative programs to "Photoshop" (image editors), other Adobe products too, Pro Tools (Audio production), Final Cut (video editing), and Finale (music Composer, score writing, etc...).
"However, one major complaint about Linux is the lack of availability of specific major applications, especially those pertaining to professional video and audio production. Examples of such applications include Photoshop, Pro Tools, Final Cut, and Finale."
And since this post's thread sort of pertains to music, which I love as well, I will now focus on Linux alternative to "Finale", although as already mentioned, you can run "Finale" in Linux Mint using "Wine".
Two Linux programs that come to mind immediately regarding "Finale" type programs are:
"MuseScore" is a free music notation and composition software available for Linux, Windows and Mac. Create, play and print beautiful sheet music. "Its open source community now boasts more than 250 contributors adding to the project. This includes making the software available in new languages, fixing bugs, writing documentation, creating video tutorials, and so on."
"LilyPond" ... music notation for everyone, 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.
"Rosegarden" is a music composition and editing environment based around a MIDI sequencer that features a rich understanding of music notation and includes basic support for digital audio.
Rosegarden is an easy-to-learn, attractive application that runs on Linux, ideal for composers, musicians, music students, and small studio or home recording environments.
Linux Alternatives To "Finale"
http://alternativeto.net/software/final ... form=linux
"Impro-Visor", Open Source by Harvey Mudd College - Computer Science D... | Mac, Windows, Linux
Impro-Visor (short for “Improvisation Advisor”) is a music notation program designed to help jazz musicians compose and hear solos similar to ones that might be improvised. The objective is to improve...
"Melody Assistant" is dedicated to music writing, printing and rendering. Easy to use, Melody Assistant offers a user-friendly interface and powerful capabilities. Now used by a very active community of...
NtEd - Open Source | Linux
NtEd is a GTK+ score editor. It intends to be really WYSIWYG: what you see on the screen is exactly what you get on printer output. It supports up to 4 voices per staff, drum notes, 5 lyrics lines, N-Tuplets...
Frescobaldi - Open Source | Mac, Windows, Linux
Frescobaldi is a LilyPond sheet music text editor. It aims to be powerful, yet lightweight and easy to use. Frescobaldi is Free Software, freely available under the General Public License.
"Harmony Assistant" - Commercial by Myriad Software | Mac, Windows, Linux
Harmony Assistant is an unbeatable software for computer-assisted music composition and editing. Its harmonizing capabilities enable the composer to build quickly and efficiently tunes that include...
"music21" - Open Source by Michael Cuthbert, Christopher Ariza, Oth... | Mac, Windows, Linux
Music21 is a Python-based toolkit for computer-aided musicology. Applications of this toolkit include computational musicology, music informations, musical example extraction and generation, music notation...
"ABCJ" - Open Source by Steve Spencer-Jowett | Mac, Windows, Linux, Web / Cloud
ABCJ is a pure-Java editor, player and librarian for music files stored using Chris Walshaw's ABC notation. Features :-. • ABCJ maintains a library of ABC files. Once a tune book (ABC file) has been...
"DGuitar" - Open Source by Mauricio Gracia Gutierrez | Mac, Windows, Linux, BSD
DGuitar is a Small Guitar Pro iconGuitar Pro (*.GP4,*.GP3,GTP) viewer, player that works under Linux, MacOs, Solaris, BSD, Windows and any other Operational System that has Java Runtime Environment 1.4 or later installed.
"Canorus Music Score Editor" - Open Source by Georg Rudolph | Mac, Windows, Linux, BSD
Canorus is a free cross-platform music score editor. It supports an unlimited number and length of staffs, polyphony, a MIDI playback of notes, chord markings, lyrics, import/export filters to formats like...
Open Source Alternatives For Music Composition,Editing, and Recording
* 10 snazzy music production tools for Ubuntu
http://www.techdrivein.com/2014/02/10-m ... linux.html
* Professional Audio Production on Linux
https://www.linux.com/learn/docs/694629 ... n-on-linux
* Pro Audio
So, can you hear the music now .... and see it, and compose it, and play it, etc....