Music File Formats That You Can Use in Musician

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Music File Formats That You Can Use in Musician

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The following table identifies common music file formats that Musician does and does not support.

 

 

File Type

Description

Extension

Musician

Reads

Musician

Writes

Notation

Special format for music notation and performance used by Musician and other music software programs by Notation Software.

.not

yes

yes

MIDI

Music performance data, not music notation data.

.mid

MIDI File Type 0 and 1

MIDI File Type 1

(but not Type 0)

Karaoke

A version of MIDI file that includes specialized lyrics information.

.kar

yes

yes

Wave

An audio sound wave file format.

.wav

no

no

MP3

A compressed audio sound wave file format.

.mp3

no

no

 

 

For an overview in how to share your music with others, see Enabling Others to View, Play, and Print Your Songs.

 

A MIDI file is a saved recording of a MIDI performance. For an introduction to MIDI, see Appendix B: What is MIDI? A MIDI file contains very little information about how the musical performance should be represented as music notation. If you import a MIDI file, Musician must transcribe it to music notation. After that, you can edit the music notation and/or the MIDI performance. Since a MIDI file does not store music notation data, Musician needs a file format for saving music notation data along with the MIDI performance data. That is the Notation (.not) file format, which is used only by Musician and other music software programs by Notation Software.

 

After you have recorded or edited a song in Musician, you can save it in the MIDI file format, so that other MIDI software programs can play the song.

 

A Karaoke (.kar) file is a special type of MIDI file. It includes extra information about how lyrics should be displayed when just lyrics and not the music notes are shown. Particularly, the Karaoke information indicates where the line breaks in the lyrics are located, to match musical phrases. Musician reads Karaoke files. Instead of just displaying the lyrics, Musician also displays the notes. See Working with Karaoke (.kar) Files.

 

Wave and MP3 files save music recordings as sound waves, as described in Appendix B: What is MIDI? Musician does not import or export audio files. A frequently asked question is: "Does Musician transcribe audio files or CD music to notation?" Musician does not do this. Some music software can do this only for very clear single note instruments and voice. Many audio engineers have spent years attempting to develop software that can identify what pitches are being played by what instruments at what times in an audio recording. But there has been very little success for music in which more than one note is played at a time.