Saving Your Work in a Notation .not, MIDI .mid, or Karaoke .kar File

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Saving Your Work in a Notation .not, MIDI .mid, or Karaoke .kar File

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Notation Musician and Notation Composer use and share a proprietary music file format that includes not only MIDI performance data but also notation data. Normally, you should save the song in the Notation file format, used by Notation Software's Notation family of music software products. A Notation file has the .not filename extension.

Only Notation music software programs can read and write files in Notation Software's Notation .not file format. You can export the music performance of a song as a MIDI file. There are many music software programs that can play MIDI files.

NOTE: MIDI files contain almost no information about the notation of the music. If you wish to save your music notation, then you need to save it as a Notation .not file rather than export it a MIDI .mid file.

 

prcarrow To save your work in a Notation .not file:

1.Choose the Save As command in the File menu.

Musician will present the File Save As dialog box.

A default directory will be opened. It will be \Program Files\Notation\Songs, unless you installed Musician in a different directory. You can change the default directory, if desired, by navigating to another directory and then setting a check mark by "Set directory as default".

2.Enter a new file name, or use the same file name if you are certain that you want the newly saved file to replace the old. Musician will automatically add the Notation .not  file extension if you do not provide it at the end of the file name.

prcarrow To export your song as a MIDI .mid:

1.In the File menu, choose Export, then select  "MIDI".

For MIDI filetypes, Musician will present the Export MIDI File dialog box:

ExportAsMIDI

A default directory will be opened. It will be \Program Files\Notation\Songs, unless you installed Musician in a different directory. You can change the default directory, if desired, by navigating to another directory and then setting a check mark by "Set directory as default".

2.Enter the name of the MIDI  file you wish to export.
3.If your keyboard or synthesizer needs to have the MIDI controllers cleared before a song begins playback, check the "Force MIDI Controller Reset at the start of the song" box.
4.Optionally set a check mark by "Quantize the note locations and durations as notated".

Choose this option if you are using Musician as a tool for transcribing MIDI-to-notation, and wish to import the results into another music notation program. This will have the undesirable effect of making the MIDI performance sound very mechanical.  However, this will adjust the notes so another music notation program can more successfully import and transcribe the MIDI performance. Said another way, Musician will do the hard work in transcribing the MIDI to notation, and the other music notation program can take advantage of Musician's MIDI-to-notation transcription.

5.Optionally set a check mark by "Write out repeats and separate lyric verses."   For example, if your song has repeat instructions to play four verses, and four lines of lyrics are included, then this option will expand the song into four written-out sections of the verse, each time with one of the four verses.
6. Select the MIDI file format that will best suit the device you will play your exported .mid file on.  The XG format is recommended as it has the most capabilities and flexibility.  However, some equipment can only handle other MIDI file formats, and so Musician offers the option of saving in the file format that you need.  Please note that if a MIDI .mid file that you have opened in Musician is a particular MIDI format, then you cannot change the MIDI format to a different type on export.  There are other tools available for making such format changes.  Also note that if you have

 

prcarrow To export your song as a Karaoke .kar:

1.In the File menu, choose  Export, then select  "Karaoke".  A dialog identical to the one above for MIDI will be presented, and you can select the same options as for exporting a MIDI .mid file.