Quote from Mark Hudson on August 3, 2011, 09:54
There are a few ways this device could be used for producing music - using a linux based sequencer for example,
an output from a sequencer to the current incarnation of MIDI would be highly useful. If it could come with onboard General MIDI sound files/synthesis that would be fantastic.
but a while ago I did some messing with a music engraving app called Lilypond. It's GNU (& hence free) and makes use of of text-based input that is then compiled to produce pdf sheet music .... i.e it is very much like programming but with a very specific intended outcome.
I think lilypond is too advanced for little benefit, it's for writing a score, or appears more particularly for writing classical scores. The primary benefit from reading the site would be for university level composition courses, and sheet music engraving printers.
Whilst there are some examples for education, they seem more along the lines of a teacher scoring for students than for student learning.
A much more useful app would be something along the lines of the iphone app Gakufu released by Kawai this week which allows you to use a camera to grab an image from printed or handwritten notation. http://www.ubergizmo.com/2011/.....them-back/
Unfortunately it is japanese app store only at the moment.
As an aside, I got into computing by having access to a great music teacher, a 128k+ spectrum and a borrowed from school casio CZ-101... never did get my hands on a yamaha DX-7, though.