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A-Play Ver. 3.0

You only need LilyPond 2.6.5 and a text editor
to create advanced musical scores…



            The A-Play Note Writing Package is here!

                        The 19th February 2007 – we have arrived!

 

 

A-Play Free Note Writing Software

                   8   imagine an advanced text based editor for professional note writing.

                   8   based on web tools and innovative GNU software.

                   8   a simple and cool user interface.

                   8   automatic creation of PDF and MIDI files.

                   8   Convert MIDI to an editable score.

                   8   many of the features of our dear competitor Sibelius.

                   8   and on top of all that: Freeware; true freeware. No trial versions, no limitations.

                          Yo.

 

                        8 Table of Contents

The A-Play Note Writing Package is here! 1

Press Release 2

Feature Highlights 3

Comparing Features 4

 

            Press Release

                        Simple and Professional

                        A-Play was born as a pioneering piece of musical software in the late 1980-ies. It was the first note writing software in Scandinavia to use MIDI technology and the first to offer a broad range of professional note editing tools.

                        After a long sleep in the 1990-ies, A-Play now re-emerges in web format, stronger and more innovative than ever. Combing the power of Lily Pond’s revolutionary note writing software language and the productive, feature rich environment of A-Play built by NORDISC, the makers of music teaching books for over 24 years.

                        The notes are written in TED Notepad a simple but versatile text editor, almost like normal letters. Think Word. Think straightforward, powerful note writing. When done, the file is compiled by Lily Pond’s programming engine and converted into PDF and MIDI in a few minutes. Open the MIDI files with the Noteworthy Player, and the score goes live, while the music plays. Print the PDF score that will please even the most demanding musicians.

                        A-Play version 3.0 is packed with advanced tools besides the obvious basic notes, time signatures and keys. Use the layout as is, or bend it any way you like!

                        And this marvellous new piece of software – does it cost the usual 799€ ?

                        No, it’s free…

 

            Feature Highlights

                          Daily Use

                        4   A-Play uses the famous Lily Pond music programming language as its engine.

                        4   Simple, efficient typing of notes in the fast text based editor TED Notepad.

                        4   Templates for rock, jazz and classical music.

                        4   Intuitive workflow with simple dialog boxes and a comprehensive online Help with copy and past of ready-made music phrases and layout.

                        4   The scores are automatically converted to PDF and MIDI.

                        4   Supports all common musical notation symbols and values, including text and dynamic signs.

                        4   Chord engine. Create rock and jazz chords with chord boxes. Turn and manipulate the chords and voices.

                          MIDI

                        4   A MIDI file is created when finishing the score.

                        4   Convert MIDI files to editable sheet music.

                        4   Play the MIDI file through the Noteworthy Player, and watch while the score becomes “live” following the music.

                        4   MIDI codes can be inserted for volume, new instrument and other changes.

                          Advanced

                        4   Complete Music Theory and Piano tutor included.

                        4   A comprehensive range of tools, matching many of our (full price) competitors’ features.

                        4   Full range of:
- Clefs, including drum clef and tablature.
- A full set of keys, including modal scales.
- Meters, traditional and odd (very odd).
- Effect signs for guitar, strings and other instruments.

                        4   Powerful layout facilities. Change fonts and placement of bars, systems – and notes! Designed for music teachers – isolate rhythm notes or move the elements as it pleases you.

 

            Comparing Features

 

Feature

A-Play

Sibelius

User Interface

 

 

Input with mouse only

 

l

Input with keyboard only

l

l

Short keys

 

l

Virtual piano

 

l

Context help

l

l

Digital Manual

l

l

Note features

 

Note values under 1/32

l

l

Complex polyrhythms

l

l

Different time signatures at the same time

 

l

Effect fonts

l

l

Modal scales

l

l

Tablature

l

l

Chord Boxes

l

l

Ancient music notation

l

l

Note Transformation

 

 

Transpose

l

l

Move notes

l

l

Half or double note duration transform

l

l

Layout

 

 

Move or hide note elements, bars and systems

l

l

Intelligent system and page wrapping

l

l

Forced system and page breaks

l

l

Import symbols

 

l

Colour notes and text

l

l

Groups of instruments

l

l

Cover with picture

 

l

Automatic features

 

Automatic chords

l

l

Automatic 2nd and 3rd voices

(manual)

l

Rhythm Phrases

l

l

Auto arrangements for orchestra

 

l

Drum patterns

l

l

Advanced error checking

l

l

Play back

 

 

Mixer

(Only volume)

l

Sound libraries available

 

l

Live repeat signs

 

l

Advanced studio features

 

l

Text

 

 

Lyrics / texts

l

l

New fonts for each bar

l

l

Import text from Word

l

l

Search and/or replace

l

l

Instrument Specific

 

 

Fingering indications

l

l

Harmonics

l

l

Guitar effects

l

l

String effects

l

l

Drum effects

 

l

Internet / networking

 

Publishing scores on the Internet.

l

l

Networking

l

l

Operating Systems

 

 

Windows

l

l

Mac

l

l

Linux

l

 

Special Features

 

 

Scanning notes

 

l

MIDI export/import

l

l

PDF file conversion

l

l

School features

l

l

Music theory included

l

 

Piano Primer included

l

 

 

Sibelius of course has a much more fancy user interface than A-Play, but we do have our moments now and then J.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Updated 06 March 2007

 

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