Available Engraving Software
Bagpipe music processing programs have different
requirements from most other music processing programs. Although
it is possible to get a generic music "engraving"
program to correctly print the music of the bagpipe, because of
the importance on the timing of and within the embellishments, I
am doubtful that generic programs will be able to accurately
play from the written scores.
The software that I've seen includes:
Music Writer Gold is the follow-on to Bagpipe Music Writer Pro and
the format has become a standard in the industry. This product is produced
in Canada with copyright
attributed to Doug Wickstrom and Robert MacNeil. Cost is about $100.
(I own a license to this program and its
predecessor and have purchased additional copies of this program for
- Bagpipe Player has the same
interfaces and capabilities as the program above. It is
available as shareware with a copyright
claimed by Doug Wickstrom. (This software
results from an unresolved issue between Doug Wickstrom and Robert MacNeil
Musicworks. I'm including the link, which some consider to be a link to
be stolen software, to encourage a legal resolution to the issue. If
you are interested in the disagreement, please search Google archives or
contact both parties.)
is a WYSIWYG graphical program produced in Scotland.
Its cost is about $75.There is an associated program
called Drum Scriob for percussion.
Pipes is a modular system from New
Zealand with a total cost of $105 for all modules.
- PiobMohr (Stittsville, ON) seems to be no mohr.
- PipeWriter has been
recently upgraded (more to come!).
is a freeware/shareware program based open structure
music language approach of Chris Walshaw. Implementation
is a bit difficult as it does not install as a package,
so I haven't yet evaluated it. It was made
"friendlier" for Bagpipes using
by William Robison, but this software seems unavailable
now. There are some additional improvements in printing
Mrozek. The format is widely used
and is extremely versatile.
is another format with a shareware player and the full
program available for $65. Even after reading the manual,
operation wasn't intuitively obvious. The program was
briefly made "friendly" for bagpipes using PipeLime
by Ewan MacPherson but this program doesn't seem to work
with operating systems above Windows 95.
is based on Music.Tex. Everything I've read suggests that
it's somewhat more difficult that ABC to put together, so
I haven't done anything with it.
is the creme-de-la-creme of personal computer software.
It will do just about anything, and has a list price of $600! I don't own it, but I played in a band that used
it. The printing was excellent.
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