Welcome to this tutorial:

After you managed "MusE midisetup + internal settings" we will now try to create our first tiny song using the internal softsynths that come with MusE.

  1. If JACK is not started, start it: open a console window, "su" into 'root' and start "jackd -d alsa" (or use a utility like qjackctl)
    I have been running it as a user with capabilities enabled. Are there downsides to this? - JonB
  2. Open a second console, get 'root' and start "muse -R" (or just "muse" for version >0.7)
  3. After MusE comes up, make sure the MusE sound output is connected to your sound card in JACK (in the connections dialog of qjackctl, for instance.) Otherwise you won't hear anything!
  4. Set up an internal softsynth: go to the Settings menu and click MIDI Ports / Soft Synth.
  5. Click in the bottom-left pane on the fluidsynth synthesizers and click "Add Instance". The fluidsynth GUI will pop up.
  6. Press the Load button and navigate to your downloaded "sound.sf2" file or other soundfont file.
  7. Assign the new sound to a channel number in the upper-right pane in the Soundfont column.
  8. Close the soundfont GUI.
  9. Now in the Soft Synth Configuration dialog, choose fluidsynth-0 in the Device Name column for one of the ports. (You can re-open the GUI for that synth by clicking the circle in the GUI column if you need to. It is green when the GUI is open.)
  10. Then close the Soft Synth Configuration dialog.
  11. Back on the main screen you should see a new fluidsynth audio track.
  12. Create a MIDI track from the Edit - Add Track menu, or else just press Ctrl+J.
  13. A new track will appear. Click it to select it and access the configuration for it in the left-hand pane.
  14. Set the output port for this track from the drop down menu near the top of the left-hand pane. You should see something like 1(fluidsynth-0) when you select the same port you just assigned to this synth.
  15. Make sure the output channel (OCh.) for the MIDI track is the same as the channel you assigned earlier in the fluidsynth dialog.
  16. Click the audio output track (Such as Out 1) and make sure the volume slider is somewhere near the middle. (The MIDI track you have just created controls the fluidsynth, which outputs audio to the fluidsynth track which was created at the same time. The fluidsynth track then outputs audio to the Out track. These audio routings are controlled with the iR/oR buttons in the bottom left of the configuration panes for each audio track.)
  17. Now, take the "pencil" out (from the icon bar) and create a new track-content by clicking and dragging in the MIDI track. You should see a bar that says Track 1 inside.
  18. After this, change your "pencil" back to the arrow pointer and right-click the track-content you have just drawn. In the popup you should select "pianoroll". This will bring you to the MIDI edit field. Click some of the piano keys and you should hear a sound.
  19. Now you can enter notes into the piano roll. Switch to the pencil and draw some by dragging it in different places.
  20. Press the play button to play them (in the button toolbar). The red line indicates the playhead, which you can move by left-clicking in the ruler. Notice that the playhead moves in the pianoroll and main windows at the same time.
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