[LAU] Qtractor vs Rosegarden

Pedro Lopez-Cabanillas pedro.lopez.cabanillas at gmail.com
Fri Nov 14 15:10:28 EST 2008

Rui Nuno Capela wrote:
> Matthew Smith wrote:
> > Just out of interest, what - if any - are the pros and cons of
> > Rosegarden versus Qtractor?  For myself, as an unsophisticated user, is
> > Qtractor (as it appears) all I'll ever need?
> major qtractor cons;)
> - no tempo/key-signature map
> - no score/notation editor
> - no automation
> - no plugin latency/delay compensation
> however these are all features that will be addressed in the future
> (except score/notation; that won't happen sorry:)

Rosegarden's notation view is one feature of this program that I could not 
give up. I have been also a Cakewalk/Sonar user under windows for a long 
time, using it's staff view a lot. 

In both programs I don't use the notation view as a score desktop publishing 
engine, because a real score editor needs many features that these programs 
lack. But it may be a very nice representation of MIDI tracks, if you record 
the MIDI tracks with a metronome, or create it from scratch. It is not that I 
dislike the piano-roll representations, but I feel much more comfortable with 
the score for visual inspection of the music. I can locate very quickly where 
I've made a mistake without having to press the play button. That's because 
I'm very used to scores, of course. 


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