Notation Composer

Version 2.6.3 of Notation Composer is a maintenance release, with several bug fixes and a few feature enhancements. See the release notes at

Application Details:

Version: 2.6.3
License: Demo
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.3.22

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Test Results

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What works

After installation, everything seems to work. See the Howto below for instructions o­n installing and configuring Notation Composer.­

What does not

If using the trial version of Composer, the trial will expire immediately upon the first run unless one uses winetricks to install the vcrun6 package prior to installing Composer.


What was not tested

I could not test the MIDI recording features, due to a lack of equipment. Also, I have not explored every single function of Composer. ­

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentArch Linux x86_64Jun 15 20111.3.22Yes Yes Silveran anonymous user 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
23534 Notation Composer 2.6.1: in Add Mode, mouse cursor is invisible over non-modal dialogs CLOSED ABANDONED View

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HowTo / Notes

­­­­­­­­­­The following instructions describe h­ow to install Notation Composer and run TiMidity++ (hereafter referred­ to as Timidity) as an ALSA sequencer.
  1. Open up a terminal.

  2. The installation program for Composer (trial) requires mfc42.dll, which can be obtained with winetricks:

    sh winetricks vcrun6

  3. Run the installation program for Composer. Here, I assume it is in the Desktop directory, and that the version is 2.6.3.

    cd ~/Desktop
    wine NotationComposer263TrialSmallSetup.exe

  4. MIDI playback requires the presence of a MIDI sequencer. Timidity works well for this. If Timidity is not installed on your system, check your distro's repositories. You will also need an instrument patch set, such as Freepats. Slackware users can find the necessary slackbuilds on When Timidity is up and running, start it as follows (I urge you to read the timidity manpage to understand each option):

    timidity -iA -B2,8 -Os -EFreverb=0 &

  5. Start Composer.

    cd ~/.wine/dri­ve_c/Program\ Files/Notation/Composer
    wine Composer.exe

  6. If all went well up to this point, open up a midi file, click the play button, and enjoy! If you do not hear sound, make sure your speakers are on and check your volume levels. Then, click "Setup > MIDI devices quick setup..." and verify that "TiMidity – TiMidity port 0" is visible under "Select MIDI Playback Device." If it is not, make sure you followed step 4 correctly. Next, click "Test Playback"­ to listen to a chromatic scale. If you still do not hear anything, Timidity may not be configured properly. Check your distro's documentation and/or forums for any hints on installing and configuring Timidity.

Sound module conflict
If you are experiencing frequent crashes, no audio output, and a very unresponsive interface when playing a MIDI file, check to see whether the snd_seq_dummy kernel module is loaded (lsmod | grep dummy). When using ALSA in Wine, this module seems to conflict with the actual module for your sound device (e.g. snd_hda_intel). The solution, of course, is to remove that module (modprobe -r snd_seq_dummy) and blacklist it in /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf. The location of the blacklist file may vary between distros.­­


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