I have been using MusicTime notation program for decades, and changed to Encore a few years ago.  Both have served me well.  However a glitch in Encore drove me to Passport Music support (who are the most recent publishers).  There is no response whatsoever, and further research seems to indicate that PassportMusic have gone out of business.  Does anyone have any information on this.

I am stuck with hundreds of .mus file which these programs generate and I am worried that I shan't be able to access these files if I am forced to migrate to another notation program.

All the Morley midi file on this website, which I know many of you find useful were generated using either MusicTime or Encore, both of which generate .mus files which were then converted into midi files.

Any help or advice (or even information) would be appreciated.

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Hey Anthony, it seems that you are not alone:

See link:

PASSPORT MUSIC CEASED TRADING

:-(

Anthony, I have an idea. Try downloading Musescore. It's free. That's what I use for notation and playback etc. I have found that it accepts scores generated by other programs or applications or whatever they are called. I haven't tried it with something generated by Encore. If it fails you will have lost less than an hour and nothing more.

Jody,

Yes I have downloaded Musescore, but it doesn't seem to want to accept .mus files from Encore (yet).  I think there might be a way, just haven't found it.. I don't want to lose sight of the 100s of .mus files in my system.   I bet there are lot of folks in the same position.

Musescore does indeed accept .mus files which is good to know.  Their banjo sounds like a tin cam being hit by a drumstick, ukulele sounds better but not great.  However, I shall persevere with Musescore, in the meantime keepig Encore going as best as it will.

This is good news. In my opinion *all* midi "banjo" files sound like a can being hit by a drumstick. At best it sounds like a sterling silver can being hit by a drumstick made of exquisitely grained cocobolo wood but it's still a can and stick. For me the midi is for quickly discerning the melody, not for listening enjoyment. So far the only enjoyable sound I've heard from Musescore is the harmonium, which is very nice indeed.

Anthony Peabody said:

Musescore does indeed accept .mus files which is good to know.  Their banjo sounds like a tin cam being hit by a drumstick, ukulele sounds better but not great.  However, I shall persevere with Musescore, in the meantime keepig Encore going as best as it will.

Like Jody, I'm not looking for the best sound, just something where I can hear the tune. Musescore has a pretty good Grand Piano midi sound, at least here on these speakers.

Musescore has a lot of online support. Their forum is excellent, very searchable and when I have a question that I can't find via search, somebody always chimes in to help out. It has quirks, just like any other music software.

I think a lot of the Ragtime stuff seen on RagtimeDorianHenry's youtube videos are published in Musescore. It seems whenever I go search for something I've seen, it shows up in Musescore's library. That makes it way too easy to copy and massage into a banjo score...

While Musescore does import many file formats, not all are easy or come thru properly. The .tef files from TablEdit are not directly supported and must be exported to a common format. What I do is export my TablEdit files to .abc. Musescore has an .abc plugin that works really well, easy to use and appears to be spot on.

I'm a Musescore user too, though I don't really use the midi feature beyond input reference.

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