Minecraft Note Block Studio Version 3.2.1 - Last updated on 2013.10.27 Please read the F.A.Q. before asking a question!
Compose note block music
Create remakes of your favorite songs or original compositions in a user-friendly
interface, without having to worry about redstone or Minecraft's 2 octave limit.
You can even add your own instruments!
Convert MIDI files into note blocks
Not a musical genius? Don't worry! The internet is full of music in the .mid format,
available in all kinds of music and all sorts of artists. Just make a quick Google
search for your favorite song and open it in the program!
Import your creations into a Minecraft world
Once you have finished a song or imported one from a MIDI file, you can easily
import it into your Minecraft world using Schematic files, with the help of
programs such as MCEdit.
Edit songs made in Minecraft
Have you built a song in Minecraft that you want to edit? Well, you can do that too!
Just select the space that your song is in and export it as a Schematic, again, using
MCEdit. You can then open the Schematic in the Minecraft Note Block Studio!
Save your song as a MIDI file
You can also export your song as a MIDI file that you can then share with your friends,
use in a video or expand in a MIDI editor.
All this and much more for a stunning price of $0.00!
The Minecraft Note Block Studio is a music editor for Minecraft, where no redstone knowledge is required to be able to create complex note block songs for your Minecraft world. No longer will you have to struggle with redstone, repeaters and clocks to get the right timing and sound, the Minecraft Note Block Studio does all of that boring stuff for you! But that doesn't necessarily take away all the challenge in composing a great note block song.
The song length is no longer shown in just seconds, but in a HH:MM:SS;MSEC format
Ability to play using keyboard
Auto-saving up to 60 minutes
The resource icons are positioned relative to the values to avoid covering any numbers
The program can now automatically load the last opened file
The screen can follow the marker when it plays
Key names are shown on the piano
The keys are pressed when song is played (optional)
Version 1.0, released on 2011.01.20:
The first version of Minecraft Song Planner
Q: How do I run this on a Mac? A: This program is currently not Mac compatible (and probably never will be). However, some people have managed to run this using Crossover and Wine, but I haven't tried it myself. Or you can just buy a PC.
Q: Can I open a .mp3 or .wav file and convert that into note blocks? A: .mp3s and .wavs are actual audio, while the note blocks, much like .mid files are nothing but instructions, telling the computer where notes are played, their pitch and instrument. No software can convert actual audio to instructions properly, due to the differences between the formats. You can try doing a Google search for your song in the MIDI format and then import that. If the song is well known someone may have translated it manually into MIDI already. If that fails and if you are really desperate, there exists MP3->MIDI converters, but the results are often disappointing for the reasons mentioned above.
Q: How do I use this program? A: The tutorial videos, found here, together with the help file (Press F1) covers pretty much everything about using this program. Tutorial videos made by the community are available in a few languages such as German, French and Czech and can be found in the list above.
Q: When I import the schematic into my world, all the note blocks are of the same pitch! A: WorldEdit has some weird issues with schematic files. Use MCEdit instead, or the WorldEdit that comes with Single Player Commands.
Q: Why does the program lag? A: Depending on how powerful your computer are, the program may run slow, especially when recording using Fraps or similar. To reduce the lag, try resizing the screen to something smaller, or decrease the amount of piano keys shown in the "Appearance" tab in the Preferences window.
Q: Why is there no sound? A: If sounds from note blocks or the piano roll doesn't play, try going to Settings>Preferences and change the sound system to "XeAudiere" and restart the program.
Q: How do I export my note block song as a .mp3 or .wav? A: You can't (yet). In the mean time, you can use Audacity (or similar) and record the sound off your computer as you are playing the song, and then export into any format you'd like.
Q: What's with the tempo restriction? A: In Minecraft, redstone updates at a rate of 10 times per second, where each update is a "tick". There is no way to change this value (without a mod of course.) In the Note Block Studio, the tempo of the song must be either 10, 5 or 2.5 ticks per second in order for it to be imported into Minecraft at its original playback speed.
Q: When I import a .mid file, it sounds terrible! A: Due to the variety of the MIDI format, the MIDI importer is far from perfect. This feature is really just meant to give you a foundation for your song, so the result may need some tweaks and editing before you are satisfied. There are many tools for modifying note blocks in the Note Block Studio, such as selecting many note blocks at once, lowering their pitch/octave and even changing their instrument.
Q: Can I Import a song into a multiplayer world? A: If you own the server, just open the server world in MCEdit like you normally would with a single player world. If not, there is no way to do it yourself unless the server has WorldEdit installed, in which case you can try and import it using the /load and /paste commands.
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that looks really helpful...the only problem is making it work in SMP, it always lags, i've even tried using a minecart, so there isnt really a stable rythm. also i just know i'll get carried away on the whole piano thing and write somthing 5 minutes long and absolutely impossible to make in minecraft :tongue.gif:
My computer crashed hard when I exited the program?
Not sure why, but I hit the "X" and then my screens went black, sound from another app continued playing, num/caps lock would not change state.
Reluctant to try again, booting my PC is inconvenient. Maybe it was coincidence it crashed at that point, though. Haven't had one for days, but my PC is overclocked 25% above stock. I could well be the only one that has this issue. Might try again, later though.
ou can use any music device or instrument for this. I'm so good at music I can play it on the cage of a fan.
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