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These are an assortment of files and accessory programs which may be of use to the budding NoteWorthy Composer.

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Several NoteWorthy Composer fanciers have written utilities to expand the usefulness of NWC, or to manipulate midi files in various ways. In the true spirit of the web, several packages are created by more than one author, often from different continents. These proggies are provided for your use and enjoyment, and are believed to be bug-free, but carry no warranty as to suitability for any given purpose. The authors believe them to be free of viruses, but we suggest you should always scan any executable file with an up-to-date virus scanner before running it.

[NWC mpc's]    [GM Controllers]    [SB Live! info]   
With the addition of new multi-point controllers (MPC's) in NoteWorthy Composer V1.70, several individuals contributed information which will be useful in implementing these in your work. The NWC mpc table gives the controller numbers accessed by the various mpc's, and the GM Controllers tables give the function of all the General Midi Voice Messages and Controllers. The SB Live! info link will be useful to owners of this popular sound card. We hope to publish similar tutorials for other cards as users supply them.


Lawrie Pardy's excellent suite of fonts.

Visit zoundz! The home of "SwingDings"

Please note that the upload speed on the host site has limited bandwidth and using a
download manager to activate multiple threads will only slow things down.

  • NWC2HiVisLP.ttf  is a high(er) visibility NWC2 notation typeface font. It is based on NWC2MusikDingsSans.ttf but the symbols have been made bolder and, more importantly, the note heads have been enlarged and made round. The objective was to make NWC2 printed output easier for people with a vision impairment to see. To install and use, download the font to your hard drive and then copy it to your "Fonts" folder. It is recommended that you do not download directly into your "Fonts" folder. This is known to cause problems. Once installed the font will be available in the: |File|Page Setup|Fonts (tab)|Staff Metrics|Change| dialogue. Simply click on the "Notation Typeface" pull down and it should be there waiting for you. 

  • SwingDings, A matching suite of fonts that contains an extended jazz/swing equivalent of Boxmarks, standard and euro enhanced text fonts, a chord construction font, an alternative NWC2 system font that can coexist with NWC2's standard system font and a replacement for the NWC1 system font. There is also a PDF with instructions, a comprehensive set of character to extended ASCII tables and an NWC2 "Big Band" template. These fonts are all in the same style and make creating jazz/swing charts with that "handwritten" flavour a breeze.

  • MusikDingsSerif A matching suite of serif fonts that contains an extended equivalent of Boxmarks, standard and euro enhanced text fonts, a chord construction font, an alternative NWC2 system font that can coexist with NWC2's standard system font and a replacement for the NWC1 system font. There is also a PDF with instructions and a comprehensive set of character to extended ASCII tables.

  • MusikDingsSans A matching suite of sans serif fonts that contains an extended equivalent of Boxmarks, standard and euro enhanced text fonts, a chord construction font, an alternative NWC2 system font that can coexist with NWC2's standard system font and a replacement for the NWC1 system font. There is also a PDF with instructions and a comprehensive set of character to extended ASCII tables.

  • ChordFontsDoSiGermanic March 2009
    A new supplement to the Dings font suites is available. The additional files are:

    SwingChordDoSi.ttf,   SwingChordGermanic.ttf,   MusikChordSansDoSi.ttf
    MusikChordSansGermanic.ttf,   MusikChordSerifDoSi.ttf,   MusikChordSerifGermanic.ttf

    The character mappings are identical to the *Chord fonts EXCEPT for the following:
    *DoSi - A to G have been replaced by La, Si, Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol
    *Germanic - Maj6/9 (a triangle followed by 6/9) has been moved to Chr$ 0189 and an H introduced in its place giving
    the letters A to H for those countries that use H in lieu of B and B in lieu of Bb

    Please note that while Andrew Purdams excellent TransposeChords user tool will work just fine for the DoSi fonts it will need modification for the Germanic versions to allow for the altered B and H usage

    Installation simply requires extracting the zip files contents to a known location and then copying the resultant ttf files into your fonts directory. It is recommended that you do not download directly into your "Fonts" folder. This is known to cause problems. - Comments are always welcome
  • Update

  • Updated System Fonts - 18th February 2012

    Updated NWC system font files for SwingDings, MusikDingsSans, MusikDingsSerif and NWC2HiVisLP. - 18th February 2012
    As of version 2.5 of Noteworthy Composer there are additional glyphs in the system font. The zip file contains updated versions of my system font alternatives suitable for NWC 2.5.

    Installation is as simple as deleting the current fonts: NWC2SwingDings.ttf NWC2MusikDingsSans.ttf NWC2MusikDingsSerif.ttf NWC2HiVisLP.ttf and installing the ones in the zip file to replace them.

    Please note, the new fonts are completely backward compatible with V2.0 and V2.1 and will work correctly with those versions.
    If you downloaded the font suites after 18/2/2012 you do not need this update as it is incorporated in the suite downloads.

    • David Palmquist has provided a really handy nwc file Font Settings that will help you to identify required text symbols 

    •, Barry Graham's famous font (updated Dec. 98) containing all the work-around characters that we've been using for the last year. Trills, mordants, glissandi, arpeggio marks, rehearsal marks (hence the name), they're all here, and many more. The zip file includes installation instructions and an example NWC file.

    • Beta 1 of the latest update to Boxmarks, by marsu (aka Dominique Portier). All the symbols in the original Boxmarks font were retained, and several new user-requested glyphs have been added. We suggest installing Boxmark2.ttf beta 1 in addition to the original Boxmarks, until such a time as the font reaches final release. Any comments, requests for additional symbols, or other correspondence should be addressed to marsu.

    • Geoff Walker has provided a really handy reference sheet for users of Boxmarks and NWCV15. Best if you print this one out.

    • Is a replacement of the standard NWC15 font from Robert Morris, using a style more appropriate to jazz charts. A cute way to freshen up your engraving!
      NB: Because it has the same name as the standard NWC font, you will probably have to install it in Fonts before you can see it. Comes with installation and removal instructions.

    • Pierre Schmidt wrote this often-requested font to insert "hairpins" (crescendo and descrescendo symbols) into your NWC files. Several different sizes are provided.
      This version updated by Robert Allgeyer.

    •, NWC Extra Ornaments, was created by D.G. Catt to augment a few ornaments found in some early works. (Unzip it into your Windows Fonts folder). Now version 3.02 - Updated by Robert Allgeyer

    • If you are peeved at the numbers used by NWC to make time signatures, grab this updated version of nwcv15.ttf, modified by Joshua Day to include more common looking numbers. (Close NWC and save the font to your Windows Fonts folder).

    •, is Dr. Yo Tomita's very useful Bach font. It combines a standard Times-Romanish text font with many extra characters to help create musical examples in-line with standard text. It may also be of use for some NWC files. The Bach font is shareware. If you use it, please pay for it.

    •, is a pair of fonts, Toccata and Fughetta, by Blake Hodgetts. Click here to obtain more information about them, as well as ordering information. The fonts, designed for Finale but quite usable with NWC, are shareware. This package is shareware. If you use it, please pay for it.

    • Times New Roman Unicode - these fonts contain many more international characters, and are needed to properly display lyrics and other text in some middle-Eastern ethnic NWC files. They can safely replace your existing fonts, or rename them so that you can install/uninstall them as needed. Warning: large file (680k).

    • Timeital font - This is a TrueType font supplied by Stan Takis that allows you to use both regular and italic letters in the lyric tool of Noteworthy Composer. It also gives Noteworthy Composer the ability to use breves, or double whole-notes. Full details and example in the file.

    •, how to print or electronically publish band arrangements with drum parts that have X - style noteheads. An auxiliary font and directions as to how to use it. Courtesy of Al Stevens.

    • This font solves the problem of how to put both regular and italic characters as lyrics in NWC, using only a single font. It would be useful when a song has lines in different languages. The font achieves this by tossing out characters little-used in the Western languages from the upper codes, and replacing them with italicized versions of the alphabetic characters. The most common accented characters from Spanish, French, Itlian, and German have been retained as italics. The ZIP file contains the font, a GIF character map, and a text description. The font is offered with free public license. Courtesy of Robert Allgeyer.

    • The ZIP file contains an original, free font "Bongos." Look at the GIF image contained within the ZIP, and it will be apparent what "Bongos" does. This font depicts X-head notes, with or without horizontal connecting line. Although one could use it within NWC as text, its primary intention is as free-standing text in a word processor. Export NWC as WMFs, place them, and add "Bongos" at the bottom.I created this font because some contemporary church hymns (particularly Latino style) have a hand drum accompaniment. "Bongos" does the job, without having to hack NWC.It might also be useful for rap, to the limited extent that rap is useful for anything at all.The font is offered with free public license. Courtesy of Robert Allgeyer. This latest update also has stems in the opposite direction.

    • This font may be used as text within NWC, to place ties and TILTED slurs at various jumps and lengths. There are also some "dashed" ties. From time to time in SATB choral, a slur or tie on the Alto or Tenor line (which must be placed between the staves) interferes with the lyrics, and you may not want to increase the inter-stave spacing. This font allows free placement of the tie or slur. But it would be too tedious to use this approach throughout a composition. (Real NWC slurs and ties must be used if the music is exported to MIDI.) The font also contains pre-made notes sized to NWC, as well as 75% size notes (for use when lyric lines have alternative syllable counts).The font is offered with free public license. Courtesy of Robert Allgeyer.

    • version 4 A font from Robert Allgeyer for creating guitar tablature diagrams. Virtually any fret diagram can be created, and used as text within NWC or anywhere.

    • A font from Robert Allgeyer who writes : This is an updated (version 1.70), original, free public license True Type font. As with my other music fonts, anyone can use it. But portions have been specifically scaled for use with the NWC2 program (portions also work in NWC1).
      Purpose: From time to time, a user requests "shaped notes." These notes use up to 7 different symbols depending on the scale degree (do, re, mi ...) and are part of the 19th century American hymn tradition from the south (formerly known as Dixie).
      NWC2 allows notes to be placed with empty notehead. Symbols from NoteHedz can be placed as text, and are designed to merge with the NWC stems. Robert has also written a number of scripts that would assign the correct symbol depending on scale degree and stem direction.
      Also in NoteHedz are fully-formed text notes at 75% of standard NWC size, for use as lead-ins, and a number of other symbols that are not useful in NWC.

    •, Here is a font, from Kevin O'Brien, with 90 slurs that closely match the NWC ones. The are moveable and are designed to fit close to note heads. These are needed when trying to fit 4 part choral works onto 2 staves.

    NWC2 ITrees
    Instrument trees are used to create and select predefined instruments, with full control over all instrument properties, including bank select, transpose, and default dynamic note velocities. Instrument Tree files are added to a dedicated folder that is controlled from Tools|Options|Folders, so you can override the default location of these files.

    Soundfonts are palettes of (generally) musical sounds that can be uploaded into any soundcard that supports them, eg Soundblaster AWE-32 and AWE-64. They are normally used to provide special sounds not well supported by the General Midi sound set, and are generally selectable within NWC using bank select. Consult the soundfont's and your sound card's documentation for more directions on how to do this.
    • Church Organ Eax configuration file, supplied by Paul Beelen, can be used by Soundblaster Live! owners. You can import the 'church organ.ea2' via the Audio-HQ options. Once this file is installed, you can select this audio-effect; every song you play (it doesn't matter if you play them with nwc-player or with the browser plug-in) will be played with the church organ soundeffect. Note - You may need to right click the link and select "Save Target As"

    • Hammer Sound is one of the best libraries of Soundfonts on the net. Have a look for other General Midi and special libraries.

    How to use Jeux and AWEOrgan soundfonts in NWC.
    1) Using your favourite text editor, find and edit the file NTWPatch.ini, it will be in your NWC program folder. Have a look, and you'll see how to insert the info from the attached NTWPatch-Jeux.txt (and/or NTWPatch-AWEOrgan.txt for AWEOrgan soundfont). You'll only need to do this step once, or repeat it if later NWC installations clobber this file (in which case, make a copy).
    2) Using your soundcard software, load Jeux into user bank 42 (this will also load bank 43 if you are using the latest version of Jeux, which includes Jeux Romantique). This is the standard for Jeux soundfonts.
    Typically, AWEOrgan uses bank 1, but this sometimes clashes with other banks provided by General Midi soundfonts.
    3) a) In NWC, select instrument, for a staff. Check "Select a patch bank". For some soundcards, set controller 0 to 42 for Jeux, 1 for AWEOrgan. In other soundcards, you may need to set controller 32. This is a real pain, as this makes files less portable? (Can someone confirm this? - I use Controller 0).
    b) Choose Jeux (or AWEOrgan) from the Patch Type, and choose whichever organ stop takes your fancy.

    NWC Files

    • Various Utilities Warren Porter has a suite of webpages to create or modify nwctxt or NWC clipboard data. Included are tools to convert from abc notation, create guitar chords and twelve tone rows, modify dynamics or duration of a NWC file, and assist with user tips on n-tuplets and triplets.

    • Channel Test.nwc A file submitted by Warren Porter which will test each midi channel

    • Patch Test.nwc A file submitted by Warren Porter which will give you an example of each of the 128 GM sounds that your sound card can produce.

    • Partial Layering A file submitted by Tony Hyman which gives you an example of partial layering. Instructions :
      1. Copy 2nd stave into a new 3rd stave.
      2. Delete sections not to be layered.
      3. Edit note stems accordingly.
      4.Layer staves 1 and 2
      5.The part should now read and sound as a layered piece using Nwc.

    • Multibar_rests.nwc supplied by David Palmquist. Instructions are in the file info but just keep it open, and copy the appropriate hidden bars and visible text-based multi-bar rests into your song file. Needs Lawrie's SwingDings font set up as UserFont 3, size 16

    • An easy way to achieve an otherwise difficult and time-consuming effect, namely, natural-sounding strummed guitar chords in NWC files. Submitted by Milton Orgeron

    • reset.nwc, NWC file that performs as many MIDI controller resets as is useful (most recently tinkered with by Fred Nachbaur).

    •, various blank score forms and templates contributed to the newsgroup by Ertugrul iNANÇ and Jeff Adlon using the new "hide anything" features of V1.70. Further corrections and refinements Jan. 2001 by Grant Hicks.

    •, two NWC files which describe the compasses (ranges) of many popular instruments and voices. These were definitely a group effort! The compasses are intended as a guide only, and are not definitive.

    • NWC files containing font maps that can be used to insert rests, accidentals, and other objects from the native NoteWorthy Composer font (NWCV15.TTF) into your scores. (Submitted by Fred Nachbaur)

    • NWC files containing chord charts in treble and bass clef. (Files by Carl Fritsche, submitted by Jan Hjelm)

    • drum.nwc NWC file containing names of drum sounds on percussion channel (with several different patches). (Files originally by Howard Starks, expanded and submitted by Andrew Purdam)

    • ZIP file submitted by Geoff Walker, a combination of an NWC file "palette" of where the normal drumkit sounds are on the MIDI percussion channel, and an Excel file of pointers and reminders.

    • ZIP file of over 800 rhythms and riffs as midi files for importing into NWC. Collected and donated by Barry Graham.

    • drumpatterns.nwc Some examples from the above collection, compiled into an NWC file by Andrew Purdam.

    • gliss.nwc is an example of how to do a long smoothe glissando, by Fred Nachbaur. You will need to inspect the hidden staves to see how it is done.

    • A summary of major and minor scales in all keys, along with the triad chords and arpeggios, for educational and reference use. Submitted by Tony Wilson.

    • xg-full.nwc and xg-cond.nwc are NWC "toolbox" files of sounds available in various banks on Yamaha XG systems. These are as implemented by the DB50XG card and SoftSynths; more advanced devices such as the SW1000XG will support additional sounds not included here. xg-full.nwc is the complete version, one bank per staff, and is therefore easily customizable to your particular implementation. xg-cond.nwc is a condensed version more suited for toolbox use; on both you can use the Goto Bar function to check out the available sounds for any given patch number.
      xg-drums.nwc is a similar file for channel 10 percussion sounds on XG systems (again, as implented on the DB50XG). Not included in any of these files are the TG300B sounds available on many XG systems; these may be provided at a later date. . See also xg.xls below, for a summary in Excel format.

    • reset5!.nwc NWC file that performs Midi Controller resets on the first five midi ports. The controllers reset are : Volume, Pan, Patch, Expression,Mod-wheel, breath, reverb, chorus, detune, phaser and pitch-bend. Supplied by Ertugrul iNANÇ

    • contains 24 NWC tempo tracks that give a more natural jazz feel than the tracks that use a formula to divide the beat into 2 tempos. The tempos range from 68 to 160 beats per minute. I couldn't get the formulas to work, so these are the result of a lot of trial and error. Each one has "Joe Turner Blues" also included so you can hear for yourself whether they have the right jazz feel. Enjoy! Submitted by Milton Orgeron.

    • Here is a "helpful file". It's a little spreadsheet that implements Marsu's formula for calculating swung notes in jazz or in other styles. Submitted by Geoff Walker


    • Lead Sheets in NWC2.pdf, Need to know how to put together a lead sheet? This instructional document from Lawrie Pardy will show you on a step by step basis

    • Dynamics.pdf, Tina Billett's instructional document containing all you ever wanted to know about dynamics, velocity and volume.

    • MPC Guide, Tina Billett's instructional document containing a very good introduction and grounding to the use of Multi Point Controllers in NoteWorthy

    • brasband.txt, Fred Nachbaur's condensation of useful points by Jonathan West, Matt Johnson, Neeraj Mathur and Carl Fritsche about brass band instrumentation and orchestration.

    • scoreorders.txt A very useful couple of lists of how to order parts in a full score.

    • neut1316.txt An explanation of "Neutral Thirds and Sixths in 17/33 System" ("Notes on Eastern Tone System III") by Ertugrul iNANÇ. With example nwc file.

    • has put together an excellent "Ranges of Musical Instruments" spreadsheet which will be indispensable for anyone writing orchestral or band pieces. Available in the original Excel 2000 format, also readable using Excel 97. If you don't have a recent version of Excel, download the PDF version (requires Acrobat Reader.)

    • XG.xls A table of available sounds for Yamaha XG users, submitted by