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#459655 - 02/28/18 01:37 PM [Post your own Tips and Tricks here] Biab RB MusicXML to Reaper Notation & Chords
Pipeline Offline

Registered: 02/05/15
Posts: 2462
Reaper will import BiabXML and show the chords in the notation.
It will also export it to PDF, xml or mid.

It does what the BB chord window needs, zooms when you Ctrl+scroll mouse wheel.

Just drag n drop the xml in.

You can also copy the chords to Reaper's Regions or Markers, or in another post to lyrics

If you save BB to midi as well you will get the A B part Markers (set in Biab Midi Options) in Reaper, just drag n drop the midi in after the xml and import Markers.

You can get reascales to load into Reaper to give scale or chords to snap to.



#459810 - 03/01/18 10:41 AM [Post your own Tips and Tricks here] Re: Biab RB MusicXML to Reaper Notation & Chords [Re: Pipeline]
Matt Finley Offline

Registered: 07/12/00
Posts: 17263
Loc: Hudson Valley & Lake George NY
This is a great tip. I viewed the videos and I'll give this a try. Thanks for posting!
BIAB 2018 Win Audiophile; [& 2018 Mac Pro]. Software: Mixcraft, Adobe Audition, Ozone, Encore; Win 10 64 Pro. Hardware: custom i7, 16 Gb RAM; Roland Integra-7, Focusrite 18i20(2), TCE Finalizer, Behringer X-Touch, Adam sub & 6" monitors.

#460105 - 03/03/18 12:27 AM [Post your own Tips and Tricks here] Re: Biab RB MusicXML to Reaper Notation & Chords [Re: Pipeline]
Noel96 Offline

Registered: 10/31/08
Posts: 13205
Loc: Australia
Thanks for all this information, Pipeline. It's fantastic! You've inspired me to have a play smile

#460110 - 03/03/18 02:11 AM [Post your own Tips and Tricks here] Re: Biab RB MusicXML to Reaper Notation & Chords [Re: Noel96]
Pipeline Offline

Registered: 02/05/15
Posts: 2462
This script will copy the xml chords to regions.

reaper.Main_OnCommand(40421,0) --Item: Select all items in track 40421
reaper.Main_OnCommand(40153,0) --Item: Open in built-in MIDI editor (set default behavior in preferences) 40153
take = reaper.MIDIEditor_GetTake(reaper.MIDIEditor_GetActive())
MIDIOK, MIDI = reaper.MIDI_GetAllEvts(take, "")
tChords = {}
stringPos, ticks = 1, 0
while stringPos < MIDI:len() do
    offset, flags, msg, stringPos = string.unpack("i4Bs4", MIDI, stringPos)
    ticks = ticks + offset
    if msg:byte(1) == 0xFF then
        chord = msg:match("text (.+)")
        if chord then
            tChords[#tChords+1] = {chord = chord, ticks = ticks}
tChords[#tChords+1] = {ticks = ticks}
for i = 1, #tChords do
    tChords[i].time = reaper.MIDI_GetProjTimeFromPPQPos(take, tChords[i].ticks)
for i = 1, #tChords-1 do
    -- Set Region Color RGB > reaper.ColorToNative(55,118,235)
    reaper.AddProjectMarker2(0, true, tChords[i].time, tChords[i+1].time, tChords[i].chord, 0, reaper.ColorToNative(55,118,235)|0x1000000) 
reaper.Undo_EndBlock2(0, "Convert xml chords to regions", -1)

In Reaper Menu > Actions > Show Action List > Reascript > New > Convert xml chords to regions.lua
(this should Save in Reaper Resources\Scripts, to find folder > Options > Show REAPER Resource path..)
copy and paste code below,
select a track from the imported musicxml
in the Reascript window > Ctrl+S to save and run script
close script window
to run the script next time just type the name you save it to in the filter box.
In the script you can change the default region (R,G,B) color > reaper.ColorToNative(55,118,235), to edit the region color right click the region.

To convert the Regions to Text Items Track install ReaPack
then Extensions > ReaPack > Browse packages
X-Raym_Create text items on first selected track from regions
right click > Install > Apply
Insert a new track, select it, run > X-Raym_Create text items on first selected track from regions


#460150 - 03/03/18 07:52 AM [Post your own Tips and Tricks here] Re: Biab RB MusicXML to Reaper Notation & Chords [Re: Pipeline]
Icelander Offline

Registered: 11/11/12
Posts: 2842
Loc: Iceland
Why hasn't PG just hired you years ago, Pipeline cool
Never finish what you can't start!
BBox 2018 Audiophile, Mac Pro Intel, OSX 10.6.8, 800x600 (TV VGA)

#467305 - 04/15/18 05:57 AM [Post your own Tips and Tricks here] Re: Biab RB MusicXML to Reaper Notation & Chords [Re: Pipeline]
DeaconBlues09 Online   content

Registered: 03/21/17
Posts: 225
Loc: Merkaz, Israel
Ya know something, Pipline?

You are a freaking genius and you deserve a medal of honor and then some!

Please hire this guy, PG Music!
Band-in-a-Box 2018 PlusPAK w 2018 Bonus Pak. Lenovo IdeaPad 110: ISK Windows 10 Home 64-bit. CPU: Intel Core i3 @ 2.00GHz Skylake-U/Y 14nm Technology. RAM: 8.00GB Dual-Channel. 238GB SSD

#467428 - 04/15/18 07:38 PM [Post your own Tips and Tricks here] Re: Biab RB MusicXML to Reaper Notation & Chords [Re: DeaconBlues09]
Jim Fogle Offline

Registered: 08/20/11
Posts: 3784
Loc: Winston-Salem, NC USA
Originally Posted By: DeaconBlues09
Ya know something, Pipline?

You are a freaking genius and you deserve a medal of honor and then some!

Please hire this guy, PG Music!
So true. I hope PG Music is listening.
Jim Fogle
2018 BiaB (516) UltraPlusPak RB 2018 (Build 5)
Cakewalk by Bandlab - Sonar Home Studio - Cakewalk Music Creator 6 - Audacity
i3 laptop, 64bit Win 7, 8 GB ram, 480GB HDD
Music at:

#467430 - 04/15/18 07:49 PM [Post your own Tips and Tricks here] Re: Biab RB MusicXML to Reaper Notation & Chords [Re: Pipeline]
Pipeline Offline

Registered: 02/05/15
Posts: 2462
To get BB's 2 bar count-in, File > Project Settings > Project start measure: -1



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