Files : general points
What kind of files can be read or
written by the program?
First, the software can read and write music scores in
any file format specific to Myriad. These file formats enable to
save your documents and to reload them while keeping any setting
you could have defined.
Here is the list of these "native" file formats:
|Standard file format
The file format in which documents
usually stored. In the software
preference panel, you can define whether
these files will be packed (lossless) or
All digital instruments are stored in
file as custom user instruments, for
a same rendering on any sound
|Standard, with packed digital data
Digital data within the file
(digital tracks and custom instruments)
are packed in MP3 or OGG (selectable) in order
to save space. Be careful, these two kinds
of packing schemes are destructive
Moreover, the software can import or export files in various
formats from third-party software. Harmony Assistant is one of the
score notation program that supports the biggest variety of file
kinds. The complete list of supported file formats is available on
our Web site, in the page explaining the differences between
Harmony and Melody Assistant.
How can I export my tune to be
used in another program?
It depends on the kind of your "other software".
1- If it is a music notation software:
If you own Harmony Assistant and
the target software imports XML files, export in this format.
2- If it us an audio editor, a jukebox or an audio CD burning
software, then export in WAV, AIFF, MP3 or OGG format
Otherwise, export your tune in MIDI1 format. It is the most
Tip : When you save a Midi file,
all that is saved is the information you hear when you play the
tune. So be careful about the tune playing mode, the position of
the start bar,etc.
I need to use my tune in a
multimedia project. How can I do this?
Export your piece in MP3, WAV, AIFF or MIDI format.
I wish to make an audio CD that
contains my better tunes. How can I do this?
Read the "Making an audio
CD" chapter in the manual.
I just received a ".MUS" file from
a friend of mine, but I cannot load it in the program. What
Ensure this file has actually been created using Melody/Harmony
Assistant. Even if the file extension (last characters) is .MUS, it
might be not enough. Many music programs use this extension, but
each file can only be read by the application that created it.
Please note however that Harmony Assistant imports directly
Finale® and MusicTime®
If you can't succeed in importing them and you own Harmony
Assistant, ask your friend to export his score in MusicXML format
if he can.
The last option will be to ask your friend to export his score in
MIDI format, then import it in Melody or Harmony Assistant. Despite
its weaknesses, MIDI format remain the only usable interchange
format between almost all music programs.
Under Windows, I already own
another application that uses the ".MUS" file extension. How to
avoid an extension conflict?
When installing the program, select a custom install, and in the
next panel, edit the file extensions. Deselect ".MUS" and let
Once installed, run the program, then select
In the "Save" tab, select "by default, propose the .myr extension
instead of .mus".
Doing so, the program will use the ".MYR" extension only.
Some files (MIDI, MOD...) cannot
be imported in the program. What happens?
ensure these files are not damaged, and can be played using
standard tools. If they seem correct, fill in a problem report form
and sent it to our technical support along with one of the
Why does Harmony/Melody create two
files for each piece of music I create: a .mus file and .bak file ?
What is the difference?
When you save a standard file (.mus, .myr) a backup
copy (.bak) of the previous file version is done, so you will be
able to go back on your work if you want.
You can have from 0 (none) to 99 last versions of your file on your
The number of copies can be configured in Global setup>Save