What software to convert scanned sheetmusic into MIDI?

Discussion in 'comp.music.midi' started by c.j[DOT]w, Jun 1, 2003.

  1. c.j[DOT]w

    c.j[DOT]w Guest

    Hello,

    What software can I use to convert scanned sheetmusic to MIDI? I have a
    couple of scores that I would like to print out transposed, and the best
    thing to do seems to be to scan them in (entering it all manually takes
    too long time), transpose them and print it. I know Sibelius' PhotoCopy
    can do this, but what other softwares can I use?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. "c.j[DOT]w" schrieb:
    > What software can I use to convert scanned sheetmusic to MIDI? I have a
    > couple of scores that I would like to print out transposed, and the best
    > thing to do seems to be to scan them in (entering it all manually takes
    > too long time), transpose them and print it. I know Sibelius' PhotoCopy
    > can do this, but what other softwares can I use?


    In fact, most engravers consider it to be exactly the other way round.
    Scanning takes more time than entering manually. This is due to error
    correction: scanning will produce many small-but-evil errors which to
    discover and to correct takes _more_ time than entering the piece
    from scratch.
    You might have a look at http://www.music-of-note.ch/, click "Publikationen"
    and "Warum ich keine Noten scanne...." by Leonard Cecil.
    Quote: "It’s not really the scanning that takes time, it's the checking and
    editing of computer generated mistakes that takes the time. People who buy
    these programs because they believe the promises made by the software
    companies will be generally disappointed."

    Harald
  3. >What software can I use to convert scanned sheetmusic to MIDI? I have a
    >couple of scores that I would like to print out transposed, and the best
    >thing to do seems to be to scan them in (entering it all manually takes
    >too long time), transpose them and print it. I know Sibelius' PhotoCopy
    >can do this, but what other softwares can I use?


    I think you'll find re-entering is quicker than scanning plus the
    correcting you'll need to do afterwards.

    OCR for text has matured. OCR for music hasn't yet.

    CubaseFAQ page www.laurencepayne.co.uk/CubaseFAQ.htm
  4. Randd01

    Randd01 Guest

  5. Al Stevens

    Al Stevens Guest

    "c.j[DOT]w" <"c.j[DOT]w"@telia.com> wrote in message
    news:bbbr5p$7hmp1$1@ID-96470.news.dfncis.de...
    > Hello,
    >
    > What software can I use to convert scanned sheetmusic to MIDI?


    SharpEye 2 (http://www.visiv.co.uk) does a reasonable job of converting
    scanned scores. I just used it to convert 15 six-part scores from Noteworthy
    Composer to Finale. Sharpeye can export to MusicXML which Finale can import.
    The error rate is reasonable and the kinds of errors are consistent. You do
    need to do a visual audit of the converted scores, but unlike the
    experiences others have reported, I found this exercise to have saved a
    substantial amount of time over manually reentering the notation. I think I
    would have made more errors than SharpEye did. SharpEye also exports to NIFF
    and MIDI and has a built-in notation editor.
  6. c.j[DOT]w

    c.j[DOT]w Guest

    Just want to thank everybody who answered. Your answers were useful.

    c.j[DOT]w wrote:
    > Hello,
    >
    > What software can I use to convert scanned sheetmusic to MIDI? I have a
    > couple of scores that I would like to print out transposed, and the best
    > thing to do seems to be to scan them in (entering it all manually takes
    > too long time), transpose them and print it. I know Sibelius' PhotoCopy
    > can do this, but what other softwares can I use?
    >
    > Thanks in advance.
    >
  7. >Just want to thank everybody who answered. Your answers were useful.

    What did you decide to do? Did you get usable results from any
    program?

    CubaseFAQ page www.laurencepayne.co.uk/CubaseFAQ.htm
  8. c.j[DOT]w

    c.j[DOT]w Guest

    Laurence Payne wrote:
    >>Just want to thank everybody who answered. Your answers were useful.

    >
    >
    > What did you decide to do? Did you get usable results from any
    > program?


    I have tried both SmartScore and SharpEye. They both do a job that is
    not too bad, but there still are a number of errors that must be
    corrected. If the score is large and complex, and the score of good
    quality, I think those programs could save time, but my scores were
    rather short and simple so I found it more time-efficient to write the
    notes in manually.

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