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Paper to MIDI #2531397
04/17/16 02:23 AM
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Hi there,
I would like to know which program will be the most appropriate to transfer the simple piano pieces that I have in my book (John Thompson Book One Preparatory) to MIDI format and with a MIDI player program (thinking Sythesia) or any other you may suggest to practice them at home.
Thanks again

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Re: Paper to MIDI [Re: LarryMan] #2531656
04/18/16 08:12 AM
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I've not tried it myself, but I think Musescore can import scanned PDF's and possibly export midi.
Personally I'd suggest you stick with playing from the book as it will quickly improve your sight reading.

Synthesia is fun, but you don't want to be relying on it for every piece you learn and play.

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Thanks a lot

Re: Paper to MIDI [Re: LarryMan] #2532095
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I'd be very surprised if any software could accurately go from a scanned image to MIDI or a notation format.

Optical character recognition for simple text isn't completely accurate, and musical notation is a far tougher nut than text.



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Re: Paper to MIDI [Re: JohnSprung] #2532295
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Music OCR is actually a thing (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_OCR) but as I understand it, it is indeed not yet as far as text OCR and the result requires more manual intervention than with normal text.

Re: Paper to MIDI [Re: LarryMan] #2532297
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Out of interest are there any that use graphics tablets?

Re: Paper to MIDI [Re: LarryMan] #2532745
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I've been using Photoscore to scan music and the results are suprisingly good. I export to Sibelius to fix whatever needs fixing - they're usually not perfect, but a lot less time consuming than inputing the music.

Re: Paper to MIDI [Re: LarryMan] #2532865
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I have StaffPad here on my computer (a Microsoft Surface Pro). I don't know if it can read scanned pdf:s, but you can write the music yourself, which is not very difficult, and then it can play it for you and save it as a MIDI. Very cool, actually.

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That's what I want! but for a graphics tablet frown

Re: Paper to MIDI [Re: chopin_r_us] #2538038
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I have been using the SharpEye 2 music OCR for years. I scan the music, load it into SharpEye which converts it into an XML or midi file, and then load the file (I prefer XML) into a notation program (I use ScoreWriter) for printing, cleanup, and midi file creation.

I started using it when I was playing in a recorder consort. Scanning and converting the SATB score gave me the other parts to practice with.

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