While looking in the attic of my church, some members found
a bunch of printed music tuck away in a cupboard. A lot of it.
Mostly lead sheets with melody/chords/lyrics etc
I figured that this would be a perfect job for ‘OCR’ work
(optical character recognition/commonly know as scanning)
but I am not very informed about the current state of the technology
when it come to creating viable MIDI files.
So my first step before hitting the almighty ‘Yahoo/Bing/Goog’ search engine
is to ask you guys.
So guys, when it comes to OCR for music notation, sup wit dat?
I am interested in the options for this but for the iPad as well. I had seen a few jazz guitarists playing and one used an iPad to display all of the sheet music and set lists they used. When looking into it, several programs did not have some of the nice features that are listed in links you’ve attached here. Have not yet decided but these have even more than I thought might be available and change my thinking.
I know this much, There is a lot of effort in scanning loads of sheet music, titling, sorting and really getting it so it is organized… so the choice you make needs to accommodate everything your looking for.
See … I feel your pain. I hate using acronyms in any forums when they are not totally unambiguous and widely recognized by community. Now, even if I should recognize acronym ‘OCR’ (beacuse I’m computer scientist and used OCR countless times), I had no glue what the topic was about just by reading the title, because optical character recognition isn’t something we come across in DAW world on daily basis.
Another example of using acronyms in this forum was a topic about Steven Slate Drums … For days I clicked the topic, because I thought it was about Solid State Drives. Yes … I’m a ‘moron’ … and should apologize Immortal for being one.
It seems that none of you people have really worked with either Photoscore or any alternatives.
I personally haven’t tried SmartScore, but any version of Photoscore has proven to be hardly usable for me, to say the least.
You certainly don’t want a software that makes you correct gazillions of mistakes, taking up more time than it would take to just quickly input your scores. Or a program getting even the basics of a clearly scanned printed score wrong (e.g. how many lines per system).
I am quite surprised how little research and development effort has been put into music OCR compared to text OCR, which seems to be working rather fine by now in most cases. Actually noone I know of actually uses any of the music OCR systems, although for many of them (including myself) they would be awesome tools of they would just work properly.
I did (Photoscore lite version). I’m not a power user (I prefer to write things from scratch, using Sibelius). Photoscore works good for me when I used, but I was scanning printed music only (not handwriting).
Looking forward to that. The most versatile versions of these can get pricey and must have a learning curve, I wonder how much curve I have available to start with one of these. My head is getting filled up lately with chord tack and basic midi
I have used Smartscore only a few times, but it has worked very well as long as I scan from the original and it isn’t faded. It doesn’t read very accurately on photocopies of a score. It will playback your score in a midi file, but doesn’t have a transpose function. However, if you want to transpose something you scanned you can import the midi file into Cubase, transpose it, and if necessary re-score it in it’s transposed state.
Works only with PDFs created with a notation software (scans from a book doesn’t work). It is not necessary to know which score editor created the source file. This program transforms a PDF file into MusicXML format, useable in most of the professional score editors.