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Steve Duke


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Post Posted 27 Sep 2017 6:25 pm     Reply with quote

A friend of mine that plays Spanish Guitar (not professional) ask if I knew of a software program that will scan a sheet of music and play that score. Anybody know? Thanks
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Tony Prior


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Post Posted 28 Sep 2017 12:38 am     Reply with quote

never heard of anything like that, but who knows. Remember though, a scan is just a picture. It is not a detailed line by line copy of the original.
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Jim Cohen


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Post Posted 28 Sep 2017 5:00 am     Reply with quote

Actually, I believe both Sibelius and Finale have add-on programs that allow you to scan in a piece of sheet music and then play it.
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Jeff Garden


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Post Posted 28 Sep 2017 6:36 am     Reply with quote

And if they can do that, Jimbeaux, the next step would be to reverse the process. Download a recording and have sheet music/tablature print out. Maybe I should be careful what I ask for...then I wouldn't have a hobby! Smile
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Jim Cohen


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Post Posted 28 Sep 2017 6:41 am     Reply with quote

Well, sheet music separates out all the parts in advance (i.e., 1st violin, 2nd violin, cellos, horns, basses, etc.). A recording comes across as just a jumble of notes. I don't think there's anything out there yet that can keep track of which instruments are playing each of the notes that are heard. That is not a trivial problem to solve.
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Steve Duke


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Post Posted 28 Sep 2017 8:15 am     Reply with quote

Thanks for the responses. Jim: you could use the two programs you mentioned if you had the score for each instrument then? And, maybe mix the different outputs into one?
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Jim Cohen


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Post Posted 28 Sep 2017 8:19 am     Reply with quote

Steve Duke wrote:
Thanks for the responses. Jim: you could use the two programs you mentioned if you had the score for each instrument then? And, maybe mix the different outputs into one?

I don't own either program myself so I can't say for sure, but I expect you could do that.
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Post Posted 28 Sep 2017 8:37 am     Reply with quote

Jim Cohen wrote:
I believe both Sibelius and Finale have add-on programs that allow you to scan in a piece of sheet music and then play it.

Certainly Sibelius does. I have hardly used it but it works within certain limitations. The more modern the typesetting the better.
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James Mayer


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Post Posted 28 Sep 2017 8:48 am     Reply with quote

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sheet-music-scanner-score-player/id884984324?mt=8

I haven't tried it. $4.99 is worth a shot.
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Jim Cohen


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Post Posted 28 Sep 2017 8:59 am     Reply with quote

Even better, $3.99. I guess it plays it back on your iPad itself, right? Are there sufficient voices inside iPad to do that, I wonder?

Whoever tries it out, let us all know how it goes!
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James Mayer


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Post Posted 28 Sep 2017 9:08 am     Reply with quote

Jim Cohen wrote:
Even better, $3.99. I guess it plays it back on your iPad itself, right? Are there sufficient voices inside iPad to do that, I wonder?

Whoever tries it out, let us all know how it goes!


ah, thought I read $4.99.
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James Mayer


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Post Posted 28 Sep 2017 9:10 am     Reply with quote

Jim Cohen wrote:
Are there sufficient voices inside iPad to do that, I wonder?

Whoever tries it out, let us all know how it goes!


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Jim Cohen


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Post Posted 28 Sep 2017 9:12 am     Reply with quote

Yeah, I read that the software represents those voices but doesn't the iPad itself have to contain them to produce the sounds, or do you think the software is actually delivering the sounds to the iPad. Yeah, maybe that's it...
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Post Posted 28 Sep 2017 9:32 am     Reply with quote

I seem to remember PCs had to have voices installed, like soundfonts. I'm not aware of any situation like that for the iPad. When app says it has those voices, it can play them in the app without further dependencies needed. iReal Pro, Guitar Pro, TEFView (Tabledit), for example.
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James Mayer


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Post Posted 28 Sep 2017 9:41 am     Reply with quote

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T--mfKF0kwY

There ya go.
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James Mayer


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Post Posted 28 Sep 2017 9:44 am     Reply with quote

Here's a comparison of three software sheet music scanners.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DN1RENjWnLU
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Steve Duke


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Post Posted 28 Sep 2017 12:47 pm     Reply with quote

James: The youtube examples you posted, these are all ipad apps and not software programs, correct?
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Tony Prior


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Post Posted 29 Sep 2017 1:49 am     Reply with quote

well there ya have it ! Laughing
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Ian Worley


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Post Posted 29 Sep 2017 5:57 pm     Reply with quote

Capella Scan & Play is a "light" version of Capella Scan that does exactly what you're asking. It's a PC program https://www.capella-software.com/us/index.cfm/products/capella-scan-play/info-capella-scan-play/. It's $38.

I have the regular pro version 7.0 (they're on 8.x now), it will also export to midi or to music xml for editing in programs like Finale and Sibelius. It works really well but it is of course a lot more expensive if you don't need that functionality.
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Steve Duke


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Post Posted 30 Sep 2017 6:08 am     Reply with quote

I appreciate all the responses. Thanks Ian:This is exactly what I'm looking for (I think). I didn't see system requirements. I'm still running windows XP. Some of the new software doesn't work on XP. thanks
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David Mitchell


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Post Posted 14 Oct 2017 1:53 pm     Reply with quote

I do like the ability to play a piece of music on a midi equipped instrument and have a musical notation print out of everything you played. Back in the old days we had to sit down and hand write lead sheets for copyrights. I see no reason not to be able to do the reverse except the music would have to be OCR (Optical Character Recognition). You couldn't grab just any music and scan it.
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Post Posted 14 Oct 2017 3:19 pm     Re: Is there software that will scan and play sheet music? Reply with quote

Steve Duke wrote:
A friend of mine that plays Spanish Guitar (not professional) ask if I knew of a software program that will scan a sheet of music and play that score. Anybody know? Thanks


The human brain can do that. Mr. Green
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Jim Cohen


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Post Posted 14 Oct 2017 4:30 pm     Re: Is there software that will scan and play sheet music? Reply with quote

b0b wrote:
Steve Duke wrote:
A friend of mine that plays Spanish Guitar (not professional) ask if I knew of a software program that will scan a sheet of music and play that score. Anybody know? Thanks


The human brain can do that. Mr. Green


... but only some of them. A minority, actually... Wink
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Post Posted 14 Oct 2017 5:43 pm     Reply with quote

Heeheehehaw! bOb speaks the truth! That's funny.
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