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Scan music with our highly acclaimed music scanning program SharpEye. You can use SharpEye to scan and convert printed sheet music into a music notation file or a MIDI file which can then be imported into a music notation program or MIDI sequencer. This process is called music OCR by analogy with the more common text OCR. SharpEye supports outputs MIDI, NIFF and MusicXML files which can be opened by various music notation and sequencing programs including MagicScore, Finale, Sibelius and Cubase.
- SharpEye Music Reader converts a scanned image of printed music into a MIDI file, a NIFF file, or a MusicXML file. It allows direct scanning from TWAIN compatible scanners. (Most scanners are TWAIN compatible).
- Simply, you drag an image file into a window, click on a button and wait for the conversion to take place. The output is shown in conventional music notation in another window. Click on another button to save the result as a MIDI file.
- Usually there will be some errors in the output: SharpEye has a built in editor for correcting them. Almost all the editing can be done with the mouse and delete key. The input image window automatically scrolls to the right place in the image as you edit. SharpEye also shows warnings for each bar which doesn't make musical sense. This acts a bit like a spellchecker and directs your attention to likely errors.
- SharpEye does not cope with handwritten music.
- Support MIDI sequencers and music notation editors.
- MIDI sequencers are oriented towards sound output (though some also print) while music notation programs are oriented towards printed output (though most will play the music).
- If you use a MIDI sequencer with SharpEye you will export the score from SharpEye as a MIDI file and import it into the sequencer. You will lose some information about how the music is laid out. If you are mainly interested in the sound, this may not worry you, but if you intend printing the sheet music again, it is far from ideal.
- If you use a notation editor, you should if possible choose one which imports either NIFF or MusicXML format. Most of the major notation editors now provide an import facility for at least one of these.
- SharpEye does not have facilities for transposing or printing the music. You can either: use SharpEye with a notation editor (for example MagicScore Maestro, MagicScore Classic, MagicScore School or other top-level music notation software).
- SharpEye 2 + MagicScore Maestro 5 - best complete solution for work with sheet music
- You need a computer with Windows 95, 98, ME, NT4, 2000, XP or Vista. A Pentium II processor with 32MB RAM is a minimum so there should not be any problems on most computers. If you want to process large images such as orchestral scores or run other programs alongside SharpEye you'll probably need more than 32Mb RAM, or the system can become totally bogged down.
- You will need a scanner to scan the printed music in.
- Its not essential, but you will almost certainly want a music notation software which imports one of the file formats that SharpEye exports (MIDI, NIFF, MusicXML, and its own format) or a MIDI sequencer, so that you can make use of the output from SharpEye. Windows/IE4 comes with a simple MIDI player so you can double click on the MIDI file saved from SharpEye and hear the result, but the music will all be played on a synthesised 'piano'
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