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SharpEye 2.68b is a software which is designed to help you 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 2 outputs MIDI, NIFF and MusicXML files which can be opened by various music notation and sequencing programs including MagicScore, Finale, Sibelius and Cubase.
SharpEye - the best music scanning software. 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.
It allows direct scanning from TWAIN compatible scanners. (Most scanners are TWAIN compatible).
Used at its simplest, 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.
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).
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.
It is very difficult to convey how accurate SharpEye is in words. According to reviews and existing customers, SharpEye v1 was already one of the most accurate music OCRs in the world. Version 2 is significantly better.
- 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
- Does not cope with handwritten music
- Does not have facilities for transposing or printing the music
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