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    MP3/WAV to MID

    A question ...

    I would like to convert MP3 to MID, specifically pipe organ recordings of mine into MID so I can open it up in my notation software program, edit the score and print.

    Found one, intelliscore Ensemble, downloaded the trial version and the results, after numerous tries, were not even close to the original MP3 file. Thank goodness I did not purchase the full up program.

    Is this even a practical possibility? I have numerous recordings of my organ improvisations that I would dearly love to make into a scored piece, mainly for posterity reasons, and maybe reap a few pennies from it.
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    Welcome to the club!!

    The closest I've got so far is with TS-AudioToMIDI, needs a fair bit of tweaking to get anywhere near acceptable results; when played back it can sound close but the score is not so good. Most of the notes are there but with additional notes and some of the sustained notes split so what was say a half note becomes a quarter and 2 eightth notes. (This was working from a piano recording of a slow piece)

    From playing about with a few it seems as though it gets closest to working with a single instrument like 1 trunpet or sax, starts to struggle when you introduce instruments that play chords, piano, Guitar etc and really falls over when you add a second instrument like say piano and drums; in the case of an organ more than 1 stop would probably cause problems especially if you mixed reeds with other ranks.

    It may be that some of the top of the range/price applications could do better but it's difficult to judge performance on the trial versions which are usually limited to 10 or 15 seconds of output.

    Annoyingly it's quite easy to go the other way MIDI to WAV or MP3.
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    Thanks for the reply, Mike

    The Intelliscore trail version allowed 30 seconds output, which was a fair chance I thought, for trying to convert a simple improv of one stop playing polyphonic chords.

    Oddly, I had to "teach" it the tempo ... pressing the space bar for every beat of music played from the original version. Then it converted it into something from outer space.

    I'm wondering why all the emphasis on drums for these conversion apps ... everyone of them prioritizes drums beats, I guess because they are not "notes".

    I'll have to look at the other options/formats that I can save into from my MP3 editor (WavePad, by NCH Software) and see if there is another format which might render better conversion to MID.

    Yeah, it's all too easy to go the other way around ... and I can take existing MID files and import them readily into my notation software program and always get great results ... if only I could create those reliable MID files somehow.
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    I find the best editor and convertor is Audacity (free) copes with most formats, it will import Midi files, MP3, WAV WMA and many others and exports all except MIDI. I use it mostly for converting between MP3, WMA and WAV and editing out crackles and pops from Vinyl when converting it for burning to CD.
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    Wondering now if there is any application that would convert from MP3/WAV to written score? I've searched far and wide only to find a big goose egg for a result.

    Surely, there must be a way to do this outside of having someone transcribe/engrave it. Of all the technical things available in this world, one would think that something like this would have value and merit.
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    Lars,

    Have you tried AudioScore Ultimate? I came across it as a Sibelius user (it's one of their products) but never got a chance to use it.
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