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Music Scanning Applications (Music OCR)

Notation Composer takes the MIDI output of a music scanning application (music OCR software) and turns it into beautiful sheet music that sounds great!

Music scanning applications (or music Optical Character Recognition, OCR for short) can be very useful for making new or legible copies from pieces of sheet music that are old or otherwise damaged, or that simply aren't available except as an image file on an archive somewhere. Using a scanning application and Notation Composer, you can quickly create sheet music that looks and sounds great!

The basic steps:

  1. Use the scanning application you choose to scan the sheet music (or read the graphics file, if the application can do that) and make corrections to the displayed notation.
  2. Export (different programs say "Export as" or "Save as") a MIDI file of the piece.
  3. Open up Composer, and then open the saved MIDI file. Composer will quickly and accurately transcribe the MIDI file to high quality sheet music. You can then easily make any changes to notes, add performance marks or annotations, or make your own arrangement, using the original sheet music as your starting point.

It's that simple!

Finding scanning applications on the internet

Which Music OCR scanning program you select depends on your needs. There are excellent ones available which, of course, cost a lot of money. Others - which may not be that expensive - are fully sufficient for your needs if you are using Notation Composer. All you need to work with Notation Composer is a MIDI (.mid) file. If you browse for music OCR programs,, many have a free trial version available which you can use for testing. Just use your favorite browser and search engine to browse the internet for "Music OCR". Many of these programs have MIDI (.mid) export, so any of them would be adequate to use with Notation products

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