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Thread #41242   Message #595143
Posted By: JohnInKansas
18-Nov-01 - 01:02 PM
Thread Name: Program for transposing sheet music?
Subject: RE: Program for transposing sheet music?

It's a nice trick, but I wouldn't call it magic yet.

SmartScore is the "replacement" for MidiScan, which has been around for quite a while. It's from the same makers. (MidiScan is no longer available.)

The scan recognition seems to be somewhat improved in SmartScore, but it still is less than perfect. I will take another look at it, but a previous look at SmartScore left me somewhat disappointed with what you can do with the score once you've scanned it in.

The stripped down versions of SmartScore are $99, and if all you want is a score for your own use it would probably suffice, although there are several $30 (and/or freeware) programs that make as good or better printed output. If you want decent control of the printed output, the Pro version is $399 - and still is a little limited. Better than the $30 program, but is it $260 better?

SmartScore now can output a .FIN file, which you can import into Finale (another $600?) to get a good printout, but that seems like overkill.

Your enthusiasm is appreciated, and we may both encourage KT to look at the trial download of SmartScore. It may be exactly what he's looking for.

Almost any notation program can change keys.
Almost any notation can produce MIDI files.
Almost any notation program can import MIDI files.
If you need to scan a sheet of music in, then SmartScore is a good - $$$ - way to do it.

For what was asked, were still talking about a $100 capo.