Music transcription

DELL-JOHNSTON wrote on 2/13/2020, 12:33 PM

I was recently approached by the conductor of a local orchestra that wants to feature some of my music that I have released using the Music Maker 2020 Premium addition utilizing commercial soundpools. However, I am having an extremely hard time finding programs that can convert the individual tracks from my recordings into music notation. I was hoping that the creators of these phenomenal loops could help. Does anyone have any advice or suggestions?


emmrecs wrote on 2/14/2020, 4:25 AM


Welcome to the Magix forums.

This is an interesting question!

I note you say you are using the commercial versions of any soundpools, good. BUT, does the commercial licence include the right to, essentially, "deconstruct" those soundpools in order to produce a notation copy? I honestly am unsure of the answer to that question and I think you need to ask Magix whether such use is allowed.

To answer your direct question: I know of one software, available on yearly subscription, "Sibelius" from Avid, which, with the add-on of the full version of Neuratron Audio Score claims to be able to do what you want. I have never needed to test it so cannot verify whether it will work for you. (As part of my installation of Sibelius I have the "lite" version of the Neuratron add-on and have made almost no use of it.) I strongly suspect a considerable degree of user "editing" of the printed output will be required in order to produce a usable score.

However, I would urge you to check with Magix whether such use of those soundpools is allowed before considering the financial commitment that Sibelius plus Neuratron Audio Score will entail.


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DELL-JOHNSTON wrote on 2/14/2020, 6:37 AM

Hey Jeff, thanks for the informative reply. After posting on the forum, I also sent a query to Magix. After looking closely at their commercial licensing agreement, most wording on the limitations of use are concerning the "re-sale" of the individual loops to a third party. From there I guess it comes down to the phrasing of the individual loops and whether or not you can copyright notes in a 5 to 10 second pattern. Most lawsuits that I have heard of concerned entire songs or particular phrasings that were at least 30 seconds to 1 minute in length. After all, you can not copyright a note.

Additionally, I have looked at and tested many programs and most, like Anthem Score, Score Cloud and Finale have severe limitations and would not suit my purpose. Besides having to do a lot of editing, scoring on individual tracks results never include "rests" and other musical nomenclature necessary for practical use by an orchestra. They predominately seem to work best for a solo artist playing a piece from beginning to end i.e. pianist, violinists etc.

I guess I was hoping there was some "magical back door hack" that could work. Maybe Magix will have a solution as I would imagine that if I can get many orchestras to play my work, that was created on their software, it could be a great marketing ploy. let alone if I were to license my works for tv and film (as I am currently pursuing).

Thanks for caring!