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Using a digital piano to transcribe sheet music

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Initial post: Sep 10, 2009, 5:59:56 PM PDT
I'm wondering if anyone here uses a digital piano like a Williams Overture or an Arius in conjunction with notation software like Print Music. What is like? Are you able to connect the piano to your computer? How's the quality? Do you have any suggestions/recommendations?

Posted on May 23, 2010, 6:57:17 AM PDT
I use a simple m-audio key rig 49 to enter music into Sibelius. It takes accurate notation if I play reasonable accurately. Its pretty forgiving - however while Sibelius is considered the best program for such work, its not cheap.

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2010, 11:47:57 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 25, 2010, 11:52:22 PM PDT
Dear Brandon,
I use FINALE myself, and do song transpositions for singer friends. At present, I'm putting the finishing touches on a new piano/vocal score of Ravel's orchestral song cycle, "Sheherazade," which is soon to be published.

I use a Kurzweil PC88mx keyboard, entering each note and rhythm individually. This sounds like more work than it actually is--it goes pretty fast. Yes, I could scan the printed music, but I find that I spend more time correcting the program's notation errors than if I just entered the rhythms correctly myself from the first! Also, it forces me to "spellcheck" my work as I go!

My keyboard is attached to my computer with a special cable that connects to the "joystick" input. One can usually find these at stores that sell FINALE or SIBELIUS. Nowadays, there's probably other ways to connect-ask your software salesman! Just be sure your keyboard has jacks for MIDI output and input.

If you're planning to enter your own compositions in "real time," I'm afraid I won't be much help. FINALE can do that, but I prefer the accuracy of manual entry.

Hope this helps you decide what's best for you!
Dace Gisclard

Posted on Dec 18, 2012, 1:53:16 PM PST
Dear Brandon,
Since I last commented, I have bought a new more powerful computer. "Joystick" connections have, it seems, become a thing of the past. Not to worry--CAKEWALK makes a device called a "USB MIDI interface". One end plugs into any USB port and the other to your MIDI keyboard. It should be available at any music store that sells FINALE or SIBELIUS.
Best wishes,

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2013, 3:19:42 PM PDT
digital piano is irrelevant

get the music into a pc by any means
then use finale or similar program

if you like piano like keyboards to enter the data
there are many that would work nicely
dont need a full blown piano version

but you can enter from the pc keyboard
some programs will take sheet music and scan it in
others will listen to music and convert it
and of course any good midi file is just a pc file already
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