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Q: Scanning sheet music and playing it via my computer speakers ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Scanning sheet music and playing it via my computer speakers
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Music
Asked by: jinahasa-ga
List Price: $25.00
Posted: 14 Aug 2006 08:03 PDT
Expires: 13 Sep 2006 08:03 PDT
Question ID: 755822
I'm a music historian and need a way of listening to piano scores I
have in sheet music form since I can't play them myself.  I'm not sure
whether Sharpeye will by itself scan the sheet music and play it back
via my computer speakers using RealPlayer or one of the other pieces
of bundled software in my (Windows XP) computer.  Expense is an issue here.

Request for Question Clarification by kriswrite-ga on 14 Aug 2006 09:12 PDT
Any software that can scan sheet music will require that you go back
through the scanned music and check for accuracy. There is no program
that is 100% accurate. Is this acceptable? And are you willing to use
different software at a small cost if Sharpeye won't work?


Clarification of Question by jinahasa-ga on 14 Aug 2006 13:42 PDT

Request for Question Clarification by kriswrite-ga on 15 Aug 2006 09:15 PDT
I am working on your question, but I need a clarification: Is it okay
if the music plays back via the scanning program, rather than via
RealPlayer or some other software?


Clarification of Question by jinahasa-ga on 16 Aug 2006 06:50 PDT
In principle, it doesn't matter at all.  I need to feed sheet music
into beginning of the process and hear  music at the end.  I would've
thought that a program using Real Player, Music Match Jukebox, or the
HP media Center for the second part of the process would be cheaper
than one that duplicates  something my standard software can already
do. I hope this in fact clarifies things.
Subject: Re: Scanning sheet music and playing it via my computer speakers
Answered By: kriswrite-ga on 16 Aug 2006 08:23 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello  jinahasa~

Thank you for your clarifications. I wanted to make sure that my
completed Answer fully met your needs.

I have tested Sharpeye, and yes, it will play the music for you once
you've scanned it into the program. (It will play the music within the
Sharpeye software, not on RealPlayer or some other software.) I'm
assuming you don't already have the program, so I recommend that you
download the free trial of Sharpeye, so you can test out the software
and see if you like it.
I'd also like to recommend a product that I use, and which is cheaper
than Sharpeye: Finale Print Music. It is $99.95 (as opposed to
Sharpeye's $169) and is in a family of the best music notation
software available today. The scans from this software are considered
more accurate than other, comparable software. Print Music will also
play the resulting scan within it's own program. You'll find the
program here:
Good luck!
Researcher's personal knowledge
Searches at Sharpeye and Finale websites
jinahasa-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Thanks -- I'm going with your recommendation for the Finale product.

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