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December 17, 2012 5:30 PM Subscribe
How difficult is it to transcribe an orchestral piece (say, a digital recording) into an accurate paper score?
posted by polymodus to Media & Arts (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Can an experienced musician or composer do this easily? Is it tedious? How do they avoid errors? I'm vaguely aware there are computer tools to help with this. What are the tradeoffs—is it highly automated or does it still require human a to control and check?
I guess it would vary somewhat on the musical complexity, but let's say it's a piece of relatively modern film music. I tried on a whim to pick out the parts on a piano, but found that because in actual music the notes actually blend together, it got very mindboggling very quickly. It was tricky; sometimes what appeared to be one note was actually a slightly different note, etc.