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sorry4ever - Very Helpful for Learning Music
Update: This app is the best I've seen for what it does. I've been enjoying it for a long time. It's easy to learn how to use it and the developer always has updates. I'm writing this on October 20, 2018. --- Previous Reviews:
The way I use this app: I use this app as the instructions indicate, then I play the piece and try to improve my playing - I am trying to learn how to play piano by hitting the notes on a keyboard since I have no room or money to buy a larger piano. Important: I find this app extremely helpful in learning how a piece of music sounds because once you scan the printable piece of music - a song from a music book for example - the app plays the song. I need this function in order to learn how to play songs that I have never heard before. I am so very happy to have found this app. There are not many apps around like this one that actually work well. If I could give this app a million stars, I would!! Thank you.
GreenGablesFan - Improvements for voiceover users
As someone who primarily with music broil and listen to music but yeah, it is very helpful for me to understand how something sounds when I come out look at the picture, also having an app that will allow someone who completely blind to read print music is a good tool.
There are some things that are not perfect, but technology is never perfect. I would like to subtract a form of camera guidance similar to what is found in the Microsoft’s seeing AI app and KNFB Reader app. For example, when you hold the phone in the position to take a picture, it would be helpful to know whether or not the page is filling the screen. When voiceover tells you something Mark, left bottom corner not visible, you know you have to either raise the phone a little bit or move the phone slightly in the direction it in the cakes. Of course, one could just take a picture using Seeing AI and then export those photos into the app HealthTap but, ideally this would be a lot of problems with that having this place would be very useful.
Sphinx711 - Absolutely incredible!
Saw this as part of Apple’s music promotion. It looked good and had some good reviews so I decided to give it a try. I am absolutely blown away at how seamless it works! I saw that different instruments can be selected. I thought this was just for book keeping. I didn’t expect that playback uses different synthesized sound for these. I tested flute and clarinet and it sounds surprisingly realistic.
A few suggestions for improvement: if I add several sheets that are part of a bigger piece, it would be nice if tempo could be set separately for each segment. It would be nice, if in addition to bpm, the there were support for common tempi such as largo, andante, allegretto, presto, etc.
When importing from a photo, it would be nice if the app would allow me to crop prior to import. This is not a big problem, I just take photo first, crop it, and then import.
GrammaR - Works well for me to learn my part
I use this app to learn my voice part for solos and choir because I do not play any instrument. As a soprano I am fortunate to have the melody most of the time but I use Sheet Music Scanner when I have descants or harmonizing non-melody. I often photograph and crop to only my staff then add each line as additional pages to have it play continuously. Some of the music today, especially choral music, changes what voice/instrument is the top line so that will confuse the app when you tell it to only play line 1. I crop out anything that is not my line in the photo before I input it for practice.
There are times when the soprano and alto lines are impossible to separate, but at least I can follow my music score and still have the notes that I need.
Overall, I am very happy with the app and it works for the way our use it. I have it on my iPad Air and iPhone 8+.
My only suggestion would be to have an option to Not have the whole page faded out to highlight the notes being played with another color perhaps, but to keep the page normal contrast. With the way I use it I would like to be able to see the words so I can sing along with the music. That is difficult on my iPhone8+ & not great on my iPad Air.
RoccocoJoe - Overall very good
Overall this is very good. So far I used it on classical guitar pdfs. It is very close but can use some improvements. I'm noticing some notes being skipped ... some notes from a chord or a bass note ignored. I'm also noticing some timing issues within measures, so notes not being held for the correct duration. But I am trying this on some advanced classical guitar sheet music. It would probably be far more accurate on more basic or intermediate sheet music. This software appears to be excellent for beginners and players of all levels. So far I just started trying it out and I am impressed. I will be challenging this further, as I have some music with some very difficult timing. I am hoping this can help me. I am willing to share with you any inconsistencies or bugs I discover, to help you improve this app. For the price and capability, I don't know of anything better. Excellent job on this. Thank you!
Spelltastiv - Fantastic app! Where have you been all my musical life?!
I never do reviews but this app impressed me so much that I had to give my two sense! This app is worth EVERY penny. You can buy music scanning apps for 10 times the price and won’t get near the quality product that this is. This app is going to save me tons of time! I still can’t believe how accurate it is and with multiple voicing too! I’m not saying that it is perfect but it is really good! The only thing I have noticed is that It has an issue recognizing triplets and it missed a treble clef inserted halfway through the page but for just a scanning app it is fantastic! Understand, you are not getting a music editing app. I use Finale to do that but you can export what you scan on the app to finale as an xlm file. Get the app... you won’t regret it.
Play! - Amazing and really helpful
This app works great! I play piano but don’t sight read well so this app really helps me figure out what the songs sound like from the sheet music before I start to play. It’s really easy to use and can export the files to midi and other formats that’s your thing. It doesn’t always get every note correct - probably depends on the quality of the image - but it does a great job. It’s even very good when you take a picture of a bowed page from a book and the staffs aren’t straight (which blows me away). There are a lot of instrument sounds you can choose from for the playback but they’re a little lackluster - but that’s not really why you buy this program. I’m amazed at what this app can do and really appreciate the creators hard work.
Pastel-O - Works well with some limitations
This app is actually pretty darn good with two major/minor caveats. First, you need to take a really clear photo. I’ve gotten my best results from taking a photo of a single unbound page in good lighting with my camera’s flash on. Second, this app is not comprehensive so certain symbols go unread and the developer(s) explain as much in their description so this point is only a minor gripe. Unfortunately, bound sheet music is harder to get a clear photo of because one side of the page typically curves towards the spine of the book and a flat page is necessary for this to really be effective. All things considered, this is a good affordable option for giving one a pretty solid idea of how the music should sound (provided you tale really good photos); it may take a few tries before you get a scan that is acceptable but hang in there!
Negrami - Magic Program!
I have just discovered this wonderful program which almost makes up for all the times I have said “I hate computers”. What it claims to do seems improbable, yet it lives up to the advertalk. It will read sheet music - - and then play it! My iPad computer with Sheet Music Scanner can sight read music as well as I can, only faster. That is an impressive feat. Now when I pick up a new piece I can hear it before I try to sight read it. How cool is that! I discovered a problem when importing pdf’s so wrote to the developer, who quickly responded. We exchanged a few emails and within a few hours had a solution. His customer service is as good as his program. If you are looking at this app and wondering - don’t hesitate, buy it now. Well worth the price.
Old Hornplayer - Trouble with 1/8 note with curved flags
First, I would like to congratulate you on a wonderful program. I was surprised at how well the software works with modern printed scores. I am in the process of learning to read sheet music and find the software similar to sitting in with a band. I am starting to make the connection between the written notes and the sounds and rhythms. My issue is with older, printed scores. I was trying to listen to some very old Dixieland scores written over 100 years ago, but the software was having trouble recognizing 1/8 notes with curved flags within the score. These are very clearly printed, but I think this written note is not in it’s database. Some times these notes would be treated like a 1/4, other times it was just ignored. I get enough information out of the analysis to figure out the song.
GitrGuy - Amazing!
I’m a public school music teacher and I teach guitar and piano classes. I’ve recommended this app to my students. It’s simple to use and it works very well. I’ve taken guitar ensemble scores and scanned them and it played back perfectly. The score was four 4 parts. I’ve also used it to have students listen to classical guitar music which was quite complex. It played them back perfectly too. I like being able to export the scans in multiple formats. I’ve exported music as xml files and imported them into Sibelius to write my own arrangements. It saved a lot of time entering notes manually. It’s not 100 percent perfect, but it works perfectly about 95 percent of time. The only issue is it can’t playback drum set music yet. For my purposes it gets 5 stars.
iceicelady - Great tool, decent accuracy
Worth the price, and a big help to me in practicing choral music at home (no piano in my apartment).
* Better accuracy than other scanner apps I’ve tried so far.
* Works best, naturally, when you import or scan ‘clean’ music, without markings – but it also does a pretty good job ignoring extraneous markings.
* New version can isolate and play one or more lines (when the sheet music clearly separates them)...awesome!
ISSUES: Sometimes gets confused by single accidentals (not part of the staff), failing to realize that they should end after one measure. Does not recognize the ‘breve’ (double whole note) – these notes are just skipped and not played at all.
jefferis - not worth it.
The problem is not that it did not recognize notes, but it plays and exports the wrong notes that can’t be corrected by Finale. I.e., it failed to recognize the key signature, but when I added the key signature, some measures still play in the wrong key. There was something in the XML export that could not be corrected. Aside from that, inside the application, it recognized the right placement of the notes on the staff but without applying the key signature, it was all wrong.
Basically it was no help at all
***update. Developer was helpful and responsive and offered to refund money, although the process is unclear. I wrote this review before being contacted by developer. the scan was high resolution but of a printout that was done on an older printer. Revised to 3 stars however would not work for my needs of older sheet music.
JoConn4 - Great app—useful improvements could be made!
Fantastic app!!! Very helpful.
A few things that I noticed could be improved:
If there was a way to set tempos for different sections, that would be amazing. Also, if you could play multiple voices but not the vocal line (so everything the piano plays instead of just bass or treble). There’s a bit of a glitch with slurs—notes that are marked flat in one measure and “slurred” to the next, are played as natural in the next measure. I’m not positive, but I also think it doesn’t recognize repeats. Finally, if there was a way to set that the play-through would make certain cuts (so it could skip over measures or pick up at a later section), this app would be perfect!
konkrypton - Very Impressed
Updated review: Now that I have been using this for a while, I see an improvement that it could use. Please add iCloud storage and syncing of your imported sheet music. I have the app on my phone and iPad and it’s a pain to have to re-import something because it was originally on the other device. This would be a great help!
This is the app I was searching for! I have recently joined a chorus and was without the ability to play the score (I’m “hunt & peck” on a keyboard at best). This app has been great at reading the sheet music and playing it. But the best part is being able to export a MIDI file to GarageBand so I can turn off the tenors or the baritones to hear my track. For $4 this is the best music app in the App Store!
Bikkus - Amazing!
It is hard to believe that this App works as well as it does. After quickly taking a picture of a passage in a book, or importing a picture from the web, it will often do a beautiful job of playing the music, even with three part sheet music. Unfortunately, there is more work to be done, as things like triplets and grace notes are ignored, and there is no way to edit they timing errors that slip though. I'm giving it five stars to encourage the author to continue embellishing the App. If you buy it now, you won't have to pay again when the bugs get worked out, or have to keep checking for new versions.
Markiecmarkiedo - Does what it does very well
This app has saved me so much time. Getting PDF charts into Finale has been a stumbling block for me, and this app solves the problem. I haven't tried snapping a picture yet. I've just imported PDFs from Dropbox or Google Drive, so I can't speak to that functionality.
I do have some trouble with the playback but that's because I work with scores that have staves that transpose. The app doesn't seem to be able to understand multiple key signatures on the same chart. It assumes concert key so the notes play wrong. The app does have the ability to play one line at a time if you want to isolate a part, in which case you can manipulate the key signature.
But that's OK. I didn't get it to play scores. I have other apps that do that or I could have paid a whole lot more money for functionality I didn't need in a different app.
This app is clean, straightforward, and it works. I imagine it will grow in its own complexity in future iterations, but for now, I am happy to support an app that does a few things well.
Lbking911 - Great start! Could use some improvement
Updated use to the app.......
The updates have continuously increased the accuracy of the reading and now it totally rocks! I love the new features and the new layout! This is one app that every musician or singer should have. No question! Hands down the best app!
This is an immensely helpful tool for those of us that need help in sight reading. I would hope that some features in the future could develop into a tool that allows you to make corrections in the app reading extra notes or missing reading notes. Instead of relying on only the app to be a perfect reader, the developer could allow the users to make corrections as well. Kind of integrating the users into the whole experience. I would also like to see the interface a bit cleaned up or refined to make navigating the app a bit more intuitive. Like a button to see your saved projects instead of just the back button. Otherwise a fantastic app.
ASC429 - Pretty great but needs improvement
This app was definitely worth the money and it helps me hear the music that I have to play so I can get a good sense of it. The only thing really missing in the key signature. I wish there was a function where you could put in the right key because the scanner does not pick up on the key signature at all and it sounds terrible. There also needs to be improvement on the scanner sensing wether there are two lines being played together, as when I’m listening to my piano pieces I want to be able to hear the left and right hands together, same with a duet piece.
I have just read some other reviews and it seems like there is a way to change the key signature, does anybody know how to do that?
Patches_McMatt - Great for hearing how a piece should sound (more or less)
This is a great app for beginners who are trying to learn to play music and would like to be able to hear how a particular arrangement sounds.
I have noticed that the app skips over repeat signs so if you are scanning an entire piece and playing it back, it’ll just play from beginning to end without any repeats. I haven’t noticed the app being able to adjust tempo based on tempo markings either. Actually, it doesn’t seem to pick up any of the markings; tempo, dynamics, or pedaling.
Still a great app in my opinion and one I feel was worth the cost. Maybe these missing features will be added someday.
shazzbot - Amazingly Accurate!
I took a chance and bought this app hoping it would work as advertised. To my surprise and relief, it worked like a charm. For best results use the built-in scanner in daylight conditions or brightly lit indoor settings to get a clear scan of your sheet music. I scanned in some classical piano sheets, and the app was able to render a flawless rendition. As of this writing in 2017 it does not yet recognize Coda signs and repeats, but it does provide a way to hear the piece before you tackle it on your instrument. The app also has the option of adjusting the tempo during playback. Highly recommended!
Richard In Abuquerque - Beats Photo Scan!
I use Sibelius 7 for editing piano scores. Photo Scan is included to input sheet music (PDFs) into Sibelius...which is tedious and time-consuming to use. This app creates an XML file (using the camera) which is opened directly by Sibelius. All scanning app will have errors (reading triplets, etc.) but this app is much more accurate than PS and, being easily exported into Sibelius, it is much more efficient and effective. I’ve used it on about a dozen scores, and love it!
You can also use this app to organize music on your iPad for gigs. I won’t use it for that because I use ForScore.
Cz12140987654321247805321 - Good but needs work
Overall, I love the app. It is extremely easy to use and gives great results. However, there are a couple things that would be great if added. First of all, unless a high quality pdf is used, there are bound to be notes missed. I have found that it can miss bass clefs very frequently as well. It would be great if there were a way for us to add missing notes. Additionally, this is a small thing, but it would be nice if the temp could be adjusted via keyboard instead of slider as the slider is a pain to use. Yet, if you are looking for a relatively cheap app to scan music with, this app is definitely for you!
Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww snap. - Needs the ability to manually place in notes
Fairly good app, and it’s super convenient to have something like this. However when you can’t get a good enough image quality it is unusable, since some of the notes are missing. If we had the feature to put in certain notes that would be great. Most of the time a lot of the notes are placed in, but some of them aren’t so it would fix this problem if we could put these notes in manually. In addition, the rhythms for some types of notes (i.e. triplets, sextuplets, etc.) seem to be off, and are played slower than they should be. Overall decent app, with some improvements it could be amazing.
chai chapino 4578843 Awesome - Great!! but help!!
I just downloaded this app and it’s amazing I would really appreciate it if you added a feature where it only reads the bass clef. I also would love it if you added an option where we can edit the parts where the program reads the sheet music incorrectly. And if you could add a feature where it reads only the top note of the treble clef and only the bottom note of the treble clef to find the soprano and alto voice I’m sure so many choirs would benefit from this option and make your app more wanted. If you could also do the same for the bass clef for bass and tenor voice. Thank you so much
mhoman - Great for helping with transposing lead sheets.
Singers are forever changing keys which renders lead sheets useless unless you are gifted with the ability to transpose in your head. I had used a $400 software on Mac called Smart Score c2 Pro but that stoped working when I upgraded to Catalina. I had exported. PDF out of ForeScore on iPad, emailed it to myself. The went to Mac and downloaded and the imported it to Smart Score and edited and emailed it back for import back to iPad app. With this app I just export pdf from foreScore to Music Scanner and the to Notion for transpose and then back to foreScore. No need for Mac and I save time.
Mxavier123 - Amazing
This app is perfect, it is so simple and easy to use you just take a picture of the sheet music and you can choose from a variety of voices. But two things I would recommend for this app is one. The main piano voice could be improved, it sounds a little like a harpsichord. And secondly, when you have multiple pages it would be helpful to be able to move the pages in what ever order you would like and not only in the order you scanned them in. But amazing app, and definitely worth its price.
docgarner - Absolutely Amazed
I’m not going to lie. I’m tough to impress, and especially jaded about programs the claim that they can work with sheet music. Nonetheless, I ponied up the four dollars for this and could not be happier. It reads off of bad photocopies, it reads off of my laptop screen, and of course it reads on well printed sheet music. It reads images, it uses the camera, and the only thing I wish I could do that it doesn’t is read straight out of a PDF and do multiple pages. Bravo to the author. Add PDF support and multipage support and you can have another $10 of my money!
Jsong123 - It works foe me
It works pretty much the way I thought it worked. One of the scores that I scan ended up sounding separate on the right hand then the left-hand. In other words, it played the right hand for about four measures and then it played the left hand after that but that was only for for the first line. All the rest of the score got played with the right hand in the left-hand sounding at the same time. I think that might’ve been the way that it was scanned so I should try to re-scan it and try it out.
Traveler11 - Updating my previous review
I originally gave this app a very critical review (comparing it to high end scanners) but have since used it a number of times with excellent results, hence changing to 5 stars. I do a lot of music scanning and this app has saved me hundreds of hours. Very easy to use and extremely helpful with pdf scores. I don’t even try very complicated modern music scores as it’s not intended for highly complex notation. That’s what expensive laptop programs are for. This app is a great, inexpensive way to get basic scores digitized quickly and accurately.
wkrasl - Very Good App, Great Support
I’m a choral singer but haven’t learned how to sight read yet, so I need something affordable to help me rehearse new music on my own. I keep ALL my data files on OneDrive for home or remote iPhone access, so I had already scanned all my scores on my PC into PDFs.
This app did a very good job finding those PDFs where I had saved them on OneDrive, scanned them, played them with surprisingly great sound, and easily exported them back onto OneDrive in XML, MIDI, and MP3 formats. You can then send the MIDI files to equipped instruments, or load the MP3 into iTunes playlists. Lo
As a singer I now open the XML files in MuseScore to add the lyrics (so I didn’t need the original score PDF anymore), changed instruments from default piano to flute for that staff and choir voice for SA and TB staves, and boosted the volume for the TB staff for rehearsing my part.
Throughout the process David provided excellent support, so overall this app gets a well-deserved 5 stars.
iTunesfool - The best that I have found on the App store. Highly Recommended!
I have tried several apps like this, and this one is hands-down the best of them all. Scanning with the built-in camera on my iPad Pro gave me about 95% recognition, but scanning with my desktop printer/scanner to a 600 dpi png file was 100% accurate. Haven't tried the XML export, but if it is as good as the rest of the app then this is a home run! Edit - Even more accurate since last update. Multi-page PDF works very well, and XML export works well with Notion, and others that accept xml.
George M. - Sheet Music Scanner is very useful.
While not perfect, this is a very useful app for music students. I often use this app for a first run through of new sheet music. I also use it to woodshed phrases in practice. You can alter speed and pitch independently. Quite remarkable. Impressive app.
It’s also good when shopping for sheet music as it gives a better preview of a piano score with both hands simultaneously than ones imagination might give - at least in my case.
There are various refinements needed, for example, the app doesn’t count triplets as yet (March 9, 2020), but hopefully that will be added.
It also doesn’t correctly interpret accordion Stradella bass notation. So, one gets used to the bass clef being read in piano fashion, rather than bass / chord interpretation for the accordion. It would be nice to have, but I don’t think the author even knows about this standard convention.
English777777 - Useful app. Be aware that it won’t work on hand-written or “Fake Books”.
I bought this in my excitement of seeing that this kind of app was now available. Sadly, I didn’t stop to think that it was unlikely to work with fake books, which are usually printed from hand-written scores.
I can’t blame the developer for this, as I can see that this would be a tough thing to do with OCR. For this reason, I won’t be asking for a refund or anything like that. I may be able to use it occasionally. I’ll look at it as a contribution for the developer’s efforts. :-)
Zeekiel - Perfect as an Alto Saxophone Musician.
The App functions without internet (if you don’t know that, yes it does). The notes are scanned perfectly and play flawlessly.
I’ve attempted to use other applications on the App Store; well it turns out that they are bull crap - they only convey the fact that they are to get your money, in return for nothing. I’ve been scammed.
This app however, gives you not only the ability to scan music, but also plays the music perfectly. Other Music Scan apps confuse with the treble clef on the staff, and counts the note as a D. This one is smart. No In-App Purchases, because those $4 will give you everything that you want when you searched for ‘Music Scanner’ on the AppStore.
I love the app, and I am glad that more and more updates are coming. The app is clearly improving, and on its way to clear success. A well deserved 5 Stars.
Padupple - Perfect for Psalter Hymnal
So simple. This app allows me to scan our new psalter hymnal. Many of the psalms and hymns are new to me and this allows me to hear the music and even sing along at home. I’m impressed with how flawlessly this works even in less than optimal light and with the phone casting a shadow, and even when there is a slight curve of the page at the side of the binding of the book. Delighted to have this new ability. A true blessing for those of us who can’t play music.
HotEod73 - Help your kid learn a new piece of music.
It’s been a thousand years since I’ve played piano, or any instrument for that matter, and my kid has progressed farther than I ever did. So when she asked for help on a new piece, I thought “I wonder if there is an app for that?” Well guess what? After trying a few different “free” ones, I decided to pull the trigger on this one, and it’s worth 10x what we paid. Such a help, and she was so excited! You won’t be sorry for paying this dev for their app.
a brilliant genius - Okay, I guess
It’s unfortunate because even perfect sheet music that was digitally produced cannot be read by this app super well. I mean it can be read, but the music is off by a bit. I normally wouldn’t be annoyed, but this apps like $4 and there’s no way that I see you can edit notes that are messed up. There’re also a lot of problems with reading sharps and eighth notes/sixteenth notes. What I do like about this app is how there are several different instruments that the music can be played back as, and you can export the music as several different types of sound files.
singmearia - Great app
I stumbled upon this app while searching for something to help me learn music for theatre auditions. It has helped so much because I can hear my part as well as what the piano will be playing in real life. I am not as nervous as I used to be going into auditions. Thank you. My only issue, and I know it’s probably being worked on, is the timing in that some notes like triplets aren’t being recognized. Other than that it is amazing and I love it! Thank you
SnnoyedWaver - Pretty good
Overall, it reads and plays music pretty well. The only problem I’ve noticed so far, it has a habit of skipping over notes or measures as if they aren’t even there. That’s a pretty big problem, but it seems simple to fix. Other that that, that app works great. And, if that problem didn’t exist, I wouldn’t hesitate to give it a 5 star rating.
I haven’t had this problem anymore. But, one thing that would be great is to have an option to set the tempo to change mid- song.🙂🙂
tw3john - Great bridge to Finale
I provide the Finale support for an ensemble of twenty musicians. There are always transposing and part generation tasks. I love music scanner! It is replacing an expensive desktop program that no longer works at all because the developer couldn’t meet the deadline for a major desktop operating system change (Catalina). I will use music scanner always, linking music XML to my desktop with iCloud Drive. Finale opens the XML file directly from iCloud Drive.
Neo442 - Does what it does very well
If you're looking for an app that holds your hand and plays your instrument for you, this isn't it. If you want a way to save untold hours transferring notes from paper to the computer, this is it! I had a song that would have taken me hours to type out. This program had it whipped in about 5 seconds. Export it as music xml to guitar pro 7, or any other program, and you're done. Treble and bass clef! In one word- Awesome!
Drosie9 - Amazing
This app literally changed my life. Learning music is so much easier and it’s nice to have one place to store all of my music. I would love if Tenor Clef would be transposed into the actual octave instead of using it in the same octave as treble clef, and more responsive scanning is always wanted as sometimes my high quality pictures turn out not scanned well. I love this app so much and I would recommend it for literally anyone.
Rachel56r - Great for learning vocal score
I am using this to learn my part in a choral group. I love the app, it's very easy and user-friendly. It would be an improvement if it could learn what park to play. For instance in this score the upper voices and lower voices are separate for a while and then at some point they merge and then separate again. I have to stop the app and tell it to play the merged line instead of the accompaniment. When I replay it has not learned what I told the last time. All in all, a great app for the money. Thank you
elourdesb - WASTE OF MONEY!
I first thought this app was too good to be true, and it was. I’m trying to prepare for my audition, so I uploaded my PDF and right away the app did not “recognize” some notes so whole chunks of runs were omitted. But the worst thing was that this app does not seem to be able to recognize what key the music is written in!!! My piece is in G, and the app missed every F#, even when the symbol was written right next to the note. The chromatic runs were a disaster— the app just played the same pitches! Thank God I already knew what the piece was “supposed” to sound like— if I were a beginner, I would have been so mislead!
Does the app have promise? Totally. But right now I wouldn’t take the plunge.
Straight Street - Amazing
I have seen software costing much more than this that does the same thing. Occasionally it is good to upload the midi file I have created from this app into a scoring program to adjust a few things. But all in all, this app is phenomenal and well worth the money if you are a musician. It’s also great if you are a mediocre keyboardist and wish you could play the music as printed. You can now.
Wes_Elder - More like 3.5 stars
The pro: it’s impressive to see this software work. Grab a piano sheets, snap a picture, and set the tempo. That is amazing. Plus, there are over voices to pick from. For a page of music(16 bars), it’s a solid performer
The con: the sheet music needs to lay flat and can not be too busy. Complex music is hit and miss. In most cases, I end up importing the music into a midi editor to repair the error.
My recommendations for new features. Guitar tab, selectable voices per track, and ability to adjust the highlighted tracks.
aallaasskkaa - So helpful
I got this app mainly as a guide for music I was sight reading for the first time to help me get a basic understanding of how it went, and it totally delivered. I can only think of two or three things wrong with it. It doesn’t read dynamics, or at least I can’t hear the difference, and it doesn’t always catch accidentals and sometimes doesn’t get the key signature. I’ve found it helps a lot to make sure it’s out of any plastic sheeting before you take a pic of the music to eliminate any glare.
jmedina217 - Pretty good app
All in all this is a really good app. I am a percussionist and the percussion instruments need some work.
First off the app doesn’t recognize rolls or flams. This is a big part in the high school band and this app doesn’t recognize it, so I cannot get an accurate sound. Second off the app does not know how to read repeat signs. And can you please add quints/tenors to the percussion part.
But other than that this is an amazing app and I would recommend it for any band student.
tovX - Completely nonfunctional!
Transcript of rhythmic values has absolutely no relationship to the original. Some of the original pitches are retained, many are missed. An intermediate representation superimposes This hodgepodge over the grayed our PDF it was transcribed from (this original was crystal clear and high resolution). Oddly, playback at this point can produce accurate results, but any resemblance to the original is lost in the output— and the “edit” link at upper right of the working display is totally nonfunctional.
Compared to the described function the app claims, this is a fraud. The purchase price should be refunded, and Apple should pull it from the App Store so as not to be complicit.
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Harp ♥️ - Best $5 I’ve spent in my entire life!
Thank you so much to whoever developed this App - it works exactly as you advertise it to and it has brought so much joy to me in the past day since I purchased it! 💗💗Your App has inspired me to return to my love of learning to play the harp, many years after I had to stop lessons. Listening to songs I used to play (but can no longer) brought tears to my eyes. I can only imagine how helpful this will be to so many people learning their favourite instrument(s) too. Thank you for pretty much what I think is the best invention since the harp! 🎵❤️❤️
MixedJam - Great app...But
This does a fantastic job. However, during play back it does not recognise sharps, flats or accidentals -this is not a deal-breaker as most people would probably do some post editing in Sibelius, or similar. The other (minor) issue is that it does not recognise repeats of Codas etc, again, not a deal-breaker but it would be a good feature. My main reason for the 4-star rating is because you cannot select multiple files for download to Dropbox etc. I cannot see a way to automatically get files to upload to Dropbox and the files are not available in iTunes file sharing. If above items are addressed, this would make this app one of the best in this field.
dj_juzz - Amazing
Recognises notes from sheet music and plays very quickly after scanning. Overlays detected notes over actual scan. Highly recommended. Can also export in to many different formats including .mp3 and .xml
Videosonix - Very addictive
After a few unsuccessful scanning attempts I decided to read the helpful help. No problems after that. I found it to be able to recognise sharps, flats etc but it trips up at a return symbol, playing this as a massive chord. I then went haywire scanning my music books. Would be useful to be able to create folders in the library to make this easier to search. Being able to create midi files and PDFs makes this app very useful.
Greek Potato Sauce - Amazing App
I love this app and everything about it, especially after the new look... except one thing. I know this is a lot to ask, but please, please add in different instruments for different lines, so they can play together simultaneously. Perhaps you could add it into an advanced edit, or settings. Please take the time to consider this, and it would completely make my day!
Born Canadian - Very good start
This is a very good app. I use it to scan music then export it as an xml file into a composition program. It’s a good start but as the developers note, it is missing some key things like the ability to read repeats and triplets. I will add my fifth star when those things are delivered.
Kaatje54 - Music scanner, very good
I really like the scanner and works like a charm.
I'm not sure how it repeats with multiple verses, maybe that could be looked at. It has a repeat symbol at the end of the score.
Jonesy 99 - Better than I dared hope
I am giving this app 5 stars because even with the limitations that are yet to be addressed it does a fantastic job and the export capabilities are super useful. A really powerful musical app that is so reasonably priced that to give it less than 5 stars would be a crime.
Arsenal tasmania - Excellent
I use this for school and it saves me a lot of time when I export it into notion. One of the best apps I have used.
pmath15 - Great app. Fair price
I am tempted to rate this app a 5, but then I would have nowhere to go when the promised improvements are made.
All sheet music scanned to date have lived up to the promises made. And I love that I can export it as a midi, and make minor changes through musescore.
And I don’t mind paying for something this good, with improvements on their way (I have steered clear of music involving notation the author says is not there yet, I.e. triplets).
Thanks for the app.
blll978675 - Doesn’t do what I want
Claims to transpose the scanned score but it just plays at a different pitch. I wanted an app that will output a pdf of a score transposed. The playback is pretty useless because it doesn’t read the key signature.
Now I realise I misunderstood what the app does. The term ‘transpose’ has different meanings when referring to written or sounding music. And It the playback accuracy is determined not by the software but more by the resolution of the image.
Other people love this for what it does.
Giingy - Really really amazing
I'm really loving this app. Makes learning music really easy and great! This has been some of the best money I've ever spent.
Ever since PDF support has been added, the quality of the recognition has gone WAY up. I'm really impressed. That being said, sometimes it gets a few little things wrong and it would be great if we could perform minor manual edits and tweaks.
I REALLY would LOVE to be able to export the audio of single voice from a multi-voice piece of music. (Or maybe export all into individual audio files).
Other than that, it might be advantageous if we could report and submit music that is not auto-detecting nicely directly from the app... But of course that that is up to the Devs.
All in all - Excellent work Devs. I'm looking forward to seeing what updates you've got planned for the future. Thank You!!
graham3693 - Folders
Top of my wish list - FOLDERS. Sorting alphabetically is ok but cumbersome when your music library climbs past 100 pieces.
qwertyb54 - A bad cup of coffee
Well, I just blew $5.99. Bought it, took a photo of one page of piano score, played it. Oh dear!
Can’t read accidentals.
Got the triplets right in the first bar, pity about all the other bars.
Keeps missing notes - who knows why.
Tried another piece - photographed under a different light - virtually identical problems.
I’m logged on from Australia but the lousy crooks at Apple charged me in US$ so it’s actually cost me about AU$8.55 .
That’s two large cups of coffee. Two bad cups of coffee. Too bad.
sum ded gie - Disappointing
From my experience with the app, it only reads a small portion of the notes on the page, leaving everything sounding weird and disjointed. Can’t even get the general idea of what songs are meant to sound like.
calypso cid - Really good
It’s amazing and really helps me learn songs but it needs to be able to recognise coda
oystersinspring - Fantastic Singers' Note Bash Tool!
This app is amazing. For someone with not-amazing sight-reading skills and limited access to a piano, this app has made it possible for me to "note bash" twelve pages of music for an audition tomorrow that I otherwise would have embarassed myself at. Thank you Thank you.
Danul83 - One day, but not yet.
I bought this app hoping to be able to listen to some flute music I have been trying to learn. Unfortunately the app doesn't recognise slurs or joined quavers very well. Also, it was playing all semi-quavers (if at all) as semibreves. It also treated sharps as semibreves and a single flute piece was supposedly playing harmonies at randomly selected times throughout the piece.
EDIT: having used it again with some other music, I believe this could one day be more useful. It helped me with one simple piece, but doesn't recognise key signatures very well and doesn't understand staccato/legato notation.
Only1helen - Really good!!!
This is so easy to use. It's very accurate, and once scanned, I can easily export the music - I use Notion, where I can transpose, or do whatever I need to.
Sanboy31 - Fabulous for learning new pieces
This is my favourite, most useful music app. I am an adult violin beginner playing in an ensemble and I don't always know how the piece is meant to sound. When I look on YouTube the music isn't the exact piece I have in front of me, but this app plays me my piece, and can also play the other parts so I can hear how it all clicks together. Occasionally it still skips a note especially if it's part of a slur but apart from that it's perfect for my needs. I love how I can adjust the bpm to suit my learning stage but I would really like if it had some sort of count in feature as I would like to play along with it. I can't start it up and get my bow on the strings so I have to jump in after a couple of bars.
CT013149-23 - Score player
Decent app. Can't recognize ties and can't play both hands of sheet music. Wait for new update before purchasing. To be honest, I demand a refund.
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CrvNrd - Music Scanner
This app is truly amazing. Great for teachers and students.
Magmahmah - makes key mistakes
the other popular free app worked fine when I scanned my sheet music, excpet I couldn't access pdfs, which is why I bought this one. Reading a psf sheet this app made mistakes with the key the piece is in. Ridiculous
McVenom - Got Baited by Images
I got this app so that I could write the note names on my sheets. In the preview images of the app it labeled the note names which is what I needed. When I got the app it didn’t do that. False advertising.
jaymsdd - Awesome app
This is truly a wonderful app
Patbou007 - Super outil!
Depuis que Avid ne supporte plus Photoscore sur mon Mac, cette application fait le travail pour une miette du prix et même si elle ne scan pas parfaitement, je ne m’en passe plus en classe avec les élèves.
Sylbergeron - Super
Fonctionne très bien
Blind Fluter - Really Helpful App!
Great program!! Needs to recognize repeats, trills and other ornaments.
glendon m - Excellent app
Works like a charm - i have a bit of difficulty scanning (although that works fine - probably me or my sheets) but importing photos that I can edit first is working very well. Kudos for providing multiple paths for input. I’m exporting to forScore and that works flawlessly
Good app - well worth the small cost
MichaelHFX - Priceless !
Invaluable when you see a little bit of notation in an article on blues guitar say but you need to audibly hear it as well as see notation for it all to sink in. I scan it in and the Sheet Music Scanner instruments internally are good enough to get the feel for the passage....
Oscar Ottawa - I’ll give you 5 stars
The other app I was using: PlayScore become a subscription, so bye. I Did some comparison tests- and got pretty good and comparable results with this app. It is a bit slower, but that’s fine. So please keep on it, I am big fan and thanks for making it one time purchase.
asaulnier - Inconsistently recognizes notes
I love the app but taking numerous pictures with no changes in location or lighting produces different results — some notes are picked up and others are missed even when using portrait and landscape modes. I have even tried scanning songs line by line to produce higher quality images yet a simple quarter note confuses it.
Please give an option to force recognition of notes using manual selection instead of having to re-take the picture, maybe even an option to tell the app what the note should be.
mmvvttrr - Useless
Even getting very good pictures it misses many notes. Nice “concept” but useless.
dalejs - Works very well
addition: Some harmony songs start SAT and then a fourth stave is added to the system for SATB. Can you please add this capability?
HE.LI.FA - Fantastic!
The only things I would like to see improved over time, is the triplets/tuplets, better identification of key signature changes (also flats and sharps throughout the music), and possibly more fluctuations with the dynamics. But overall, a very useful app when it comes to sight reading. I learn music better when I have some sort of recording to listen to when learning a piece of music. When I’m given original pieces, I go to this app to listen to it as a reference. Thank you and amazing work!
amarante1 - Transfert
RWM-bass - Amazing for the price
I loaded an old pdf I had of a music magazine article that contained some text and some notation. Aside from the tied notes, it nailed the scan/transcription! It also played it right away for some serious Wow-factor. Export to MusicXML worked great when I saved to Files/Notion, then opened in Notion.
One thing, when I export to PDF, I would prefer the option to export the scanned/renotated notation instead of the original source.
Amazing, can’t wait for the upgrades!
MichaelSPeters - Pas mal du tout
Petits problèmes de reconnaissance des tempo, des triolets, mais ça va s’améliorer. Du bon travail. Très utile quand même pour le prix.
Dame-Plume - Simplement: wow !
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Beaucoup de travail dans ce petit bijou! Je n'ai pris que quelques minutes avant de recommander cette application à tous les musiciens de ma famille. Quel bel outil de pratique et d'apprentissage! Je l'utilise même comme karaoke car je peux adapter le ton à ma voix. Bravo! Seul petit manque (surtout pour les débutants) que j'ai signalé aux développeurs : si on modifie le ton ou rythme pour se pratiquer, la modification sera automatiquement sauvegardée et on ne peut pas retourner à la partition originale à moins de l'importer à nouveau.
A lot of work in this little jewel! I took only a few minutes to recommend the app to every musician in my family. What a great tool to learn and practice songs! I even use it as a karaoke because it can play a song in the tone of my choice. Bravo!
The only little thing it lacks (mostly for beginners) is an option to save or ignore changes, because for practice purpose, you might slow the tempo and/or lower the tone and your changes are automatically saved. You have to re-import the song to have it back to original if you did not notice your settings. I already emailed the suggestion to the developers along with my appreciation of the app.! A strong five stars anyway !
Rrynsoever - Like Magic!
This is a fantastic app for learning those tricky passages. It has a no nonsense clean interface that is refreshing in this day of busy apps trying to do too many things. The only thing stopping me from rating this 5 stars is the inability to read triplets (which the designer clearly lists in the app description as not being covered). The developer is still developing this app so once they add triplet support I will come back and change my review to 5!
nucks04 - Wish it worked better
Great concept, easy to use.
Just doesn’t recognize enough (notes, brackets, key signatures etc) to make it useful. :(
ServingYouGuysHonestReview - It didn't meet my expectations
If you are trying to learn Bach's chorale in absence of a nice keyboard / piano or better a friend who has a perfect pitch, this is will not totally help you. Yes it could playback scores but usually only for piano and I would say, "just for fun" and not suitable to be used by a serious musician. I hope the admins reach out to me and offer me to get my money bach! I mean BACK.
xujing043 - A great start, fun but limited
I tried a few sheet musics. Needless to say, the better the document quality, the better the results. I wish the user can choose instrument for each voice in a multiple voice piece. And control volume for each instrument. I tried to export in musicxml format and read it in with some notation software, the results are not good. I wish it would allow some editing. Anyway, a good start. Hope it gets better over time.
Tr4veler - Thank You for a great app!
This is the best music recognition app I could find in the AppStore. Regularly updated and getting better every time. Kudos to developer, keep it up!
Garsdesem - Un moment tournant en technologie...
Je savais que la technologie allait nous permettre de faire çà un jour et j'attendais ce jour avec impatience! Alléluia!
drukq - Great
I love you. But it’s just platonic.
jertic - Plays the sheet as written!
Keep up the good job!
Mdkahde - Great
Scan and playback of music is excellent.
Wonderful support from the developer with solving a problem. Thank you!
A definite must for this app.
Ol Gravel - Sheet Music Scanner
What a great support to learning songs and hymns. As this evolves it could well become the essential Application software for learners.
I look forward to being able to link ‘seamlessly’ different pages of the same sheet music and also being able to select which “voice” to playback. For my use the “choir” playback sound is the more useful, but so many instrument options are offered.
Small glitches are occasional notes missed, probably due to the light and so notation quality in odd spots when copied: a small annoyance. Also, as mentioned above, not being able to link Pages 1, 2, 3, 4 etc.
KZ6273 - Doesn't scan partitions for percussions
I would love to use it for percussion partitions too! Unfortunately, it is not a feature on this app yet. I did not have any problems with the scanning for other partitions for other instruments. Good app!
;-] Zoom - Accurate and Easy to Use
For the price, this is a gem. Yes, repeat signs, Codas etc. are ignored, but that’s what software is for. If you need to hear what the entire score sounds like or just a few measures, scan/take a picture, wait (briefly) and listen! Export to your favourite software and fine tune. I can’t wait for future updates, but I’m more than impressed with its capabilities are as is. The last star is reserved for the ‘extra’ musical notation recognition.
Evienicegirl - Good job
Everyone you should know and have this app it’s very good for practicing piano or any instrument for practicing,it’s just good
aamj86 - Ok, needs some work.
it missed a lot of notes for a double staff coral piece but worked well for a single staff guitar piece. I did my best to get decent pictures (iPhone 7).
N_102 - Excellent!
I’m very impressed with this app. So far, it has worked perfectly! The app interface could always be improved, but the functionality is excellent! Well done!
johnacalgary - It really works! And exports MusicXML
I needed to get some sheet music into Notion (another great app) for an arranging project, and scanning with the camera and exporting in MusicXML format was 97% perfect. A little tweaking in Notion and I was home free!
Theroseliesdead - Solid
This is probably the best bang for your buck. It’s not perfect but it gets the job done like 8/10 times!
AnneDur - Brilliant
So far, for my needs, this is fantastic. I can deal with it not recognizing a double whole note and other things. A great time saver!
GBolte - Not ready
I tried many times....works poorly.
Donator barkev - Great job
Excellent ad. Great job. Amazing
Maxwellfrodobaggins - Music Teacher
Great app for helping students read music! It's a bit glitchy but overall very impressive. I look forward to the updated version where musical controls such as dynamics, repeat signs, and articulation are recognized.
Photo App Addict - Just what I needed!!
I play by ear and am now learning to read sheet music..hearing melody is critical for me right now so this is perfect! This app reads and plays notes and symbols accurately..Once you get the knack for scanning. I use my ipad camera to capture sheet music, making sure the page is flat and straight with even light and no shadows.
Iracles - So far it's very good needs ABC notation export
Amazing cloud support, great import from photos. Scan old books and make them into beautiful music sheets like new plus get free sound files to listen to how it sounds. Can export midi xml and sound files. Needs ABC notation export as well to become truly great. Nice program worth every penny.
jicilauzon - Excellent
M'en sers pour lire et entendre les vieilles partitions folkloriques et c'est très efficace! Bravo!
2011dc - Scans surprisingly well
NotateMe crashes loading PhotoScore plugin time ever since iOS 10 and hasn't been updated since 2015, so I went looking for a replacement. I was hesitant about this app due to lack of reviews and initial results using the iPad camera didn't look great (hence deducting one star). However, much to my surprise, this inexpensive little app does a great job of recognizing sheet music from imported PDFs! NotateMe only worked via the camera and results weren't as good. I can't speak to other features as I exported the result to a MusicXML file and imported it to Notion for editing per my usual workflow but Sheet Music Scanner did a superb job on the tasks that I needed it to do. Keep up the great work!
Ashleighedavis - Waste of money
Was hopeful this would work but it only actually recognizes half the notes on the page making it completely useless. Do not buy!
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ClubShelter - Whew!!!
Thank you Mr. Zemsky. My 10 year old gets stuck on some notes sometimes and I’m not the musician in the family, my wife is. If she’s working late and I monitor cello practice, I can assist somewhat. I let him know that it’s not perfection BUT your app has helped with certain notes he had forgotten about during theory or private class. No more “I don’t know dad” & “Ok, wait til mom gets home.” Sweet! Thanks a ton.
Anh Le the Wild Dude - Good, useable app!
For the price, this app meets my expectations. I look up music sheets on websites, take pictures, crop then import to the app. Works well for me.
Instruments’ sound quality is quite mediocre. Some time the flat and sharp notations get ignored, maybe due to picture quality.
My greatest grieve is the transpose function only transpose the sound played back, not the actual score in the analyzed sheet. Probably that is too much too ask for the low price.
teacherdrummer - Almost there
This app is simple to use and does a fantastic job with fairly simple music. The export functions very well and musicxml files seem to play nice with a variety of other apps and programs. The developer states that support is on the way for more complicated symbols (I.e. tuplets) which will make the app amazingly powerful and versatile. I’m very much looking forward to that. In its current state, the app is not quite as useful for working professionals.
Jisaac100 - This App is SO Helpful!
I’m an older adult learning to play the cello and working with some other adult musicians at our church to play in an ensemble. Normally I sing soprano in the choir so not playing the melody is always a challenge for me.
With this, I can scan the pieces we’re working on and HEAR what the notes are. That is huge for me! Thank you so much.
I have one suggestion: it would be very helpful if I could create folders to organize the pieces I’ve scanned.
Oooeeee - Reads Elementary G Clef
While the app doesn’t do repeats and D.C. or D.S., it does handle key signatures and accidentals surprisingly well.
I does hound for a subscription or in-app purchases, so big plus. Good value for beginning music readers.
Quantization is a tad off on some rests and bars, which is annoying when using it to play a melody over one’s accompaniment, the lag is at times pretty significant. Even though most users turn to a tool like this to decode a tricky melody and then perhaps play it back slowly, time is often more critical than pitch. YMMV, the issue could be my iPhone 7.
I wish it had loop playback, a metronome and a lead-in count for playback.
Best reader app I’ve used yet. Well worth the price.
Stormfast - I love it! But.....
I really like this app but it needs some improvement. I have noticed that when notes are meant to be tied they are played separately and the key signature does not hold up throughout the note or sometimes in general. Some notes are also being skipped whether it be an individual note or in a chord. Overall this is a great app that has helped me immensely but these changes would make it even better.
flyboyutah - Very Handy for learning rhythm.
Trying to learn 20 new songs of music in a week got a lot easier with this app. In less than a minute you can be listening to difficult passages played on any instrument as long as the music doesn’t contain any kind of triplets. Allows tempo change, pitch change and many instruments. Ideal for students. Also the author is very positive and responsive to my comments and questions.
Zeezecake - From a Needy and Confused Bassoonist
This is a great app and I'm the short time that I have bought this I have noticed one flaw that greatly impacts my experience. As a struggling bassoon player I am having trouble using this app without a bassoon feature. The trombone part is great, yet not great enough. I will continue to use this app, but for an even better experience I would love if the bassoon could be added to the list of instruments!
learning mode forever - Great tool
I really love this app. I read music, but being able to listen to it first is such a help for me, especially with timing. So simple to take a quick photo of the score and listen to it as it also highlights where you are in the score. I haven’t even begun to experiment with the other options, this feature alone is amazing:)
Vaccano - Great to get a feel for music
I am a music director that cannot play the piano well. This app is fantastic to let me get the feel for some music that I have never seen before. Music played by a real person always will sound better, lots better. But this is very helpful when you do not have a piano player nearby.
Thew3 - Almost Magic
It is almost magical watching a piece of sheet music you just scanned play. In my short experience the score recognition is very good. It does not recognize some notations such as repeats or dynamics, but that is nitpicking. I was able to export a score to MusicXML and import it into MuseScore flawlessly. It is pretty amazing to go from sheet music to editable notation so quickly.
The UI could use some minor improvements, but otherwise a fantastic app.
dsilver2 - Best I have found to date!
I love listening to ancient liturgical music and have many scores that are over 1100 years old. In prior years I used Concertware and later other music software and entered note by note to hear the music. With Sheetmusicscanner I can enjoy the music and harmonies without time consuming editing and with few errors.
marklene - Great App for Choir Rehearsals
I’ve been hoping for an app like this and now I’ve found one. It works best on PDFs where you import the entire song at once. It recognizes all notes on most of my sheet music. Great for isolating different parts if you only want to hear one. Speeds up my choir practicing, because I don’t need to sit my the piano as much to learn new music. Thanks!!!
LydJoys - Extremely helpful!!
It really is amazing how useful this app is. I had to cram for a concert on short notice - learning all new material in a matter of a few days. With this app, I was able to listen to the music to get the melodies in my head - which was incredibly helpful as I did not have the luxury of working out any tricky rythyms line by line. This app saved me!
JaquesFrost - This helps so much
I'm a musical theatre actor, and a vocalist. I'm not the strongest piano player... mostly plunking notes out when practicing. I love this app. I scan the sheet music, and it plays the notes for me. So I can practice when not with my music director.
Sometimes it sounds like it's not reading the notes properly. But it's not that big a deal.
Overall it's a great app.
Mickey330 - Awesome!
I think this is a wonderful app and I wish you much success with it. Nope, it's not perfect. But, I can scan in a song and have it play back, allowing me to get the tune and, most importantly, the timing. This feature will help me so much in learning songs for my chorale group! I would have paid much more for this ability. Thank you so much.
Canoesailor - Works, but requires meticulous editing
Reduces transcribing time some but requires note by note editing. On my simple notated single note melody and 3 note chords test score it got 82% right, with errors on about everything: 1 note and 2 note on the only triplet, occasions of 1 and 2 notes ignored in chords as well as entire chords missed. 4 stars as I know of nothing better.
VonBacon - Cool, but not reliable
I bought this app to scan music from music theory books. Both from print and pdf, the app struggles to convert anything with decent accuracy. Note length is often off, 16th notes followed by 8th notes are generally seen as two notes, and it rarely gets the key signature right.
Maybe the app does well with only modern, large print sheet music, but unfortunately it doesn’t work well with what I’ve thrown at it.
Apprehended - Come a long way.
This app has come a long way in its development in the past couple of years. For those who want an aural sense of a tune in learning by ear, this is a great app. One nice feature is that the tempo can be adjusted for slower learning, then speeded up as desired. And, if the sheet music is not in the key you want, you can make an adjustment.
gabriellert - Awesome Concept
As a Vocal Artist I sing a variety of music from folk song to opera. I’ve noticed that with this app it seems to pick up easier accompaniment just fine! But, when it comes to 4-6 part choral pieces and a majority of arias it seems to skip notes as well as rhythmically delay measures.
I encourage you to keep working on the app because it is an awesome tool for beginning musicians but it would be so awesome if more advanced could use it as well!!!
cs277 - Awesome app
Awesome app for the price - it really is a little gem when you're trying to decipher a piece. If it has issues recognizing a page from a single photo try to improve the photo quality or take multiple photos (with more details in each) and piece them together as multiple pages.
Kramergaming - Pretty good; Rhythms iffy
The app is over all pretty good. I find it works best with a screen shot from a digital copy of the music. Only problem is sometimes it will mistake staccato notes or notes prior to staccato notes for dotted notes. Four stars.
Edit: also seems to have some trouble distinguishing dotted eighths from dotted quarters.
XRayMantacore - Adding on
This app does have some pros and cons. This is really helpful for notes which I love, but this year, I play a marching snare drum for marching band. The music I’m given is kinda tricky for me. So when I’m home practicing, there’s no one to help me. I would really appreciate if you can make it so the scanner can support percussion notation. If you are not able to do that I understand. Thank you for reading this.
@Kristen Mare-grace Destino - Saved my life!!
This app is amazing! I am always unsure about how I sound when playing a new song! So this is a huge game changer! Could it do more? Yes. Does it NEED TO? No. If possible things like staccatos, repeats, D.C al fine, codas, all of that sort would be nice, but doing all that would seem difficult. The app as it is, is just enough for me.
sorenhavn - The developers listen to feedback
I really like being able to export separate parts in songs as audio files; definitely recommend for choirs who need to listen to their parts. They listened to my feedback and responded by improving the app in their next update. Worth the price.
VoicePerformance123 - Very useful, minor issues ..
I’m a Voice performance graduate who loves using this app. There are a few issues with how it reads music. Sometimes it doesn’t line up correctly and ends up playing a phrase or two a little wonky. And I’m not quite sure if it recognizes key changes /meter changes... but it’s very helpful. Hopefully they’ll advance it over the years.
Erinnicole888 - Very good if you want to get the feel for a music, but...
There’s no way to actually see the notes to really learn the music. I feel like there should be a way to see the notes... it would make this app a thousand times better, even though it’s already great.
Trusstmme - Not worth even a dollar
The app is advertising it will read music that it is given. Not only is it extremely hard to get the lighting right for it to process but even when scanning with the simplest Music, it was unable to do so. When held in great lighting It read the music for the most part I’ll give it that but it would skip over notes or even measures sometimes. Definitely over priced for an app that doesn’t even do its job.
Hashbrown678 - Please fix!
Great app, I used it for seeing how music sounds so I can play it better, but sometimes when my sheet music is not printed with the best printer, this app can’t pick up the notes/rhythm. It would be great if you guys either fixed the scanner (which I don’t know if it’s possible), or add an option to edit the notes that you scanned. Thanks!
Muni9 - Doesn’t work with Finale
I purchased this app since the description said you could scan music & then import to Finale. The scan was fine, but I can do the same with my phone. I don’t need an app to just scan. When I imported into Finale, all the eighth & sixteenth notes lost their barring. So I landed up with a part of all individual 8ths & 16ths. Totally unreadable. It would require hours of work to rebar everything. Much easier to manually enter the part directly into Finale!
AbraxasPrime1385 - Needs More!
Hey I truly love this app. But, I feel it needs more. Sometimes when I do my scans it misses measures and it would skip notes and beats. It would also jump and if there’s two or more verses. It would not repeat when needed to. Hope you and the programmers will improve this lovely app. It’s quite useful but need a detailed look into. Thank you!
Curley721 - Impressed!
Very few missed notes, picks up pretty complex pieces and if it does miss anything you can just delete and try another picture. It definitely helps to give it a very well lit clear picture to work with. (It does occasionally pick up the treble clef as a note)
LDMatlow - Spectacular!
Playing back music from a visual score is a difficult computing problem, and this app does it extremely well, for a remarkably low price. The interface and instructions are very well thought out. Congratulations to the developer!
BoomChow - Heaven sent!
My son needed to play his drum set to a piece of music for an audition which involved improvisation. He was having a hard time getting a feel for the song while just looking at the sheet music. It became a daunting task and he found himself cramming at the last minute. This app swooped in and saved the day!
Hersheyfam - Pretty slick
I got this app after trying numerous different apps. I wish it had more functionality but I ended on this one because of the non subscription and the high ratings.
This app is incredible and though it’s not perfect will do a pretty darn good scan of your music.
EvenNotOdd - Works So Well It’s Like A Live Performer!
I’ve had this app for maybe 10 minutes and it works so well that it recognized all the music I threw at it without question and is perfect for my use case or anyone who wants to hear what a piece sounds like while working on it.
GKD3 - Great for getting music into other programs
This app is amazingly good. I use it to transpose jazz lead sheets. It creates a musicXML file which I import into my notation software (Notion 6 for PC). That gets the notes in, then I just fix any scanning errors, add the lyrics and chords (easy), and transpose (a few clicks). So easy it feels like cheating
AngelRomanoff - Incredible!
When I got this app, I had tried so many others and none were successful and then this app does exactly what it says it does! I’m in music school and this app is really helpful when first learning pieces in choir or lessons, thank you for creating it!
Kendal kordis - Very helpful for learning new music
The app is great. It helps me with all my music, but I have a ton of trouble trying to get the picture perfect. I don't know if it's me or the app. The picture would/will cut off some of the music notes so then it won't play them. The picture taking is a big thing I don't like about the app.
rileydun - Several attempts — No luck!
I was recently given sheet music for a few broadway shows that are still in development. As there are no cast recordings for a show that is still being written, I was hoping to use this app to bring this sheet music to life. Instead, I was greeted to the application playing singular notes in triads, and skipping entire measures.
I eagerly await the day this type of technology is properly constructed. Until then, I must bring this to an accompanist.
$7Haircut - Awesome Utility!
It’s rare that an app impresses me enough to write a review. I wish I had access to a tool like this during my early years learning to play the piano and guitar. This app is very simple to use and works surprisingly well. I hope the developer continues to support this app.
thesleepingqueen600 - Very difficult
I bought a this to practice my songs for choir class, but the scanning wasn’t that great and it kept messing up which parts to play. I think scanning is a good idea, but its not so good when you actually use it. I got another app where you just add in the notes you need, (Notation Pad) and I like it a lot better since it will actually play what I need it too. There are also controls on it so you can put it to what you need. Overall, scanning music needs a little work.
sencheck - Good tools for understanding
This app is very helpful, noticing some note we’re been skipped and the notes didn’t read dotted and measures was not repeated when a repeat bar line is shown and measure of rest was not counted correctly , but so far it was great. It help understand the sound of the pitch when playing one to the next.
foar103 - Very Mediocre App.
Overall, this functions well if you are scanning something simple, but for some reason it’s refusing to accept that half notes and thirty-second notes exist 😶 also wrong key signature :(. It says that it does not scan double flats/sharps or triplets but it wouldn’t scan some of my normal sharps or flats either. It also thought that the common time symbol was a note during the pickup, offsetting pretty much the entire sheet.
N961DB - First impressions
One times it is hard to hear a song just from the music. This app solves that problem in style.
So far the only additional feature I’d like is a “tap in” so that when it plays back is plays a measure the starts the real music. This would enable me to play along without fun long at first
AustinDave1000 - Can’t read ties
It’s great... except it doesn’t read ties a lot of the times, even with a great picture of the page. Fixing this by going into a doodle app and making new ties works - but each page of sheet music takes about 1 hour to correct because the scanner is so unpredictable. Hardly a time saver. Otherwise could’ve been life changing. Please fix this problem and I will give it 10 stars!
Logan Frese - play along
I just purchased this app and am very pleased so far. One thing i wondered though, is there any way to set a delay or to count in to be able to play along? As soon as you hit the play button it immediately begins making it impossible to join in from the beginning.
OMG, really?? - Great app for the non musically inclined
I love to sing but never really learned to read sheet music..plus I’m an alto who frequently sing soprano melody. I download the app to help figure out alto parts. Unfortunately I can’t find the way to do that, but the price this app does what it needs to do.
rwang101 - Excellent App
This is the kind of apps I have been looking for for years. The notation recognition is accurate, does the job beautifully. If needed I can import the score to Muse using xml file for final touch up. I can’t ask more of it. Exactly what I need.
Madam Ant - Very helpful for new musicians
I’ve been using this a couple of months now and I love it! Yes it will sometimes skip a note, but overall it does a very good job. If I’m learning a new piece and want to hear how it’s supposed to be played, I just scan my sheet music. Viola! I’ve been playing Harp for a little over a year.
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