Score to MIDI

July 23, 2005 at 02:58 AM · Does anybody know a freeware program that will allow me to create a MIDI from the scan of a score? I want to be able to make my Computer accompany me (since I can't always have a pianist or Orchestra with me :) Alternatively are thes Music Minus One recordings any good?

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July 23, 2005 at 07:58 AM · If it's just a paper score you'll have to type it into a sequencing program. No fun. You could do a search here on the recordings you mention.

July 24, 2005 at 01:40 AM ·

It's called smart score, you'll need music notation software to go along with it if you'd like to edit. If you just want to scan it and hear it, there ya go, SmartScore

July 24, 2005 at 02:12 AM · Like I was sayin', go get SmartScore.

March 14, 2009 at 08:25 PM ·


Like almost any usable program in this field, Smartscore is not free. Almost any program that can scan sheet music is listed on

Be aware that those programs require more or less manual corrections. A high quality scanner and readable scores help.

Best regards,


March 14, 2009 at 10:37 PM ·

There used to be a piano accompaniment site that advertised on The examples that I heard when I checked the site out were decent - certainly no more mechanical sounding than a scanned score MIDI file played by your computer would be if you ever got it cleaned it up to an acceptable degree. The sampled piano sound was also pretty decent.

SmartMusic might also be a possibility for you, as long as they have the tunes you are working on.

As a person who works a lot with both Sibelius and Finale, I am constantly asked if I can just play or scan a tune into my notation software.

It's never quite that simple.

March 15, 2009 at 03:52 PM ·


I've found the program SharpEye  does a pretty good job of scanning in music. You may still need to edit some notes afterwards, but it has a pretty high success rate.  The resulting file can be imported into a notation program like Finale/Sibelius and either played from within that program (Finale now has pretty decent orchestra samples from Garritan) or turned into a MIDI file that you could use in a sequencer program.

I'd be surprised if you found a freeware program, though, that could do the scanning effectiveily- it's not trivial to program.

One thing - there are many MIDI files available on the net already; a little searching might find the file(s) you want,  already done.  I've found MIDI files of many of the major violin works out there, so it reduces the work you may have to do.  If you need some search links, let me know.

Larry Samuels

March 15, 2009 at 09:16 PM ·

My, what an old thread.

To get the result I wanted I've been playing one line of the piano part/reduction (usually not capable of playing both) while singing my part, clapping the rhythms from various parts together, or singing my part while conducting or clapping the beats (thank you to basic musicianship classes).  I think this is a better solution than traning myself to just follow a recording. 

Thanks for your responses.   I tried some of the trial versions of the software you recommended and found they don't work well at all ><.  It's a difficult thing to ask for and clearly there's no really developed way of doing it quite yet, though hopefully some day there will be. 

March 16, 2009 at 01:27 AM ·

"My, what an old thread."

...Yes, we're all lucky to still be alive!

Actually, I didn't even notice when the thread was first posted when I replied, I just saw that it was there and posted something..

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