Software to edit poorly scanned music?
For cleaning up poorly scanned music, what is the latest software made to do this? Photoshop is quite cumbersome, so I thought to ask you all! Thank you!
I’m not absolutely sure but I wonder if the iPad and its pencil could be a solution. I’ve used it to write in some fingerings. More of a hardware solution.
I'd suggest using Forscore on an iPad, preferably with an Apple Pencil. You can easily erase things and use Forscore's drag-and-drop notes to paste in new, cleanly-written notes. (Or annotate with the Pencil, that works too.)
I realize that this is probably not the response you wanted, but rescanning the music is a good solution.
Could rewrite in Musescore.
Will, if you find ocr you can recommend, please share!!!
Thank you all for your wonderful replies and suggestions! Unfortunately, right now I don't own an ipad (my daughters do!) so using one may be down the road, although a road I'm definitely routed for.
William, Musescore Pro is not a "professional" version of Musescore (web site Musescore.
I should add that it is sometimes worth re-typesetting music because this allows you to make the music more readable. Especially in older editions (e.g. Dvorak piano quintet, Peters, 1. violin) so much music is squeezed onto one page that it becomes nearly unavoidable to either jump lines at the end of a line or else re-read the same line again. Fast passages are printed with the note heads almost touching each other, producing reading difficulties that add on to the violinistic difficulties of such passages (another good example: Beethoven op.59/1, Adagio, Peters, 2nd violin).
You're quite right Albrecht about Musescore. Good catch.
Although you may not be able to rescan the books, someone may be able to do so. Put the word out.
My first thought would be to try histogram stretching and then adaptive thresholding. Do you have a link to an example of the type of scans you're trying to work on? I could see if I can find a way to do it.
I agree with Michael. There are various different types of corruption the original scan could have generated, and some of these types may be irreversible. I've seen OCR Greek that didn't recognise letters, just groups of letters, and the result looked like Cyrillic secret code. But if music software just gives you "noise" on top of the notes, you may be able to clean it up.
In the past I have used Smartscore with Finale, and now I use Photoscore with Sibelius both in "pro" versions.
An advantage of manually re-typesetting, or even re-writing, a score is that you can get a better initial knowledge and understanding of the music than you might otherwise.
I've been using LilyPond (www.lilypond.org) in my music history classes to teach students about the history and art form of music engraving, and as a collaborative project we select handwritten manuscripts on IMSLP and create a modern engraved version of the work to contribute back to the archive.
Here's another vote for LilyPond. It's a bit laborious, but being a professional computer programmer I'm used to preparing source files, running them through a compiler, and testing the results. I've re-created a couple of scores down to the last tiny mark; I did one of them so that I could shift things around and get rid of some impossible page turns, while I did another so I could use LilyPond's ability to generate a MIDI file for the piano accompaniment.
I think PhotoScore & NotateMe First, from Sibelius (Avid), is what you're looking for.
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