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About MP3 to MIDI
This news regarding
intelliScore music recognition software
published on Music Dish.
Giving You Two Times as
Much as the Competition with Polyphonic Conversion
Joe Kohler, the President of Innovative Music Systems (IMS)
is quite proud of his company's products. You see, they make music
recognition software. Now, that in itself is not a feat - many other
companies have created music recognition software. Monophonic music
recognition software, that is. And while there are even companies who have
polyphonic products on the market, Mr. Kohler says, "They just don't
meet the needs of professional musicians." We'll tell you why later.
Innovative Music Systems recently announced the release of an improved
version of its existing Intelliscore software, version 3.0. The Florida
based company began approximately two years ago, existing mostly in
R&D mode, developing the Intelliscore product and applying for a
patent for the technology behind it, which they expect to be approved in
about 3 months. There are two versions of Intelliscore - a monophonic
version and a polyphonic version. "The purpose of the monophonic
version was to provide a more economical version for those who didn't need
all of the polyphonic features, such as singers or people who play a solo
instrument. But both products are based on the same underlying
engine" said Mr. Kohler.
Users of the Intelliscore product start by introducing a WAV files into
the computer. Intelliscore has a Wizard that helps to provide more
accurate results in doing so. The file goes through the recognition
process and produces an initial MIDI file. Now, it's important to note
that the Intelliscore software doesn't decode the WAV file into a
completed MIDI file. Per Mr. Kohler, "Once the initial MIDI file is
produced, there are many things you can do with it - just play it back,
notate it, or edit it. When it's in a MIDI format, you can do a lot of
things that you can't do with it in WAV form - you can transpose it or
reassign the instruments or edit it any way you want to."
The company's number one competitor of its monophonic product is
Autoscore. When asked about competitors for its polyphonic products, Mr.
Kohler said, "Our polyphonic product doesn't really have competitors
right now, although there are other polyphonic products out there. The
MIDI files that are produced by our competitors cannot be edited. If you
tried to notate them, the music would not line up with the bars and the
notes. Additionally, we provide the best customer service in the business
- we respond to each and every email and phone call within 24 hours."
Now, I can't speak for the customer service, but one visit to Innovative
Music Systems's website shows that they really want to make things easy
for consumers. They not only tell you what the product can do, they tell
you what it can't do. After all, honesty is the best policy. Currently, it
cannot differentiate one instrument from another, and since it recognizes
only instruments with a strong pitch, it does not recognize most drums and
percussion. According to the website, "Intelliscore is designed to
link with your favorite MIDI editing software. However, you cannot use
IntelliScore as a real-time MIDI controller; that is, you can't play notes
on an analog instrument into a microphone and generate MIDI at the same
time." But the company is addressing these and other issues. "Intelliscore
is constantly evolving. We are working on several things right now that
have never been done before to make the product even better."
Skeptical? Try it before you buy it. If you're interested in the
monophonic product, you can listen to Peter Tchaikovsky's
"Dance of the Swans" or Maurice Ravel's
"Bolero" or even Johann Strauss' "The Blue Danube
Waltz" in MP3, then compare it to a WAV file of the same song in an
unedited Intelliscore MIDI file. For polyphonic enthusiasts, sample Ludwig
van Beethoven's "Fur Elise" or Edward Elgar's
"Pomp and Circumstance."
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