Sheet Music Notes

Maybe it’s just me but I can’t for the love of me understand how cutting and shutting music is easy when it’s all only displayed in endless vertical lines. And every editor I’ve tried so far all seem to rely on the same principle.

A muso reads music, “Sheet Music”. It’s not like I can open a track in Audacity and just pick up my guitar and start playing it by reading vertical lines, therefore I can’t interpret where the cuts and shuts need to be with out endless moving sliders and space points back and forth until something finally times.

All music is written in precision timed sequence (Bars). It may be 2/4, 4/4 what ever but it’s timed. It would certainly make it easier to split out sections by simply cutting and shutting at the bar break lines surely!

When I open a project I always see the bottom half of the screen blank and not even being used. Yes you can duplicate the track underneath for other edit functions but why not also have a function that can recognise the notes and display it as sheet music in that vacant space as well as the crazy vertical lines above. I’d put a dollar on it that cut, shut and complete a project would be a whole lot faster if it could also display the sheet music.

I haven’t been able to find a function like that in any of the editors I’ve tried. If it has got that function I’d love to know how to turn it on. I could cut and shut a project in minutes instead of fumbling around for most of the day trying to get the cut points in the right place.

Aren’t you describing a MIDI sequencer? Musical Instrument Digital Interface. I’m pretty sure I could play my musical keyboard along with existing MIDI music in Cakewalk and I could display the work in notes and staff on the screen if I wanted.

MIDI isn’t actually sound like Audacity and other editors uses. It’s machine control which makes displaying the notes and staff easy, but it depends on other machines or devices to turn the notes and staff into actual sound/music. Most times it depends on interfaces to turn your work into MIDI and there are restrictions such as not being able to play multiple notes at the same time.

Google MIDI software.

Note Audacity isn’t in that software list. Audacity doesn’t have very good MIDI tools or services. I don’t know of any sound software with the tools you want. Others may post.


What does “shutting” mean in this context?

Because it is massively difficult to convert audio into sheet music. Even state of the art applications costing $hundreds, that are designed specifically for transcribing audio to sheet, music struggle with polyphonic audio.

Because it is massively difficult to convert audio into sheet music.

It’s also massively desirable. So here’s your chance at infinite riches. Program, or get together with people who can program and write the App.

You don’t have to program yourself. It’s frequently desirable to have a non-digithead on the software production team to keep the app from going off the rails. Programmer/Developers have a genetic need to take shortcuts here and there because “it’s easy” and who’s going to notice? Too many of those and the goal becomes compromised. Without the plain human manager to point it out, the app goes down the unusable path and nobody can figure out why.

That’s what Steve Jobs did. He wasn’t a developer, but he could sniff damaging shortcuts and usability problems from miles away. He was right enough of the time to be a legend.