Scanning music into MOZART requires some attention to detail. Here we present some tips for doing it using SharpEye. If you use one of the other scanning packages mentioned under scanning, the principles behind some of these steps may be still be useful.
Firstly, the steps below are how I do it. There are many variations on these which also cover the important principles, and so they are by no means prescribed. The steps are
Use your scanner to create a monochrome image of each page of the music in .tif or .bmp format. This may be done with the software which comes with the scanner, or also with the aid of graphics software. We shall consider these images the starting point for our considerations below.
It is useful to name the files from the various pages of music with a numbering system - something broadly like myPiece01.bmp, myPiece02.bmp, myPiece03.bmp, ... I'll use these names here as generic examples.
The above files are just a collection of black and white pixels - they contain no actual music information until one tries to discern what the pattern of pixels means. The job of a music OCR (Optical Character Recognition) program is to turn this into a collection of recognised staves, clefs, notes etc.
Using SharpEye, it is done as follows:
At this point two potential problems must be overcome:
These concatenation and correction steps can be done in either order: concatenate myPiece01.mro, myPiece02.mro, myPiece03.mro,... into myPiece.mro and then correct it, or correct each of myPiece01.mro, myPiece02.mro, myPiece03.mro,... save the corrected versions, and then concatenate into myPiece.mro. I'll adopt the first method here:
Correcting scanning errors:
At this stage myPiece.mro will have the whole piece but there will still, in general be scanning errors. Experience suggests that the commonest ones will be:
The first two in particular must be corrected at this stage. MOZART will have problems importing it if they are not.
All are straightforward to correct (see the SharpEye help system) and in particular SharpEye highlights rhythm errors with blue arrows at the end of each suspect bar. Often it is just a question for example of turning a quaver into a semiquaver or adding a dot to a note. Rhythm and key signature errors must be corrected at this stage. MOZART will have problems importing it if they are not. Some of the other errors can be corrected later in MOZART.
Having corrected the errors, save myPiece.mro
This is done in the following steps:
You now have the basis for editing the piece further.
In case some scanning errors have been missed it is useful to:
This can highlight any further adjustments which are necessary - especially missed accidentals, or other small things which are sometimes difficult for scanning to detect - like dots on repeat bars, first and second time bars etc.
I am often going to use the scanned music as the basis of an arrangement. To this effect I start a new piece in MOZART with the appropriate file template, and copy and paste passages from the scanned music.