There are many aspects of singing and playing music that can make analyzing frequencies very hard, for example glissandos, big rooms, noise etc. Unclear note onsets is what usually makes the rhythm incorrect. We’re constantly working on making the algorithms more intelligent, but there are some things you can do already to improve your results:
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Playing a midi instrument in ScoreCloud Studio:
Also, these tips might come in handy:
• Sing or play one note at a time – ScoreCloud Express does not know any songs – it attempts to analyze the musical structure like someone who never heard the song or musical style before. Singing or playing clearly and organically generally gives better results.
• Make a long enough recording! – Since ScoreCloud does not know what song you are singing, it needs more than just a few notes to give you a good notation. Try singing more than just a few seconds, you can for example sing your idea twice with a steady pulse. The time limit is 2:30 min.
• Keep a steady tempo or use the metronome – ScoreCloud Express does not know what your foot is tapping. If you play or sing something that really needs accompaniment you will probably get an unexpected score. Keeping a steady pulse helps. If the music have strong syncopation, use the metronome!
• Hum or sing without lyrics – Singing with Da-da etc. is easier for ScoreCloud Express to understand than lyrics. You generally get better results from singing if you sing without lyrics since there can be unclear notes in vocal performance with lyrics.
• Leave out ornaments and wailing – Sing or play fast songs a little slower and leave out ornamentation or ‘wailing’. Short notes are generally not so clear in intonation and can be difficult to separate from slides and noise.
• Try another position – Experiment with the placement of the microphone/device and listen to your sound. You generally get better results if
you do not sing, whistle or play very loud close to the microphone or too soft far from the microphone, but it depends also on the background noise and the reverberation in the room.
• Stay in time – If you want the a notation be rhythmically simple, try not to cut-off or prolong phrase endings too much; let the beat continue and keep the duration of the notes.
• Change score detail – You can set the score detail to low if you want to leave out short unwanted notes.