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Is there a Shazam-like app that can transcribe music? (Details inside)

Asked by 2davidc8 (8994points) 3 months ago

As you may know, there are apps out there that can turn audio into text. As an example, there are apps that can transcribe a voicemail message (audio) into text.
And then there are apps like Shazam on a smart phone where you can point the phone at a song playing on the radio and it can tell you the name of the song.
I’m looking for an app or software that is sort of a combination of the two. The app should be able to “listen” to a song and transcribe it into musical notes that I can save and print out.
Is there such an app? If not, and if you’re good at coding and have the time, would you give it a shot to code such an app? (Not for my sake, but because you agree it would make a good app and you might make money from it.)

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Hi David, how and where do you think this would be useful?

Strauss's avatar

@2davidc8 I think Hum On might be what you’re looking for. I haven’t tried it, but your Q caused me to google, and this looks like one that might work well. In addition to the transcription, it has a full editing (to remove extraneous notes, adjust note placement and length, etc).

@Mount_Fuji Welcome to Fluther. As a songwriter, arranger, and teacher, I can see a thousand uses for this type of transcription softward.

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@Strauss Thank you for your reply. I’ll look into it.
@Mount_Fuji Welcome to Fluther! There are many times when I hear a song, either on audio or on YouTube, and I wonder what the actual musical notes are like. Mozart was reputed to be able to hear a piece for the first time, and having the genius memory that he did, he could reproduce it accurately immediately afterward. Well, I’m no Mozart, so I need help. With computers becoming “smarter” and smarter and able to do things like translate what you’re saying by voice immediately into another language, I thought that we might be approaching the time when computers will be able to do what I’m asking for in my OP. Maybe we’re there already.

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@Mount_Fuji Another example where this software might be useful would be to scour websites for instances of copyright violations or “plagiarism”, especially when it’s your music that is being violated.

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