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State-of-the-art music scanning

Turn PDFs and photos into music you can hear, edit and practice. Beta

Try it for free

Create digital scores that “know” their music

  • It’s easy. Upload any PDF or photograph and we’ll figure out the pitches, rhythms, rests and so on.

  • The result gives you the full power of Soundslice. You’ll get a slice — a rich, interactive score that you can play back, edit, transpose and much more. Your PDF just got a huge upgrade.

  • Nothing to install. Everything happens directly in your web browser and works from a phone, tablet or computer.

How our scanning is different

  • It’s highly accurate. It’s powered by artificial intelligence algorithms that have learned from a wide diversity of real-world scores.

  • It’s highly tolerant. Wavy staff lines, bad lighting, low-resolution images — no big deal. Other software chokes on this; we take it in stride.

  • It asks you for help. For music we’re not 100% sure about, we’ll ask you for clarification instead of just making a (possibly incorrect) automatic decision.

  • It gets smarter over time. The more scores our system sees, the more accurate it gets.

After the scan

  • Edit to your heart’s content. Our full-featured notation editor lets you rearrange, simplify or complicate the music — all without leaving Soundslice. We’ll show you the original image inline, for quick comparison.

  • Learn and practice the music effectively with our suite of the Internet’s best music practice tools. Instrument visualizations, looping, practice tracking, speed training and more.

  • Sync with audio or video. Find your favorite performances from YouTube or sync MP3s to make the ultimate practice environment, custom-tailored to your repertoire.

  • Export to MusicXML or MIDI, which can be opened by other modern music notation software.

More than just scanning

Soundslice is used by thousands of people every day to practice, teach, transcribe, and run music education sites. Our scanning feature is just one part of it. Here are our plan options:

Questions and answers

What’s the process of scanning my music into Soundslice?

For step-by-step details on how it works, see here.

What sorts of notation does the system support?

The “bones” of music — pitches, rhythms, rests, barlines — are well supported. For current limitations while we’re in beta, see here.

How long does importing take?

Generally a minute per page, but it could be faster or slower depending on the specific music.

Are there limits on usage?

Yes. There’s a limit on how many you can upload per month. Free accounts are limited to one page and 32 bars.

Does this support tablature?

Yes. We detect tablature, whether or not it has an attached standard-notation stave. Caveats apply for tab-only music.

Does this support drums/percussion?

Yes. We detect percussion clefs, along with various types of noteheads that are commonly used in percussion music. Read more here.

What file formats does this support?

JPG, PNG and PDF. If you want to use a more esoteric image format, put it into a PDF and upload that PDF.

Does this support both vector PDFs and non-vector PDFs?

Yes. It doesn’t matter whether your PDF uses vectors (as generated by modern notation software) or is effectively a photograph. Either way is cool.

After I scan, can I mute specific instruments?

Yes. See Showing/hiding parts and notations to learn about this powerful feature.

How long can my PDFs be?

During our beta period, we’re limiting the processing to 25 pages. When you upload a PDF, you can select which specific pages to scan.

After I scan, can I export into some other program?

Yes. You can export as MusicXML, which is readable by all modern music notation software.

I’m a beginner musician. How can this scanning feature help me?

In short, we make your paper sheet music easier to learn from. You can play back the audio, solo/mute parts, view a piano keyboard visualization, overlay pitch names for each note, slow down to manageable tempos and more.

What happens if the system makes mistakes?

You can use our built-in notation editor to make any fixes as needed. We’ll display the original image below, for easy cross-referencing.

What does “beta” mean?

It means it’s still a work in progress — but we’ve deemed it useful enough for many people’s purposes. We’ll remove the beta designation once the system supports a larger variety of music.

Ready to get started?

Create a Soundslice account to scan your first PDFs or photos.

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Need any help? Contact us any time.