Music transcription (or takedown) is the practice of notating music straight from its audio form, resulting in a musical score which, when performed, recreates the original sound of the piece. An excellent and intrinsic knowledge of pitch, music theory and standard score layout is required to produce a professional-standard notated version of the music. The resulting score must then examined meticulously so that any mistakes or imperfections may be corrected. Dynamics and articulation marks are then added (with some flexibility to allow for interpretation and according to specification), producing an accurate musical score which remains true to the composer's intentions.
To have a piece of music transcribed from audio into notated form, send an MP3 or other audio file to (firstname.lastname@example.org), or a CD by post (address available on request). If you do send a hard copy, please include your postal address so that it can be returned to you.
You can choose to have your music transcribed using Sibelius software (recommended for professional use), or Musescore (recommended for personal and less formal use).
Any genres of music will be accepted - be it classical, rock, pop, jazz, folk, drum tracks, whatever you require to be transcribed. Upon completion, you will receive a PDF score via email, or if you prefer, a printed version via post (this will incur printing and postage costs).
You can choose to have an estimate (that may change as the work progresses, but may be more budget friendly), or a hard quote (that won't change, but may cost more). An estimate is based on the number of hours the work is likely to take - this could change should the number of hours worked be different to what was estimated. A hard quote is based on the number of bars in the piece, which is gaugeable at the start - this will be fixed regardless of how long the work takes.
Per hour of work (estimate): £56.23/hour
Per bar (quote):
- Up to 6 players: £4.84 per bar
- 7-14 players: £5.64 per bar
- 15-27 players: £7.25 per bar
- 28-60 players: £8.05 per bar
- 60+ players in a conventional ensemble (eg symphony orchestra): £9.71 per bar
- 60+ players in a compound ensemble (eg orchestra & choir) or unconventional line-up: £10.46 per bar
Per hour of work (estimate): £40.00/hour
Per bar (quote):
- Up to 6 players: £3.00 per bar
- 7-14 players: £4.00 per bar
- 15-27 players: £5.00 per bar
- 28-60 players: £6.00 per bar
- 60+ players in a conventional ensemble (eg symphony orchestra): £7.00 per bar
- 60+ players in a compound ensemble (eg orchestra & choir) or unconventional line-up: £8.00 per bar