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).
(prices set at the minimum Musicians' Union per bar rate, available to view here)
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
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