Dots - Tips for Using Music Scanning Software with GOODFEEL
- We used to strongly recommend learning Lime with
GOODFEEL before learning the music scanning software but the scanning software
has gotten much better and easier to use that now we moderately recommend
this. If you can't read music then you should probably start with the scanning
software. By scanning software, we are referring to SharpEye and SmartScore.
If you have MIDISCAN, upgrade to SharpEye or SmartScore. Dancing Dots offers
a competitive upgrade to SharpEye that is available to all licensed users
of SmartScore and MIDISCAN.
- SmartScore users: be careful to keep track of where
all your files are saved. When using scanning SmartScore you will make: TIF
files (the scanned image), MND or ENF files (MIDISCAN or SmartScorefiles),
NIF files (to allow you to get to Lime) and finally Lime files. It can get
confusing keeping track of all these files. We recommend making and dedicating
a directory where all these files will go.
- You must fix all rhythmic, clef, time and key signature
errors in the scanning software before starting to work in Lime. It's much
better to fix rhythmic errors in the scanning software because Lime may get
confused or confuse you. I actually just make sure each measure has the correct
amount of time in it and leave the real editing for Lime. When you first get
into Lime from the scanning software, check the whole piece for any errors
that are better off fixed in the scanning software. Have Lime play the piece
for you; this is an excellent way to detect rhythmic errors. If you find any
errors, go right back into the scanning software and fix them before
you do any work in Lime.
- If you only need certain staves or parts from a
piece of music that you are scanning, you may want to either mask out the
parts (with paper) you don't want when scanning or use an image editor to
delete those parts. This will eliminate any complaints from Lime which are
due to scanning errors from the undesired parts.
- If you are using GOODFEEL for DOS upgrade it!
- SmartScore users: if scanning a piece with more
than one voice on a staff, delete a voice in SmartScore's note editor and
enter this deleted voice in Lime. Whatever you do, don't go from SmartScore
to Lime with more than one voice on a staff; it may look right in Lime but
it may be wrong internally and this will be reflected in your GOODFEEL output.
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