MidiNotate: The Original MIDI Notation Software
Read a brief history of the best software for transcribing MIDI music files to notation.
What is MidiNotate, and Where Can I Find it?
MidiNotate was the first product released by Notation Software, Inc. It has since developed into Notation Musician. Visit the Notation Musician page to learn more about the current version, and download a free trial.
What Happened to MidiNotate?
The first MidiNotate product was introduced in the fall of 1999. It was designed to transcribe MIDI files to sheet music notation. That is, to take "MIDI" files and "Notate" them, thus the name. The last version was MidiNotate 4.0.9.
Program development continued, and in November 2004 MidiNotate Musician 1.0 and MidiNotate Composer 1.0 were introduced. It was decided to keep the "MidiNotate" name as the brand name, to closely associate the products with the former MidiNotate program.
Musician essentially is the more mature version of the original MidiNotate product, with more features. Composer expanded on those features by additionally allowing note entry and fine editing of the MIDI performance of the song. Later, a free Player was also added to the product line - MidiNotate Player. It was intended solely as a "reader" for MIDI (.mid), Karaoke (.kar) and NoteSoft(tm) (.not) files that were created with Musician and Composer.
In January 2007 version 2.0 was released, and in order to more closely associate the products with the parent company, Notation Software, Inc. the brand name was change to "Notation". Therefore the products are now known as Notation Musician and Notation Composer.
Product development and release history
|MidiNotate Player||Notation Player|
|MidiNotate||MidiNotate Musician||Notation Musician|
|MidiNotate Composer||Notation Composer|
The same powerful and accurate underlying transcription engine that earned the original MidiNotate "best MIDI to notation" accolades* over many other (some far more expensive) programs has continually been improved, and is the foundation of Notation Musician and Notation Composer.
Notation Musician has grown substantially from the initial MidiNotate product, and has improved in ease of use and has many enhanced features compared to the earlier application.
Notation Composer uses the same excellent transcription engine. Composer thus frees users to improvise on their MIDI instrument while recording into Composer, and gives accurate notation. The score and the performance can then be edited separately or together, with exquisite ease and precision to give a polished performance as well as the accompanying high-quality score.
Notation Software, Inc.'s ongoing commitment to quality software and customer service make our products the choice of everyday musicians like you around the world.
Try or buy either one now, and see how much fun making music can be!