FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Transcription

Once you subscribe to Frettable Premium you can upload existing recordings by logging into your profile on our website and navigating to the "Transcribe Song" tab.
First, you need the MIDI or MusicXML file for your transcription that you can access by subscribing to Frettable premium. Once you have the MIDI file you can upload it into any editing program, change the notes around and then reupload back into Frettable using the website. The sheet music and tabs will automatically be generated from your modified MIDI file. Once you have the MusicXML file you can upload it into any editing program but can't reupload back into Frettable (yet).
On guitar there are many different ways to play the same sounding notes. Because Frettable only analyzes audio of you playing your guitar, there is no way for us to tell exactly which way you performed the piece of music. Our AI analyzes optimal fingering for you and automatically arranges tabs that don't involve a lot of movement along the fretboard or excessive hand stretching.
Sure! You can login to your profile on our website and navigate to the "My Songs" tab. You can bookmark any of these song links and share them with your contacts. You can also print your sheet music from the web browser.
Several factors can influence transcription accuracy including your environment, guitar, play style, etc. The best test is to listen to your recording and ask yourself, "Can I make out what I was playing from this?" If the recording is poor quality, it's likely the transcription will also be poor quality.

Try the following to improve accuracy:
  • Single Instrument: ensure you're recording a single instrument. For example, don't sing over music in the background or play a lead riff over a rhythm guitar playing in the background. The notes in the background might mix with the notes sounding in the foreground.
  • Low Noise Environment: ensure you're recording in an environment that doesn't have excessive noise in the background. A radio or TV in the background outputs pitched notes that can confuse Frettable.
  • Audio Input: microphones on your phone or tablet aren't the greatest, but they're getting better with each new iteration of device. There are several external microphones you can purchase and plug into your device to increase recording quality. You can also purchase an audio interface for your device to record your instrument's direct input.
  • Volume: is your instrument loud enough? When at the microphone setup screen, play your instrument and ensure your volume is as high as possible while not clipping (no red light). Turn up your instrument or move your device closer to the sound source before increasing microphone gain using the knob.
  • Instrument Setting: ensure you've selected the correct instrument setting for your performance. If you're playing a guitar solo, select "Guitar - Solo". If you're a female vocalist, select "Vocals - Female". You can certainly play a piano into Frettable using the "Guitar - Clean" setting, but don't expect amazing results.
  • Distortion Effect: the guitar distortion effect does exactly what the name implies and distorts your guitar signal. Therefore, playing your guitar "clean" without a distortion effect should yield better results.
  • Play Cleanly: try to perform your piece of music as cleanly as possible. Ensure each note is audible enough to be detectable and subsequent notes aren't slurred together.
  • Sing to a Reference: if your vocal transcription seems "off", the first thing to check is that you are singing the pitches of notes you think you are singing. Download the audio recording and the MIDI recording and play them over top of each other. Try and sing to a reference track to keep in tune if it remains an issue!
  • Difficulty: think about the difficulty of your performance when forming expectations for the sheet music. Can you reduce the tempo of the piece to make individual notes more legible?
We automatically write guitar sheet music one octave higher than it sounds. Brass and woodwinds are more complicated: there are many different types of each instrument that each have different written transpositions. For these instruments we write the sheet music in concert pitch (as it sounds) and then offer an interface for you to transpose the written notes according to your preferences.

General

Well, Frettable can't give you royalties, but we do provide a record of your collaboration on the song. The downloadable MusicXML file contains metadata indicating all of the authorship contributions to the piece of music. The chain of authorship for any piece of music generated on Frettable is always clear.

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