Frequently Asked Questions
First, you need the MIDI or MusicXML file for your transcription that you can access by subscribing to Frettable Studio. 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).
To edit the sheet music and MusicXML of your transcription we offer the services of Noteflight and Flat. Our integrations with Noteflight and Flat allows you to instantly open and edit your transcription using a free account. Noteflight is professional level music notation software that allows you to create, share, teach, buy and sell music online. Flat.io is a collaborative user-friendly music composition software that gives you all the tools that you need to make your own sheet music. You can write, listen, share and discover music scores right in your web browser on any device.
The edited MusicXML file can't reupload back into Frettable (yet).
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 an accoustic guitar, select "Guitar - Accoustic". 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.
- Record to a Metronome: this is the best way to keep on time and ensure the notes of your sheet music have the correct timing attributes.
- Set Quantization Level: this will set the beat grid that notes will be snapped to. If you know you're just playing eighth notes, select "eighth" to clean up the timing of notes on the score.
- 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. Try reducing your performance tempo to record cleaner audio.
- 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. Limit the range of vibrato if necessary.