Note Recognizer

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Android app on Google Play

This app is for people who are involved in music making. The app analyses the pitch frequency that you sing or play, and gives the corresponding note name. Very useful for singers who need to find the right starting note of a song. Or if you want to know the key of a song; sing the tonic, and you get the note name of the key. Also great as a tuner for guitar, or checking your intonation on flute, violin or any instrument. No fancy graphics, but perfectly visible layout for dark venues and gloomy practice environments. Choose from different note naming systems such as Indian Sargam or Do Re Mi.

Now with Live Notation; play your musical idea and have it transformed to musical notation. Watch your score grow while playing. Save the notation as an image file and send it to your dropbox or share it with friends.

The interest in the Note Recognizer is steadily increasing. You can read here the latest update of the Note Recognizer manual

 

A couple of remarks about the reception of the Note Recognizer, its use and misuse

I get a lot of possitive reviews in the Google Review section. That’s great! They motivate me to keep thinking about further development and improvement of the app.

As is to be expected, there are negative reviews too. I have quite a ‘sanguine’ personality, which means in normal language that you can drive me mad quite easy. So the negative remarks sometimes make my blood boil. I’m not talking about reviews that contain positive criticism. I take suggestions for improvements really serious. ‘It can look better’, ‘It skips notes’, ‘I need more time signatures’ and so on are all fine, and help me to get ideas about improvement.

But I hate reviewers who give one (1) star, with the remark: “Doesn’t respond to whistling”.
IT IS NOT MEANT FOR WHISTLING. IT IS MEANT FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE INVOLVED IN COMPOSING MUSIC AND WHO READ MUSICAL NOTATION. GO PRACTICE PLAYING A DECENT INSTRUMENT!

Sorry, I was shouting. (Whipes away some saliva…)

Then there is the problem with singing… Right now, the RC records intervals in an absolute way, which means that a sung C must have a frequency of about 131-262-523… hrz (etc). When singing a melody, most people have the tendency to take the upward intervals to narrow, and the downward intervals to wide, which means that after a few notes the pitches have come down a bit. After a few bars, you might have fallen half or a whole step in pitch. So far so good, only people with absolute pitch will notice. But the Note Recognizer dutyfully notates this pitch mistakes, and the user is frustrated because ‘it does not record the right notes’.

Another problem with singing is that a voice naturally does not have tonal steps, but notation is a stepwise system. A sung low intonated C can quite easily become a high intonated B, and by little quivering of the voice strike again the region C, resulting in a mess of alternating notes, like standing on a staircase while being in doubt on which stair you want to stand.

THE NOTE RECOGNIZER DOES RECORD YOUR SUNG NOTES RIGHT, BUT YOU SING THE WRONG ONES, WITHOUT NOTICING IT!

Excuse me again for letting my temper go. I should behave better, I know. (Looks down ashamed, whipes his mouth again, some tears blinking in his eyes. Mutters something that he worked for months on the bloody thing, and for what?)

And then there are the ones who do not understand that musical notation is by its very nature a stylized and limited way of capturing a musical idea. So to be able to get the notes right, the player must stilize his/her playing and adjust meticiously to the tempo and the beat of the metronome lights. The Note Recognizer cannot guess the great melodies that are floating in your mind. You must adhere to the narrow framework that musical notation is by itself, and spend some time and attempts to get your melody right.

Finally there are persons who assume that everything that they cannot understand is worthless. So instead of wondering, like ‘hey, here is something that could be interesting, let’s try to figure out what it means’, those people bluntly reject the right of existence of it, and offer me 1 star with the comment that they don’t understand the ‘game’ and think it is ‘boring’.

So for the people who rate this app with one (1) star, commenting that it is defective, stupid, makes mistakes or is just plain shit, I have the following message:

READ MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE’S ESSAYS, READ DANTE’S INFERNO, LISTEN TO THE GREAT MUSIC OF J.S. BACH,  PICK UP A SHELL ON THE BEACH AND CONSIDER THAT IT COULD BE MORE THAN TEN THOUSAND YEARS OLD, REALIZE HOW COMPLICATED EVEN THE SMALLEST CREATURES ARE AND HOW GREAT AND INFINITE COMPLEX THE CREATION IS.

Sorry again for shouting.

Ok, I just thought about this myself, and I’m not mad anymore…

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