Frequently Asked Questions
- Is there a Songs2See version for Mac?
- The serial number doesn't work!
- The Editor freezes when saving a file for the Game!
- Will the automatic melody extraction work in all songs?
- How can I load music scores into Songs2See?
- Where can I find MIDI and MusicXML files?
- Audio and video are out of sync in the Songs2See Game!
- What is the connection between the Piano Roll and music notation?
UPDATE: The Mac version was released December 2012 and is included in every purchase!
The difference between the number 0 and the letter O is not very clear in certain browsers or email applications. Please make sure that you are using the right characters or copy & paste the serial number in a text editing software to make sure that there are no confusions.
To successfully save files in the Editor, both as .s2s files and for the Game, you need to have Windows Media Player 10 (or a newer version) installed in your computer. Furthermore, you must have run Windows Media Player at least once in your computer.
The results from the automatic melody extraction completely depend on the complexity of the song and consequently, results will be different in every case. For most commercial and pop songs, good results can be obtained. The Songs2See Editor has many processing tools that allow you to fix and polish the results for optimal performance. Here are some tips that can be helpful when editing the automatic extraction:
- The results from the melody extraction are shown as blue notes in the main screen. All the notes can be changed and new notes can also be included in case they are missing.
- Check if the beat grid was properly extracted. Use the Beat Grid Editor to check and correct any errors. Use the Quantize option for aligning the notes automatically to the Beat Grid.
- There are cases where the algorithm detects notes even when the main melody, the voice for example, is not present. These notes have to be manually removed simply by selecting them and pressing the DEL key.
- To guide yourself in the editing process, use the Mixer in the lower-right corner of the main screen. The synthesised version of the extracted melody is available. Use the MIDI slider in the Mixer to listen to the results. Every time you create or change an existing note, a synthesised version of the new note will be played for your reference. You can play all the melody simply by pressing PLAY in the in the Playback Toolbar.
- For more information, check the following sections in our documentation: Editing Notes in the Piano Roll View, Working with the Beat Grid Editor, and Loading content to the Songs2See Editor.
This is only possible when a MIDI or MusicXML version of the score is available. These formats are standard for digital music scores and can be imported simply by using the Import options in the File menu. If you have printed music scores that you would like to use in Songs2See, the use of a scanner and a software application that supports Optical Music Recognition is necessary. We recommend the use of capella-scan. You can access a free online demo version here: http://www.whc.de/capella-scan.cfm
There are many internet portals that offer MIDI and MusicXML files. As an example, visit: http://musescore.com/sheetmusic
If you are experiencing synchronicity problems in the Songs2See Game, follow these steps:
- Try adjusting the delay of the game in the Options Menu. Adjust the slider until audio and video are completely synchronized during playback.
- If adjusting the delay slider does not solve the problem, it is possible that the video card drivers in your PC are outdated. The following link gives you information on how to update your drivers in Windows systems:http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Update-a-driver-for-hardware-that-isnt-working-properly
Sometimes it is also possible to update your drivers directly through the video card manufacturers' website. Some popular manufacturers are:
- If your video card drivers are updated and you are still experiencing synchronicity problems, do not use the Full Screen Mode in the Songs2See Game. Simply click on the Full Screen icon in the higher right corner of the Game interface. The Songs2See Game will now be displayed in a separate window.
The following plot explains the relationship between the Piano Roll View in the Songs2See Editor and classical music notation. The vertical lines in dark and light blue represent bars and beats, respectively. Each note is displayed as a blue bar covering the number of beats corresponding to the note duration. The pitch of the note is displayed in relation to the keyboard displayed on the left of the screen.