How accurate are your transcriptions?
We pride ourselves on producing transcriptions of the highest accuracy humanly possible. But how accurate a transcription is on a number of factors:
- Clarity and quality of the recording.
- Quality of the sample you provide.
- The techniques used to mix and master the recording.
- Whether you provide a stereo or mono recording.
- Complexity of the music (harmonic and rhythmic structures).
- Style of the performer and the techniques employed.
- Number of instruments in the recording.
- Whether performance notes are available (for example, information about an alternate guitar tuning being used or whether the trombone was fitted with an F-attachment)
Suppose the piece of music is an acoustic guitar solo piece, not overly complex, and record with crystal clear clarity. There’s a good chance we can get this 99.9% correct, with that 0.1 percent accounting for different possible string-fret combinations. However, if the piece is a fast piano solo played by a virtuoso on a very resonant instrument, recorded in the 1960s as mono using microphones not designed for high-fidelity recording, and only preserved as an audio track on a video, then you’d be hard pressed for any (honest) transcriber to get it anywhere near 100% accuracy. In these situations, we work hard to get you a score as accurate as reasonably possible.
We endeavour to get every nuance possible from the recording…unless you don’t need that much detail! Let us know if all you need is a “close-enough” transcription, because this will help us get the job done quicker, and that means it will be cheaper for you.
You might find cheaper transcribers out there, but sometimes you get what you pay for. We have gained a reputation for our obsession with accuracy, and our pricing structure reflects the amount of time and passion we put into transcriptions.
At Audio Graffiti, your music is transcribed by a human being, not a piece of software. In our experience, software that claims to automatically transcribe music generally fails with anything other than a simple melody or harmonically simple music. High levels of accuracy requires human involvement. But because we are human, we may make the occasional error. If the transcription we provide you contains errors, we are always happy to make the necessary corrections at no additional charge.
The final product you receive will be high quality, printable music. You won’t get simple ASCII TAB, nor will you get music put together by someone who knows how to “drive” music notation software but has no real knowledge of the art of engraving. You’ll receive a score notated by an accredited music engraver with many years experience.