Is there any software available which will convert an audio file such as an MP3 into a score, a midi sequence, or some other representation of the pitch, order, and timing of the notes?
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There is software that can analyse audio recordings, and extract a score or a MIDI sequence.
Audioscore by Neuratron is one. I have not tried it, so this is not a recommendation.
A.S. - audio signal transcription is not a perfect science. Like image recognition, no one can claim to have an algorithm which always works. Ambiguity may not be handled by software with 100% success.
The latest version of Ableton Live has built-in pitch recognition, the user manual should already cover that in detail. The algorithm is quite precise.
What I prefer, is WIDI Recognition System. Not only it will transcribe the audio with a fairly decent (and highly customizable) algorithm, but it will also project all the notes on a frequency spectrum (screenshot below), not to mention the support for separate tracks recognition (probably the hardest thing for a software to do): unless the original signal is in bad shape, is really difficult to fail in a perfect transcription with this approach. Where the software fails, and your ear is not trained, the eye will spot the error immediatelly.
I found WIDI Recognition System to present the most comprehensive set of tools for transcription.