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Is there any software available that can (semi)automatically convert between ASCII tablature (especially for guitar and drums) and sheet music? And the other way around?

I realise that there's not really a standardized method of writing tabs, so it might be pretty hard to write an automated coversion, but it wouldn't suprise me if someone has had a go.

I'd prefer something that is open source, if possible.

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Out of interest, why the down vote? Happy to improve the question, if given advice. – naught101 May 19 '12 at 1:42
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If you still don't know about it, there is a software for guitar tablatures called Guitar Pro, you can download the trial version from their official site. About open source, can't help you , sorry.

In Guitar Pro you will have seamlessly both the tablature (playing midi in real time) and the sheet music that goes with it; the only real problem is that exported ASCII will print all of the empty bars, too.

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Thanks for the pointer. Looks like it can import and export both midi and ascii tabs. Looks pretty interesting, and there's an open source clone called TuxGuitar, which I'll have to check out. – naught101 May 5 '12 at 23:59
You're welcome, I'll check TuxGuitar since I've started programming a while ago; so thank you too for the suggestion too. – Adrian Woodhouse May 6 '12 at 8:32

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