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I have recorded the output of an in-built track on my keyboard. It has a few instruments playing in the background, but I am interested in just the piano. How should I convert the recorded .mp3 file to a .midi file?

I have tried using Intelliscore for doing so, but I have not been able to adjust the thresholds and other settings to get anything meaningful out of it. Are there any other methods?

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I assume you're limiting the answers to software solutions. You could always sit down and try to transcribe the music by ear. When you first start out, it is very time-consuming, but it gets faster and easier over time. –  Babu Sep 8 '12 at 19:13
This is somewhat akin to handwriting recognition - i.e. a very hard problem to solve. It'd be much easier to use a keyboard that can record the keys you play directly into MIDI format. –  Jeffrey Kemp Sep 10 '12 at 9:31

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audio to midi apps never work well beyond a melody on a single instrument. Add instruments or chords and they go downhill fast.

so you'll always be checking the results. and how do you check em? you're back to "by ear".

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While I strongly encourage the "by-ear" method, it should be noted that there is indeed some software that is able to decompose audio tracks to single notes. It's called melodyne and seems to work quite well for single instrument tracks, judging from the press releases. I've never tried it myself, though... –  groovingandi Sep 10 '12 at 11:04

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