How to Convert Vocal Music to Sheet Music

By Stephen A. Powell ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • MP3 or WAV-to-MIDI conversion utility
  • MIDI-to-sheet music conversion utility
Convert your vocal music file to sheet music.

Transcribing recordings of vocal music to sheet music by hand and ear can be a painstaking task that requires experience and great patience. You can save yourself time and effort in the transcription process by converting your vocal music to sheet music digitally. This is also particularly helpful if you are not an experienced musician, as it eliminates potential human error. The conversion process is twofold, as you must convert the vocal music to MIDI before loading it into a conversion utility.

Download and install a MIDI conversion utility if you have not already done so. Consider WIDI Recognition System or intelliScore Ensemble if you do not have such a program in mind.

Launch your MIDI converter. Load your vocal music WAV or MP3 file into your MIDI converter. Select an instrument sound--such as piano or guitar--for your MIDI file to assume. While you are attempting to convert a vocal track, the MIDI rendition will merely convert the sounds and pitch into notes.

Save the MIDI rendition as a new MIDI file.

Download and install a MIDI-to-sheet music transcription utility. Consider Notation Composer of MIDIView Converter if you do not already have such a program in mind.

Launch the MIDI-to-sheet music transcriber. Load the newly rendered MIDI file of your vocal music. Click the "Convert" button or save the file as new sheet music. Doing so completes the vocal music's conversion to sheet music.

About the Author

Stephen A. Powell is a tenured, versatile music writer based in New York. After honing his skills at St. John's University and City College (CUNY), Powell took his writing and media development services to XXL Magazine, SiTV and One Networks among other media outlets. Powell's love of language arts and desire to help others realize their full creative potential are pervasive throughout his work.