High quality melody transcription

Tony screen shot

Tony is a free, open-source application for Windows, Linux, and Mac, designed for high quality pitch and note transcription for scientific applications. It is designed primarily for use with solo vocal recordings.

There are three steps to transcribing using Tony:

  1. Automatic visualisation and sonification
    First, Tony automatically analyses the audio to visualise pitch tracks and notes from monophonic recordings. You can play back pitches and notes alongside the recording, which makes it easy to spot any extraction errors.
  2. Easy correction
    Then you can use several tools that make correction of such errors a breeze, including alternative pitch track selection, octave shift, and easy note split, merge and deletion.
  3. Export
    Finally, you can export pitch track and note track in .csv (comma-separated values) format, or simply save a session file to continue annotating another time.

Tony is one of the Sonic Visualiser family of applications. Download it here!

Citations: If you are using Tony in research work for publication, please cite (pdf | bib) Matthias Mauch, Chris Cannam, Rachel Bittner, George Fazekas, Justin Salamon, Jiajie Dai, Juan Bello and Simon Dixon, Computer-aided Melody Note Transcription Using the Tony Software: Accuracy and Efficiency, in Proceedings of the First International Conference on Technologies for Music Notation and Representation, 2015.

Queen Mary logo Developed in the Centre for Digital Music at Queen Mary, University of London. C4DM logo