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PART VI Digital Audio the notes of a score one note at a time from a MIDI controller), or from an existing standard or pro- gram-specific MIDI file. Another way to enter music into a score is through the use of an optical recognition program. These pro- grams let you place sheet music or a printed score onto a standard flatbed scanner, scan the music into a program and then save the notes and general layout as a NIFF (notation interchange file format) file. One of the biggest drawbacks to automatically entering a score via MIDI (either as a real-time perform- ance or from a MIDI file) is the fact that music notation is a very interpretive art. "To err is human," and it's commonly this human feel that gives music its full range of expression. It is very difficult, how- ever, for a program to properly interpret these minute yet important imperfections and place the notes into the score exactly as you want them. (For example, it might interpret a held quarter-note as either a dotted quarter-note or one that's tied to a thirty-second note.) Even though these computer algorithms are getting better at interpreting musical data and quantization can be used to tell a computer to round a note value to a specified length, a score will still often need to be manually edited to correct for misinterpretations. MULTIMEDIA AND THE WEB It 's no secret that modern-day computers have gotten faster, sleeker, and sexier in their overall design. In addition to its ability to act as a multifunctional production workhorse, one of the crowning achievements of the modern computer is the degree of media and networking integration that has worked its way into our collective consciousness and become known as multimedia. The combination of working and/or playing with multimedia has found its way into modern computer