Parse music notes in scientific notation

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Parse note names (in scientific notation) with javascript. Given a string, obtain a hash with note properties (including midi number and frequency)
If you need parse interval names take a look to interval-notation


Install via npm: npm i --save note-parser and require it:
var parser = require('note-parser')
parser.parse('c#4') // => { letter: 'C', acc: '#', ... midi: 61, freq: 277.1826309768721 }

The returned object will contain:
  • letter: the uppercase letter of the note
  • acc: the accidentals of the note (only sharps or flats)
  • pc: the pitch class (letter + acc)
  • step: s a numeric representation of the letter. It's an integer from 0 to 6 where 0 = C, 1 = D ... 6 = B
  • alt: a numeric representation of the accidentals. 0 means no alteration,
positive numbers are for sharps and negative for flats
  • chroma: a numeric representation of the pitch class. It's like midi for
pitch classes. 0 = C, 1 = C#, 2 = D ... It can have negative values: -1 = Cb.
If the note name has octave, the returned object will additionally have:
  • oct: the octave number (as integer)
  • midi: the midi number
  • freq: the frequency (using tuning parameter as base)

If the parameter isTonic is set to true another property is included:
  • tonicOf: the rest of the string that follows note name (left and right trimmed)

Midi note number and frequency

If you are interested only in midi numbers or frequencies, you can use midi function:
parser.midi('A4') // => 69
parser.midi('blah') // => null
parser.midi(60) // => 60
parser.midi('60') // => 60

or the freq function:
parser.freq('A4') // => 440
parser.freq('A3', 444) // => 222
parser.freq(69) // => 440

Build the string back

With the build function you can convert back to string:'cb2')) // => 'Cb2'

Alternatively the build function accepts step, alteration, octave parameters:, -2, 4) // => 'Fbb4'

Tests and documentation

You can read the generated API documentation here
To run the test clone this repo and:
npm install
npm test


MIT License