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Does GarageBand or any other Mac software make it possible to determine the notes in a musical recording?

It doesn't have to be absolute, and it doesn't even have to guess the rhythm. Determining the intervals would be enough.

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No, GarageBand cannot do this. You should investigate the commercial products Celemony Melodyne and Neuratron AudioScore.

Also have a look at Capo by SuperMegaUltraGroovy. It provides a good method for assisting a person in transcribing by ear.

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No. Not in the general case.

This still seems to be a research problem. One of those areas where commonly available software hasn't (yet?) caught up with musically talented small children. MIREX holds an annual contest.

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