My experience is that you should _not_ somehow convert the MIDI file
to notes and then start editing, but that you write the music anew.
A few thoughts on this are on my web site: www.haraldmmueller.de.
A recent experience (which is not yet on the web site): I have arranged
the Allegro of the 3rd movement of G.F. Haendel's "Water Music" for 20er.
I had a MIDI file available -- an arrangement for a small orchestra.
Contrary to my own advice, I "sucked it" into Noteworthy and then
started to rewrite it.
Noteworthy is not very good in this respect; but this file came out
with quite useful notes: nice quarters and eighths, etc. Still, after
a few hours (spread over days, because I hated to go near the score),
I threw the whole file (now somewhat edited) away -- the spread of
voices over lines was simply not what I needed and how the organ's
various "voices" could recreate the important aspects (e.g. the
"question and answer play" between violins and trumpets).
So I took a CD of a good performance and started to write the whole
thing from scratch, listening to some bars maybe 100 times. Still,
this is _much_ faster, _much_ more fun and much more effective, because
you immediately write and arrange for the "orchestra" you have available
and in mind (even if it is only a 20er crank-organ).
I have been arranging now for 5 years or so and, almost always, the
MIDI-to-note way creates the worse arrangements and takes longer and
is much less fun than writing an arrangement from scratch.
Harald M. Mueller
[ In years past I would sit awhile at the computer writing an
[ arrangement for a small band, but finally -- every time -- I would
[ admit that the computer's way is slower than the old-fashioned
[ way. So I'd shut off the computer, take a short recess, and then
[ find a soft lead pencil and get to work hand-writing the notes
[ on manuscript paper. That's the most efficient way that I work.
[ (And, because it's faster, it's more fun! ;-) -- Robbie