Music notation software

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“scorewriters allow the user to input, edit and print music notation, to varying degrees of sophistication. They range from programs which can write a simple song, piano piece or guitar tab, to those that can handle the complexities of orchestral music, specialist notations (from early music to avant garde), and high-quality music engraving.” (Wikipedia, retrieved sept. 2011)

See also:

List of music notation software

For a complete list, see List of scorewriters (Wikipedia)

Free music notation software

  • MuseScore is “free and open source music notation software for Microsoft Windows, Mac and Linux. MuseScore is a WYSIWYG editor, complete with support for score playback and import–export of MusicXML and standard MIDI files.” (MuseScore (Wikipedia).
  • Impro-visor (Source Forge) is a music notation tool for producing monophonic lead sheets. Chord symbols are used to generate backing tracks automatically. Improvisation advice exists in the form of note coloration, database of licks, and automatic lick generation from grammars. See also the home page
  • NtEd, a musical score editor (for Linux only). Some packages exist and it's also in the Ubuntu "universe".

Commercial music notation software

  • Sibelius
    • As of sept 2011, the main product is Sibelius 7 (Educational price is about 201.- EUR)
    • Other products: Sibelius First (117 EUR), Sibelius Students, etc.
    • Sibelius Wikipedia Entry
    • “Sibelius's primary function is the creation, editing and printing of musical scores. It supports virtually all music notations, enabling even the most complex of scores (such as modern orchestral music) to be reproduced to publication quality.” (Wikipedia)