Alternatives to Band-in-a-Box for all platforms with Free or Open Source License





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  • Impro-Visor icon


    Impro-Visor (short for “Improvisation Advisor”) is a music notation program designed to help jazz musicians compose and hear solos...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • ChordPulse icon


    ChordPulse is a handy backing band software for music practice, inspiration, improvisation, and pure fun with music. Play and sing...

    Freemium Windows

    • Easy and fast to create some jam-tracks, lot of styles, midi export
      Guest 10/29/2015
  • MMA icon


    “MMA—Musical MIDI Accompaniment” is an accompaniment generator. It creates MIDI tracks for a soloist to perform over from a user...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Noteflight icon


    Noteflight is an amazing online notation editor. On the free version you get 10+ instruments to choose from, lots of musical symbols...

    Freemium Web / Cloud

  • Frescobaldi icon


    Frescobaldi is a LilyPond sheet music text editor. It aims to be powerful, yet lightweight and easy to use. Frescobaldi is Free...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Denemo icon


    GNU Denemo is a music notation editor that lets you rapidly enter notation for typesetting via the LilyPond music engraver. You can...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Lemma icon


    LeMMA is a simple GUI “front-end” written in Python for MMA (Musical MIDI Accompaniment – also written in Python). Just enter the...

    Open Source Windows Linux

  • EasyABC icon


    EasyABC allows you to edit and play abc files. It supports conversion from MusicXML and MIDI to ABC. The latter uses a custom...

    Open Source Mac Windows

  • ScoreCloud Studio icon

    ScoreCloud Studio

    ScoreCloud, free software that instantly turns your songs into sheet music. As simple as that! - “Like Google Translate for music”...

    Free Mac Windows iPhone

  • Aria Maestosa icon

    Aria Maestosa

    Aria Maestosa is an open-source (GPL) midi tracker/editor. It lets you compose, edit and play midi files with a few clicks in a...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Power Tab Editor icon

    Power Tab Editor

    Power Tab Editor is a free tablature authoring tool created by Brad Larsen for Windows. It is used to create guitar, bass and ukulele...

    Free Windows

  • Stave'n'Tabs icon


    iOS and macOS notation and tablature editor with MIDI and MusicXML files support and chromatic scales analyze of the score.

    Freemium Mac iPhone iPad

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  • ABCJ

    ABCJ is a pure-Java editor, player and librarian for music files stored using Chris Walshaw's ABC notation. Features :-. •...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud

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    Canorus Music Score Editor

    Canorus is a free cross-platform music score editor. It supports an unlimited number and length of staffs, polyphony, a MIDI playback...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • Jazz++ icon


    Jazz++ is a MIDI sequencer/composer. Create your own music.

    Open Source Windows Linux

  • Guitarix icon


    Guitarix is a simple Linux Rock Guitar Amplifier for jack (Jack Audio Connektion Kit) with one input and two outputs. Designed to get...

    Open Source Linux

  • Mixtikl icon


    Mixtikl is one of the deepest and most powerful generative music apps out there and it lets you create magical generative music mixes...

    Freemium Mac Windows Android iPhone iPad

  • KGuitar icon


    Kguitar is a guitar tablature editor for Linux, featuring: * Powerful and convenient tablature editing, including many effects and...

    Open Source Linux

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    DGuitar Discontinued

    DGuitar is a Guitar Pro (GP4, GP3, GTP) viewer/player that works on Windows, Mac, Linux, BSD, Solaris, and any other operating system...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • musagi

    Musagi is a complex music authoring and synthesizer similar to trackers.

    Open Source Windows

  • ABCexplorer icon


    ABC, a text based music score manager-editor for free. You can copy, transpose or play these songs, import midi-music files, export to...

    Free Windows

  • MagicScore icon


    MagicScore is an easy and powerful music notation and composition software. MagicScore is the smart choice for musicians, composers...

    Freemium Windows

  • Guitar Partner icon

    Guitar Partner

    Guitar Partner (former TabDroid) is a tablature player for Android friendly mobile systems (Google phones). Two versions of Guitar...

    Freemium Android

  • MEFA icon


    MEFA is a program that can be used for writing, printing and playing music. The MEFA program is very easy to use and the music can be...

    Free Windows

  • ABCEditor icon


    ABCEditor is a Windows program from Elizabeth Scarlett (hosted at Alf Warnock's site) which allows you to create, edit, play and...

    Free Windows

  • Sharp11

    Sharp11 is an npm module for performing music theory operations, ranging from simple things like transposing a note to complicated...

    Open Source Web / Cloud Self-Hosted GitHub

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    NoteEdit Discontinued

    NoteEdit is a musical score editor for Linux. It can import/export MIDI and MusicXML, export Lilypond, MusiXTeX, PMX and ABC files...

    Open Source Linux