Alternatives to Sibelius for all platforms with any license

  • MuseScore icon

    MuseScore

    MuseScore is a free music notation and composition software available for Linux, Windows and Mac. It allows for fast and easy note entry on a virtual note sheet. It has an integrated sequencer to allow for immediate playback of...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com

  • Guitar Pro icon

    Guitar Pro

    The software to compose music, transcribe your favorite songs, or simply read the thousands of tabs available on the Internet.

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

    • While it's more geared towards guitar, you can easily write scores for any instrument. Guest • Nov 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    LilyPond

    GNU LilyPond is a computer program for music engraving. One of LilyPonds major goals is to produce scores that are engraved with traditional layout rules, reflecting the era when scores were engraved by hand. It uses a simple text...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    Rosegarden

    Rosegarden is a well-rounded audio and MIDI sequencer, score editor, and general-purpose music composition and editing environment. Rosegarden is an easy-to-learn, attractive application that runs on Linux, ideal for composers...

    Open Source Linux

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    Finale

    Finale is proprietary scorewriting software developed by MakeMusic, Inc. It displays music primarily in music notation and allows for multiple tracks and very specific tweaking of instrument sounds for each track.

    Commercial Mac Windows

  • Anvil Studio icon

    Anvil Studio

    Anvil Studio is a free Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000/98 program designed for people who want to: -- record music with MIDI and Audio equipment, -- compose music for MIDI and Audio equipment, -- sequence music with MIDI equipment, or ...

    Free Windows

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    Frescobaldi

    Frescobaldi is a LilyPond sheet music text editor. It aims to be powerful, yet lightweight and easy to use. Frescobaldi is Free Software, freely available under the General Public License. .

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    Denemo

    GNU Denemo is a music notation editor that lets you rapidly enter notation for typesetting via the LilyPond music engraver. You can compose, transcribe, arrange, listen to the music and much more.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    Impro-Visor

    Impro-Visor (short for “Improvisation Advisor”) is a music notation program designed to help jazz musicians compose and hear solos similar to ones that might be improvised. The objective is to improve understanding of solo...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • ABCJ

    ABCJ is a pure-Java editor, player and librarian for music files stored using Chris Walshaw's ABC notation. Features :-. • ABCJ maintains a library of ABC files. Once a tune book (ABC file) has been added to the library it...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud

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    StaffPad

    StaffPad is a brand new class of notation app, designed to take advantage of the advanced pen and touch input found on Microsoft Surface* and other compatible Windows 8.1 devices. As you write notation using the pen, StaffPad...

    Commercial Windows Windows RT

  • Flat icon

    Flat

    Flat lets you write sheet music with your friends in real time with a nice music notation editor. Create and edit your music score documents directly with your web browser in realtime with your friends or colleagues. Flat brings...

    Freemium Web / Cloud Google Drive Facebook Google Classroom Hangouts Chrome Web Store

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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 of notes, chord markings, lyrics, import/export filters to formats like MIDI, MusicXML, ABC Music...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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    EasyABC

    EasyABC allows you to edit and play abc files. It supports conversion from MusicXML and MIDI to ABC. The latter uses a custom implementation (midi2abc is not used) in order to produce very readable ABC output. Direct midi input is...

    Open Source Mac Windows

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    NtEd

    NtEd is a GTK+ score editor. It intends to be really WYSIWYG: what you see on the screen is exactly what you get on printer output. It supports up to 4 voices per staff, drum notes, 5 lyrics lines, N-Tuplets, context changes, repeats...

    Open Source Linux

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    music21

    Music21 is a Python-based toolkit for computer-aided musicology. Applications of this toolkit include computational musicology, music informations, musical example extraction and generation, music notation editing and scripting, and...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    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 tablature scores, among many others. The current version uses the *.ptb file format.The Power Tab...

    Free Windows

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    NoteWorthy Composer

    NoteWorthy Composer is a graphical score editor intended for the creation of sheet music, but it can also import and export MIDI and Karaoke files and can export graphical WMFs. The user interface works either from the keyboard or the...

    Commercial Windows

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  • Band-in-a-Box icon

    Band-in-a-Box

    Band-in-a-Box is so easy to use! Just type in the chords for any song using standard chord symbols (like C, Fm7, or C13b9), choose the style you'd like, and Band-in-a-Box does the rest... Band-in-a-Box automatically generates a...

    Commercial Mac Windows

    • it anticipates what musicians needs to make music and provides it. it's incredibly easy to use. Produces professional results and it keeps getting better every year. this is understandable when you consider that musicians created the programs Guest • 7 days ago Disagree   Agree
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    MC Musiceditor

    MC Musiceditor is free/open source (GPLv2) music notation software (Windows). It has been developed with only one purpose: to make life of musicians easier when making scores. This results in a userfriendly editor which makes...

    Open Source Windows

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    DGuitar

    DGuitar is a Guitar Pro (GP4, GP3, GTP) viewer/player that works on Windows, Mac, Linux, BSD, Solaris, and any other operating system that has Java Runtime Environment 1.4 or later installed.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

    • Discontinued The last software release was published on February 20th, 2006.
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    ScoreCloud Studio

    ScoreCloud, free software that instantly turns your songs into sheet music. As simple as that! - “Like Google Translate for music” - * Instant Score from MIDI or Audio * Arrange and Edit your Score * Print, Export and Share ...

    Free Mac Windows iPhone

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    Noteflight

    Noteflight is an amazing online notation editor. On the free version you get 10+ instruments to choose from, lots of musical symbols and more. On the payed version (Cresendo) you get lots more instruments, guitar tab and sharing...

    Freemium Web / Cloud

  • GVOX Encore icon

    GVOX Encore

    Encore is the standard in professional music notation. Its powerful transcribing and editing capabilities help musicians of all levels get their ideas into print. Fast, accurate, and easy to use, Encore allows you to create beautiful...

    Commercial Mac Windows

  • Harmony Assistant icon

    Harmony Assistant

    Harmony Assistant is an unbeatable software for computer-assisted music composition and editing. Its harmonizing capabilities enable the composer to build quickly and efficiently tunes that include accompaniment, multiple instruments...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

  • Dorico icon

    Dorico

    Dorico redefines the gold standard in scoring software. Its musical intelligence is like having an expert assistant by your side, while its intuitive workflows help you focus on each aspect of score preparation.

    Commercial Mac Windows

  • Melody Assistant icon

    Melody Assistant

    Melody Assistant is dedicated to music writing, printing and rendering. Easy to use, Melody Assistant offers a user-friendly interface and powerful capabilities. Now used by a very active community of thousands of people, it has...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

  • musagi

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

    Open Source Windows

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    Music Studio Independence/Producer

    Frieve's Music Studio Independence/Producer is a lighweight, yet relatively advanced and feature-rich MIDI sequencing DAW with support for VST plugins and 24bit/192KHz output. It can be used for music composing, recording input...

    Freemium Windows

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    capella-scan

    capella-scan is a software that scans your sheet music and transforms it into an editable file.

    Commercial Windows

  • capella melody trainer icon

    capella melody trainer

    capella melody trainer helps you improve your intonation and learn your choir or orchestral part.

    Commercial Mac Windows

  • tonica fugata icon

    tonica fugata

    Composing it for you... Automatic three and four-part composition (styles: J.S. Bach, Max Reger, Jazz, Pop plus creating your own styles), automatic harmonizing, automatic fugue and canon composition.

    Commercial Windows

  • capella playAlong icon

    capella playAlong

    capella playAlong makes it possible for you to choose the musical backing you want and to take it with you into your living room!.

    Commercial Windows

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    capella

    With capella you can instantly create complete scores. No other notation program will take you by the hand and gently guide you towards your first own score in the manner in which capella does it. There is no need to be fully computer...

    Commercial Windows

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Sibelius Comments

Nice Score Wrting software

Positive Comment by SirReallySam
about Sibelius Nov 2013

I really like this software for writing scores! It's complicated but user friendly at the same time :D

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Good but expensive scorewriter

Positive Comment by Thelle
about Sibelius Apr 2012

Sibelius is a really good and easy to use scorewriter application, but it is so expensive..

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