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Open Source Finale Alternatives

The best open source alternative to Finale is MuseScore. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Finale and 13 is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Finale are LilyPond, Impro-Visor, Frescobaldi and MC Musiceditor.

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    MuseScore

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    68 alternatives to MuseScore 

    MuseScore is a free music notation and composition software available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

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    1.  WYSIWYG SupportMuseScore integrates a WYSIWYG editor to edit the look and content of a document, page, or file.
    2.  Support for MIDIMuseScore includes MIDI hardware and software support to record and import audio.
    3.  PortableMuseScore can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Almost everyone thinks MuseScore is a great alternative to Finale.
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    It's completely free, you can upload your scores to the website for safekeeping, it is powerful and notate almost anything

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    Guest

    Only had MuseScore for few days but it seems like a very solid and powerful program. Nothing cheap about it.,,,and it's free.

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    It does everything Finale does, and much more, much better. Free/Libre software, without crap. Constantly improving.

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    MuseScore is a very capable alternative to Finale. It is easy to use and produces professional sheet music of any size. I have created small scores for a single-instrument, as well as large scores for a full concert band using this software. Finale does have a better sound library than MuseScore, but other than that, MuseScore has handled anything that I have thrown at it.

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    It does not work properly and is much less than similar to Finale.

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    LilyPond

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    45 alternatives to 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.

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    1.  PortableLilyPond can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    You have full control over the engraving and score edition process and the results are the best available.

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    LilyPond uses Text files, whereas Finale uses MIDI, .kar, etc.

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    Impro-Visor

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    65 alternatives to 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 construction and tune chord changes.

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    In this window you can create or edit a new chorus.
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    Frescobaldi

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    40 alternatives to 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.

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    MC Musiceditor

    42 alternatives to 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 professional scores without requiring specific...

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    DGuitar

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    36 alternatives to 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.

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    1.  Support for MIDIDGuitar includes MIDI hardware and software support to record and import audio.
      Discontinued

      The last software release was published on February 20th, 2006.

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      DaCapo Editor

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      27 alternatives to DaCapo Editor 

      DaCapo Editor is a free Open Source music sheet editor which allows to easily create nice looking partitions. It is available as a web application as well as a desktop application for Windows, MacOS and Linux.

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      1.  Support for MIDIDaCapo Editor includes MIDI hardware and software support to record and import audio.
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        music21

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        38 alternatives to 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 a wide variety of approaches to composition, bo.

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        alphaTab

        50 alternatives to alphaTab 

        alphaTab is a cross platform music notation and guitar tablature rendering library. You can use alphaTab within your own website or application to load music sheets from files like Guitar Pro or use the built in markup named alphaTex.

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        1.  Support for MIDIalphaTab includes MIDI hardware and software support to record and import audio.
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        NtEd

        45 alternatives to 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 with alternatives, configurable music...

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        1.  WYSIWYG SupportNtEd integrates a WYSIWYG editor to edit the look and content of a document, page, or file.
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