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MusiCAD is described as 'The main feature of music notation software should be the facility to produce high quality sheet music the easy way; enter music notes as simple as possible, using either PC-keys, mouse, or a MIDI-keyboard' and is a music production app in the audio & music category. There are more than 25 alternatives to MusiCAD for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, BSD and iPad. The best alternative is MuseScore, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like MusiCAD are TuxGuitar, Guitar Pro, OpenMPT and Rosegarden.

MusiCAD alternatives are mainly Music Production Apps but may also be Digital Audio Workstations. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of MusiCAD.
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  1. MuseScore icon

    MuseScore

    • Mac
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    • Linux
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    • iPhone
    • BSD
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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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    TuxGuitar

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    56 alternatives to TuxGuitar 

    A Multitrack tablature editor and player.

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    1.  Support for MIDITuxGuitar includes MIDI hardware and software support to record and import audio.
    2.  PortableTuxGuitar can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Guitar Pro

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    60 alternatives to Guitar Pro 

    Guitar Pro is first and foremost a program designed to edit tablatures for guitar, bass, and other fretted instruments from 4 to 8 strings.

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    Guitar Pro 7 interface
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    OpenMPT

    • Windows
    63 alternatives to OpenMPT 

    OpenMPT (short hand for Open ModPlug Tracker) is a popular tracker software for Windows. OpenMPT is completely free and allows you to create and play back some great music on your computer. Based on the original ModPlug Tracker written by Olivier Lapicque, OpenMPT is free...

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    1.  PortableOpenMPT can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    2.  Support for MIDIOpenMPT includes MIDI hardware and software support to record and import audio.
    3.  Support for VST PluginsOpenMPT support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
    4.  Music SequencerRecord, edit, or play back music with OpenMPT, by handling note and performance information.
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    Rosegarden

    • Linux
    • BSD
    99 alternatives to Rosegarden 

    Rosegarden is a well-rounded audio and MIDI sequencer, score editor, and general-purpose music composition and editing environment.

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    1.  Support for MIDIRosegarden includes MIDI hardware and software support to record and import audio.
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    Avid Sibelius

    • Mac
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    • iPad
    58 alternatives to Avid Sibelius 

    Sibelius is a scorewriter program, created by Sibelius Software (now part of Avid Technology) for Microsoft Windows, OS X, and historically RISC OS.

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    1.  WYSIWYG SupportAvid Sibelius integrates a WYSIWYG editor to edit the look and content of a document, page, or file.
    2.  Support for VST PluginsAvid Sibelius support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
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    LilyPond

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    • Linux
    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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    Impro-Visor

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    • Linux
    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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    Denemo

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    49 alternatives to 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.

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    1.  Support for MIDIDenemo includes MIDI hardware and software support to record and import audio.
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      Band-in-a-Box

      • Mac
      • Windows
      63 alternatives to Band-in-a-Box 

      Band-in-a-Box is an intelligent automatic accompaniment program. You can hear and play along to many song ideas and go from "nothing" to "something" in a very short period of time with Band-in-a-Box as your "on demand" backup band.

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