MusiCAD Alternatives

    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 an 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 (Free, Open Source), Guitar Pro (Paid), OpenMPT (Free, Open Source) and Rosegarden (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Oct 19, 2021

    1. 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.
    2. 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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    3. 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 user-friendly interface offering keyboard, guitar, drum and controller views.
    4. 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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      Music21 is a Python-based toolkit for computer-aided musicology.
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    5. The MuseScore Player opens and plays scores made with the free MuseScore notation software. The app dynamically fits the sheet music to the screen of your device.
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      QAbc is a minimal but useful GUI for ABC music composition. This program allow to write music in the ABC syntax and play, preview and print the sheet music.
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    6. Dispatch re-typing of sheet music to a nuisance of the past! Let capella-scan transform your sheet music quickly into a ringing score that is ready for editing and printing. capella-scan has put an end to the laborious task of typing out notes.
    7. 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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    8. 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 mouse.
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