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

      • FreeOpen Source
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      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 supported for people with a midi keyboard.
    1. 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.


    2. Encore is the standard in professional music notation. Its powerful transcribing and editing capabilities help musicians of all levels get their ideas into print.
    3. 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 become a favored tool for creating music.
    4. Harmony Assistant is an unbeatable software for computer-assisted music composition and editing.


    5. 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.
    6. 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, MusiXTeX and LilyPond.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      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.

      Discontinued

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

    7. ScoreCloud, free software that instantly turns your songs into sheet music. As simple as that!
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    8. ABC, a text based music score manager-editor for free. You can copy, transpose or play these songs, import midi-music files, export to midi, to pdf, to web page or to any other printable format. In comparison to MuseScore you can play (export) guitar chords, too.
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