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 21, 2021

    1. ABCEditor is a Windows program from Elizabeth Scarlett (hosted at Alf Warnock's site) which allows you to create, edit, play and organise abc files. It can transpose, reformat, adjust beaming, create cheet sheets and search for tunes.
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      • Linux
      NoteEdit is a musical score editor for Linux. It can import/export MIDI and MusicXML, export Lilypond, MusiXTeX, PMX and ABC files, read and record from a MIDI keyboard, handle manually entered notation, complex multistaff layouts and lyrics.


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      • Windows
      Busker is a complete set of tools to create musical arrangements from sheet music (chords + melody staff). It uses Yamaha compatible styles (thousands can be downloaded for free) for auto-accompaniment.
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    2. MidiYodi is a cross-platform MIDI Editor for the desktop that allows editing, examination, playback and conversion of MIDI files. MidiYodi provides a rich set of tools to examine and edit the layout, structure and content of a MIDI file.
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    3. Tabular is a brand new tablature editor that lets you read and write music for guitar, bass, drums and much more. It's the best way to learn new songs, write your own songs and run through practice exercises for nearly any kind of stringed instrument or drum kit.
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    4. Sonic Scores Overture is a powerful score editor and music composition software. KEY FEATURES Single Window - Powerful editing tools at your fingertips Touch Enabled - Work in ways you never imagined 64-Bit Support - Access all of your computer’s memory
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