StaffPad Alternatives

    StaffPad is described as 'brand new class of notation app, designed to take advantage of the advanced pen and touch input found on Microsoft Surface* and other compatible Windows 8.1 devices' and is a Music Production App in the Audio & Music category. There are more than 10 alternatives to StaffPad for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, iPad, Online / Web-based and iPhone. The best alternative is MuseScore, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like StaffPad are Avid Sibelius (Freemium), LilyPond (Free, Open Source), Dorico (Freemium) and Finale (Paid).

    This page was last updated May 3, 2021

    1. MuseScore is a free music notation and composition software available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
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      Most users think MuseScore is a great alternative to StaffPad.
      Because Staffpad is not compatible for Mac
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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    2. 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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      Most users think Avid Sibelius is a great alternative to StaffPad.


      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      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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    3. Dorico redefines the gold standard in scoring software. Its musical intelligence is like having an expert assistant by your side, while its intuitive workflows help you focus on each aspect of score preparation.
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    4. 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.


      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Online
      • Google Drive
      • Facebook
      • Google Classroom
      • Hangouts
      • Chrome Web Store
      Flat lets you write sheet music with your friends in real time with a nice music notation editor. Create and edit your music score documents directly with your web browser in realtime with your friends or colleagues.
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    5. 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.
    6. Aered is a sheet music editor specifically designed for drummers.
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    7. Chordsheet Maker is the quickest and most efficient way to create a chord sheet or lead sheet directly on your iPad. Skip the paper and share it in PDF as soon as it’s done. No complex menus or navigation. All the necessary, in an ergonomic way.
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    8. 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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