Music notation programs usually employ the traditional treble and bass clef staff layout for the display and editing of notes. Program capability can range from handling just a single melody line up to complete orchestration.
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ABC Music Project
Promotes and maintains the ABC Music Standard, a format designed to notate music using plain text.
The abc Musical Notation Language
ASCII-based notation, with many tools to display, edit, play .abc files on various systems.
The ABC Plus project
Provides software and documentation for the extension to ABC notation which provides for polyphonic music.
For writing and editing of abc tunes, file management and playback. View tunes as notation. Register for printing.
[Dos-Linux-Unix] Mup, a batch musical typesetter. Reads a descriptive input file, outputs PostScript and MIDI. Shareware.
Capella Music Software
Score scanning, notation editor; real-time MIDI entry.
Ceol Mor Software Ltd.
[Win] Drag and drop bagpipe and drum score writing software. Suitable for beginners and advanced users.
CERL Sound Group
Analysis/Synthesis and notation software. Fully-functional downloadable trial version available.
[Win] Creates chordsheet style guitar tablature and songbooks with table of contents and alphabetized index. Demo available.
Create, play and print chord songs (chords and lyrics).
MIDI music composer that helps you go from concept to published score with minimum effort. By GVOX.
Graphire Music Press
[Mac-Win] Professional music typesetting software: includes features, screenshots, and ordering information.
Produces tablature and Midi files from the chords and melodies you play into your sound card. Demo available.
[Win-Mac] Professional notation software: includes program features, samples, and a downloadable demo.
Score printing with many typographical features of traditional engravers.
Editor for professionals or hobbyists engaged in study or self-expression.
Notate, print, practice, and play music from MIDI files. Classical and guitar notations.
[Win] MIDI player that will convert any MIDI file to sheet music. Demo available.
Music notation program for MS-Windows. Edits, previews, plays, prints full and part scores.
[Win] Edit, transpose, print, play, import SongWright and abc files, virtual songs/songbooks. Demo fully-functional.
[Mac-Win] Featuring SmartScore, that allows you to scan and import sheet music, and then edit and print.
A suite of utilities for typesetting music in TeX. Also houses Werner Icking Music Archive of free sheet music.
[Mac-Win] Harmony Assistant, Melody Assistant, Virtual Singer voice synthesis, and OMeR music OCR.
[Mac] Description and ordering information for this easy to learn and use notation program. A free light version available.
Sheet music software to search and create your own sheet music from MIDI files.
[Win] Simple music editor that also imports and exports MIDI files. Downloadable shareware demo version.
Opus 1 Music Inc.
Company that develops software for OPENSTEP and Macintosh computers: features NoteAbility Pro and NoteWriter.
MIDI based, helps beginners learn notation and compose. Includes a free music course. Demo available.
QuickScore Elite and Copyist
[Win] Music composition, arranging, notation, MIDI sequencing and recording software.
SharpEye Music Reader
Music scanning software. Converts sheet music to MIDI, NIFF, MusicXML formats.
TaBazar Tablature Editor
Multitrack notation program for fretted instruments and percussion. View, edit, print, and play back scores.
Imports drum tabs from internet sources and converts them into standard music format and playable MIDI files.
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