What are the best music notation software?

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    #1MuseScore

    MuseScore
    MuseScore is a free open-source cross-platform music notation software. It supports notations for piano, guitar, and even bands, orchestras and other forms of music.  
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Samuel Collins
    Written on March 19, 2019
    "Functionality wise, almost all music notation software do the same job. Yet, I think MuseScsore really stood out for me because of its lightweight nature. Imagine it is less than 100mb. Interestingly, I was surprised that I could use MIDI input to get my musical score started."
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    #2Finale

    Finale

    Finale is a music notation software for Mac and Windows. It allows users to create, edit, audition, print, and publish the widest variety of musical scores. Lastly, it also lets users decide on the quality of their musical scoring after every rehearsal.

    Software

    Mac, Windows

    $99- Free trial available

    Harold Nguyen
    Written on March 19, 2019
    "I am on the third day of the 30-day trial of this music notation software. So far, I think Finale and Sibelius are my top 2 choices. But this software doesn't come cheap. I personally find it expensive for students like me. Luckily, if you are not able to afford the full Finale software, there are lower versions like Finale Print Music. It has some fewer features but still useful!"
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    #3ScoreCloud

    ScoreCloud

    ScoreCloud is a music notation software created by Doremir Music Research AB. It supports most instruments, including voice. It has a free limited version but is also offered at two other paid versions.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, iOS

    Free- Varies by plan

    Denise Martin
    Written on March 19, 2019
    "Is it just I or this music notation software is leaning towards non-classical music? Anyway, if you are looking for easy transcription of acoustic piano directly into the music sheet, I recommend this software to you. However, there are times that the transcription process is not accurate. Still, I recommend this software for all musicians!"
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    #4Forte Notation

    Forte Notation

    Forte Notation is a music notation software dedicated to all musicians, teachers, and choir leaders. It features easy scanning, editing, and arranging process, as well as intuitive keyboard layout for quick music writing.

    Software

    Windows

    $24- $229

    Kevin Yi
    Written on March 19, 2019
    "Definitely a music composition software for beginners. Music notation is pretty quick and easy considering that I am relatively new to this thing. Upon reading a lot of reviews on the best software for music notation, I am thinking to upgrade to the Finale when I graduate from college."
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    #5MagicScore AudioScore

    MagicScore AudioScore

    AudioScore is one of the notation software offered by MusicScore. The software notates any music track in MP3 file or a CD and transcribes the notes into sheet music. The file can be saved in different formats for post-processing.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $249- Free trial available

    Michael Weber
    Written on March 19, 2019
    "This is among the few music notation software that is compatible with MS Word. I just also found out that MagicScore has a lot of different music software aside from AudioScore. And take note this software runs smoothly even on Windows 7."
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    #6Notion

    Notion

    Notion is an easy-to-use music creation tool where you can sync your music files across multiple devices. It has also been featured in various Apple campaigns including the 2014 YourVerse television commercials and has won several awards.

    Apps

    iOS, Mac

    $14.99- with in-app purchases

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    #7Noteflight

    Noteflight

    Noteflight is both an online notation software and an online music community where users can make, purchase, download, and print the music that they love. It also enables users to sell their musical scoring online.

    Software

    Web

    Sean Arnold
    Written on March 19, 2019
    "My laptop doesn't have enough storage space for all the musical pieces that I and my bandmates made in the past. But that's not the main reason why I prefer this software. Another reason for choosing this music notation software is because your works are stored in the cloud. And the best part is it is free."
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    #8MC Musiceditor

    MC Musiceditor

    MC Musiceditor is a free and open source music notation software developed by the software engineer Reinier Maliepaard. It enables note entry just by clicking on your mouse and just pressing keyboard shortcuts.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Jane Wade
    Written on March 19, 2019
    "This music notation software is user-friendly, I must say. The editor has an intuitive interface that you don't need to be a professional musician to use this. Note entry can be made in a few clicks and you can even export the score into PDF. I just hope they develop a version for mac."

Summary

Best What are the best music notation software
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1MuseScoreSoftware 19 Free
2FinaleSoftware 12 Paid
3ScoreCloudSoftware 7 Free
4Forte NotationSoftware 3 Paid
5MagicScore AudioScoreSoftware 2 Paid
6NotionApps 2 Paid
7NoteflightSoftware 1 Paid
8MC MusiceditorSoftware 1 Free
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