Consumer Level Music Writing Software Guide

This is a list of some of the most common consumer level music writing software programs on the market.  These products tend to have fewer features and capabilities than the professional music writing software programs such as Finale 2010 and Sibelius 6.  The music writing programs on this page typically sell for around $100 or less. 


 


Mozart 9 Notation Composer Finale PrintMusic 2010 Sibelius Student Finale Songwriter 2010
Current Pricing Mozart Music Notation Software Information

Notation Composer- Music Notation Software Information



 
Site License Available Yes Unknown
Yes
20 seat network available
Yes
MEdM Editor Rating
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Notation Composer
Coming Soon Coming Soon
Read our review of Finale SongWriter
Maximum # of Staves 64 Unlimited 24
12
8
Custom Staff Styles
Yes 5 line/1 line/0 Yes
No
No
Compound time signatures
No No
No
No
US/UK Terminology UK US US
US
US
Tablature support Yes No Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin Support
No No
No
No
Input via MIDI Yes Yes Yes
Yes
Yes
Input via microphone
No Yes
No
No
Input via scanner
No Yes- SmartScore Lite Included
No
No
Exports to
MusicXML, MIDI, KAR MIDI, MusicXML
MIDI, Scorch
MIDI, MusicXML

Imports from MIDI, NIFF, RMI, KAR MIDI, KAR MusicXML, Finale, MIDI
MusicXML, MIDI, Sibelius, OPT
MIDI, MusicXML
Imports image file formats for use in scores

No No
No
No
Parts dynamically
linked to score

Yes No, extract parts to seperate files
No, no part extraction
No, no part extraction from score

Custom note head styles
Yes No
No
No
Video support
No No
Yes
No
Audio Output
None WAV, MP3
WAV
WAV, MP3

Save Files As
NOT MUS
SIB

MUS


Files can be opened in
None Finale 2010, Songwriter 2010
Sibelius 6, Sibelius 5
Finale PrintMusic 2010, Finale 2010
 
Teacher Control (computer
lab capable)

No No
Yes
No
Support options Online forum, email Email, Online Help Desk, Forum Email, Online Help Desk, Forum
Email, 30 Day Phone support, Online forums
Email, Online Help Desk, Forum

Additional Info Auto-save function
High quality MIDI transcription
numerous options for cleaning
 up the score
   

 

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