MuseScore
MuseScore
3.5.0.28537

4.4

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MuseScore3.5.0.28537

07 August 2020

Music notation program.

Overview

MuseScore is a free, cross-platform, WYSIWYG music-notation program, licensed under GNU GPL.

Highlights:
  • WYSIWYG, notes are entered on a "virtual note sheet"
  • Unlimited number of staves
  • Up to four voices per staff
  • Easy and fast note entry with mouse, keyboard or MIDI
  • Audio playback of the score
  • Import and export of MusicXML and standard MIDI files
  • Available in more than 50 languages

What's new in MuseScore

Version 3.5.0.28537:
New features
  • Option available in Preferences for playback of chord symbols
  • Mid-staff instrument changes now do almost everything automatically
  • Support for Orca (Linux) screenreader
  • Hairpins, voltas, and other lines now adapt anchor points when dragged
  • Much more functional piano roll editor (see [below](#pre))
  • Splash screen displays progress messages while loading MuseScore
  • Diatonic pitch up/down (keep degree alterations) shortcuts
  • Select Similar Elements: Same Beat
  • New Score Wizard automatically numbers instruments
  • Property for beam style of tremolo (all strokes attached to stem)
  • Style for hiding brackets which span to a single staff when empty staves are hidden
  • Properties and styles for measure number positioning, including centered and below staff
  • Property and style for position of multimeasure rest numbers
  • Property for fretboard diagram rotation
Improvements
  • Double-click a header, footer, or instrument name to access the dialog for editing it
  • Score tabs can now be closed using mouse middle button
  • Improved layout of two-note and single-note tremolos, with and without stem
  • Smooth scrolling during playback in Continuous view
  • Various improvements to simplify searching and loading backup files
  • Metric modulation for dotted eighth to quarter
  • Automatic collision avoidance between rests and notes/rests in other voices
  • Staff property to automatically merge rests between voices
  • Allow selection of multiple similar items with shift+click
  • Allow repeating a note by clicking a notehead then pressing R in normal mode
  • Changes made in Preferences are applied significantly faster
  • Style options to align chord symbols within systems
  • More zoom controls
  • Additional plugin capabilities
  • Altered keyboard and mouse zoom precision and consistency
  • Improved performance of applying preferences
  • Chords playback is on by default (untick the "play" property to disable it)
  • Adding notes to a tuplet now adds them with respect to the tuplet's space
  • MuseScore 3 is now available as a Windows PortableApp
  • Altered Shift+L/R for leading space while in edit mode upon notehead
  • All symbols are now available for the plugins
Fixes
  • JACK audio/MIDI worked incorrectly on some platforms
  • Loop playback skipped final rests in the last measure
  • MIDI note-off events were not sent in some cases
  • Undoing slur addition to a range only removed one slur
  • Canceling a selection worked incorrectly in some cases
  • macOS package was not notarized in Apple
  • Various fixes for the text editing process
  • Fixed an issue when hiding notes or rests in a voice > 1 causes stems/beams to flip in a bad and unexpected way
  • Fixed an issue when two grace notes disabling vertical chord alignment (Maximum Shift Above)
  • Fixed an issue when "maximum shift above" leading to layout weirdness if measure has rhythm slashes and rests
  • Fixed an issue with inactive "Realize chord symbols" command
  • Fixed an issue when key signature appears in multiple places on the single staff
  • Fixed an issue with missing grid of measures in the "timeline" view
  • Fixed an issue with appearing of empty dialog during the "Save Online"
  • Fixed an crash during the drag & drop of volta in continuous view
  • Brackets were displaced in Continuous View
  • Nested tuplets in linked staves led to corruption
  • Octave selection was inconsistent in note input mode
  • Voices worked incorrectly in the parts dialog in some cases
  • Misclicking when attempting to create a range selection caused the current selection to be lost
  • On-screen rendering of synthetically emboldened fonts was broken in some cases
  • Smooth scrolling worked wrong in Continuous view when dealing with repeats
  • Saving Online a yet unsaved or uncompressed (mscx) file didn't work
  • Fixed zoom-box 100% selection bug
  • Fixed a bug with ignoring of blank lines at top of text elements
  • Fixed an issue when cut/paste, drag/drop in Piano Roll Editor does not preserve NoteEvent values
  • Fixed a playback of chord symbols attached to fret diagrams
  • Fixed a note entry suggested position with no selection and last selected note in voice > 1
  • Fixed a display of the bold and underlined texts
  • Fixed the "Save Online" on AppImages

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19 Reviews of MuseScore

5
Aargl
01 July 2019
Version: 3.2.2.22888

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A few months ago, I was searching for a free score editor to advise a friend singer on pc, with the aim of sending her my work so that she could edit her part. MuseScore was the first result and it appeared reasonably good for that purpose. I was so convinced that it was a subscription app that I DLed v2 for myself... :-D Thanks to MU, I'm discovering today that it's absolutely free and I still can't believe it! :-o It really stands proudly in front of Sibelius and I'd certainly would be using it immediately if I was not so accustomed to its big rival. I haven't explored it thoroughly yet, but I'd strongly recommend it to anyone not keen on spending a lot of money on Sibelius — which I would recommend anyway if it was not for its price...
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1
alxbst
04 May 2020
Version: 3.4.2.25137
Worst score editing software I ever used; I can't believe all of the good reviews it gets. I get that it's free, but nothing is intuitive, I had to look for a ridiculous amount of time to be able to even put in rests. Sometimes you can't put all of the notes you should in a mesure (For exemple, on multiple instances I could only put 6 eight notes in a 4/4 bar, which resulted in a quarter note of silence at the end of the bar in which I could just not put any note.) Lots of options, which could be a good thing, but a lot of them are just useless or confusing, and nothing really makes sense until you change everything in the options. Being forced to use MuseScore afterusing GuitarPro 6 for a while was a nightmare, since GuitarPro is a great and user friendly application; quite the opposite of MuseScore. Lots of bug; atrocious intuitivity; too many options that are often useless; very bad software overall. Don't know if it's worth its price even though it's free.......
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5
tomspiker
13 April 2020
Version: 3.4.2.25137
So far, it’s been great! I knocked out a copy of one of my handwritten charts in no time, despite not knowing my way around the tools. I most likely won’t get super deep into things, but it seems more intuitive than other programs I’ve dealt w in the past.
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5
miketango0592
11 December 2019
Version: 3.3.4.24412
the best
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5
Aargl
01 July 2019
Version: 3.2.2.22888
A few months ago, I was searching for a free score editor to advise a friend singer on pc, with the aim of sending her my work so that she could edit her part. MuseScore was the first result and it appeared reasonably good for that purpose. I was so convinced that it was a subscription app that I DLed v2 for myself... :-D Thanks to MU, I'm discovering today that it's absolutely free and I still can't believe it! :-o It really stands proudly in front of Sibelius and I'd certainly would be using it immediately if I was not so accustomed to its big rival. I haven't explored it thoroughly yet, but I'd strongly recommend it to anyone not keen on spending a lot of money on Sibelius — which I would recommend anyway if it was not for its price...
(2)
5
steve-11
12 March 2019
Version: 3.0.4.21117
Be careful with this release - there is a bug that causes an immediate crash on launch. The Start Center is causing the crash - you can start the program by double-clicking an existing MuseScore file, then disable the Start Center in the preferences. A new version (3.0.5) is in testing and will be released soon.
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Leesa
11 September 2016
Version: 2.0.3
This looks like a Fantastic App. But what I'm looking for is a Client that can Write lead Sheets (like MuseScore does) but allows a Chord Diagram to Show the Actual Chord Voicing.
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5
Svetlin-Staikov
29 April 2016
Version: 2.0.3
This is an amazing notation application. I was able to use it in a number of commercial project with success and have donated to help the development - it deserves!
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5
lemon-kun
04 November 2015
Version: 2.0.2
I was watching MuseScore for a long time, as Sibelius has become abandonware and Finale hasn't done much progress in the last decades (you are paying the yearly update fee a.k.a. "Finale-tax" mainly for bug fixes…). While MuseScore was at version 1, I couldn't imagine to dive into it, since it crashed far too often – and stability is crucial if you want to do more than just playing around. But now, since version 2 is out for a while, I can happily report that it is rock stable. I hadn't had any crashes or even bugs for the last months using it. And I have been using it daily, since it (nearly) completely replaced Finale for me. Of course, there are still some music writing features missing that Finale offers, but honestly those are easy to work around using other apps, as anyway for more extended (professional) work one would export and edit the sheet music in an DTP app (and you can just edit the output in a vector graphics app before…). OK, regarding tools for composing and audio, Finale has still the edge over MuseScore – but there are also features that are unique in MuseScore. Support for early music is better than in Finale or Sibelius which were mainly designed with more conventional notation in mind. For example, figured bass is much better thought through in MuseScore, more flexibility, easier to use. Same with different kinds of tablature, for example tablature for lute (which is my field…). While you can do all sorts of things in Finale, it is usually only as an unsupported work around – this makes Finale so difficult to use, and so prone for problems (every update could break your workaround; probably therefore Finale hasn't really been updated for the last 10 years or so, it is stuck). MuseScore is very promising and the UI is built in a way that I think new and more advanced features will fit well into it, especially in regard of audio and composing. So in the end, MuseScore is just a much "younger" piece of software than Finale is – and since version 2, it has outgrown teething troubles and it shows it's strength, it's fast and easy to use, and yes, feature-rich. Meanwhile, the "big" two, Finale and Sibelius have just gotten very, very old (actually, Sibelius is even dead…), their companies have just specialised in taking our money. So, at present state it is just ridiculous to pay 600$ for either one those. I use them only for legacy files anymore, and every time I have to start up one of those I return happily to MuseScore… Verdict: I wholeheartedly recommend MuseScore to anyone. Great, great app. Also, if you like it, please don't forget to support the team – my former yearly Finale tax goes to MuseScore now…
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5
Wts
25 March 2015
Version: 2.0
I have just discovered this programme and it seems to fill what i have wanted for years. I do have the high end programmes such as Sibelius, Finale including the midi/audio programmes. I wanted a programme that i could launch and simply start capturing my ideas, hearing the results immediately, saving the good and bad ideas without having to take a course on how to use this programme. For example, after years and years i still don't fully understand or make full use of Sibelius, Finale etc etc. There are a couple of quirks in MuseScore although perhaps if i spend a few more hours those problems will dissolve/resolve themselves. Top marks and more for this programme. Also a bonus for me it's free and as good as the other programmes ( midi/score/audio ) which i paid the big bucks to use.
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5
Sjha
30 July 2011
Version: 1.1
As a long-time user and fan of Lilypond I have only just discovered MuseScore. I must say that I am highly impressed. Although Lilypond produces high quality output I find that MuseScore is far easier to use and also produces excellent printed scores. Many things that are quite difficult to do in Lilypond (e.g. fitting a lead-sheet onto one page) are a cinch in MuseScore with its WYSIWYG interface. And the immediate playback of written scores is also a great feature. This is a superb programme which I would recommend to all who need to write out musical scores
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Hkim
29 July 2011
Version: 1.1
I was playing with this and it seems to have problems with input from a MIDI keyboard, which is pretty common. I want to play with this more before leaving a rating but, still, it looks promising.
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4.5
Larraga
02 June 2011
Version: 1.0
Great for a quick notation "pad." Easily rivals Finale NotePad which isn't free anymore. Well done! Has never crashed on me.
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$ir-M-
24 May 2011
Version: 1.0
For anyone interested in high-quality music typography (engraving), I'm surprised nobody has yet mentioned what an excellent front end MuseScore makes for lilypond (free/OS engraving tool) - each plays to the other's strengths.
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mrmatt634
09 February 2011
Version: 1.0
Every time I go to install this program from the disk image, it says that it can't open it. Why might this be? My MacBook Pro is completely up to date too.
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2.5
mrmatt634
09 February 2011
Version: 1.0
I'm having a problem with this program. Every time I try to open it from the disk image, it says it can't open. Why is that?
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5
Shmk
09 January 2011
Version: 0.9.6.2
It is a great start easy to use the only issue I am having is with stability, crashes a lot so I find myself saving it after every change I make
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5
Steinarh
25 May 2010
Version: 0.9.6
Sorry, forgot the rating.....
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Steinarh
12 May 2010
Version: 0.9.6
An impressing piece of software. It´s all there and it´s very intuitive and for most jobs one does t need the manual. I looked it up anyway, and it´s very systematic and easy to find what you are looking for. And it´s been translated to 20 languages! MuseScore is highly recommended
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4
Acwolf
28 March 2010
Version: 0.9.5
This is a promising program with decent features. It includes full time-signature customization and a decent number of basic functions. However, the interface takes a bit of getting used to and there are things that just seem hard to figure out. It's very promising, but I got frustrated and decided to recommend investing in commercial options instead.
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  • Intel 64
  • Mac OS X 10.7.0 or later
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