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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Jan 20, 2014

MuseScore for Mac provides an easy and straightforward way to notate your existing scores or create new ones from scratch. It comes with an impressive array of software instruments as well as MuseScore Connect, a network for users to share their musical pieces, get news, and seek help.

Not too polished but usable, MuseScore for Mac's main interface presents a list of software instruments and a toolbar containing musical notes. Buried in the app's menus you will find many advanced features such as style management, key and time signatures, lyrics insertion, and more. Notating can be done in three ways: with a mouse, a keyboard, or a MIDI-enabled device. In terms of export options, the app allows you to save the entire project, the composition audio, as well as the sheet music, itself. We were able to export ten sheets of music to PNG files in ten seconds and to an OGG file in five seconds.

If you like composing music by notating rather than playing, an app like MuseScore for Mac offers a lot of value. It can be useful to you whether you're a professional composer or casual user, so long as you take the time to become familiar with its many features. Even if you don't plan to create music, the MuseScore Connect feature lets you enjoy the works of others.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.1

  • New "Jazz Lead Sheet" template for great looking results right out of the box
  • Enhanced MuseJazz font for use in titles and other text elements as well as in chord symbols
  • Chord symbols can now be entered on beats that do not contain notes, allowing multiple chords to be entered in bars containing only a single note or rest
  • Tab / Shift-Tab key during chord entry moves to next / previous measure
  • New chord symbol style options, including triangle for major and circle with a slash for half-diminished
  • New "Slash Notation Styles" plug-in available for download
  • MuseScore community connection: twitter news and community contributed sheet music

General

Date Added January 5, 2012
Version 1.1

Operating Systems

Additional Requirements Mac OS X 10.4 +

Popularity

Total Downloads 5,250
Downloads Last Week 1
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Developer's Description

MuseScore lets you notate and compose music easily with your keyboard, your mouse or a MIDI keyboard. You can print the beautifully engraved sheet music or save it as PDF or PNG. You can play your score, transpose it, and save it as audio or MIDI file. MuseScore also supports MusicXML to let you share your composition with other scorewriters. MuseScore is free and open source.