Download Music Reference - Best Software & Apps

  • Scratch 2 Offline Editor

    450

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Combine graphics, photos, music and sound into interactive creations

    7
    5813 votes
    • PROS: Lots of different options, Easy to learn, Share on Scratch's website
    • CONS: Takes times to learn all the features
  • Virtual Piano

    1.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Free Piano Programme for Music Lovers

    7
    911 votes
    • PROS: Full MIDI keyboard to use, Able to connect to other instruments, Detailed and stable graphics
    • CONS: Cannot record compositions
  • DJ Music Mixer

    6.4.8.0

    License
    buy Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Easy to Use Tool for Budding DJs

    7
    1064 votes
    • PROS: Easy to use, Lots of cool features available, Compatible with a range of formats
    • CONS: Looks rather old fashioned, Cheaper tools available
  • TuneIn Radio

    1.0.1.587

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Streaming music, news, podcasts and more

    6
    323 votes
    • PROS: Tons of radio stations, Local broadcasts from major cities, Well organized interface, Intelligent search, Podcast support
    • CONS: Radio station icons are hard to read, No skipping, No recording features
  • Finale

    c 2011

    License
    buy Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Professional music composition software

    7
    1185 votes
    • PROS: Produces highly professional results, Hundreds of features, Latest version is much more user friendly, Extensive Help documentation
    • CONS: Steep learning curve
  • MuseScore

    2.0.3

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    Mac

    Compose music with the help of your computer

    7
    575 votes
    • PROS: Easy to use: just drag and drop notes, Built-in player, Support for MIDI instruments
    • CONS: No advanced options
  • Encore

    5.0.6

    License
    buy Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Professional music composition program

    6
    603 votes
    • PROS: Helps you transcribe music , Provides professional looking results
    • CONS: Difficult to pick up and learn
  • Free metronome

    1.50

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Support your music practice with Desktop Metronome

    6
    130 votes
    • PROS: Handy TAP function, Range of preset tempos
    • CONS: Doesn't save last tempo, Dated visual design, (Note to editor: the product is called Desktop Metronome, not Free Metronome. Here's the keywords to make the system accept the article; please delete. Free metronome free metronome)
  • Finale Notepad

    2012

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Write Music Your Way

    6
    650 votes
    • PROS: Quickly and easily create sheet music with or without lyrics, Use the playback features to hear your music as soon as you've written it
    • CONS: This application is a free trial after 30 days purchase is required to use
  • Guitar Pro

    6

    License
    buy Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    Mac
    iPhone

    All the tools you need to learn the guitar and compose music

    7
    1980 votes
    • PROS: A complete package with variety and depth, Supports a wide range of languages, MIDI input for composing your own music
    • CONS: Very busy interface with many buttons not needed by beginners, Insistent nag screen in demo
  • Sibelius

    6.0

    License
    buy Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Advanced and Efficient Music Creation Software for Professionals

    7
    957 votes
    • PROS: This is likely the best music editing software in the world today., Music notation and real-time note entry are simple.
    • CONS: The software cannot export MusicXML or graphic files (sometimes used when writing scores)., Sibelius is quite expensive and might not be applicable for those on a tight budget.
  • NoteWorthy Composer (32-bit)

    2.51

    License
    buy Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Create your own musical scores with this music composition and notation processor

    7
    73 votes
    • Chord Pickout

      1.4

      License
      buy Download
      Platform
      Windows
      Mac

      Automatically recognize chords in music files

      7
      41 votes
      • PROS: Transcribes chords from audio files , Very easy to use, Includes Guitar fingerings
      • CONS: Demo is too short to fully evaluate, Audio format support should be wider, Results aren't perfect
    • Nero MediaHome WiFi Sync

      1.0.2.1

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Android

      Nero MediaHome WiFi Sync - Sync your media wirelessly for free!

      10
      3 votes
      • PROS: Easy to use interface, Drag and drop technology, Organize your media by catagory, Supports one-click sharing
      • CONS: Requires a speedy network, Limited OS support, Resource intensive, Initial set up can be time consuming
    • Crescendo Music Notation

      3.21

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Free music notation and music notes writing and composing software

      6
      28 votes
      • PDFtoMusic

        d 1.3.0

        License
        buy Download
        Platform
        Windows
        Mac

        Automatically play musical scores in PDF format

        6
        64 votes
        • PROS: Automatically reads music and lyrics, Simple and easy to use, Supports editing in Melody and Harmony Assistant
        • CONS: Doesn't read printed or scanned music sheets
      • i2sm

        1.0

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        Transform digital photos into music

        6
        21 votes
        • PROS: Original app!, Quick image analysis, Includes configuration templates
        • CONS: Not very attractive melodies, You can't save your own parameter configurations
      • JamTower Solfeggio Studio

        1.8

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        Learn and quiz self on sheet music, intervals, chords, scales, tempo, vocabulary, symbols, perfect and relative pitch.

        9
        27 votes
        • Virtual Metronome

          2.0

          License
          free Download
          Platform
          Windows

          Easily measure the tempo of music

          6
          139 votes
          • Harmony Assistant

            9.6.3h

            License
            buy Download
            Platform
            Windows
            Mac

            All-in-one software for composing, playing and printing music

            7
            186 votes
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