Today, we can say with confidence that MuseScore is one of the best programs for writing and viewing scores – both for one instrument and for the entire orchestral score. It is distinguished not only by its rich features and very beautiful output documents, but also by the price – it’s completely free.
MuseScore is an app designed for people who work with sheet music. This allows you to read and listen to the recorded songs available in the application’s database, and also facilitates certain actions such as transposing or changing the tempo. To use the app, you need to create an account with MuseScore. Like the app, it’s free. The main part of the program lists the scores and notation available for individual instruments and voices. By default, the entire list is displayed, but we can filter them by the instruments used. In the upper left corner there is a menu from which we can view a list of our notes (created in other applications) and other users’ favorite notes.
MuseScore can come in handy at different stages of music production. Here you can write notes from scratch, starting from a blank document or from a template. Staff symbols can be inserted from the palette, from the on-screen piano keyboard, or read from the MIDI input. A note inserted into the staff produces a sound, which is especially useful when arranging chords.
Having selected a specific composition, we will see its musical notation. We ourselves determine which instruments will be visible or on which will be played. We can make it so that some of them are displayed only as notes, while others are played by applications, but do not take up unnecessary screen space. MuseScore also allows you to use a built-in metronome with controls for volume, tempo, and transposition.
In MuseScore, you can display scores on-screen during playback or prepare documents for printing. For the needs of the ensemble, the score can be divided into separate instruments. Each musician can get a separate document and view it on a computer, mobile device or print.
MuseScore also has an amazingly powerful synthesizer, so you can preview the song before playing it. During practice, you can provide a company of three virtual musicians who will replace the missing members of the string quartet. Here we find a wide range of different types of instruments with the ability to adjust the volume and effects for each individually. While playing, you can also set the pitch (if you need it, other than the standard 440 Hz) and the relative volume of the metronome. Parameters can be added to the note file as metadata.