A review of the leading iPad score reader apps — forScore, Newzik, and nkoda — to assess the current state of the category, and to help musicians decide which of the excellent options best suits their needs.
Introducing Lelandia, a new suite of music fonts for Sibelius
Lelandia is a newly created music font available for use in Sibelius that you can get from Notation Central. Lelandia was migrated from Leland, which is the default music font used in newer versions of MuseScore. Leland is inspired by the look of the SCORE engraving program, created by Leland Smith.
Long-awaited MuseScore 4 release brings major improvements to engraving and audio
MuseScore 4 is out. It’s the first update in nearly two years, with major improvements to the user interface, layout, engraving, playback features — and a brand-new sound library to top it all off.
Michael Good, the inventor of MusicXML [transcript]
A transcript of one of our most popular podcast episodes. If you’ve ever needed to open a music notation file in a different program, you’ve relied on MusicXML. Michael Good tells us how it happened.
Music notation software, macOS Ventura, and Apple Silicon [updated]
A summary of desktop notation software compatibility with macOS Ventura (macOS 13) and Apple Silicon-powered Macs: How Sibelius, Finale, Dorico, MuseScore, and Notion are faring on Apple’s latest operating system and hardware.
Odla, an input device that “touches” the music
A review of Odla, a hardware controller for MuseScore and Dorico, that aims for “music you can touch” by directly modeling the five-line staff itself.
The point of point sizes
If you use music notation software — or any software where you need to edit text — you will very quickly encounter the concept of point size. But have you ever stopped to consider what point size actually means?
Music notation software, macOS Monterey, and Apple Silicon M1 Macs [updated]
A summary of desktop notation software compatibility with macOS Monterey (macOS 12) and M1-powered Macs: How Sibelius, Finale, Dorico, MuseScore, and Notion are faring on Apple’s latest operating system and hardware.
Music notation software and Windows 11 [updated]
A summary of desktop notation software compatibility with Windows 11: How Sibelius, Finale, Dorico, MuseScore, and Notion are faring on Microsoft’s latest operating system.
Preparing teaching materials in music notation software
How to prepare learning materials like quizzes or scale sheets using music notation software, whether you’re printing traditional worksheets or creating assignments for students to complete in the software directly.