As a music lover, student or educator have you ever wondered how awesome it would be to scan, listen, edit and playback sheet music instantly?

Since professional notation became popular in the 90s, musicians long craved for technological advancements that allowed to scan printed sheet music in order to listen, edit and change tonality. The time has arrived, and thanks to companies like ScanScore nowadays scanning sheet music is as easy as pie.

What is even cooler is you can export your scanned file as a MusicXML file and you can import it in a professional music notation software like ForteNotation. The most impressive is that depending on which version you are using, you can scan a complete orchestral arrangement up to 32 staves per system.

 

What is ScanScore?

ScanScore mission is to help musicians and music lovers to scan sheet music so you can hear it, transpose it and edit it in real time. This is great if you are learning to play an instrument, studying music theory or trying to compose new music.

3 ways you can import sheet music into ScanScore:

  • Scan from PDF
  • Scan from Smartphone
  • Scan from a traditional scanner

 

How It Works

After scanning, the screen splits into two: on the left side is the original and on the right you can see the scanned version. Even though the scanning algorithm is pretty advanced, it still prone to some mistakes, therefore the team behind ScanScore developed several options for correcting scanning mistakes.

Dashed lines are one of those features. It highlights sections that are incomplete and did not scan properly. The number that appears at the end of the line shows which voice the mistake appears. You can also use the playback feature to compare both versions and, therefore, correct scanning issues in no time.

The easy-to-use transpose feature allows you to change the song’s tonality which is a great way to expedite learning new music or for creating sophisticated arrangements.

Designed For The User

Unlike other scanning softwares, the team behind Scan Score developed the software with the end user in mind, so the user Interface is very intuitive and easy to use.

Another thing that makes ScanScore stand out is the built-in editor which has several common features found in professional music notation software such as Forte, Sibelius, and Musescore. You can easily add dynamic symbols like crescendo, pianissimo or piano, but you can also change note lengths, rests and pitch.

The app is available to download from the google play store for android users and in the Apple app store for Mac use.

Version Breakdown

ScanScore comes in three versions, each at different price points and containing unique features.

Melody

This is the simplest version and is suitable for simple scores and lead sheets.

Ensemble

This version is perfect for choirs and small ensembles up to 4 staves per system

Professional

Their flagship product, with this version you can scan complex scores and arrangements up to 32 staves per system.

 

Wrap-Up

The marriage of music and technology has given us amazing products that make our lives easier and more productive as musicians, composers, educators, and sound engineers.

The whole music process changed drastically over the years because of it. New technologies emerged and others became obsolete. ScanScore is a product that bridges functionality and technology to improve every musician’s lives.

Noteworthy Features:

  • Scan sheet music from a smartphone, pdf or a regular scanner.
  • Integrated Music Editor
  • MusicXML Export