Have you ever thought of buying a music scanning package?  I mean a program that turns printed music into sound and real notation?  These programs often go by the name of OMR (Optical Music Recognition) or OCR for music.  You feed in the music and they do the magic of turning it into sound and notation.

If you have then you might have been put off by the cost.  There have been two or three on the market for a decade.  These are complex applications costing $100 or more.  Most were written many years ago, before smartphones and apps came on the scene.

But now you can get music scanning in an  app, and don’t be put off, it is quite as powerful as any traditional music scanner, a lot faster and easier to use.  And for listening to sheet music, totally free!

Don’t be put off that it’s an app.  The OMR engine in PlayScore is totally new and extremely powerful.  In fact the OMR engine behind it, ReadScoreLib is now also available as an SDK so that developers can build OMR into their apps, opening the way to a whole generation of powerful low cost OMR applications.

But going back to cost, for those who find traditional OMR just that bit too expensive, PlayScore changes everything.  Now you can turn any page of music into sound, MIDI and MusicXML just by taking a picture.  Not only that:  PlayScore lets you import full PDF scores as well as JPG images.  And expensive?  Well free actually, at least the playback-only version is (no ads by the way).  And the full Pro app costs just a few dollars. This is surely a big step forward.  And now PlayScore is also available for Mac and Windows.

See PlayScore on the App Store, on Google Play and now on the Microsoft Store.

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The App That Sight Reads Sheet Music.