MakeMusic Finale

Version25(as of 2/1/2018)
PlatformsWindows, Mac
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Rating:2.6  |  83 Votes

Main Features

  • Create guitar music with either chord notation or tablature
  • Export your project as a Midi file or import a midi file
  • Scan in your sheet music and edit it with function for optically recognizing
  • Record your music played by an acoustic instrument directly into notation with Mic Notator
  • Playback a large range of audio samples and export many different audio formats including AIF, WAVE, and MP3
  • Automate tasks like transcribing music with the FinalScript scripting language

Software Overview

MakeMusic Finale is a world-wide industry standard music notation application. It is used to compose musical scores and has many useful tools to assist with the process. There is a free version of the program called Finale Notepad that includes basic features.

Finale has many different methods you can use to import already existing songs. You can import MIDI files and have Finale write it out into music notation for you. It also allows you to scan in your sheet music so you can make changes to it on your computer. Finale even has the ability to record acoustic instruments and write them directly into notation.

After your music has been imported or if you wish to start a composition from scratch, Finale provides an intuitive interface for writing music. It allows you to add and remove notes with a click of the mouse and provides many different editing features like a selection tool and the ability to cut/copy and past notes within your project. While editing your song you can playback a MIDI sample to get an idea of what it will sound like.

MakeMusic Finale is a great tool to compose music to be played on instruments. Its wide range of input methods and intuitive interface for creating notation make it easy bring your musical idea into a playable song. If you are looking for a powerful tool for writing music, Finale is the program for you. If you aren't quite ready to drop the money for the full version, Finale Notepad is a great way to get a feel for how the program works.

Primary File Type

musx icon.MUSXFinale Notation File

Supported File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.MUSXFinale Notation File
.ASVXFinale Auto-save File
.BAKXFinale Backup File
.CLPFinale Clip File
.ETFENIGMA Transportable File
.FANFinale Font Annotation File
.FPAFinale Performance Assessment File
.FTMXFinale Template File
.INIFinale Preferences File
.LIBFinale Library
.LSNFinale Lesson File
.NOTFinale Note File
.PLYFinale Playback File
.SMPXSmartMusic Accompaniment File
.TMPFinale Temporary File
.TRKFinale Track Mapping File

Additional Related File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.ASVFinale Auto-save File
.BAKFinale Backup File
.FTMFinale Template File
.FXTFinale Plug-in
.MUSFinale Notation File (Legacy)
.MXLCompressed MusicXML File
Updated 2/1/2018