List of MIDI editors and sequencers

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Notable software MIDI editors and sequencers are listed in the following table.

Software Platform License Developer Notes
Anvil Studio Windows Freeware for main software Willow Software
Aria Maestosa Linux, Mac OS, Windows GNU GPL Aria (SourceForge) Supports extended MIDI automation (volume, pitch bend, modulation, etc.), can view/edit notes in linear midi view or musical view (sheet-like), automatic or manual channel management
Ardour FreeBSD, Linux, Mac OS GNU GPL Paul Davis, and The Ardour Community MIDI support began with version 3.
Audio Evolution Mac OS, Windows Proprietary eXtream Software Development
Bars and Pipes Professional AmigaOS Freeware Blue Ribbon Software
Band-in-a-Box Mac OS, Windows Proprietary PG Music
BRELS MIDI Editor Windows GNU GPL Free, open source, managed by Breno de Lima Sarmento
b-step Linux, Windows, Mac OS Proprietary monoplugs Pattern oriented, bass guitar inspired step-sequencer VST plugin.
Steinberg Cubase Mac OS, Windows
(also previously for Atari ST)
Proprietary Steinberg
CYTHAR Sequencer Linux, Windows, Mac OS GNU GPL v3 Thomas Arndt (monoplugs) A pattern-oriented, guitar inspired, polyphonic MIDI step-sequencer.
Deluxe Music Construction Set AmigaOS, Mac OS Proprietary Electronic Arts
Digital Performer Mac OS Proprietary Mark of the Unicorn (MOTU)
Dinothesus Linux, Mac OS, Windows Open Source Jani Verkkomäki
DirectMusic Producer Windows Freeware Microsoft part of DirectMusic SDK
Domino Windows Freeware takabosoft
Finale Mac OS, Windows Proprietary (Freeware version exists) Makemusic, Inc. Composition and sequencing program, with various versions, including freeware (v. 2008 and earlier) "NotePad" version.
FreeWRL Linux, Mac OS GNU GPL Open Source, managed by John A. Stewart integrates 3D graphics with MIDI devices
FL Studio Windows Proprietary Image-Line
GarageBand Mac OS Proprietary Apple Import only, saves to native format
Genome MIDI Sequencer iOS Proprietary White Noise Audio Software Pattern based sequencer, imports and exports MIDI.
Guitar Pro Linux, Mac OS, Windows Proprietary Arobas Music
Guitar Practiced Perfectly Linux, Mac OS, Windows Proprietary Outsource 3
GNMIDI Windows Shareware Günter Nagler MIDI file converter, Karaoke editor
GNU LilyPond FreeBSD, Linux, Mac OS, Windows GNU GPL Export only
harmonySEQ Linux GNU GPL Open Source, managed by Rafal Cieslak Customizable set of synchronized MIDI sequencers, each repeating short sequence, designed to aid with music composing and live performances, acts as automatic accompanist or controls an external drumkit.
Indaba Music Mac OS, Windows Proprietary
Jazz++ Linux, Mac OS, Windows GNU GPL v2 Long standing project to make an opensource midi sequencer
JFugue Linux, Mac OS, Windows (Java-based) GNU LGPL Programming library (API)
KeyKit Linux, Windows Free for non-commercial use, source available
Klee Mac OS, Windows Proprietary Defective Records Software Software step sequencer, modeled after hardware Klee sequencer
Live Mac OS, Windows Proprietary Ableton
Logic Pro Mac OS
(also previously for Windows & Atari ST)
Proprietary Apple/Emagic(formerly known as C-Lab
LMMS Linux, OpenBSD, Windows GNU GPL No support for exporting to MIDI; DAW; VST, LADSPA support. As of 4/30/2011 no MIDI aftertouch support 
M185 Mac OS, Windows Proprietary Defective Records Software Software step sequencer, modeled after hardware for Roland System 100M
MAGIX Samplitude Windows Proprietary MAGIX
Making Waves Windows Proprietary Making Waves Audio Audio and MIDI sequencing, Multi Track audio recording, full VST plugin support
Master Tracks Pro Mac OS, Windows Proprietary GVOX (orig. dev.: Passport Designs) Full-featured GUI MIDI sequencer with notation screen (requires supplied Anastasia TrueType or Type1 font), event editor, MCI, SMPTE sync., etc. Tested to work under Win 7.
Midianal Windows Freeware T Andrews Suitable for analysing midi files. Import a midifile and export the data in CSV format.
MIDI Converter Studio Windows Shareware ManiacTools MIDI file converter, karaoke converter
midiedit Linux same as Perl Peter Billam Somewhat vi-inspired, Curses-based; uses ALSA-midi
MidiEditor Linux, Windows GNU GPL v3 Markus Schwenk MIDI file editor, player, examiner and recorder.
MidiPatterns Mac OS Proprietary Amedeo Farello Multitrack, pattern-oriented sequencer.
Midisoft Recording Session Windows Proprietary Midisoft Score editor, MIDI commands editor, player, mixer
Midish Linux, OpenBSD BSD lightweight MIDI sequencer and filter with shell-like interface; can play, record, edit, sync to other audio/MIDI software
Midisoft Studio Windows Proprietary Midisoft Score editor, MIDI commands editor, player, mixer. Next generation of "Recording session"
MidiYodi Mac OS, Windows, Linux Shareware CANATO MIDI file editor, player and examiner.
Mixcraft Windows Proprietary Acoustica Audio and MIDI sequencer. Support for VSTis, MIDI recording, editing, and playback.
Mozart Windows Proprietary David Webber Music notation software for simple tunes to full scores of up to 64 parts.
MU.LAB Mac OS, Windows Proprietary MUTOOLS available in three versions: free, XT, and UL
MusE Linux GNU GPL
MuseScore Linux, Mac OS, Windows GNU GPL Werner Schweer Music notation software with full MusicXML support
Music studio Frieve Windows Shareware Frieve Plays 1 minute until registered. VST hosting pianoroll editor and score. Help button is in Japanese, but has a help file.(If it does not work on startup, unpack with 7zip!)
Musink Windows Proprietary Lee Reid Music notation freeware with MIDI output, loop, and playback functionality
Notation Composer Windows Proprietary Notation Software, Inc. Music notation software with full MIDI sequencing capability; MusicXML export
NoteEdit Linux GNU GPL Defunct; last stable release Sep. 2006.
NoteWorthy Composer Windows Proprietary Noteworthy Software Can import and export MIDI data, but only edit and display it as a musical score.
Overture (software) Mac OS, Windows Proprietary Geniesoft Notation/tab/piano-roll, MIDI/step sequencing, VST/VSTi host
Podium Windows Proprietary Zynewave
PianoRollComposer Windows free http://jdmcox.com
Pizzicato Mac OS, Windows Proprietary Arpege Music [1] Music composition and notation software, MusicXML compatibility, quality sound bank included
PriMus Windows Proprietary Columbus Soft
Pro Tools Mac OS, Windows Proprietary Avid
Qmidi Studio Windows Proprietary DevEd - Independent Game Designs
Qtractor Linux GNU GPL Audio/MIDI multi-track sequencer application written in C++ with the Qt_(framework)
REAPER Mac OS, Windows Proprietary Cockos Supports Guitar Tabs and MIDI2Tab conversion with TabEditor plug
Reason Mac OS, Windows Proprietary Propellerhead
Renoise Linux, Mac OS, Windows Proprietary Demo version available
Rosegarden Linux GNU GPL Audio, MIDI sequence, record. Win VST support, LADSPA, JACK.
Scala Linux, Mac OS, Windows Freeware, noncommercial Manuel Op de Coul Specializes in tuning; converts ascii score file to MIDI
Sekaiju Windows GNU LGPL kuzu / openmidiproject Can use track list window, piano roll window, event list window and musical score window, and they are printable. All kind of MIDI events including meta event and system-exclusive event are editable. Can select Japanese or English language.
Seq24 Linux, Windows GNU GPL MIDI loops sequencer
Sequera Mac OS Proprietary Juno Ju-X Stand-alone software step sequencer, with numbers of unique approaches.
Sibelius Mac OS, Windows Proprietary Sibelius Features live scoring of sheet music from MIDI input.
Sonar Windows Proprietary Cakewalk
Sonja™ iOS Proprietary Choir Pro software Music composition, notation, and rehearsal software
Speedy MIDI Windows GNU GPL v3
TuxGuitar FreeBSD, Linux, Mac OS, Windows (Java-based) GNU GPL Tablature editor
Z-Maestro Windows Proprietary "Lite" version: limited tracks, I/O.

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