Comparison 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 Editing interface Notes
ADSR Online Midi Editor & Player Linux, macOS, Windows Proprietary Event list, microtonal notation Complete Online Midi Editor & Player. Unlimited number of tracks, which can include ADSR envelopes, low-pass filters, and LFO modulators. Supports microtonality: any synth can play 48 microtones per octave.
Anvil Studio Windows Freemium Willow Software Score, piano roll, tablature, event list Full-featured MIDI editor & sequencer with staff, piano roll, percussion, event list, and audio editors.
Ardour FreeBSD, Linux, macOS, Windows GPL-2.0-or-later Paul Davis, and The Ardour Community Piano roll, event list MIDI support began with version 3.
Aria Maestosa Linux, macOS, Windows GPL-2.0-or-later MIDI sequencer/editor with score, keyboard, guitar, drum and controller views.
B-Step Sequencer macOS, Windows, Linux, iOS (iPad), Android, Raspberry Pi Proprietary Monoplugs A step sequencer to create arpeggios, chord progressions, basslines or percussions. Available as VST, Audio Units or standalone program
Band-in-a-Box macOS, Windows Proprietary PG Music Accompaniment sequencer with audio loops and more.
Cakewalk by BandLab Windows Proprietary BandLab Technologies Piano roll, event list
Steinberg Cubase macOS, Windows
(also previously for Atari ST)
Proprietary Steinberg Score, piano roll, event list[1]
Deluxe Music Construction Set AmigaOS, macOS Proprietary Electronic Arts
Digital Performer macOS Proprietary Mark of the Unicorn (MOTU)
DirectMusic Producer Windows Freeware Microsoft part of DirectMusic SDK
Finale macOS, Windows Proprietary Makemusic, Inc. Score Composition and sequencing program, with various versions, including freeware (v. 2008 and earlier) "NotePad" version (with very limited features)
FL Studio Windows, macOS, Android, iOS Proprietary Image-Line Piano roll, step sequencer
GarageBand macOS, iOS Proprietary Apple Import only, saves to native format
Guitar Pro Linux, macOS, Windows Proprietary Arobas Music
Indaba Music macOS, Windows Proprietary
JFugue Linux, macOS, Windows (Java-based) 5: Apache-2.0
3-4: LGPL-2.1-or-later
Programming library (API)
KeyKit Linux, Windows Free for non-commercial use, source available
LilyPond FreeBSD, Linux, macOS, Windows GPL-3.0-or-later
Live macOS, Windows Proprietary Ableton Piano roll
Logic Pro macOS
(also previously for Windows & Atari ST)
Proprietary Apple/Emagic (formerly named C-Lab Piano roll, step editor, event list
LMMS Linux, macOS, OpenBSD, Windows GPL-2.0-or-later Piano roll, step sequencer DAW; VST, LADSPA support. MIDI editor displaying notes positions on a virtual keyboard. As of March 30, 2011 no MIDI aftertouch support.
MAGIX Samplitude Windows Proprietary MAGIX
Master Tracks Pro Windows Proprietary GVOX (originally 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 10 1903.
MIDI Converter Studio Windows Shareware ManiacTools MIDI file converter, karaoke converter
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
MuLab Windows, macOS Proprietary Mutools MIDI and audio full DAW. Support for customizable modular DSP graphs. For electronic music but not only.
MultitrackStudio Windows, macOS, iOS Proprietary Bremmers Audio Design MIDI and audio full DAW, simple user interface, flexible MIDI editing
MusE Linux GPL-2.0-or-later Piano roll, event list Open source midi and audio work station with support for VST, DSSI, LADSPA and LV2
MuseScore Linux, macOS, Windows, iOS (partial) GPL-2.0-only Werner Schweer Score Music notation software with full MusicXML support. Piano roll editor, unlimited parts. good stability below 300 000 notes, edit multiple files at once, user friendly GUI, portable edition.
Musink Windows Proprietary Lee Reid Music notation freeware with MIDI output, loop, and playback functionality
Notation Composer Windows, with Wine support Proprietary Notation Software Score, piano roll Full featured notation software program and MIDI sequencer
NoteEdit Linux GPL-2.0-or-later Defunct; last stable release September 2006
NoteWorthy Composer Windows Proprietary Noteworthy Software Can import and export MIDI data, but only edit and display it as a musical score. Runs correctly in wine.
Overture macOS, Windows Proprietary Sonic Scores (formerly called Geniesoft) Score, piano roll, MIDI sequencer Notation, tab, piano-roll, MIDI/step sequencing, VST/VSTi host, hybrid DAW, video sync
Podium Windows Proprietary Zynewave
Pro Tools macOS, Windows Proprietary Avid Score, piano roll, event list
Qtractor Linux GPL-2.0-or-later Audio MIDI multi-track sequencer application written in C++ in the Qt framework
REAPER Linux, macOS, Windows Proprietary Cockos Score, piano roll, event list Supports guitar tabs and MIDI2Tab conversion with TabEditor plug
Reason macOS, Windows Proprietary Propellerhead Piano roll
Renoise Linux, macOS, Windows Proprietary Tracker Demo version available
Rosegarden Linux GPL-2.0-or-later Score, piano roll, event list Audio, MIDI sequence, record. Win VST support, LADSPA, JACK
Scala Linux, macOS, Windows Freeware, noncommercial Manuel Op de Coul Specializes in tuning; converts ascii score file to MIDI
Seq24 Linux, Windows GPL-2.0-or-later Piano roll MIDI loops sequencer
Sibelius macOS, Windows Proprietary Avid (originally Sibelius Software) Score, piano roll, tablature Live scoring of sheet music from MIDI input
Studio One macOS, Windows Proprietary PreSonus Score, piano roll, drum editor
TineFune Linux, Windows Proprietary TineFune, LLC Piano roll, event list MIDI sequencer with a Web Browser GUI, no windows or menu clutter
TuxGuitar FreeBSD, Linux, macOS, Windows (Java-based) LGPL-2.1-only Tablature editor
Z-Maestro Windows Proprietary "Lite" version: limited tracks, I/O.

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  1. ^ "MIDI Editors". Retrieved 2017-11-28.