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
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, Mac OS, Windows GNU GPL Paul Davis, and The Ardour Community Piano Roll, Event List MIDI support began with version 3.
Aria Maestosa Linux, Mac OS, Windows GNU GPL 2 MIDI sequencer/editor with score, keyboard, guitar, drum and controller views.
B-Step Sequencer Mac OS, 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 Mac OS, Windows proprietary PG Music Accompaniment sequencer with audio loops and more.
Steinberg Cubase Mac OS, Windows
(also previously for Atari ST)
proprietary Steinberg Score, Piano Roll, Event List[1]
Deluxe Music Construction Set AmigaOS, Mac OS proprietary Electronic Arts
Digital Performer Mac OS proprietary Mark of the Unicorn (MOTU)
DirectMusic Producer Windows freeware Microsoft part of DirectMusic SDK
Finale Mac OS, Windows proprietary, freeware version exists Makemusic, Inc. Score Composition and sequencing program, with various versions, including freeware (v. 2008 and earlier) "NotePad" version (with very limited features)
FreeWRL Linux, Mac OS GNU GPL Open Source, managed by John A. Stewart integrates 3D graphics with MIDI devices
FL Studio Windows, Mac OS, Android, iOS proprietary Image-Line Piano Roll, Step Sequencer
GarageBand Mac OS, iOS proprietary Apple Import only, saves to native format
Guitar Pro Linux, Mac OS, Windows proprietary Arobas Music
GNU LilyPond FreeBSD, Linux, Mac OS, Windows GNU GPL Export only
Indaba Music Mac OS, Windows proprietary
JFugue Linux, Mac OS, Windows (Java-based) GNU LGPL Programming library (API)
KeyKit Linux, Windows Free for non-commercial use, source available
Live Mac OS, Windows proprietary Ableton Piano Roll
Logic Pro Mac OS
(also previously for Windows & Atari ST)
proprietary Apple/Emagic (formerly named C-Lab Piano Roll, Step Editor, Event List
LMMS Linux, OpenBSD, Windows GNU GPL Piano Roll, Step Sequencer DAW; VST, LADSPA support. As of 4/30/2011 no MIDI aftertouch support 
MAGIX Samplitude Windows proprietary MAGIX
Master Tracks Pro Mac OS, 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 7.
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, OS X proprietary Mutools MIDI and audio full DAW. Support for customizable modular DSP graphs. For electronic music but not only.
MultitrackStudio Windows, OS X, iOS proprietary Bremmers Audio Design MIDI and audio full DAW. Simple user interface, flexible MIDI editing.
MusE Linux GNU GPL Piano Roll, Event List Open source midi and audio work station with support for VST, DSSI, LADSPA and LV2
MuseScore Linux, Mac OS, Windows, iOS (not fully featured yet) GNU GPL 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
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. Runs correctly in wine.
Overture Mac OS, Windows proprietary Geniesoft Notation, tab, piano-roll, MIDI/step sequencing, VST/VSTi host
Podium Windows proprietary Zynewave
Pro Tools Mac OS, Windows proprietary Avid Score, Piano Roll, Event List
Qtractor Linux GNU GPL Audio MIDI multi-track sequencer application written in C++ in the Qt framework
REAPER Mac OS, Windows proprietary Cockos Score, Piano Roll, Event List Supports guitar tabs and MIDI2Tab conversion with TabEditor plug
Reason Mac OS, Windows proprietary Propellerhead Piano Roll
Renoise Linux, Mac OS, Windows proprietary Tracker Demo version available
Rosegarden Linux GNU GPL Score, Piano Roll, Event List 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
Seq24 Linux, Windows GNU GPL Piano Roll MIDI loops sequencer
Sibelius Mac OS, Windows proprietary Sibelius Score, Piano Roll, Tablature Features live scoring of sheet music from MIDI input.
Sonar Windows proprietary Cakewalk Piano Roll, Event List
TuxGuitar FreeBSD, Linux, Mac OS, Windows (Java-based) GNU LGPL Tablature editor
Z-Maestro Windows proprietary "Lite" version: limited tracks, I/O.

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

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