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 Notes
Anvil Studio Windows Freemium Willow Software Full-featured MIDI editor & sequencer with staff, piano roll, percussion, event list, and audio editors.
Ardour FreeBSD, Linux, Mac OS GNU GPL Paul Davis, and The Ardour Community MIDI support began with version 3.
B-Step Sequencer Mac OS, Windows, Linux, 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
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. 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
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
Logic Pro Mac OS
(also previously for Windows & Atari ST)
proprietary Apple/Emagic (formerly named 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 
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.
MusE Linux GNU GPL Open source midi and audio work station with support for VST, DSSI, LADSPA and LV2
MuseScore Linux, Mac OS, Windows GNU GPL Werner Schweer Music notation software with full MusicXML support
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.
Ntrack Studio Windows,Android,iOS App proprietary n-Track Software Good with app on tablets, free trial
Overture Mac OS, Windows proprietary Geniesoft Notation, tab, piano-roll, MIDI/step sequencing, VST/VSTi host
Podium Windows proprietary Zynewave
PowerTracks Pro Audio Mac OS, Windows proprietary PG Music True MIDI editor (including editing individual MIDI events at the hex level) and sequencer, with audio support as well.
Pro Tools Mac OS, Windows proprietary Avid
Qtractor Linux GNU GPL Audio MIDI multi-track sequencer application written in C++ in 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
Seq24 Linux, Windows GNU GPL MIDI loops sequencer
Sibelius Mac OS, Windows proprietary Sibelius Features live scoring of sheet music from MIDI input.
Sonar Windows proprietary Cakewalk
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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