ScanScore ScanScore Sheet Music Scanner by Gary Weber
The Windows software ScanScore (the website FAQ says a Mac version will be released soon) can be a great benefit for musicians who want to turn their sheet music into editable digital notes.
ScanScore lets you scan printed sheet music and also digital documents like pdf or image files. It recognizes all standard western style fonts and lets you listen to the music once it has scanned the score (which lasts only a few seconds).
Now ScanScore does a descent job in scanning most of the notes even in more complex partitures. (Also, it scans lyrics and text but that feature is still in need of improvement.) But the best thing is: After scanning, it shows all measures in the document that might have scanning errors. And erasing these errors using the tools from the menu bar is really an easy job.
So once you have scanned your sheet music and erased possible errors, you have a digital score with many possibilities. For choir members, the transposing feature that came with the second edition is just the right tool to personalize their score. Also, musicians can edit their parts, vary them and make them easier or more challenging.
Of course you can play the notes at any time to listen, sing with them or play along. There is even a a selection of MIDI based instrument sounds (which are not high end but do their job descently).
The export features of ScanScore make your digital score compatible with VSTplugins, DAW software and notation software due to MusicXML and MIDI support.
ScanScore has three versions for lead sheets, medium sized scores or even great partitures. As mentioned above the Windows versions will soon be complemented by a Mac version coming early next year.
Talking about pricing, this is another big plus as ScanScore comes with very user-friendly prices starting at $39.
To sum it up ScanScore is a great tool for musicians how would like to digitalize their sheet music and work with it, practise their parts, play or sing along or import it into DAW or notation software. I think ScanScore does a great job and is easy to get started with. Their development team is based in Germany and seems to be very active and customer supportive. Let's hope they also manage to get the Mac version released soon and optimize the recognition engine especially for more complex partitures and song lyrics. But even for now ScanScore gets a huge Thumbs Up from me!