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SmartScore X2
Developer(s)Musitek Corporation
Initial release1991; 28 years ago (1991)
Stable release
10.5.8 / July 2015; 4 years ago (2015-07)
Operating systemWindows, Mac OS
TypeMusic OCR
LicenseCommercial proprietary

SmartScore X2 is a music OCR and scorewriter program, developed, published and distributed by Musitek Corporation based in Ojai, California.


SmartScore was originally released in 1991 as MIDISCAN for Windows; the product line was later changed to "SmartScore" and re-released for Windows 98 in 1998, and for the Macintosh Power PC in 1999 as a scanning/scoring hybrid product. The current version, SmartScore X2, was released by maker Musitek in 2013.


SmartScore is a software product which performs optical character recognition on scanned music and converts it into a digital musical score that can be played back as a MIDI file, or exported as MusicXML to music engraving programs such as Sibelius and Finale.[1][2]


Maximum PC reviewed SmartScore in 2000 and said that it "gets the job done," but was difficult to navigate and had a crowded layout. Also, some scores scanned by Maximum PC weren't recognized by the software.[2]

Researchers at the University of Florence conducted a performance assessment of optical music recognition software in 2007, and found that software developed at the University, Object Oriented Optical Music Recognition System, as well as SharpEye 2 outperformed it.[3]

In 2009, a review of SmartScore X in Music Educators Journal found the scanning performance to be "extremely accurate" with professionally engraved music, but said the program was only able to "minimally interpret" handwritten scores; the reviewer stated that the user interface was confusing even for advanced users, and that the manual offered "little or no help, especially for the novice".[1]

In 2011 a review in PC World said the results with clearly printed sheet music were accurate, but that the interface had too many floating and docked toolbars; the reviewer said there was "no more effective musical OCR/editor on the market", but that PhotoScore 6 Ultimate gave superior results with handwritten music.[4]

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  1. ^ a b Adam Michlin (June 2009). SmartScore X eMedia Music Corp (review). Music Educators Journal 95 (4): 16. (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b Daevid Vincent (Jan 2000). Makin' Madness: Put on your boogie shoes. Maximum PC 5 (1): 94. ISSN 1522-4279. Accessed July 2013.
  3. ^ Pierfrancesco Bellini, Ivan Bruno and Paolo Nesi (Spring 2007). Assessing Optical Music Recognition Tools. Computer Music Journal 31 (1): 68–93. (subscription required)
  4. ^ Jon L. Jacobi (February 2011). SmartScore X Pro (review). PC World. Accessed August 2013.

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