Finale Songwriter 2012 Notation Software

Brand: Finale

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Designed especially with song writers in mind, Finale SongWriter  is the fast, easy way to create and print professional-quality sheet music.

Enter notes with your mouse, computer keyboard, or MIDI device – or import MIDI and/or MusicXML™ files. Create great-sounding and -looking sheet music that plays back, then share your music in more ways than ever before.

Why use SongWriter music notation software?

If you’re still using a pencil…
You know that changing the key or adding an intro means starting over. When your music is in SongWriter it’s easy to change keys, add measures, and move things around any way your creative impulses move you.

Sheet music that plays back
With SongWriter music notation software, you can listen to the results before the rehearsal. When you can hear what you’ve written you can quickly refine your music to sound exactly the way you want.

SongWriter does the heavy lifting, like managing how each staff plays back and transposes, so you don’t have to. Simply select the instruments you wish to write for and get started!

When inspiration strikes, you want to notate it quickly.
Simply play your MIDI keyboard and music automatically appears in SongWriter. Or if you prefer, enter notes with your computer keyboard or mouse.

Create music with others
Work with collaborators? SongWriter can help here too, even if your band mates use different software. SongWriter can open files made by the entire family of Finale software like Finale PrintMusic and Finale Allegro, as well as import MIDI and MusicXML files created by hundreds of other products.

Breathe life into sheet music
SongWriter offers professional instrument sounds, realistic playback, and creative inspiration. Hear your notes as you enter them, then press Play to hear how they interact. This instant feedback empowers you to quickly shape the music of your imagination.

But SongWriter does more than make sounds. SongWriter makes music – and even offers creative suggestions.

Human Playback® and high-quality software instrument sounds
Your music deserves to be heard with all the feeling and phrasing you imagined when you wrote it. Human Playback makes this possible by playing your music with the nuance and expression of human performers. When Human Playback is combined with the high-quality software instrument sounds built into SongWriter, the results are amazing.

Arrange your song with creative input
Need help harmonizing your melody? Not sure what the drummer should play? No problem.

SongWriter offers composers and arrangers idea-generating tools to save time and suggest creative options. Band-in-a-Box Auto-Harmonizing can automatically turn your melody into two- or three-voice harmony. Use Drum Groove to easily add custom drum parts in a variety of styles.

Mix your recording
An integrated mixer lets you further shape the sonic space where your music lives. You control reverb, panning, balance, and more.

Appearances do matter.
When music looks professional, it’s easier to read, AND instills greater confidence.

SongWriter gives you the power to make your music look professional. You can add lyrics, chord symbols, repeats, codas, and a wide variety of musical markings – and they all look stunning.

Make guitar tabs
Writing for guitar doesn’t end with chord symbols. You can also choose to display crisp fretboard diagrams. Creating tablature, for guitar or bass, is simple too.

Percussion parts
When you enter a note on a percussion staff, SongWriter provides on-screen feedback indicating whether you’re about to enter a snare, bass drum, or other percussion instrument – and displays the appropriate notehead. Of course everything plays back perfectly – your snare plays with a snare sound, and so forth – automatically.

Create your own sheet music  – your way
Not only can you put all these items on your page, you have control of your page, too. Want to move a measure from this system to the next? It’s one-button easy. You control where your music appears. And with engraver-quality music, you not only get more respect, you also get better performances.

Printing music is just the beginning

Share audio files, sheet music, electronic files – whatever works best!

The drummer only plays by ear. The horns want printed charts. The keyboardist wants electronic files she can edit. Isn’t it fun being a band leader?

It can be – with SongWriter. Once you’ve created your music, you can share it in more ways. Send the drummer an MP3 to hear the new song. Print the horn charts. Email the song to the keyboardist so she can open, play, print, and make minor edits with the free, downloadable Finale NotePad®. This is just the beginning!

With SongWriter you can:

  • Print sheet music.
  • Create MP3, WAV, or AIFF audio files
  • Get free music education worksheets (included) or create music worksheets of your own.
  • Exchange music with users of other Finale family software, including Finale PrintMusic, and the free Finale NotePad and Finale SongBook.
  • Send MIDI files (and more powerful MusicXML files) to users of other software programs.
  • Sharing music with others is what it’s all about.

Computer System Requirements:


  • XP/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8 (64-bit compatible)
  • 800X600 minimum monitor resolution
  • CD ROM drive or Internet connection (for installation)
  • Minimum 512MB RAM recommended
  • 240 MB hard drive space required for software and user manual


  • G4 or higher recommended.
  • OS X 10.5-10.8 (Mac-Intel or Power PC)
  • 800X600 minimum monitor resolution
  • CD ROM drive or Internet connection (for installation)
  • Minimum 512MB RAM recommended
  • 226 MB hard drive space required for software and user manual


  • MIDI interface
  • MIDI input and/or playback device
  • Printer

SongWriter requires that you authorize the software within 30 days after installation. You are allowed to install SongWriter on one operating system.

File Compatibility
Finale family software can open files in the same or newer software version, but files created in a newer version cannot be opened in an older version unless converted via MusicXML.


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